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Meet the CIA’s secret protector: Why Sen. Richard Burr is its favorite “overseer”

No, GOP is not going back to its old isolationist ways. Here's why the intelligence community is licking its chops

Al Franken’s massive new target: Why he’s taking on shady credit rating agencies

Rating agencies helped wreck the economy by putting business over honest analysis. Now a new battle has been joined

Christie’s new cash problem: Why raising money won’t be as easy as he thought

Suddenly, fundraising for a 2016 campaign will be no cake walk for the governor -- thanks to these roadblocks

Future President Ben Carson Wrote 6 Books. We Read Them So You Don't Have To.

Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson rallied Republicans at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday, stirring up speculation once more that the conservative activist will seek his party's presidential nomination next year. Carson has never run...Show More Summary

Netanyahu to American Jews: Get Lost

It was not so shocking that House Speaker John Boehner would seek to undermine President Barack Obama and his attempt to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to deliver an address to Congress, in which Netanyahu will presumably dump on Obama's efforts. Show More Summary

In 2014, a Record-Busting Number of People Were Freed After Being Locked Up for Years

In 2014, 125 people across the United States who had been convicted of crimes were exonerated—the highest number ever recorded, according to a new report from the National Registry of Exonerations at the University of Michigan Law School. Show More Summary

Jamaica is about to decriminalize ganja

The island nation most famous for pot consumption could pass legislation legalizing the drug as early as next month

The new neuroscience of depression: Why your brain’s architecture may be to blame

New research suggests people with wraparound occipital lobes may be more prone to the condition

Your exercise equipment is lying to you

Recent studies show cardio machines are less than accurate about the number of calories you're actually burning

With U.S.-Nigeria Relations ‘at a Low Point,’ Kerry Puts Conditions on Aid to Fight Boko Haram

A nation is ravaged by terrorism as administration stresses concerns about electoral violence.

Democrats Accuse Republicans of a Benghazi Cover-Up

It's back. Actually, it never left. Benghazi. That is, the GOP's never-ending Benghazi crusade. Last year, after Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was tapped by House Speaker John Boehner to lead yet another Benghazi probe, he promised to helm...Show More Summary

Video: New Jersey Policeman Fatally Shoots Suspect with Raised Hands

Unlike Michael Brown’s, Jerame Reid’s hands were up when he was shot and killed by a police officer.

“The Duke of Burgundy”: A tender tale of lesbian bondage

Believe it or not, this kinky, dreamlike fable made in the style of '70s softcore is a moving relationship drama

Why are people so obsessed with Scandinavia?

A British writer fed up with Danish monoculture asks whether Nordic nations have really created the best societies

The joy of sex after Prozac

Antidepressants helped me in a tough time, but going off them brought back one of life's greatest pleasures

The FBI Just Arrested an Alleged Russian Spy Who Wanted to Know How to Trigger an Economic Meltdown

On Friday, federal prosecutors in New York filed a complaint accusing three men, Evgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev, and Victor Podobnyy, of spying for Russia. Buryakov, who was arrested in the Bronx on Monday, allegedly posed as a Russian bank official while working for Russia's intelligence service, the SVR. Show More Summary

Gaza in Arizona: How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the US-Mexico Border

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country's border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates the Gaza Strip from Israel clicked onscreen. Show More Summary

The Koch Brothers' Network Aims to Spend $889 Million on the 2016 Elections

$889 million. That's how much Charles and David Koch's political network hopes to spend on the presidential race, House and Senate contests, and other elections and policy fights in 2016. That figure is not far off from how much President Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's presidential efforts each spent in 2012. Show More Summary

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