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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition has ended its bombing campaign against rebels in Yemen having "achieved its military goals", officials say. The month-long Decisive Storm campaign had targeted Houthi rebels but largely failed to halt their advance. Read more


WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's top drug enforcement official is stepping down, the Justice Department said Tuesday, after her agency's reputation was tarnished by a scandal over sex parties with prostitutes and she broke with President Obama on drug policy. Read more


WASHINGTON -- Michele Leonhart, the career drug warrior who has headed the Drug Enforcement Administration since 2007, is expected to resign soon amid growing furor over DEA agents attending "sex parties" overseas and facing extremely lax punishments, according to reports on Tuesday. Read more


Russia is unlikely to launch a military thrust against the Baltics because President Vladimir Putin "is not suicidal," Czech President Milos Zeman said Tuesday.The Baltic countries -- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- were ruled by Moscow for nearly five decades following World War II and have been especially nervous about Russian intentions since fighting broke out in Ukraine. Latvia and Estonia, like eastern Ukraine, have large Russian-speaking communities."I don't think Russia could start a war by attacking any of the NATO member states," Zeman said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Because for sure Vladimir Putin is not suicidal and he knows the consequences this would have. Read more


In a 6-3 decision issued today in the case of Rodriguez v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Nebraska police violated the Fourth Amendment by extending an otherwise lawful traffic stop in order to let a drug-sniffing dog investigate the outside of the vehicle.


ISIS sees itself as a government operating under a rule of law, even if the group is most often talked about for its barbaric punishment of anyone who resists or defies its medieval interpretation of that Islamic law.


Taking extra vitamins "does more harm than good" and increases the risk of cancer and heart disease, a major study has revealed.

Dr Tim Byers – one of the world's top cancer experts – examined research papers spanning 30 years.

He looked at three widely taken ­over-the-counter pills and supplements, vitamin E tablets, beta-carotene and folic acid, and warned against exceeding the recommended daily amount.

Dr Byers said: "We are not sure why this is happening but evidence shows that people who take more dietary supplements than needed tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer.

Folic acid supplements are thought to be taken by more than 230,000 pregnant UK women each year as it can help prevent spina bifida and other birth defects affecting the brain and spine.

But one study examined by Dr Byers' team found too much increased the chances of getting cancer by 56%.


Ever watch a movie based on the hype that doesn't really impress you while you're watching it, but then hours later it sinks in and you suddenly realize how great it actually is? I just had that experience last night with an Australian "horror" movie called "The Babadook." And I put horror in quotes because, while on the surface it is a horror movie, it is really a metaphor for a much deeper family drama of loss and grief and how we deal with it. NO SPOILERS. Read more


Hillary Clinton admitted today that she was "surprised" to learn that the people who told her small businesses have struggled in recent years were actually correct.

Clinton noted that small business creation has "stalled out," to her chagrin. "I was very surprised to see that when I began to dig into it," she said while campaigning in New Hampshire. "Because people were telling me this as I traveled around the country the last two years, but I didn't know what they were saying and it turns out that we are not producing as many small businesses as we use to."


America's shameful system of forensic investigation is overdue for sweeping reform. Read more


A splashy headline appeared on the websites of many U.K. newspapers this morning, claiming that men whose brothers or fathers have been convicted of a sex offense are "five times more likely to commit sex crimes than the average male" and that this increased risk of committing rape or molesting a child "may run in a family's male genes." The study, published online today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, analyzed data from 21,566 male sex offenders convicted in Sweden between 1973 and 2009 and concluded that genetics may account for roughly 40% of the likelihood of committing a sex crime. (Women, who commit less than 1% of Sweden's sexual offenses, were omitted from the analysis.) The scientists have suggested that the new research could be used to help identify potential offenders and target high-risk families for early intervention efforts. Read more


Monday, April 20, 2015

Nearly half of the world's richest one per cent of people live in the U.S., according to a top economist.

But the threshold required to make it in to that elite group is lower than you might think - just $34,000 per person.

While the Occupy Wall Street movement has focused on the top one per cent of earners in the U.S., Branko Milanovic, a World Bank economist, has suggested that anti-inequality protesters should be more concerned with wealth disparity across the globe.


Very good at ranking the Presidents..


If you like to celebrate 4/20 each year, this year President Barack Obama will be joining you in spirit -- sort of.

The headlines have started trembling in the week leading up to April 20 (better known as 4/20) because there is a broadcast on CNN where President Obama is alleged to support medical marijuana reform.

Read more at www.inquisitr.com Read more


When political journalists play theater critic, they miss the real drama of elections.

The idea that Hillary Clinton wants to be president too much might be one of the most dubious talking point in politics. It received full treatment this weekend in the New York Times, when Maureen Dowd criticized Clinton for not adequately performing the following parts: "Macho Man," "Humble Granny," "Tumblr Chick," and a "clawing robot who has coveted the role as leader of the free world for decades." Read more


Business didn't always have so much power in Washington.

Something is out of balance in Washington. Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures -- more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.18 billion) and Senate ($860 million). It's a gap that has been widening since corporate lobbying began to regularly exceed the combined House-Senate budget in the early 2000s.

Today, the biggest companies have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them, allowing them to be everywhere, all the time. For every dollar spent on lobbying by labor unions and public-interest groups together, large corporations and their associations now spend $34. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 consistently represent business. Read more


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