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The Paycheck Fairness Act, S. 2199, failed to move in the United States Senate yesterday by a vote of 52-40. The measure is aimed at bridging the differences in pay between men and women. The bill needed to overcome the 60-vote procedural hurdle.

Op-Ed: Is another 9/11-style terrorist attack coming to the US soon?

The news is filled with hype about another "9/11-like" terrorist attack headed by the violent Islamic State coming to the United States. But is there actually a legitimate threat or is it all war propaganda?

Op-Ed: The Ukraine and IMF loans

Back in April of this year after the February uprising against president Yanukovych in the Ukraine, the IMF approved a loan of $17 billion to the new Ukrainian government.

Op-Ed: NATO will not allow another Crimea stealth caper

NATO is warning Russian President Vladimir Putin that his “hybrid war” strategy has become transparent, and will result in intervention if he seeks to pull off another Crimean caper.

Scott McKeen: Leading a ward 'on its way up' Special

Scott McKeen is Edmonton's City Councillor for Ward 6. He was elected to office for the first time in the civic election in October of 2013.

Arizona Republican vice chairman calls for sterilizing poor women

The vice chairman of the Arizona Republican Party has resigned after advocating the forced sterilization of female welfare recipients on his weekly radio program.

Real costs of Obamacare to hit Democrats hard in 2016

The White House and other Obamacare enthusiasts believe Americans have learned to love the "Affordable Care Act" imposed by Democrats in December 2010. Unfortunately, for them, Democrats running for office in 2014 are not feeling the love.

BCTF, government bargain until 2 a.m., now talking in same room

While the B.C. Teachers' Federation, government negotiators and mediator Vince Ready are mum on how talks are going, Mr. Ready did say the two sides are now bargaining in the same room. He made that admission after 2 a.m. Monday morning.

Op-Ed: Mark Kirk has more to fear than Michelle Obama snatching his seat

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois is running scared, as he seeks to win re-election in 2016. Kirk knows one thing, but isn't saying is that in spite of the fact he is an incumbent, he will be trying to hang onto this seat is the position of an underdog.

Strike: Parents hopeful as teachers, government talk into night

It ain't over until it's over and while it ain't over, there is a growing optimism that the labor dispute between B.C. teachers and government could be over soon. For the second straight night Sunday negotiators talked late into the night in Richmond.

Op-Ed: U.S. skepticism on defeating ISIS raises risk of Iraq War 2.0

With the beheading of a third Westerner by ISIS the U.S. and Britain face intensifying calls to action...but an NBC News poll has found that almost 70 percent of Americans doubt that the U.S. will be able to destroy ISIS. What can be done?

'Six Californias' initiative fails to make 2016 state ballot

A proposed initiative to divide California into six separate states did not get enough signatures from registered voters to qualify for the ballot in 2016, officials said Friday.

Op-Ed: Nostradumbass: Stephen Colbert blasts Fox for Bush/Cheney defense

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert slammed Senator John McCain of Arizona with his unique, biting form of sarcasm and satire. Colbert portrayed the Arizona lawmaker, losing decisively to President Obama in 2008, as an embittered and discredited politician.

NRA 'Killer Cop' competition prompts outcry over police violence

Beginning Sept. 15, the National Rifle Association will host its annual National Police Shooting Competition (NPSC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The competition is expected to draw more than 500 police officers from law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Liberal U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders tests waters for 2016

Liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders, 73, one of two Independents in the U.S. Senate who caucuses with Democrats, is exploring a 2016 run for the presidency. Saunders, a socialist, is undecided whether he would run as a Democrat or Independent.

Op-Ed: Rush Limbaugh ridicules domestic violence stand of women Senators

16 female U.S. Senators, led by Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, calling for a zero tolerance policy toward domestic abuse. The letter says this type of "violence and abuse has no place” in the league.

Liberia president sacks absent politicians

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has dismissed 10 government officials. The officials have been out of the country for most of the Ebola crisis.

Op-Ed: Obama may be contemplating intervention in Libya

In Obama's recent announcement of the expansion of attacks against the Islamic State in Iraq and also into Syria, he also spoke of the need for vigiliance in northern Africa.

Op-Ed: AUMF used by Obama to justify expanded Islamic State attacks

In his speech on September 10, Obama claimed he already had authorization for an expanded war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. However, he is also anxious that Congress provide him resources for his project.

B.C. teachers, government, mediator, talking in Richmond

The B.C. Teachers Federation and the government, with mediator Vince Ready, are back talking, working toward an end to their labor dispute behind closed doors in a Richmond hotel. The BCTF acknowledged a restart of talks but said little else.

Bill Maher targeting Rep. John Kline for 'Flip a District' defeat

Rep. John Kline (R-MN) is the big winner in HBO's Real Time host Bill Maher's "Flip A District" contest. Maher will campaign in Kline's district, attempting to unseat him in the coming November midterm elections. Maher made the announcement from his show.

Doug Ford speaks about mayoral race in Toronto

Friday afternoon City Councillor Doug Ford was at City Hall putting his name into the hat for the Toronto Mayoral race. There was a rush to get the paperwork filed as the nomination process deadline was 2:00 p.m. Friday.

Op-Ed: Obamacare misinformer Betsy McCaughey walks off The Daily Show

Betsy "Death Panel" McCaughey, the serial Obamacare misinformer, walked off of the Daily Show yesterday. The Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper tried to interview McCaughey, asking her "It's been a tough road for critics of this law," he asked.

Rob Ford withdraws from Toronto's race for mayor

At the last minute Friday Mayor Rob Ford's director of communications Jeff Silverstein put in the paperwork for resignation at Toronto's City Hall. Ford's brother Doug name has been added to the list of mayoral candidates.

Administration searches desperately for Middle East 'boots'

With midterm elections bearing down, the top Democrat is trying to convince a war-weary nation it needs to go back to war - not just in Iraq, but in Syria, where nearly 200,000 have died.

Bill Maher wishes Elizabeth Warren would take on Hillary Clinton

The host of HBO's popular show, "Real Time with Bill Maher," has been promoting his show's season premier this week and caused a stir. Maher told Charlie Rose he wants Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run and defeat Hillary Clinton, among other taboo subjects.

Op-Ed: Mary Landrieu opponent Rep. Bill Cassidy pulls an Obamacare stunt

The "do-nothing" Congress is back in town, and in the spirit of "do-nothingness," Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy received the cooperation of the GOP House leadership, to put on the House floor a "go nowhere" vote on a "do-nothing" bill today.

Op-Ed: When looking realistically, Scottish independence not a good idea

Could the United Kingdom not be so united any longer? For years Scotland has mulled trying to seek independence from the rest of Great Britain, and now it may actually happen...but should it? Realistically, it's tough to leave the Queen.

Op-Ed: Rob Ford in second place in Toronto mayoralty race

John Tory, a former leader of the Progressive Conservative party of Ontario, is far in the lead for mayor of the city of Toronto. However scandal-ridden Rob Ford the present mayor is in second, and Olivia Chow of the New Democratic Party is in third.

Op-Ed: Why the U.S. should not rule out boots on the ground against ISIS

President Obama has vowed to neutralize ISIS as a dangerous organization, but has also vowed not to use U.S. ground troops to do the job. This "war on the cheap" method is exactly what landed us in trouble in Iraq in 2003.

Thomas Mulcair in Edmonton on the campaign trail Special

Thomas Mulcair, leader of the federal New Democrat party, was in Edmonton this past week on the campaign trail and spoke at a fundraiser Wednesday evening.

Obama remembers 9/11 as he sizes up new Mideast war

President Barack Obama on Thursday warned Americans "do not give in to fear" as he marked the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, hours after summoning his weary nation to a new war on Islamic extremism.

Poll: Tom Wolf devours Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett by 24 points

The race for Governor of Pennsylvania is turning into a route, as Democratic challenger Tom Wolf is devouring his Republican opponent, the incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University. Wolf leads Corbett by 24 points.

Saudis offers to train Syrian opposition; needs Congressional OK

President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the State Floor of the White House on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Obama said the U.S. will destroy ISIL militants and ordered airstrikes in Iraq and, for the first time, in Syria.

Op-Ed: In B.C. teachers' strike BCTF sings Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

Striking teachers in British Columbia seem to have a binding affinity for that 1975 Freddie Fender song 'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.' Why? Because wasting time is exactly what they did with their vote on arbitration.

Op-Ed: France takes lead in suggesting new foreign intervention in Libya

Once again there is international pressure for a new intervention in Libya as competing militias continue to clash and competing governments exist in Tobruk and Tripoli.

Op-Ed: How the U.S. government used 9/11 to attack freedom

When 9/11 occurred thousands of Americans lost their wives, husbands, children and friends. The terrorist attack was an unquestionable tragedy, that didn’t just cost the lives of thousands of Americans.

Op-Ed: 'We’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq'

After nearly six years, Americans across the political spectrum have learned to take what Pres. Barack Obama says with an ounce or much larger dose of salt.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with abdominal tumor

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been admitted to a hospital due to a tumor. While Ford has dealt with abdominal pain for three months, it became much worse in the last 24 hours.

Dick Cheney to GOP on ISIS: Lets send U.S. troops back into Iraq

Before U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation on his plans to deal with the Islamic State, former Vice President Dick Cheney is making the case to the GOP to send troops into Iraq.

Toronto's Mayor Ford admitted to hospital for tumour

Mayor Rob Ford has been admitted to Humber River Hospital after doctors discovered a tumour. Ford had gone to the emergency room earlier Wednesday because of abdominal pain.

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