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Top News: Politics

Republican Charlie Baker leads Martha Coakley by 9 points

Boston - Massachusetts Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker is nine points ahead in Massachusetts. After a visits last week by former Pres. Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama, Democrat Martha Coakley is in trouble.

Nebraska students permitted to pose with firearms

Omaha - Graduating seniors from one Nebraska high school will be permitted to prominently display firearms in their senior pictures, following a unanimous vote from the board of education.

Op-Ed: CIA-linked General Haftar's Libyan coup complete

Tripoli - General Khalifa Haftar, often called a "renegade," now has the support of the internationally-recognized Libyan government in Tobruk. His coup has been successful.

Fire from Syrian skies

What the stepped-up air strikes by the Syrian Air Force in one recent 36-hour period tells us about the complicated situation on the ground in, and in the skies over, Syria.

Op-Ed: Massachusetts awards Chinese $566.6 million contract

Boston - While the Obama administration scrambles to block U.S. companies from headquartering abroad to save in taxes, the state of Massachusetts just granted a $566.6 million subway contract to a Chinese company.

Op-Ed: UNC scandal should prompt national discussion on academic honesty

It's finally final: A lot of academic dishonesty went down at the University of North Carolina. We should take this time to have a national discussion about academic integrity.

Op-Ed: Blast from the past — Middle class has least wealth since 1940

A new sound bite may make the midterm rounds this fall. Two economists, one from UC Berkeley and one from the London School of Economics, have found that the percentage of wealth owned by the U.S. middle class has eroded to a level not seen since 1940.

Wyoming becomes 32nd state to legalize same-sex marriage

Cheyenne - LGBT marriage equality has arrived in the 'Equality State.' Wyoming on Tuesday became the 32nd US state to legalize same-sex marriage, joining six other mostly conservative states which have done so this month.

Op-Ed: US marine accused of murder transferred to Philippine base

Manila - In a move meant to ease tensions over who should have custody of Pfc. Joseph Pemberton accused of murdering a transgender filipino, the US transferred him to the main Philippine military camp in Manila.

Man loses his marbles by hurling them at British MPs in session

London - A major security breach occurred inside the Houses of Parliament in Britain, when a man threw his bag of marbles at MPs while the Right Honourable ladies and gentlemen were still in session.

GOP bails on S.C nominee after he calls homosexuals 'gremlins'

A South Carolina Republican vying for a U.S. congressional seat apparently believes gays and lesbians should be kept out of the light, never given any water and most importantly, never fed after midnight; they are "gremlins" after all.

Coalition weapons drop may have been recovered by ISIS

Islamic State fighters Near the Syria/Iraq border may have seized a cache of weapons dropped by U.S.- led coalition forces meant for Kurdish militiamen.

Radicalized militant attacks Canadian soldiers, kills one

Quebec - *updated 9 a.m. 10/22* Monday, two Canadian soldiers were ran down, and one killed, by a car driven by a radicalized militant. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney labelled the attack a "terrible act of violence against our country."

Deal between Russia and Ukraine on natural gas not completed

Brussels - After meetings on Friday between Putin and Poroshenko and then between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators and the EU Commission over the weekend, it appeared that an agreement would be finalized today but no accord was reached.

Op-Ed: Obama administration split on issue of torture ban

Washington - In 2005 the Bush administration revealed that it interpreted the UN Convention Against Torture banning "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" as not applicable to the CIA or military prisons overseas.

Op-Ed: Feminist Tina Brown says Obama making women feel 'unsafe'

Washington - Tina Brown, leading American feminist, founder and former editor of the Daily Beast and former editor for Newsweek, who currently heads up Tina Brown Live Media, slammed Pres. Barack Obama Monday on the MSNBC “Morning Joe” program.

Op-Ed: Five things wrong with Sen. Ted Cruz' Ten-Point Plan for Congress

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has announced his GOP plan for Congress starting in 2015, outlining what should be done if Republicans regain the Senate. Unfortunately, he's half wrong.

Op-Ed: Most watched projection models show Republicans winning Senate

Washington - U.S. Pres. Barack Obama couldn't even hold the attention of those in attendance as he campaigned for Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown at an Early Vote Rally at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md.

Resolving to make Kobani Islamic State's Stalingrad

The Stalingrad analogy is a suitable one for the present situation in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. One hopes that Kobani prove to be the Stalingrad of Islamic State.
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