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The Stillborn Legacy Of Barack Obama

By Charles Krauthammer -   Only amid the most bizarre, most tawdry, most addictive election campaign in memory could the real story of 2016 be so effectively obliterated, namely, that with just four months left in the Obama presidency, its two central pillars are collapsing before our eyes: domestically, its radical reform of American health care, a.k.a. Obamacare; and abroad, its radical reorientation of American foreign

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America’s quiet catastrophe: The collapse of work for men

From one perspective, things are looking pretty good in America today. The stock market — and U.S. personal wealth holdings — are at or near their all-time highs, and unemployment rates are back down to 5% or less—well below the postwar average, and purportedly even near “full employment,” according to widely received wisdom. But a closer look reveals something else entirely. These optimistic indicators mask a quiet catastrophe hiding in

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Hurricane Matthew Causes $1B in Damages
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Authorities in North Carolina have estimated that Hurricane Matthew has caused $1.5 billion in damage to more than 100,000 homes, businesses and government buildings in the state. The Department of Public Safety said in news release Saturday that county and state officials were still surveying the damage left behind by the deadly and destructive storm. Officials also said that more than 33,000 applications for assistance to FEMA have also been received

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NC GOP Headquarters Firebombed

From   A Republican party headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed and a nearby building was vandalized and those responsible were still on the loose, authorities said Sunday. The Charlotte Observer reported that the inside of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters in Hillsborough was severely damaged from the attack Saturday and an adjacent building was marked with spray pained graffiti reading “Nazi Republicans

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Obama Insists No “Combat mission” for Iraq
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President Obama insisted Wednesday that he will not send U.S. troops into a “combat mission” on the ground in Iraq, a day after his top military adviser opened the door to that possibility during a Capitol Hill hearing. The comments from Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stirred confusion about the administration’s policy and pointed to possible daylight between Obama’s long-term view of the fight against the Islamic

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Scottish Indepenence Pushback

British Prime Minister David Cameron is in his final push to beat back Scotland's drive for independence, amid dire warnings that a breakup could bring the United Kingdom a nuclear and economic nightmare. The vote on whether or not to become a nation fully independent from the rest of the United Kingdom began as a longshot promise from the Scottish National Party, which currently controls the Scottish Parliament. But in the weeks leading up to the

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Benghazi Hearing Update
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A former security official who served on a panel reviewing State Department policies raised concerns Wednesday that the department continues to rely on a "pre-Benghazi" approach to overhauling diplomatic security, at the first public hearing of the House committee probing the Benghazi attack and its aftermath. "Now's the time. Clear the smoke, remove the mirrors," Todd Keil, member of The Independent Panel on Best Practices, testified, calling on

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NY man accused of trying to recruit for ISIS

An upstate New York man has been indicted for allegedly trying to recruit fighters for the Islamic State, paying for their travel and even buying guns, according to federal prosecutors. Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group widely known as ISIS that has been designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors

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New Jersey Formally Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages
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LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. –  Gay couples exchanged vows in early morning ceremonies in several New Jersey communities Monday as the state began recognizing their marriages at 12:01 a.m., becoming the 14th state to do so. The hastily planned first weddings to legally unite long-time couples were planned for a state Senator's grand home in Elizabeth, the boardwalk in Asbury Park and government buildings in small towns and big cities. In the arts community

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White House vows to fix ObamaCare site issues

Obama administration officials are beginning to respond to increasing pressure for a public explanation about the problem-plagued ObamaCare site, with the agency responsible vowing a "tech surge" to fix it and President Obama preparing to address the public on Monday. The Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday posted a blog on its site with some preliminary statistics and an assurance to Americans that officials are “working around the

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