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Meet The House GOP’s Anti-Science Committee

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) told an audience this week that former colleague Todd Akin was “partly right” when he claimed women’s resist pregnancy from “legitimate rape.” Gingrey has something else in common with Akin — both used to serve on the House Committee on Science.

State Suspends Handgun Carry Permit Of Tactical Response CEO

The state of Tennessee has suspended the handgun carry permit of James Yeager, CEO of Tactical Response, who recently said he would “start killing people” should President Obama take executive action on gun control.

After Bringing Cholera To Haiti, U.N. Plans To Get Rid Of It

Not quite 10 months after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, a more insidious disaster struck: cholera.

Haiti hadn’t seen cholera for at least a century. Then suddenly, the first casesappeared in the central highlands near a camp for United Nations peacekeeping forces.

Climate change set to make America hotter, drier and more disaster-prone

Future generations of Americans can expect to spend 25 days a year sweltering in temperatures above 100F (38C), with climate change on course to turn the country into a hotter, drier, and more disaster-prone place.

Obama hints at accelerated pullout after talks with Karzai on Afghan future

Barack Obama and Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai came close to sealing a deal at the White House on Friday that would keep a small US force in the country after the pullout of most international forces at the end of 2014.

Syrian rebels take control of key Assad airbase

Rebels fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad scored a significant victory on Friday when they took control of one of Syria‘s most important northern airbases, seizing tanks, helicopters and large amounts of ammunition.

Americans feel austerity’s bite as payroll taxes rise

(Reuters) – Americans are beginning to feel the pinch from Washington’s decision to embrace austerity measures aimed at bringing down the nation’s budget deficit.

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