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Schumer, Graham Restart Talks On Immigration Reform, Optimistic About Success

In the wake of President Obama’s reelection, due in part to his winning Hispanic voters by 44 points, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have restarted bipartisan discussions over comprehensive immigration reform.

Texas Republican Wants State To Leave U.S. Over Obama Win

A Republican official in Texas called for his state to separate from the United States and the “maggots” who reelected President Barack Obama in a newsletter he sent out this week.

SpaceX’s Reusable Test Rocket Is Huge (Photos)

SpaceX has over the past few months been testing a new experimental reusable rocket design, which the company calls “Grasshopper,” launching and landing it twice in two separate “test hops,” from its site in McGregor, Texas.

Smartphone Battery Life Could Be Doubled Or Tripled With Silicone Graphene Tech

Having trouble staying charged? The battery life of your smartphone could soon be extended by twice as long, ideally three times, using new lithium ion battery technology developed by researchers at Illinois institutes NorthwesternUniversity and Argonne National Laboratory.

Israel fires into Syria for second day

Israeli forces have fired into Syria for the second day in a row after a mortar shell landed close to an army post in the Golan Heights, amid fears that Israel could become sucked into the conflict across the border

Patreaus affair fallout continues as focus turns to Senate Investigation

Former CIA chief David Petraeus was said Monday to be “devastated” by the scandal-tainted collapse of his career, as those around his former lover warned of more to “come out” regarding the affair.

U.S. to overtake Saudi as top oil producer: IEA

(Reuters) – The United States will overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s top oil producer by 2017, the West’s energy agency said on Monday, predicting Washington will come very close to achieving a previously unthinkable energy self-sufficiency.

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