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Argentina Slides Into Default For Second Time In 13 Years After Talks With ...

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/31/14 - 3 hours 24 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) The collapse of talks with U.S. creditors sent Argentina into its second debt default in 13 years and raised questions about what comes next for financial markets and the South American nation's staggering economy. A midnight Wednesday deadline to reach a deal with holdout...

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U.S. Attorney Warns Cuomo On Ethics Case

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/31/14 - 4 hours 24 min ago

In an escalation of the confrontation between the United States attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over the governors cancellation of his own anticorruption commission, Mr. Bharara has threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for possible obstruction of justice ...

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Not Just Whistling 'Dixie': Peroutka Stands Up for Southern Secession

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 6 hours 24 min ago

Michael Peroutka, the Republican candidate for Anne Arundel County Council, stood up for secession and the white nationalist League of the South, at a hastily called, standing-room-only press conference on July 30 in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Peroutka has been under fire for months for his involvement ...

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From Spain to Syria: A Modern Inquisition

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 6 hours 24 min ago

My family name, "Maron," is a vestige of and a testament to the human capacity to hate. My family tradition tells the story of my ancestors' expulsion -- along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews -- from the Iberian Peninsula by royal Spanish decree in 1492 following an era of great success...

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Undocumented Worker in South Carolina Refuses to Live in Fear

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 6 hours 24 min ago

SPARTANBURG, S.C.At the grocery store, Erik notices how the cashiers sometimes smile at the customers ahead of him in line, but not at him.

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Is Being Pro-Israeli or Palestinian a Viable Position to Hold?

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 7 hours 24 min ago

In 1990, I went to Israel for a two-week study mission. I spent time in Gaza and the West Bank. I recall how evening conversations were periodically interrupted during my stay at a kibbutz in Kiryat Shmona by artillery fire coming from Lebanon. For those living in the area it was part of the...

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George W. Bush Finishes His Latest Masterpiece: A Biography Of His Father

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 7 hours 24 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Crown Publishers told...

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We're Fighting for Access, Not Choice

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 8 hours 24 min ago

An article in Tuesday's New York Times focusing on limitations of the term "pro-choice" both over-claimed the recentness of this development and did not fully represent the history of questions about this framing. The issue isn't that "pro-choice" is no longer sufficient. It's that "pro-choice" was ...

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Does being pro Israeli or Palestinian a viable position to hold?

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 8 hours 24 min ago

In 1990, I went to Israel for a two-week study mission. I spent time in Gaza and the West Bank. I recall how evening conversations were periodically interrupted during my stay at a kibbutz in Kiryat Shmona by artillery fire coming from Lebanon. For those living in the area it was part of the...

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Crisis at the Border: A Tragedy of Incentives

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 8 hours 24 min ago

A picture by Jennifer Whitney for The New York Times perfectly captured the humanitarian crisis at the border. It has everything you need if you're looking for a way to get your heartstrings pulled at: It depicts a boy with a look of hope in his eyes handing over to a Border Patrol officer his...

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World Bank Faces Pushback Over Leaked Safeguards

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 8 hours 24 min ago

WASHINGTON - The World Bank has been working to update safeguards intended to ensure that development projects it backs dont hurt people or the environment. But environmental and civil activists are pushing back on a draft of proposed safeguards leaked last week, arguing they would weaken the...

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Another Reason Why Segregated Education Is Bad For Young Students

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 9 hours 24 min ago

A new study offers more evidence that segregated schooling is bad for students. The study, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, used previously compiled data from the Department of Education to track how first-grade students' reading abilities change over time, depending upon...

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Army War College To Decide John Walsh's Fate In Plagiarism Investigation

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 9 hours 24 min ago

HELENA, Mont. (AP) The U.S. Army War College will have the final say over whether any punishment is warranted in a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana. Spokeswoman Carol Kerr said Wednesday that the Department of Defense and U.S. Army inspectors general will be notified...

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House GOP Moves To Block Obama On Deferred Deportations

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 9 hours 24 min ago

House Republicans are moving toward a vote Thursday targeting President Barack Obamas power to defer deportations for young undocumented immigrants.

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Dereliction of Duty, Part II

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 9 hours 24 min ago

After my post yesterday of this same name, hundreds of people 'liked' it, shared it online and posted comments. As is often the case in issues that have a political character to them, such as this issue involving 47,000 unaccompanied children from Central America, many people used this as a forum...

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Can LA's Communities Bank on Antonio Villaraigosa?

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 9 hours 24 min ago

Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Villaraigosa is in a bind. As L.A. mayor, Villaraigosa often sided with unions and community groups against business interests. For example, he signed a "responsible banking" law -- which requires banks seeking to do business with the city to disclose their investment...

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Stigmatizing and Shunning the Severely Ill

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 9 hours 24 min ago

We are civilized people in the United States. We don't set up leper colonies or concentration camps or psychiatric snake pits to banish people with severe mental illness. Instead we send them to jail or prison -- almost 400,000 of them, more than 10 times the number receiving care in hospitals. And ...

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Bob McDonnell's Legal Team Unfurls Genius 'It's-All-The-Woman's-Fault'...

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 9 hours 24 min ago

Remember former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell? He was once thought of as a possible Republican presidential candidate by the people who evaluate such matters in their free time. Now, however, he is spending the majority of his time defending himself in a federal corruption trial, accused of trading...

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Congressional Vacations For All!

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 9 hours 24 min ago

This is a rare week indeed in Washington, since it is one of those weeks when Congress actually attempts to get something done. There's a reason for this, of course, and it is the usual one: they're about to take another jaw-droppingly extensive vacation. They scurry about, in the days leading up...

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Did Those Republican Judges Ever Go to Law School?

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 10 hours 24 min ago

Six federal judges ruled Tuesday on the legality of subsidies being provided for low-income subscribers under so-called Obamacare. The two with solid Republican credentials found the program illegal. With all due respect to these members of the esteemed federal bench, I have to question whether...

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Walter Isaacson, David Rubenstein Discuss How To Lead With Action...

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 10 hours 24 min ago

Watch Live at 4:15 - 5:45pm MDT (6:15 - 7:45pm EST). The Leadership in Action Series offers an opportunity to take a deep dive with leaders at the Aspen Action Forum on what we might learn about leaders and leadership from leaders of today and the past. Special Guests: Walter Isaacson, President ...

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Killing Shadows

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 10 hours 24 min ago

After returning from the Middle East recently, there have been moments where everyday life in New York aligns -- or misaligns -- with everything I witnessed in my work with Syrian refugees in Jordan. In between the spaces of tragedy and stability -- the Middle East and America -- it becomes...

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Power Plant Bombed In Gaza Is Insured By U.S. Government

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 10 hours 24 min ago

WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers on Capitol Hill scrambled to approve increased military funding for Israel this week, a little-noted federal agency across town prepared to spend as much as $84 million to compensate an American company for losses sustained in the Israeli bombardment of a Gaza power...

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Obama Gets Low Ratings On Israel/Gaza

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 10 hours 24 min ago

Another crisis in the Middle East adds to President Obama's job approval woes. Arkansas provides a case study for the difficulty of dealing with partisan polls. And the CBS/Times telephone poll says reports of its death are greatly exaggerated. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, July 30,...

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Hobbes, Nobel Prize Winners and Inequality

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 11 hours 24 min ago

Anyone with a non-zero pulse rate should know about the ongoing debate over whether income and wealth inequality has risen in United States and Europe, and the implications if they have. While not a new issue, a best-selling book by French economist Thomas Piketty gave increased impetus to this...

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Faith Leaders Testify In Support Of EPA's Clean Power Plan

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 11 hours 24 min ago

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than two dozen faith leaders rallied at public hearings hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency to testify in support of the Obama administrations Clean Power Plan to cut greenhouse gases. The plan was proposed June 2 and is designed to cut carbon pollution from power...

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'Hidden Colors' Filmmaker Tariq Nasheed: 'Eric Garner Was Lynched'

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 11 hours 24 min ago

Are there rules to racism? Tariq Nasheed, also known as "Tariq Elite," is a celebrated author, motivational speaker, radio personality and now filmmaker. Nasheed's latest project, "Hidden Colors," is a series of documentary films that detail the history of racism. The films include professors,...

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GOP Expedites Obama Lawsuit Amid Looming Gridlock On Key Issues

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 11 hours 24 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile...

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New Book Goes Deep Inside The Rise Of Reagan

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 11 hours 24 min ago

Rick Perlstein is one of Americas greatest chroniclers of the origins of the modern American right wing. In Before the Storm, about the rise of Barry Goldwater, and Nixonland, about the backlash politics that drove Nixon into the White House, Perlstein has captured, in big set pieces and small...

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Indian PM's Nepal Visit to Boost Energy, Infrastructure Cooperation

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Politics on HuffingtonPost.com - 07/30/14 - 11 hours 24 min ago

The upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal is set to deepen relations between the two nations in various spheres. This is a win-win scenario for both countries: India's role is crucial for Nepal as it enters a new era of democracy, change and development, while harnessing...

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