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The Most Cynical Show on TV

Season 4’s third episode featured one of the most horrifying, taboo-violating encounters in the HBO series’ history. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. [WARNING: SPOILERS]


Game of Thrones’ WTF Sex Scene

The Kingslayer dishes on one of the most disturbing scenes ever featured on HBO’s violence- and sex-fueled fantasy epic. [WARNING: SPOILERS]


Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics

Five years after refashioning US foreign policy to emphasize Asia, President Barack Obama will face questions over his strategy's content and staying power in the region this week. Obama will counter the impression that events, including carnage in Syria and the East-West showdown over Ukraine have dragged his administration’s attention elsewhere. He will argue in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines that the "rebalancing" policy -- of withdrawing US military, economic and human resources from Middle East wars and deploying them to emerging Asia -- remains on track. Obama will embark on his fifth visit as president to Asia when he lands in Japan on Wednesday.


Snowden Regrets Staged Putin Q&A

Even the NSA leaker’s closest advisers now say his appearance on a Kremlin call-in show, which touched off yet another international firestorm, was a mistake.


Good Wife’s Heartbreaking Death

Christine Baranski on shooting the heartbreaking ‘Good Wife’ scene that left her sobbing—and then getting drunk and having a big laugh after his funeral.


GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday.


Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church.


Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.


GOP making bold play for US Senate seat in Oregon

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade.


Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.


Snowden Didn’t Call Out Putin

Snowden defended his appearance on Russian state TV as a way to expose state surveillance to the Russian public. But he didn’t expose the kind that matters—and they don’t care, anyway.


Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate. Environmentalists, worried about the project's effect on climate change, have put enormous pressure on the president to reject the pipeline from Canada's oil sands, staging demonstrations outside the White House and protests in states where he travels. A decision to approve it now could have prompted that vocal group, which was instrumental in electing Obama in 2008 and 2012, to sit out the November 4 congressional elections. The State Department's announcement on Friday that it would give government agencies more time to study the project was seen by strategists from both parties as a move to prevent that and boost Obama in the eyes of his supporters.


Not So Fast On the “Female Penis”

Scientists discovered a cave-dwelling insect whose females have a penis and males have a vagina—or so the headlines say. But the “female penis” isn’t really that at all.


Deadly Shootout in Ukraine

A pre-dawn firefight has left at least one, and possibly as many as four pro-Russian activists dead. Kiev fears this could be the pretext Putin has been looking for to roll his tanks across the border.


Easter Miracle in Brooklyn

Despite being shot in the head twice, a young boy credits his faith in God for keeping him alive and able to sing his praises.


Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday. The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without a trace. Companies from Amazon.com Inc to Google Inc. have been forced to take steps to protect against Heartbleed. HealthCare.gov, a health insurance exchange for the 36 states that opted out of creating their own state insurance exchanges, was created under Obama's signature health care law, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia

President Barack Obama will not visit China on his Asia tour next week, but its broadening shadow will be cast everywhere he goes at a time of complex regional disputes and questions about US strategy. China's regional ascent is now reality, with its growing economic and military influence nudging and worrying neighbors that look to Washington as a counterweight. China is the "leitmotif that's going to be running through the trip," said Christopher Johnson, a former CIA China analyst now at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "The thing that both Beijing and those of us who watch at all closely will be watching ...will the president be saying the 'C-word' -- China -- on a regular basis throughout the trip?"


Ladies Love the Wage Gap

Equal pay would just make finding a husband so much harder, Mike Huckabee likes his chances in North Korea, and a Fox News host wants no minimum wage.


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