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The 5th Generation F-35 Pilots Will Be Equipped With A $400,000 Fighter Helmet

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Since its inception, the U.S. Air Force’s new F-35 fighter jet has been riddled with issues. Technical flaws, cost overruns and other delays have caused the total cost of the F-35 program to nearly double to $400 billion (with an estimated lifetime cost of up to $1.5 trillion). In fact, the new F-35 program is Pentagon’s most expensive weapons program ever. The $400,000 helmet that each F-35 pilot will be equipped with may be the cherry on top. According to Fox News… “Pilots who climb into the cockpit

The White House Just Officially Exempted Itself from Freedom of Information Requests

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When U.S. President Barack Obama was elected to his first term back in 2008, he promised the American people that his administration would be the most transparent administration ever. Since then, the Obama administration’s track record on transparency has been questionable, to say the least. “Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. … It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is

Netanyahu On Eve of Election: There Will Be No Palestinian State If I Remain Leader


Tomorrow (3/17), the people of Israel will head to the polls to decide the future direction of their country. The race has been hotly contested, and current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spent the last few months trying to drum up support from political conservatives to secure his re-election. On Monday, with the latest polls showing him trailing by a slim margin, Netanyahu took his appeal to the next level: he announced that as long as he is leader, there would be no establishment

Did Florida Really Ban Environmental Officials from Using the Term “Climate Change”?

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Employees at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have an extremely difficult job. Besides the constant stress of protecting the state’s diverse ecosystems and wildlife, DEP employees also have to worry about the effects of climate change – a problem that is particularly pronounced in Florida. According to scientists, Florida is the single most vulnerable state in terms of rising sea levels. So one can understand why many Floridians were outraged when the Miami Herald published an article claiming that… “DEP officials have been ordered not to

Obama Asks Congress to Authorize Three-Year Military Campaign Against ISIS

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Earlier today, U.S. President Barack Obama submitted a formal proposal to Congress asking them to authorize a three-year military campaign against the terrorist group known as ISIS or ISIL. The President claims that his proposal, which would include some limited ground operations, would help the U.S. avoid a large-scale ground invasion and occupation. The request is somewhat symbolic however, when you consider that the United States has been carrying out airstrikes on ISIS positions since last August. In the five months since

What’s Inside Obama’s $4 Trillion Federal Budget Proposal?

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This past Monday (2/2), President Barack Obama released his 2016 federal budget proposal. The President’s proposal called for $3.99 trillion dollars in federal spending, a 6.4% increase from this year’s budget. However, the budget forecasts $3.53 trillion in revenue, resulting in a budget deficit of just $474 billion – the lowest annual deficit since before the financial meltdown in 2008. The President defended the increased spending in his budget by citing the improving economy, saying that the country needs to move beyond

Ecuador Has Lifted 1.5 Million Out of Poverty In 8 Years Under President Rafael Correa

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This past Friday (1/22), the Ecuadorean National Secretariat for Planning and Development announced that approximately 1.5 million Ecuadoreans have been lifted out of poverty since 2007. The accomplishment is a testament to the impressive job President Rafael Correa has done since taking office in January of 2007. Correa, who was born into a working class family in Guayaquil (Ecuador’s largest city), campaigned on a platform of drastic social reforms. But unlike many politicians these days, Correa has actually followed through on the

Obama’s Tax On the 1%: Redistributing Wealth Amidst Historic Levels of Inequality In America (Opinion Piece)

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Last night (January 20), President Obama used his State of the Union speech to officially propose a new tax plan. Though the White House has yet to release all of the specifics, the plan would basically increase taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the financial burden on America’s struggling middle class. By most accounts, the American economy has been making a healthy recovery since Obama took office in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Job growth has been

Developing Story: 12 Dead In Attack on French Satirical Magazine; 3 Gunmen At Large

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The city of Paris was shocked by a brutal act of violence this morning. Around 10:30 GMT, three masked gunmen armed with automatic weapons stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The gunmen, believed to be Islamic extremists, killed 12 people in the attack. Among the dead were four of the magazine’s founding cartoonists, including the magazine’s editor Stephane Charbonnier. NPR reports that the attackers first shot an officer stationed at the magazine office before heading to the second floor and opening fire on the

Obama Announces Plans to Normalize Relations With Cuba and Open Embassy in Havana

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In 1960, the U.S. enacted a series of economic regulations, travel restrictions, and international legal penalties on Cuba in response to Fidel Castro’s nationalization (government seizure) of American property. The embargo’s long-term goal was to create a more democratic government in Cuba, but many critics say that the embargo has failed to accomplish this goal and has only served to hurt the Cuban people. Back in October, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to end

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