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New Study Says Iraq War Led to Half a Million Iraqi Deaths

October 15, 2013 Estimating casualties of war is a difficult science. Exact counts are nearly impossible to achieve, especially in areas where violent conflict continues long after the last of foreign troops have withdrawn. Determining a death toll for Iraqi civilians during the eight-year U.S.-led occupation has proven especially challenging. Multiple attempts by...

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States Shell Out Big Bucks to Open National Parks

October 15, 2013 Over the weekend, some nature lovers got the chance to wander the great federally funded outdoors again. Thanks to deals brokered with the federal government, some states dipped into their own cash to open their popular national parks, which closed its doors to visitors when the government shut down Oct....

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Americans' Satisfaction With U.S. Government Hits Record Low

October 10, 2013 The U.S. government's fanbase is shrinking -- and fast. Just 18 percent of Americans say they are satisfied with the way the country is being governed, down from last month's 32 percent, recorded before the government shutdown, according to a new Gallup poll. The number is the lowest the polling...

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How Paul Ryan Would Solve the Shutdown Showdown

October 9, 2013 As the government shutdown entered its second week, one key player seemed to be missing in the back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats on fiscal policy: Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee. The Republican from Wisconsin dismissed criticism that he has been AWOL in ongoing budget talks, telling...

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Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill

September 27, 2013 The Senate voted 79-19 Friday to advance legislation that would keep the government funded through the fall, a critical step for Democrats as they seek to avert an Oct. 1 government shutdown while still protecting funding for President Obama's Affordable Care Act. In its present form, the bill would strip...

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Democratic Senator: Obamacare Is Like 'Green Eggs and Ham'

September 25, 2013 In his 21-hour speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, Ted Cruz presented a number of arguments for defunding the Affordable Care Act. He also, about five hours into his speech -- which was not a filibuster -- cracked open a copy of Green Eggs and Ham to read to his...

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U.S. Postal Service Owes Nearly $685,000 in Lawsuit Over Stamp

September 25, 2013 For most people, a stamp is worth a few dimes. For Frank Gaylord, however, it's worth $684,844. Seven years ago, the sculptor filed a lawsuit against the United States Postal Service for copyright infringement. He said the agency had used, without permission, a photograph of the Korean War Veterans Memorial...

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Inside the Calculating and Geeky Mind of the NSA Director

September 18, 2013 What Keith Alexander does isn't a secret: He's a four-star general, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency. How he does it, however, has remained downright murky until recently, when Foreign Policy's Shane Harris published an incredible, 6,027-word profile of the man in charge...

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What (or Who) Is 'Responsible' in Today's Fiscal Reality?

September 12, 2013 With the end of the fiscal year just weeks away, Congress is feeling the pressure on passing legislation to keep the government from shutting down that makes both parties happy, or at least, something both sides can tolerate. So far, Democrats and Republicans remain gridlocked. But according to Sen. Orrin...

Obama: Securing Syria's Chemical Weapons Could Avert a Strike

September 9, 2013 On Monday night, President Obama flooded the networks to make his case for a strike on Syria, emphasizing its narrowness in diminishing Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons. Yet, earlier in the day, he conceivably was given an out to the conflict, with Russia offering to broker a deal to...