The same day it was revealed that the Army’s top sexual-assault prosecutor has been suspended after allegedly sexually assaulting someone at a sexual-assault conference, the US Senate rejected a bill that would have overhauled the way the Pentagon handles sexual-assault cases.
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Last weekend, we went to the movies to see a matinee of Monuments Men. Unfortunately for our plans, it was sold out. But, starting five minutes later was the Lego Movie. Luckily, it was surprisingl…
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Throwing $2 away would statistically be more useful, but I guess kids need book-learning, and watching everybody else cry is going to be beautiful.
A new series, where we try to give a short, easy, way-oversimplified background and history to a story that could use at least a hint of explanation, but really needs like a massive book or several…
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Ukrainian Health Ministry said that at least 25 people, including protesters, nine police officers and a journalist, have been killed after police stormed the main protester camp in Kiev. The European Union is moving quickly to seek targeted sanctions. Why what’s happening in Kiev may be Putin’s worst nightmare.
At least five are dead after two powerful blasts struck a busy area in Beirut near an Iranian cultural center. An al-Qaeda-related group claimed responsibility and threatened more attacks if Hezbollah does not withdraw its support for the Syrian government.
The U.S. weighs a bunch of really shitty options to deal with the expanding Syrian conflict.
Republican Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel, who is challenging Senator Thad Cochran as a tea party candidate, apparently retweeted a white supremacist account. We could also note that this is the same Chris McDaniel who blamed gun violence on hip-hop. Maybe that’s why Thad Cochran doesn’t know much about the tea party.
The Department of Homeland security is seeking a national license plate tracking system.
One thing more annoying than people complaining about the cold weather is corporations complaining about the cold weather.
How many groceries at Walmart would be banned at Whole Foods? (A lot.)
There’s been a recall on a bunch of Hot Pockets for disgusting reasons in case that sentence is germane to your life.
There’s seriously going to be a Magic: The Gathering movie.
Lady finds shirts at Pac Sun disgusting, buys them all in protest.
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The Obama administration is giving mid-sized businesses until 2016 before they must offer health insurance to all their full-time workers, a two-year reprieve.
Arkansas had found a way to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and assuage concerns from conservatives. However, it looks like criticism from conservative state lawmakers is undermining that effort.
UK officials have confirmed that a British man was behind a suicide bombing in Aleppo, Syria, believed to be the first suicide bombing by a UK national.
House Republicans looking to exchange reversing a cut in military pensions for raising the debt limit. They approved the cut just two months ago.
Facing criticism, GM says its first woman CEO Mary Barra will not be making less than her predecessor; her pay package this year is $14.4 million, about 58% more than former CEO Dan Akerson.
The newest U.S. senator, Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh, who hasn’t even been sworn in yet, is already under attack by national Republican groups.
After a Syrian group was expelled from al-Qaeda, the Obama administration is debating whether a law giving the president authority to strike al-Qaeda affiliates applies to the group.
The face of heroin addiction is getting younger, whiter and more rural.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio will not say if he smoked pot.
Domesticated camels, which are mentioned often in early biblical history, did not exist at the time.
Finally, Oklahoma bar that won’t serve “freaks,” “f*ggots,” the disabled, or people on welfare,now gets Internet push for “Best Gay Bar.”
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The fight to increase the minimum wage highlights how interest groups on both sides are working in opaque ways to shape political conversations.
House Republicans are still having trouble putting together a package to raise the debt ceiling, which was reached last week. The House is set to adjourn on Wednesday until February 26, which leaves one day before the Treasury Department will have trouble preventing default.
President Obama and French President Hollande call for a new binding agreement to address carbon emissions in an op-ed in the Washington Post and Le Monde.
College football star and NFL recruit Michael Sam said that he is gay in an interview with ESPN.
At U.S. military bases in Japan, most service members accused of sex crimes did not go to prison, according to internal Defense Department documents.
The U.N. nuclear agency sees good progress with Iran. Meanwhile, Iran may be moving warships toward U.S. maritime borders.
Family planning clinics in California are feeling squeezed as many of their patients become eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which has a lower reimbursement rate than the California program that covered family planning services for the uninsured.
The Affordable Care Act is not killing jobs.
Farmers in California face bankruptcy as the state enters its third year of drought. 2013 was the driest year on record in California.
The Justice Department is instructing its employees to give lawful same-sex marriage equal protection under the law in every program it administers.
Mark Zuckerberg tops list of most generous philanthropists.
Why an AK-47 might be more a bigger threat to the electricity grid than a cyber attack.
Who came up with the bogus advice to drink eight glasses of water a day?
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The U.S. has curtailed drone strikes while Pakistan seeks peace talks with the Taliban.
A U.N. committee harshly criticized the Vatican for protecting its own reputation above pursuing policies to stop abuse and protect children.
CVS announced that they will stop selling tobacco products by October 1, a decision that lose them $2 billion a year in revenue.
North and South Korea have agreed to hold reunions for families separated since the Korean War, the first such reunion since 2010.
Democratic House Representative Robert Andrews from New Jersey has written 646 pieces of legislation, none of which became law; the least successful congressman in two decades is resigning.
If Republicans want to do immigration reform, they’re going to have to make somebody mad.
Not being married isn’t the problem facing poor parents, being poor is.
The governor of Tennessee is calling for free tuition for two years of community college.
McDonald’s is running out of ketchup in Argentina.
Italian police arrest 14 people after discovering that clothing being sold as cashmere contained rat fur.
Maryland looking to ban grain alcohol.
Jay Leno liked to crack wise about Bill Clinton.