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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.

Japan's economy shrinks during third quarter

Japan's economic performance was hurt by a recent sales tax hike and investment by business declined. The economy shrank by 1.6 percent even though predictions were that there would be growth following a large decline in the previous quarter.

Congress to take its most important NSA surveillance vote yet

The fight over the spying powers of the National Security Agency is about to face a crucial test. On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to vote on whether it will debate the USA Freedom Act.

Op-Ed: D.C. pols focus on public goals would go far to rebuild trust

Outgoing Washington Mayor Vincent Gray is likely to spend his remaining few months in office focused more on his mounting legal troubles, than any lame duck initiatives he may have planned for the city.

Op-Ed: Libyan Supreme Court decision may help UN negotiations

The Libyan Supreme Court well over a week ago ruled that the June elections in Libya were unconstitutional and that the House of Representatives now meeting in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk should be dissolved.

Female bishops coming to the Church of England at last

It has been a very long time coming but the Church of England has at last jumped the last hurdle and the ordaining of women bishops is here. The final, formal approval was given today with a simple show of hands.

Government spy planes being used to collect cellphone data

In the last few days, an aerial spy network used by the Justice Dept and US Marshalls to collect cellphone information has been exposed.

Op-Ed: A bit of (much needed) good news from Iraq

From Baghdad, America's top military officer General Martin Dempsey has said battle momentum is gradually turning against the Islamic State group.

Manitoba premier facing leadership test in March

On Saturday, the ruling provincial Manitoba New Democratic Party held an emergency executive meeting in Winnipeg to discuss dissent within the party with criticism being directed at Premier Greg Selinger by a number of cabinet ministers.

ISIS and Al Qaeda strike up alliance in Syria

A report from Associated Press sources says that after a year or more of fighting each other, Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, the Jabhat al-Nusra Front and ISIS have reached an agreement to stop hostilities and work together.

Independent Walker ousts Parnell and is Alaska's new governor

After a tense race, Independent candidate Bill Walker has won the Alaska race for governor, and that's largely due to the fact that he launched an aggressive campaign against Republican Governor Sean Parnell, The Huffington Post reports.

Op-Ed: Recent UN statements on Libya

The United Nations Support Mission In Libya (UNSMIL) issues periodic statements on the situation in Libya. Every statement has predictable motherhood bromides urging all the parties to eschew violence and stop fighting.

Kinder Morgan wins, protesters must leave Burnaby Mountain

Kinder Morgan has won an injunction against those protesting survey work they are doing on Burnaby Mountain. The company said they were being hampered from doing survey and drilling work by protesters and sought their removal. Friday, the judge agreed.

Op-Ed: Battle of Baiji — The turning point Iraq needs

Iraqi forces driving the Islamic State (IS) fighters from the city of Baiji north of Baghdad may prove to be the decisive victory the demoralized Iraqi Army badly needs.

Boehner won't rule out govt shutdown over immigration fight

Recently, the Obama administration has been considering a plan that aims to shield about five million immigrants currently living in the U.S. illegally from deportation as part of a set of executive actions that maybe announced next week, officials say.

Op-Ed: Norwegian doctor banned permanently from Gaza Strip

Israel has banned Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza permanently. Israeli authorities say the ban was imposed on Gilbert for security reasons.

Op-Ed: Christian Zealots — ISIS in America Special

Mikey Weinstein, an Air Force Academy graduate, is worried that radical Christians pose the same kind of threat ISIS does in the Middle East

LGBT marriage equality victories in Kansas, South Carolina

The seemingly inexorable march toward nationwide same-sex marriage equality continued this week, with Kansas becoming the 33rd state to legalize gay marriage and a federal judge striking down South Carolina's ban.

U.S. House passes Keystone XL bill that now goes to Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives controlled by Republicans easily passed a bill that approves the Keystone XL pipeline that also circumvents the need to get presidential approval for the project.

Op-Ed: More ISIS war crimes and crimes against humanity

The latest United Nations report about the Islamist State (IS, formerly of course ISIS) group's atrocities in Syria is damning, but certainly not surprising.

World's economic leaders gather in Australia for 2-day G20 summit

Amidst a simmering tension between two members, world economic powers are gathering today in Brisbane, Australia for the ninth meeting of the G20 summit. The agenda is not officially known but the prime topic is certain to be the world's economy.

Op-Ed: The revolving door special interests and Obamacare

When Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act was originally drafted, Democrat Max Baucus was a key legislator involved and Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. His committee took the lead role in drafting the act.

Op-Ed: Showdown coming between Obama and GOP over immigration

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner told reporters on Wednesday he would not rule out withholding funds in an attempt to block President Barack Obama from halting deportation for millions of illegal immigrants. Boehner said,"All options are on the table."

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