Report: Secret Service stretched ‘beyond its limits’

The Secret Service is stretched “beyond its limits” and needs more training, more staff and a director from outside its ranks — and the White House needs a better fence — an independent review has found. An eight-page executive summary of the report, produced by a panel of four outside experts appointed by the Department […]

Obama acts boldly on Cuba, with eye on legacy

While campaigning in 2008, Barack Obama said it was time to come up with a new US policy towards Cuba. Now, with two years left in his second term in the White House, he has finally acted. The president has broken with a half century of seeking to isolate Cuba by announcing plans to restore […]

Prosecutor releases more Ferguson documents

A prosecutor released hundreds of pages of additional documents Saturday from the investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown, including an interview transcript of a friend who initially asserted that he had seen Brown get shot in the back. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said the newly released records were inadvertently excluded from […]

OPEC isn’t scared of $40 oil

OPEC won’t rush to cut oil production even if prices fall as low as $40 per barrel, one of the cartel’s members said Sunday. The energy minister for the United Arab Emirates told Bloomberg at a Dubai conference that the middle eastern oil producers believe “the market will stabilize itself.” “We are not going to […]

The median wealth for whites in the US is nearly $142,000. For blacks, it’s $11,000.

Everyone knows inequality is growing in the US, but a new Pew report shows how stark that divide is by race and ethnicity: the median household headed by a white person has a net worth 13 times greater than the median black-headed household. And for whites and Hispanics, the gap is tenfold. In both cases, […]

Ohio deaths renew calls for lookalike guns action

Twice in less than four months, police in Ohio have opened fire with real bullets on young people carrying lookalike guns, raising anguished questions about what could have prevented the deadly encounters. The questions have been raised before: after the death last year of a 13-year-old California boy carrying what a sheriff’s deputy thought was […]

Texas governor-elect seeks federal funds to cover immigration costs

Texas has asked the White House for hundreds of millions of dollars illegal immigration has cost the state, Governor-elect Greg Abbott said on Monday, blaming President Barack Obama for not doing enough to secure the border. Abbott, a Republican who takes office next month, met Obama last week shortly after he filed a lawsuit on […]

Bill Cosby resigns from Temple University board

Bill Cosby’s long relationship with his beloved Temple University has come to an end, another effect of the scandal engulfing the once adored television star and comedian. Cosby’s Monday resignation from Temple’s board of trustees, a position he held for 32 years, was first reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Cosby also attended Temple. At least […]

Chicago City Council votes to increase minimum wage

The Chicago City Council voted on Tuesday to gradually increase the minimum wage in the nation’s third largest city to $13 an hour by 2019, approving a proposal by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel’s measure to boost the minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour follows similar actions by Seattle, San Francisco and other cities. […]

Texas History textbooks

The Texas Board of Education couldn’t muster the votes late Tuesday to grant preliminary approval for new history and social studies textbooks for classrooms across the nation’s second-largest state, failing to act amid stinging criticism of the proposed books from both the right and left. Academics and some liberal-leaning activists have complained for months that […]


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