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Feb 12, 2014 8:52AM ET
Sen. Rand Paul will on Wednesday announce a class action suit against the NSA for scooping up Americans' telephone call data. Want to join in? Just give Paul your email address.
Feb 11, 2014 6:08PM ET
A black neighborhood in Portland, Oregon rejected plans to build a Trader Joe's, fearing that the store result in further gentrification and residents being priced out.
Feb 11, 2014 5:55PM ET
Less than 24 hours after drafting a debt ceiling bill aimed at extracting concessions from Democrats, the House instead passed a suspension of the debt ceiling until March 2015.
Feb 11, 2014 5:31PM ET
The NSF's annual survey of Americans' science smarts is in. The bad news is this: People think astrology is science. (It isn't.) The good news: Now you can prove you know science better.
Feb 11, 2014 4:21PM ET
According to an Instagram from an attendee, Goldman Sachs passed out nail files and makeup mirrors at a women's coding event over the weekend.
Feb 11, 2014 3:58PM ET
Justice Clarence Thomas lamented how much Americans talk about race these days during a Tuesday speech at a Florida university.
Feb 11, 2014 3:49PM ET
The Republican-led House Armed Services Committee concluded its review of the 2012 attack at Benghazi. In short: The most feverish of conspiracy theories have no basis in fact.
Feb 11, 2014 3:16PM ET
Janet Yellen gave her first Congressional testimony as Federal Reserve Chair today, and the major theme was clear: steady as she goes.
Feb 11, 2014 2:41PM ET
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that he will suspend the use of the death penalty in his state, saying that "in death penalty cases, I'm not convinced equal justice is being served."
Feb 11, 2014 1:39PM ET
San Francisco's increasingly contentious debate between its rich and poor residents was neatly captured by the front page of the city's largest paper on Tuesday.
Feb 11, 2014 1:16PM ET
The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto would like society to spend a little more time holding young women accountable for having been sexually assaulted.
Feb 11, 2014 11:20AM ET
The conservatives responsible for the government shutdown last October are very angry that House Republicans will pass a debt ceiling increase, because they seem to have forgotten how the shutdown ended.
Feb 11, 2014 10:15AM ET
Emma Carmichael on an unknown Kanye West, David Rogers on Henry Waxman, Jonathan Chait on the Obamacare bailouts, Jonathan Cohn on the conservative response to Obamacare, and Frank Bruni on NFL hopeful Michael Sam.
Feb 11, 2014 9:33AM ET
The Onion, the country's foremost satirical news site and purveyor of headlines like "Man Who Understands 8% of Obamacare Vigorously Defends It From Man Who Understands 5%," will team with the government to run ads for the Affordable Care Act.
Feb 11, 2014 9:31AM ET
With only days left before the government is no longer able to pay its bills, House Republicans see this as the perfect time to renege on their December concessions.
Feb 10, 2014 5:38PM ET
The Obama administration announced a new round of changes to the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate on Monday.
Feb 10, 2014 5:23PM ET
Patrick Kennedy, one-time member of Congress and lifelong member of the Kennedy clan, will appear on The Colbert Report on behalf of an anti-marijuana-legalization group. Which is pretty ironic, given Kennedy's drug-related arrests.
Feb 10, 2014 5:11PM ET
The Department of Justice issued a memo on Monday ordering all federal employees to "recognize lawful same-sex marriages as broadly as possible" under federal law.
Feb 10, 2014 4:34PM ET
If you were hoping to prove your conservative bona fides this week, there was one important place to be seen: the 50th birthday video created by a conservative women's PAC for Sarah Palin.
Feb 10, 2014 3:16PM ET
A French website alleged that the U.S. and Russian Olympic teams were conspiring to cheat in the Olympics. Which allows us the chance to explore the rich history of Olympic cheating scandals that benefitted the Russians.
Feb 10, 2014 3:12PM ET
In an attempt to prove that the right-leaning network isn't just content with starting imaginary fights with real people, the network has also proven it can do the opposite and start real fights with imaginary things. Case in point: Fox Business's beef with The Lego Movie.
Feb 10, 2014 1:59PM ET
Another victim of Chris Christie's bullying has come forward to criticize him: Rand Paul.
Feb 10, 2014 12:53PM ET
"Voters need to meet the real Hillary Clinton," a 1992 memo drafted for the Bill Clinton electoral effort read, marking perhaps the first time that particular effort was being undertaken. It has barely stopped since.
Feb 10, 2014 12:07PM ET
The French media is convinced that President Hollande isn't the only one having affairs these days.
Feb 10, 2014 10:56AM ET
Today, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In organization will announce a partnership with Getty Images, one of the largest providers of stock photos for ads and editorial outlets.
Feb 10, 2014 10:52AM ET
Sen. Chuck Schumer called the Republican party's bluff on Sunday, suggesting that immigration reform could be passed this year and go into effect after the president's term.
Feb 10, 2014 10:25AM ET
James Surowiecki on the twilight of brands, Robin Givhan on do-gooder fashion, Paul Krugman on the long-term unemployed, Jonathan Cohn on Republicans' immigration bluff, and Dave Weigel on the libertarian shell game.
Feb 10, 2014 10:06AM ET
The unpalatable candidates of 2010 and 2012 are being weeded out before there are even primaries because, after five years of Tea Party insurgency, the GOP establishment is finally hitting back.
Feb 9, 2014 2:52PM ET
Republican lawmakers in southern states are reportedly contemplating proposals that would allow the use of medical marijuana for very, very specific conditions.
Feb 7, 2014 5:43PM ET
As the cost of college remains exorbitant, recent trends indicate schools in the United States are trading tenured professors for non-academic administrative staff.