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This chart shows the US' astonishing defense capabilities — along with their massive price tag

Since the end of the Cold War, the US has been the world's unquestioned dominant military power. Though defense spending has been shrinking since its high in 2010, the US' budget in 2014 still surpassed the combined expenditures of China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, India, and South Korea. Show More Summary

Here are some of the other big game that the Minnesota dentist killed

The Minnesota dentist who killed a beloved lion on a safari in Zimbabwe has hunted a lot of other big game — and has now earned the title of "most hated hunter in America." The New York Daily News declares that Walter Palmer has killed a "zoo's worth of wild beasts" on various safaris in Africa and elsewhere. Show More Summary

Ted Cruz fires back at Mitt Romney: You got 'clobbered' by Obama for a reason

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) isn't backing off the tough rhetoric he's used to describe the Iran nuclear deal, despite criticism leveled by 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday. Cruz has steadfastly maintained that...Show More Summary

Conservatives are holding John Boehner hostage

For the first time in 105 years, a speaker of the House is the target of what parliamentarians call a “motion to vacate the chair” — and what ordinary people might call an attempt to throw the speaker out on his ear. But John Boehner greeted this unwelcome status Wednesday with studied sang-froid. Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton’s plan to combat climate change has a glaring hole

Hillary Clinton has a new plan to ramp up emissions-free renewable energy. That puts her head-and-shoulders above her GOP rivals, who range from climate chickens to climate deniers. Nevertheless, her plan is plainly worse than what she ran on eight years ago — and it has a glaring gap. Show More Summary

Loopholes in the Iranian nuclear deal could bolster ties between Iran and North Korea

Iran’s nuclear relationship with North Korea is likely to grow due to a recent nuclear accord, according to experts and members of Congress, who warned in a hearing that loopholes in the deal would facilitate illicit trade between the rogue countries. Show More Summary

Ruth Bader Ginsburg reveals the 'most disappointing' Supreme Court decision of her career

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg still isn't happy about the 2010 Citizens United ruling that's responsible for opening the door for a whole new era in campaign funding and financing, she said Wednesday. Speaking at an event...Show More Summary

Mitt Romney rips Ted Cruz on Twitter for Obama terror comments

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, criticized Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday for his harsh rhetoric against the Iran nuclear deal. Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, has repeatedly warned in recent days that the agreement would mean President Barack Obama's administration is essentially sponsoring terrorism. Show More Summary

Here's why 'El Chapo' probably won't be recaptured anytime soon

Nothing would make the Mexican government happier than reapprehending El Chapo Guzmán. But, barring a really lucky break, the fugitive kingpin will remain a free man for months, if not years. El Chapo Guzman’s incredible escape from prison was a huge embarrassment for Mexican authorities. Show More Summary

The 2006 poisoning of ex-KGB agent Litvinenko amounted to 'a nuclear attack on the streets' of London

An unknown number of Londoners might have been put at risk by the 2006 poisoning of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko with a radioactive isotope, which amounted to "a nuclear attack on the streets" of the British capital, an inquiry heard on Thursday. Show More Summary

A new poll has another batch of bad news for Hillary Clinton

She has received her worst favorability rating ever. She has lost ground on Republicans' three strongest candidates. And she is perceived to be about as honest and trustworthy as Donald Trump. Those are some of the troubling numbers for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University. Show More Summary

'The world has asked me to be here': Donald Trump arrives in Scotland for women's golf

TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Presidential contender Donald Trump arrived at his Turnberry golf resort in western Scotland on Thursday for the first day of the Women's British Open, declaring "the world has asked me to be here." On a short...Show More Summary

The noose around Russian journalists is tightening

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Alexei Venediktov, one of Russia's most prominent journalists, does not go out without a bodyguard and does not answer mobile phone calls for fear of being tracked. He has worried about security since someone leftShow More Summary

President Obama's former adviser calls Meek Mill's beef with Drake 'brilliant marketing'

We are now more than a week into the Drake vs. Meek Mill beef that has taken over social media, and the music industry at large. Late Tuesday night, Drake released his second diss track against Mill and what many believe to be a haymaker...Show More Summary

How Turkey will change the war against ISIS

After several recent high-level political and military meetings between Turkey and the United States, Turkey appears to be changing its approach toward the Islamic State. Previously, Ankara had avoided direct participation in the fight...Show More Summary

There's an awkward contradiction at the center of Scott Walker's presidential campaign

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - For Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, there's something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads "Union...Show More Summary

China says the US is 'militarizing' the South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarizing" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week. Show More Summary

John Kerry hasn't even seen one of the most crucial parts of the Iran agreement

John Kerry has spent the better part of the past 20 months working toward the landmark nuclear deal with Iran, a stretch that included some of the longest continuous negotiations in the history of American diplomacy. Nevertheless, there...Show More Summary

Donald Trump is showing his staying power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some Republicans gleefully scripted Donald Trump's political obituary in the wake of his scathing comments about Sen. John McCain's military service earlier this month, hoping that his freewheeling presidential campaign had finally imploded. Show More Summary

The Republican party is tearing itself apart

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly. Instead they've been tearing each other apart in extraordinarily public displays, delighting Democrats and giving some in the GOP heartburn as the party aims for the White House in 2016. Show More Summary

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