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This Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion

In ‘The Island of Crimea,’ Vasily Aksyonov penned a satirical ‘what-if’ about a free and modern Simferopol clamouring to rejoin the Soviets. Three decades on, it’s not so funny any more.

Gay People Need to Be More Tolerant!

Newt Gingrich wonders why people can’t express their anti-gay views about Michael Sam’s on-screen kiss more freely, an Idaho congressional candidate is a 9/11 truther, and more.


Go Forth and Fail, Rutgers Grads

Greetings, Class of 2014. So Condoleezza Rice was too offensive for you. Just wait until Monday morning. Did you learn how to spell KFC?


Believers Must Fight for Gay Teens

Compassion is important, but so is fighting systemic injustice—like the way our social institutions harass and criminalize gay teenagers.


This Ice Cream's Secret: Pampered Cows

Forget vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Woodside Farm Creamery is letting its imagination fly when it comes to the flavors of its ice cream, made from the happiest of cows.


Iran’s Women Unveil Online

Meet the young Iranian exile whose stealth Facebook page—it allows women to post pictures of themselves without their hijabs—has outraged the authorities in Tehran.


Celebrity Music Video Cameos

Arcade Fire released the powerful music video for the song “We Exist,” featuring Andrew Garfield dressed as a woman. See more stars in music videos.


How Harry Reid Carpet-Bombed the South

Call it the Romney strategy: The Senate Majority PAC’s early wave of attack ads has been paying off in the polls in Democrats’ closest races.


The Weirdest Object in the Universe

100 times hotter than the Sun, as long as Manhattan, 400 trillion times as dense as water, with a pull 100 trillion times stronger than Earth’s magnetic field. Meet the neutron star.


Obama's transportation chief Foxx takes on increasingly visible role

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Anthony Foxx took over from the hard-charging Ray LaHood last July as U.S. transportation secretary, he had big shoes to fill and needed to adjust from his job as a city mayor to presiding over a sprawling agency with 55,000 employees. Less than a year later, Foxx, 43, has emerged as an up-and-coming talent in President Barack Obama's Cabinet, a central player in Obama's effort to persuade Congress to approve new transportation funding and who just last week fined General Motors $35 million for safety violations linked to 13 deaths. "Crashes happened and people died," Foxx told a news conference in announcing the penalties. It has been a speedy rise for Foxx, a former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, who got Democrats' attention in 2012 when his city played host to the Democratic National Convention where Obama was nominated for a second term.


Obama considering new housing and budget leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shuffling his second-term Cabinet, President Barack Obama plans to nominate Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan to be budget director and is considering San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to succeed Donovan, according to people familiar with the selection process.


Report: Reid's worth between $2.9M and $6.7M

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is worth between $2.9 million and $6.7 million, while U.S. Sen. Dean Heller's assets are valued between $2.9 million and $9.3 million, according to their latest financial disclosure statements.

Obama considering new housing, budget leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shuffling his second-term Cabinet, President Barack Obama plans to nominate Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan to be budget director and is considering San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to succeed Donovan, according to people familiar with the selection process.


In Ky. Senate race, primaries preview November

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes was firing up a group of about 30 voters from a picturesque gazebo Saturday when the sun suddenly broke through the clouds and shone on her face.

Ex-defense contractor surrenders to US marshals

POWAY, Calif. (AP) — A former defense contractor convicted of bribing former U.S. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham of California surrendered to U.S. marshals after exhausting his appeals options.

Mr. Obama, Meet Mr. Modi

India’s new prime minister has been barred from the U.S. because of alleged links to a religious massacre, but that’s not the only reason a meeting with the president will be difficult.


Senate candidates campaign in Ga.'s GOP stronghold

BUFORD, Ga. (AP) — Candidates in Georgia's fiercely contested Republican Senate race headed to one of the most solidly Republican areas in the country on Saturday, just days ahead of a primary that could help determine congressional control.


New Jersey Gov. Christie mulls 401(k) for state workers: report

New Jersey's Republican Governor Christie plans to propose switching some public workers in the state to a 401(k) defined contribution pension plan, or a hybrid variation, from traditional pensions, according to the Wall Street Journal. New Jersey officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday. New Jersey currently has an unfunded pension obligation of more than $50 billion.


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