politics & society
Vladimir Putin won the presidency of Russia for six more years following last week's election, receiving more than 63 percent of the vote. However, opponents and monitors are questioning the fairness of the election, claiming abuse of election monitors and so-called "carousel voting." Anti-Putin protests are expected at the Moscow Kremlin Monday night.
Energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens has a plan to end America’s dependency on foreign oil, he says. At the 2012 TED conference in California, Pickens outlined his “Pickens Plan,” a vision to boost the American economy by investing in domestic clean energy sources.
Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win re-election as president on Sunday. And he can probably do it without fraud. But in the wake of what many say were very fraudulent elections in December, many Russians are volunteering to monitor the votes coming in.
Rush Limbaugh this week went on the offensive against Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law student who was to testify before Congress about access to contraception. He called her a slut and said she should have to put videos of her sex life online because the public was paying for her contraception.
As Super Tuesday elections approach, three battleground states that are home to large populations of America's blue collar workers will be in play. But blue collar workers are swing group, economically liberal, socially conservative. So just who will they support next week, as well as in November.
The Senate voted on Thursday to maintain the Obama Administration's birth control mandate, requiring employers to offer health coverage for contraceptives. Missouri Senator Roy Blunt's proposal, an amendment to highway bill S. 1813, would have allowed employers to exclude birth control from health coverage plans based upon their "religious belief or moral conviction."
The Soviets were well-known for the dark humor they used to get through the days. Now, as Russians protest Vladimir Putin's re-election campaign, many are turning back to that same dark humor.
The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that the chemical perchloroethylene is a likely human carcinogen. Perchloroethylene, also known as PERC, is familiar to many of us as the smell associated with dry cleaning. In a report released February 10th, the EPA lowered its safe daily dose of perc and efforts have begun to phase the cancer-causing solvent out of the market.
A small group of the hundreds of thousands of Iraq War veterans will be saluted by President Barack Obama at a state dinner at the White House on Wednesday night. But many veterans' groups say we need a broader rally that allows all Americans to honor every Iraq War veterans.
Hispanic voters are up for grabs in the 2012 presidential election -- unhappy with Republicans, dissatisfied with Democrats -- and if one candidate could unite them on his side, they could swing the election.