Is President Obama legalizing millions of unauthorized immigrants?

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What the Obama administration is doing is allowing certain unauthorized immigrants to apply for something called “deferred action.” Deferred action offers protection from deportation for a certain amount of time — in this case, three years. The administration is also issuing work permits, which allow people to work in the US legally, to immigrants who
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Behind the Islamic State’s barbaric ways, the admirable effectiveness of its management often passes unnoticed. Charles Lister characterizes it as an “impressively managed, almost obsessively bureaucratic organization” with “a practical model for social governance, one which has proven surprisingly effective within unstable environments.” He provides a lot of information about ISIS, but does not put
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The 30 most expensive cities in the world

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The capital of South Sudan, Juba, has been named the most expensive city for expatriates. That’s according to the annual ranking by global consulting firm ECA International. This ranking was calculated by looking at inflation and exchange rates, and comparing the prices of a number of items and services like-for-like, to see exactly how expensive it
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Seven Fantasies of the GOP Presidential Debate

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In the world according to Republican presidential candidates, inequality isn’t a problem and climate change doesn’t exist. The Fox News debate between ten of the top presidential contenders in the Republican primary largely ignored the issues most pressing to ordinary people and to the environment.  Here are the seven worst moments from the debate in which
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DID RUSSIA JUST HACK THE PENTAGON?

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Someone at the Pentagon must have clicked a bad link. According to reporting by the Daily Beast and NBC, Russia launched an attack on the unclassified email network used by America’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the body of senior military officials that advises the president and defense secretary on military matters. The attack is believed
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Map: ISIS has lost 9.4 percent of its territory this year

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ISIS has lost almost 10 percent of its territory so far in 2015, yet another indication that the group, for all the terror it has sown in Syria and Iraq, is losing the war. Defense analysis group IHS Jane’s 360 detailed the territorial loss in a report, which includes this map below estimating the change in ISIS’s
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Jimmy Carter Is Correct: The U.S. Is No Longer a Democracy

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On July 28th, Thom Hartmann interviewed former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and, at the very end of his show (as if this massive question were merely an aftethought), asked him his opinion of the 2010 Citizens United decision and the 2014 McCutcheon decision, both decisions by the five Republican judges on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Bernie Sanders: We Need Medicare for All, Not Cutbacks That Will Kill Our Seniors

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Maryland Representative Donna Edwards joined the rally celebrating the 50th anniversary of Medicare in Washington, D.C. this Thursday with several hundred nurses, health care workers, and labor allies. Senator Sanders touted the success of the Medicare program and the millions of seniors and disabled patients it has helped. “Before Medicare, If you were poor and old
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Are Central Asian migrants in Russia a recruiting ground for Islamic State?

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Concerns have fast grown in Russia and in the republics of Central Asia over extent of possible Islamic State (IS) influence. Out of an estimated 20,000 foreign recruits fighting for IS and other extremist groups in Iraq and Syria it is believed that close to 2,000 are Russian nationals and approximately 1,500 come from the
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