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Workers in California who work on Thanksgiving and Christmas may get a bit of financial relief if a California lawmaker has her way. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez plans to introduce a bill doubling the pay of employees who work on the two holidays.

Op-Ed: In the wake of the Ferguson riots, 'white privilege' revisited

While protests against the grand jury decision in Ferguson and elsewhere continued through the Thanksgiving weekend, the concept of "white privilege" has been presented as an acceptable phraseology.

Doug says brother Rob Ford faces surgery in effort to beat cancer

The cancerous tumor that sits in Rob Ford is not getting smaller, his brother Doug Ford told the media on Thursday. Rob is expected to undergo a fifth round of chemotherapy before moving on to other treatment options.

Op-Ed: Putin may be losing his Russian roulette game

With prominent Russians falling from a Moscow skyscraper and drowning in an OPEC country it may or may not be just a coincidence, but it appeared to indicate that President Vladimir Putin’s economy is dangerously threatened by a growing glut of oil.

U.S. forces involved in Yemen rescue raid

Yemen security officials announced that eight hostages had been freed from the custody of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP). The operation was in Hadrawmut province.

Militant preacher/legislator loses appeal of Navy Discharge

An ex-Navy chaplain who was elected as a Colorado state legislator despite believing President Obama is possessed by demons has lost an appeal of his discharge from the Navy.

Op-Ed: Even UN worried about Tripoli air attacks

UN special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon has been trying his best to persuade the parties in conflict to stop fighting and engage in dialogue. He has stressed that there can only be a political solution to the Libyan conflict.

Op-Ed: Gandhi was imperfect, Martin Luther wasn’t perfect

It is healthy to refuse to believe everything you read. Lies and half-truths have a way of toying with the mind into easy manipulation. Is there an excuse in showing Mahatma Gandhi was a perfect human? In a perfect world, to err wouldn’t be human.

Denmark: Public-supported ban on male circumcision sparks debate

A poll conducted by a newspaper in Denmark showed that almost three-quarters of Danes think that circumcision should be restricted or banned completely, and this prompted Denmark's parliament to debate the issue earlier today.

Russia signs new agreement with Abkhazia

Russia and Abkhazia have signed an extensive agreement on military issues and Abkhazia agreed to harmonize its foreign and defence policies with those of Russia. A Russian commander will lead a new joint force of Russian and Abkhazian troops.

Op-Ed: The story about Brown and Wilson is bigger than Ferguson

What is happening in Ferguson is a tragedy, but the narrative of looting, arson, and the death of Michael Brown only scratches at the surface of the bigger issue. Police all over America have killed unarmed Americans, and have escaped punishment.

New FDA rules will require calorie counts on menus

The Food and Drug Administration is adding one more soldier to the battle against obesity in Americans by requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors nationwide to list calorie counts on their menus.

Op-Ed: Canada and U.S. oppose resolution against glorifying Nazism

Last Friday, Canada along with the U.S. opposed a resolution that was meant to combat glorification of Nazism. The only other country to vote against the resolution was Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Top Democrat finally admits Obamacare was mistake

Sen. Chuck Schumer, third-most powerful Democrat in the new Senate minority party, finally came clean on his role in passing Obamacare during a speech on Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Unidentified jets launch 2 attacks on Tripoli airport

If an unidentified jet bombed an international airport in Jerusalem or even Kiev it would be headline news. In Tripoli, the capital of Libya, however unidentified bombings have happened several times. No one even expresses surprise let alone outrage.

Op-Ed: Are al-Shabaab smarter or Kenyan police just not smart?

At second glance, the terrorist group is not smarter; it’s the Kenyan intelligence community that is simply clueless and overwhelmed.

NC Lawmakers told to hand over some docs as voter ID trial nears

Lawmakers who crafted a sweeping overhaul of North Carolina's voting laws will not have to surrender emails documenting conversations among themselves or with their legislative aides, a U.S. Magistrate Judge has ruled.

Op-Ed: The real lessons behind the Ferguson grand jury decision

It's a maelstrom in Ferguson, Missouri after a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson after he killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teen. Wilson was white, Brown was black, and the case mixed alleged racism with police abuse of force.

Op-Ed: Police change story in Ferguson case

Although St. Louis cops made much to do of witnesses changing stories in the Michael Brown killing, investigators themselves made a significant change in their description of what occurred.

Defense secretary resigns, could signal U.S. government shakeup

Speculation about a shakeup at the highest levels of the U.S. government security apparatus were rampant Monday after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation.

Op-Ed: Obama sees expanded role for US in Afghanistan in 2015

While US combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of this year, under an agreement signed by the new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani almost 10,000 troops will remain through 2015 at least.

Op-Ed: Executive's decisions make Kenya more vulnerable

Intelligence failure means preventive measures fail. Once intelligence fails, predicting preventive wars becomes impossible.

The late Mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Berry Dies at 78

Former DC mayor, Marion Barry, a debatable and tireless supporter of the nation’s capital who created jobs for generations of black families, Marion Barry was the ultimate D.C. politician. Barry died on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the age of 78.

Op-Ed: Herding the liberal sheep into the Democratic fold

The United States is a two-party system consisting of Republicans and Democrats. While other parties exist, and independents as well, they do not have sufficient funds or support to challenge the two main parties.

Op-Ed: Republican committee clears Hillary on Benghazi

Less than a month after Republicans swept the nation, in lightly turned out election, their most feared enemy, Hillary Clinton, has gotten a boost. And it came from the GOP.

Op-Ed: Russian military commander brags of role in Ukraine

A Russian mercenary soldier long suspected of involvement in the Ukrainian rebellion now boasts of his role in an interview.

Rob Ford hints brother Doug could run for Ontario PC leadership

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford thinks his brother Doug Ford should run for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party. Rob jokingly told media his brother "dithers" too much and has been doing just that on the subject of a PC leadership bid.

Op-Ed: American Mothers vs the American Gun Lobby

For many years, the NRA has raised the specter of 'liberal' government suppression of civil liberties. Since the advent of Obama's administration, this tactic, with the help of a $250 million budget, has been a very effective one..

Op-Ed: Obama wins big with immigration deal

President Barack Obama will use his executive authority to delay the deportation of the family members of U.S. citizens, prompting a political battle that may affect the 2016 presidential election.

House passes bill that impedes scientists ability to advise EPA

While the debate about a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline rocked back-and-forth in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday before failing to pass, the House quietly slipped under the radar, passing a bill that has scientists worried.

Utah lawmakers consider cutting off NSA's water

Utah lawmakers are set to consider a bill that could cut off the water supply for a massive National Security Agency facility near Salt Lake City.

Obama announces executive action on immigration

President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that he would take executive action to allow millions of undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria to remain legally — but temporarily — in the United States.

Missouri in state of emergency but US always in emergency state

A proclamation by governor Jay Nixon authorizes the Missouri National Guard to support police if there is violence when a grand jury decision is announced on whether a white policeman who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager will be charged.

Same-sex couples wed in South Carolina, Montana after bans fall

South Carolina and Montana have become the 34th and 35th US states to achieve same-sex marriage equality after separate judicial decisions cleared the way for weddings to begin.

Top Nevada GOP lawmaker called blacks 'simple-minded darkies'

The Nevada lawmaker selected as Assembly speaker candidate by the new Republican majority has a long history of racist and homophobic statements, including calling blacks "simple-minded darkies" and falsely linking homosexuality to child molestation.

Op-Ed: Why 'is college worth it?' is the wrong question to ask

Now that we're done with the 2014 midterms and are looking on to the 2016 presidential election, we see a new news blitz about the cost of college education, led by CNN asking "is college worth it?" Unfortunately, it's the wrong question to ask.

Op-Ed: Turkish envoy to Libya urges general elections as cure for crisis

Emrullah Isler, the Turkish Special Envoy for Libya claims the political crisis in Libya can be overcome by holding general elections.

Obama uses Facebook to announce immigration plans for Thursday

President Obama used social media today to invite Americans to watch his immigration reform announcement Thursday night at 8 p.m. The White House posted a video to its Facebook page giving the public a heads-up on what's coming.

Op-Ed: Moms Demand Action fight for gun control

Guns don't kill; people do. However, too many guns, irresponsibly used and in the wrong hands, are injuring and killing too many people. A gun license, like a driver's license, should be a privilege, not a right.

WA Fisheries Dept. refuses to pay for removal of whale carcass

The humpback whale carcass that made news earlier this month when a man thought it would be funny to "surf a whale," is back in the public spotlight again. This time, the focus is on who is responsible for paying for the removal of the carcass.

U.S. not paying ransom for hostages in sharp contrast to Europe

In light of the latest beheading of an American aid worker being held by the Islamic State terror organization, President Obama has ordered a comprehensive review of how the U.S. responds when our citizens are taken hostage overseas.
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