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Federal agencies spent taxpayer money on artwork, booze and pianos during ‘use it or lose it’ season

The federal government’s fiscal year ended Tuesday, meaning that a whole bunch of strange purchases were made by the federal government to use all of their annual budget. Real Clear Markets has a list of some of the more bizarre agency choices: – The IRS spent $2,410,000 on “toner products” in a single purchase. – […]

Kansas City Chiefs player penalized for praying, NFL frowns upon call

In this Sept. 29, 2014, photo, Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah prays after intercepting a pass and running it back for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The NFL said Tuesday, Sept. 30, that Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after the interception. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was handed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty after he scored a touchdown Monday night and in celebration took a knee and bowed in prayer, reports Reuters.

Economists agree: Don’t restrict Uber and Lyft

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Economists are confirming what anyone who has ever taken a taxi already knows: Uber and Lyft are good for consumers.

 

No smiling matter: Three-fourths of Americans say Obamacare is difficult to understand

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Almost 75 percent of American adults surveyed in a recent Associated Press/GfK poll said that Obamacare is difficult to understand.

Hillary Clinton walks back on previous critique of President Obama’s foreign policy

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Despite the fact that Clinton has lately been vocal of her disapproval of Obama’s foreign policy strategy, she expressed her support of the president’s plan to combat ISIS in Syria and Iraq and also downplayed her previous critique of his foreign affairs choices Wednesday.

Voters overwhelmingly view Obama’s presidency as a failure, are less likely to vote for candidates who support Obama in midterms

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Nearly twice as many voters view Barack Obama’s president as a failure as those who view it as a success, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted between September 19 and 20. While 22 percent of respondents said Obama’s presidency has been successful, a whopping 42 percent labeled it a failure.

More than one-third of Americans cannot name any branch of U.S. government

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More than one-third of Americans know next to nothing about how their government works, a new study found. A national survey of 1,416 adults conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania showed that Americans have a lot of uncertainty answering questions about the U.S. government.  Little more than one-third of survey […]

One quarter of Americans open to idea of secession

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Picture the United States of America, 49 states strong. Can you imagine it? Apparently, some Americans can. Nearly a quarter of Americans support the idea of secession, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted between August 23 and September 16.

Youth vote is up for grabs ahead of midterm elections

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According to a poll conducted by Rare, only 44 percent of voters under the age of 40 would vote for Obama if the 2012 election were conducted today. An equal 44 percent of the same age bracket would vote for Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

City in China debuts first ‘phone lane’ for pedestrians who want to walk and text

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This is the world we live in. The Chinese city of Chongqing officially has a marked pedestrian lane for people who can’t stop texting and tweeting long enough to walk along the street. “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” Nong […]

Gallup poll finds majority of Americans lack faith in government’s ability to handle domestic and international problems

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According to the results of Gallup’s “Governance” poll, Americans’ trust in government and its ability to solve problems both foreign and domestic is at a record low.

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall: Beheaded journalists would say ‘don’t be impulsive’ on ISIS

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Colorado Senator Mark Udall (D) may have just done himself a disservice in his race to keep his seat in the Senate by defending President Obama’s cautious approach to the ISIS terrorist threat coming from Iraq and Syria.

This commercial should offend married couples everywhere

This commercial should offend married couples everywhere

Watch this advertisement, ponder the meaning of life, and spend a moment in solitary prayer for our culture.

Creator of the succulent Chick-fil-A sandwich S. Truett Cathy has died

In this July 25, 2006, file photo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Guiterrez, right, leaves with a lunch bag as Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, left, walks him out after a meeting with Georgia business leaders to discuss immigration reform at Chick-fil-A in Atlanta. A spokesman said Cathy, who started a postwar diner in Atlanta that grew into the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, died early Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

S. Truett Cathy, the credited creator of the irresistible, succulent Chick-fil-A sandwich, passed away Monday at 93, according to multiple reports.

Obama crosses Stonehenge off his ‘bucket list’

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Following the end of the NATO summit in Wales, President Obama carved out a bit of leisure time and made an unscheduled visit to Stonehenge, the UNESCO World Heritage site in Wiltshire, England.

Nearly 75 percent of Americans want more transparency from the U.S. Supreme Court, new survey finds

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It seems that the one thing a strong majority of Americans can agree on is transparency in a major branch of the U.S. government. Nearly 75 percent of Americans want the U.S. Supreme Court to allow video broadcast of its proceedings, according to a poll released Wednesday. About 74 percent of poll respondents preferred live […]

Majority of Americans believe Obama is ‘not tough enough’ on foreign policy, new poll finds

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Although President Barack Obama is backtracking on his “no strategy” comments as fast as he can, it seems unlikely that the president will be able to change the public’s minds about his approach to foreign policy. Obama’s approach to foreign policy continues to be viewed as not tough enough, a new Pew Research Center poll […]

Homeland Security can’t find more than 6,000 foreign students with expired student visas

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Despite the growing worldwide terrorist threats, new reports indicate that the U.S. still has not tightened one key area of homeland security — student visas. The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreigners who entered the United States on student visas that have now expired, ABC News reports. This was a major […]

President Obama recycles old speeches at Laborfest in Milwaukee

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President Obama delivered remarks on the economy at Laborfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Monday that bared close resemblance to other speeches of his in both the recent and relatively distant past.

Sen. John McCain: Obama’s response to conflict in Middle East means he is ‘either in denial or overwhelmed’

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said President Barack Obama’s responses to the conflict in the Middle East shows he is “either in denial or overwhelmed.” McCain appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday and criticized the lack of strategy and clear foreign policy goals by the administration. “First of all, we must have a strategy. The […]