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The Coolest Places on Earth: Mendenhall Ice Caves – Juneau, Alaska (Photos)

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The Mendenhall Glacier, located in the Mendenhall Valley about 12 miles outside of Juneau, is one of Alaska’s most impressive natural wonders. But to reach the actual ice caves, which are located inside Mendenhall Glacier, visitors have to kayak out to the glacier and then tackle an ice climb over its outer edges. But its hard to argue that the journey isn’t worth it. Check out some photos of the breathtaking ice caves below:

2015 World Press Freedom Index – Where Does the United States Rank?

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Every year, the group Reporters Without Borders releases a World Press Freedom Index, comparing press freedom and freedom of information in 180 countries around the world. To acommplish this, they examine a wide set of criteria, including, “…media pluralism and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of journalists, and the legislative, institutional and infrastructural environment in which the media operate.”   This year’s Index indicated a worrisome global decline in press freedom over the past year. Of the 180 countries examined for the 2015 Index, approximately

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

Baghdad Residents Prepare to Enjoy Night Life Again As 2003 Curfew Is Finally Lifted

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When U.S. troops arrived in Baghdad at the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, they imposed a “dusk-to-dawn” curfew on the city in an effort to control widespread looting. On Saturday (2/7), after 12 long years, residents of Baghdad will finally be able to stay out all night. The good news was delivered by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in an announcement on Thursday (2/5). The end of the curfew is one of a number of new measures aimed at bringing life in Iraq’s capitol city

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

Draft of Arrest Warrant for Argentine President Found At the Home of Dead Prosecutor

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On July 18, 1994, a car bomb went off outside a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires, killing 85 people and injuring around 300 more. The AMIA bombing was the worst terrorist attack in Argentina’s history, and came just two years after the bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, in which 29 people died. Officials from Argentina, the United States and Israel all blamed the attacks on militant groups connected to Iran, but Iran denied the claims, calling them baseless. Many independent investigators

U.S. Classifies Basic Stats About Afghan Security Forces That Have Been Public for Years

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In 2008, the U.S. Congress established the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR. According to SIGAR’s website, the office was created to, “…provide independent and objective oversight of Afghanistan reconstruction projects and activities… SIGAR conducts audits and investigations to: 1) promote efficiency and effectiveness of reconstruction programs and 2) detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.” Every three months, the SIGAR publishes quarterly reports on the progress of the Afghan reconstruction project. A major focus of these reports

Chinese Firm Unveils “World’s Tallest 3D-Printed Building” (Video)

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The Shanghai-based construction firm WinSun Decoration Design Engineering recently unveiled the latest example of their impressive 3D printing capabilities: a five-story apartment building believed to be the tallest 3D-printed building in the world. The printer’s “ink” is a mixture of recycled construction waste and cement, which reduces construction costs significantly. Last spring, WinSun showed off its printing capabilities by printing 10 one-room houses in just 24 hours. According to the firm, construction costs were only $4,800 per house. But the apartment building wasn’t the only

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

Vladimir Putin Extends Olive Branch of Sorts In New Year’s Message to Obama

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On Wednesday (December 31), Russian President Vladimir Putin sent out New Year’s greetings to a number of current and former public officials around the world. Among these greetings was one addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama. In the greeting, Putin said that both Russia and the U.S. share mutual responsibility for maintaining international peace. Putin added that, “Russian-American partnership could have been developing successfully,” despite the tense relationship between the two countries over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Putin also referenced the upcoming 70th

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