• Mosul Operation Involves Complex Military Coalition

    The massive military push to oust the so-called Islamic State from Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, involves Iraqis, Kurds, Americans and even members of the Iraq’s Shi’ite community. 

    U.S. military officials have warned the operation, which is likely to include street battles once Iraqi and Kurdish troops fight their way inside Mosul, is likely to take weeks.

    The complexity of the fight became obvious after IS militants attacked Kirkuk, a city…

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  • Advocates for Rohingya Press Aung San Suu Kyi for Immediate Relief

    When Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi meets President Barack Obama at the White House this week, activists will be watching to see how the pro-democracy icon will address the plight of the country’s ethnic Rohingya, whom human rights groups say are among the world’s most persecuted minority groups.

    Since ethnic and sectarian violence erupted in 2012, tens of thousands of Rohingya have been living in overcrowded camps in conditions that rights groups have condemned as deplorable. Mosques…

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  • Bill Clinton, First … Gentleman?

    Come January, there could be two presidents in the White House. That is, if Democrat Hillary Clinton prevails over Republican Donald Trump at the polls November 8.

    The second president would be Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, who would take on the role as … first lady? First spouse? First man? 

    At this point, we don’t know. The protocol for the first-ever scenario is really guesswork.

    “There are no precedents,” said Allan Litchman, professor of…

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  • Regulation of Brain-stimulating Devices Unclear as Popularity Grows in US

    Two developments over the past month signaled the growing popularity of transcranial direct current stimulation, commonly referred to as tDCS, in America.

    In late July, the U.S. Defense Department announced that Halo Sport would partner with a Pentago…

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  • Poll: Pessimism Over Race Relations in America Spikes

    When President Barack Obama delivered remarks this week at an interfaith service for the five slain police officers in Dallas, Texas, he tried to soothe a nation jarred by a series of killings of black men by police and a sniper who turned a peaceful protest into a mass shooting.

    “I understand how Americans are feeling,” the president said.

    “But Dallas I’m here to say, we must reject such despair. I’m here to insist that we are not divided as we seem.”

    But a new New York Times/CBS…

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  • Cameron Leaves, But ‘Larry’ Stays

    Prime ministers come and go at Number 10 Downing Street in London, but Larry is a fixture.

    He’s not a butler or a member of the kitchen staff. 

    No. He’s a cat, a cat with a Twitter account. And he will stay on as Prime Minister Theresa May settles in. Earlier Wednesday, Larry made note of the change in leadership:

    According to the nine-year-old tabby’s Twitter bio, he is “The Chief Mouser of the Cabinet Office… ” 

    But the chubby…

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  • Britain’s New PM Theresa May a Force to Be Reckoned With

    Even before she won the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, Theresa May made it clear she was all business by declaring “Brexit means Brexit” earlier this week.

    When the 59-year-old Conservative Party Home Secretary takes over Downing Street on Wednesday, she will become the UK’s second female prime minister, 26 years after former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stepped down.

    May is widely known as tough and unflappable — and somewhat lacking in charisma. That may be just…

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  • Shaken By Shootings, Americans Express Confusion and Outrage

    “This killing has to stop.”

    Dr. Brian Williams, a Dallas-based trauma doctor, made that plea during a press conference Monday afternoon. Fighting back tears, Williams appeared with the emergency medical team who were on hand to treat the shooting vict…

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  • America’s Quintessential Storyteller, Garrison Keillor, Signs Off

    On the very last performance of “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor’s long-running public radio variety show famous for its tales from the fictitious Lake Wobegone, Minnesota, President Barack Obama phoned in.

    “One of the reasons I miss driving is that you kept me company. ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ he said, “made me feel better and more human.”

     

    It’s fair to say that at its peak (with an audience 4.1 million in 2006),…

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  • Working Hard, But Barely Covering the Bills

    Every Monday through Saturday, residents of Arlington county, Virginia line up with empty bags at 10 a.m. sharp to collect free groceries at a local food pantry.

    The recipients include retirees, the elderly, children, chronically unemployed and undere…

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