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The Iowa Caucuses: Determining Our Next President Since… Never? (Guest Piece)

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The Super Bowl has been a fixture of life in the United States since 1967, when Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10. This Sunday, the nation’s public will have another opportunity to lust over their favorite giant men crashing into each other while enjoying foods as quintessentially American as chips and salsa. Yet, while football may capture the attention of even the most casual sports fan for a short 3 to 4 hours (including commercials

The Vast Majority of Gun Owners Are In Favor of Gun Control. You Just Have to Ask the Right Questions (Editorial)

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On October 1, a gunman opened fire on students at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, killing nine people and injuring nine others before taking his own life. Like other mass shootings in recent years, the tragedy in Oregon has once again launched the gun control debate into the forefront of American politics. On Friday, the White House confirmed that President Obama was considering using his executive power to bypass the political gridlock in Congress and enact stricter regulations on gun dealers. CBS

Why Shutting Down the Government Over Planned Parenthood Is A Terrible Idea (Opinion)

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For the second time in two years, the U.S. government is on the brink of a shutdown over budget disputes. If Congress can’t agree on a deal by the end of this month, the federal government will be forced to shut down at midnight on September 30. While many have downplayed the possibility of another shutdown, the chances of it happening continue to rise with each passing day. On Sunday, budget guru Stan Collender — who has spent nearly 40 years covering federal budget battles in

Google Has the Power to Decide the Next Presidential Election. Here’s How

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When you want to look something up on the internet, where do you go? For more than 75 percent of Americans, the answer to that question is Google (globally the number is closer to 90 precent). And after you’ve hit the search button, how many links do you actually check out? Research shows that half of us will only click the first two links, and less than 10 percent of us will make it past the first page of search results. When you consider these numbers, it’s hard to deny that Google’s

How Should We Judge the Thousands of Government Workers Caught On Ashley Madison?

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Earlier this month, a group of hackers broke into the servers of Ashley Madison, a dating website dedicated to helping people cheat on their partners. The hackers stole and then leaked the information of 32 million users, including names, email addresses, physical addresses, credit card numbers and even sexual preferences. Among those 32 million users were some 15,000 government and military workers, who — and I’m not making this up — used their official .gov and .mil e-mail addresses to sign up for the

A Republican Sneak Attack On Net Neutrality Is Gaining Momentum In Congress

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The FCC’s new net neutrality rules officially went into effect earlier this month, after a federal judge rejected a flurry of legal challenges from cable and phone companies. But before the rules even took effect, Republicans in the House of Representatives had already come up with an underhanded way of effectively crippling net neutrality. On June 10, the day before the new rules became official, House Republicans introduced a seemingly routine appropriations bill (ie. a bill that must be passed in

Pope: People Who Make Or Invest In Weapons Can’t Call Themselves Christians

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Pope Francis has a history of making controversial statements, and he ruffled plenty more feathers on Sunday by saying that arms manufacturers who claim to be Christian are hypocrites. Speaking at a youth rally in Turin, Italy, the Pope said, “It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn’t it?”   The statement was met by applause from the young crowd. But Francis did not limit his criticism to

This Visualization Shows How Ridiculously Divided Our Congress Has Become

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Political polarization is one of the most dangerous problems facing the United States today. Politicians are no longer celebrated for their ability to compromise; instead, they are criticized for being weak or disloyal when they try to find middle ground or (God forbid) change their stance on an issue after learning new information. As a result, the majority of votes in Congress go along party lines, with nearly all the Democrats voting one way and nearly all the Republicans voting the other way. To

Liberland: Croatian Man Founds Tiny European Nation With Only Voluntary Taxes


A tiny country was created earlier this month on disputed land between Croatia and Serbia that is technically “unclaimed” by any nation. Sitting on less than 3 square miles between the two countries,”Liberland” was formed with the notion of only having voluntary taxes. Prague native Vít Jedlička is leading the movement as Liberland’s president. Jedlička says that he started Liberland to, “turn the concept of a state upside down.” Jedlička, who was formerly a financial analyst in the Czech Republic, said increasing taxes were his motivation for forming Liberland,

Vladimir Putin Announces Plans To Build Russian Space Station By 2023

It seems that the International Space Station may have some company in space soon. According to Yahoo News… “Russia plans to build its own orbiting space station by 2023, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in session with the nation.” Currently, Russia and NASA are jointly using the International Space Station (ISS), along with a number of other countries from around the world. Since the ISS provides value to both Russia and the United States, both countries have agreed to

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