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Former U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) heads for Wall Street

Former GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia is heading to Wall Street as he joins the banking firm called Moelis & Co. But, he plans to stay in Virginia and open a District office for the bank.

Nazi past not stopping John Beattie from Deputy-Reeve in Ontario

In the small town of Minden, Ontario an election will take place on Oct. 27. One of the positions up for grabs is Deputy-Reeve, who is second in command of the town's council. One candidate, John Beattie, has a history that may raise an eyebrow or two.

Op-Ed: What's very telling about Syria's arrest of pro-regime activists

The Syrian regime recently arrested pro-Assad activists who had criticized the military for its recent losses against Islamic State (IS) forces who have taken over large swaths of the country's east.

In Afghanistan, power-sharing talks break down

Kabul - As Hamid Karzai was scheduled to step down today, September 2, as president of Afghanistan there is still no president to take his place. NATO is slated to discuss Afghanistan at a summit in Wales in two days time with no new Afghan president to attend.

Op-Ed: Putin’s mouth gets him in trouble again

Moscow - Even though Russian President Vladimir Putin has a stranglehold on the nation’s media, his ill tempered remarks have made him the laughing stock of the world, or worse.

Op-Ed: Obama lacks strategy; Democrats lack political compass

Washington - From Estonia, Mr. Obama is expected to send yet another “stern message” to Russia over the crisis in Ukraine; let's hope he spent more time Developing an east European strategy than he did on a strategy to contain ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Eurozone recovery stalled; more austerity possible

Frankfurt - With Europe’s economic recovery slumping, euro governments are under increasing pressure to act while facing considerable political obstacles and disgruntled constituencies ready to light the fuse on protests against renewed austerity measures.

Pullman Park could become the Statue of Liberty of American labor

Chicago - The Labor Day holiday has its roots in Chicago's Pullman neighborhood, which is the site of our nation's first major labor strike, leading to the establishment of the holiday. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) introduced a bill to designate Pullman a National Park.

Marina Silva could become the world’s first ‘Green President’

Brazilia - Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva threatens the re-election of Dilma Rousseff and the 12-year hegemony of the Workers Party (PT). Her election on October 5 could transform the South American giant relations with the region and the world.

The image that sparked a social media hate campaign in France

This innocent photograph of eight kindergarten children in Paris, posted on the Facebook page of the French Ministry of Education last Monday, has since received a storm of insults and racist comments, because of the children’s skin colour.

Louisiana Democrat Sen. Landrieu faces residency allegations

New Orleans - In a hotly contested campaign for the U.S. Senate, an incumbent candidate should not be battling a residency scandal. Incredibly, Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing just that, allegations that she is no longer a resident in the state she represents.

Talks break down between B.C. teachers and ministry, Ready leaves

For all those parents in the province of British Columbia who hoped their kids would start the school year on time this Tuesday, the news late this afternoon is not good. Talks have broken down and much-touted mediator Vince Ready has walked away.

Calif. gun bill set to allow families to take guns from offenders

Sacramento - A bill that would allow family members to ask a judge to order firearms removed from people who are likely to commit gun violence has passed in the senate by 23-8. It now goes back for a vote on amendments before heading to Governor Jerry Brown.

European vacuum cleaner sales jump 50 percent ahead of ban

London - In the European Union, living green means not living clean, or at least not as clean as your floor might be using more than a 1,600-watt vacuum cleaner.

Obamacare income-verification form may delay tax refunds

Washington - Receiving a taxpayer-funded tax subsidy to purchase health insurance under Pres. Barack Obama’s law means that millions of Americans may have a tax problem this year.

Op-Ed: Sixteen ice bucket challenge politicians voted for ALS cuts

Washington - Several U.S. legislators who voted in favor of a bill that cut federal funding for ALS research have, somewhat bizarrely, taken the chilly plunge for charity.

Op-Ed: Kerry's proposed solution to Islamic State is very vague

Kerry, and indeed the wider Obama administration, has been very vague about just how the United States will go about confronting the threat posed by Islamic State.

David Cameron urges voters against Scottish independence

In a speech to businessmen gathered at the CBI’s annual Glasgow dinner, UK Prime Minister David Cameron urged voters not to abandon the “openness” of remaining the Kingdom by choosing independence.

Op-Ed: Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania trailing polls, expands Medicaid

Harrisburg - The Medicaid expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act is optional for the states thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Every Democratic governor, except for one, is participating. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania became the ninth GOP governor to sign on.
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