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How Thad Cochran and I Won

No trick strategies were necessary to push the incumbent over the Tea Party challenger in Mississippi. Instead, hard legwork work and reaching out to past voters got it done.

Inside Uber’s Political War Machine

The ride-sharing firm is an outlaw in many cities. So it’s launched a full-blown campaign—with consultants, lobbyists, and a ‘grassroots’ organization—to make itself Kosher.

Why Blimps Now Rule Our Warzones

Simple, cheap, and able to spy for miles around, these updates to classic recon balloons are now a battlefield fixture.

Mark Ruffalo Blasts Iraq Warmongers

The actor plays a washed-up music manager in ‘Begin Again.’ He discusses the film, his Homeland Security fiasco, and why seeing Iraq feels like déjà vu.

Criminal courts tailored to veterans multiply as wars wind down

Pagan had stumbled into what is rapidly becoming an almost entirely separate criminal justice system for veterans, one that’s sprouted up from nothing just in the past six years. Nearly every state now has at least one veterans treatment court, formed by judges who noticed an influx of young servicemen and women ending up in front of them on charges stemming from drug or mental health issues picked up during their years at war.

GOP bucking business priorities on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying on Capitol Hill, where the House GOP has bucked corporate interests on a series of priorities this year, from immigration to highway funding to trade.

Cameron to face parliament over EU Juncker defeat

Britain's David Cameron will address parliament on Monday over his failure to stop Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next president of the European Commission, insisting he will work with him to secure a "fair deal" with the EU. The prime minister will face criticism from the opposition Labour party during the session in the House of Commons from 1430 (1330 GMT) although eurosceptics in his centre-right Conservative party broadly support his stance. Ahead of his Commons appearance, Cameron wrote in the Daily Telegraph that he hoped to work with Juncker to gain a "fair deal" for Britain in Europe.

Obama taps business exec to oversee troubled VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to turn around a troubled agency, President Barack Obama will nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald to lead a Veterans Affairs department gripped by reports of treatment delays and cover-ups.

Netanyahu calls for Jordan support, Kurdish independence

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked the international community on Sunday to support Jordan in the fight against "Islamic extremism" and to back the independence of Iraq's Kurds.

Blackwater threatened to kill US investigator in Iraq: report

Washington (AFP) - The top manager in Iraq of the notorious private security firm Blackwater threatened to kill a US State Department investigator for probing the company's performance, the New York Times reported Monday.

N.Korea proposes suspension of military hostilities

Seoul (AFP) - North Korea Monday proposed that the two Koreas halt hostile military activities starting later this week -- an apparent show of its desire for peace before a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China slams Hong Kong democracy poll despite 800,000 votes

Hong Kong (AFP) - Organisers Monday urged Hong Kong's government to take seriously an unofficial referendum on democratic reform after nearly 800,000 people voted in the Chinese city, but state media in Beijing dismissed the ballot as unpatriotic.

Obama to nominate former P&G CEO Bob McDonald as veterans secretary

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has chosen former Procter & Gamble Chief Executive Bob McDonald, an Army veteran, as his nominee to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, a senior Obama administration official said on Sunday. Obama's announcement of McDonald, 61, will be made on Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald would be tasked with repairing the Veterans Administration after widespread evidence of delays in military veterans getting healthcare at VA facilities.

China jails 113 in Xinjiang mass sentencing

Courts in China's ethnically-divided Xinjiang, home to mainly Muslim Uighurs, have sentenced 113 people to jail on mostly terrorism-related offences, state-run media said, as authorities press a crackdown following several deadly attacks. Four suspects were sentenced to life in prison, while 109 others were given sentences for crimes ranging from "organising and leading terrorist groups" to "bigamy and drug dealing", Xinjiang's government web portal Tianshan said late Sunday. Beijing has vowed a year-long nationwide crackdown on terrorism after attackers killed 39 people in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi last month, one of several high-profile attacks blamed on militants from the far-western region. In recent months they have spread beyond Xinjiang, and targeted ordinary citizens rather than government or security personnel.

US offshore tax evaders beware: FATCA starts July 1

US tax evaders will find it harder to hide money abroad from Tuesday, when a law comes into effect requiring foreign banks to report their offshore accounts. Banking centers like Switzerland and Luxembourg that agreed to the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) will have to begin turning over account names and other data to US financial authorities so that they can tax unreported income. The US Treasury has spent much of the past several years pressing the issue on some of the world's most powerful and secret banking centers with threats of punitive action if they do not join in. "It is the earthquake that has collapsed the dam," said Pascal Saint-Amans, who heads the unit fighting tax havens at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Around 30 bodies found in migrant boat: Italian authorities

About 30 bodies have been found in a migrant boat stopped between Sicily and the North African coast, Italian news agencies reported Monday, citing the navy and coastguard. The rescuers made the gruesome discovery when they boarded a fishing boat carrying around 590 refugees and migrants to evacuate those in most distress, including two pregnant women. It is not the first time Italian rescuers have found migrants dead on the overcrowded boats but never before in such large numbers. Over the past weekend more than 1,600 migrants were rescued by Italian authorities, bringing the total number of migrants so far this year to above 60,000.

True Blood’s Steamy Gay Sex Scene

The whole thing was like the beginning of a cheesy ‘80s gay porno, and god bless it for that. See what the actors involved had to say about the scene, and why it is so important.

ISIS's Newest Recruit Is 10 Years Old

Much to the horror of the city’s adults, children carrying guns are increasingly common in Mosul’s streets. Meet ISIS’s youngest recruit.

Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.