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The Capitol is seen at day's end, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

No solution with Huntsman, Manchin 'No Labels' makeover

01/16/13 03:14PM

For those who are mulling a run for political office, I’ve got a present for you–a line you can throw into your stump speech that’s guaranteed to get the crowd nodding and cheering with approval: “It’s about time,” you can say, “that our leaders stopped acting like Democrats and Republicans and started acting like Americans!” read more

President Obama reportedly wants to go "big" on gun control -- but most Republicans and a few Democrats do not. 
(Jonathan Ernst / Reuters file)

Gun Control

01/16/13 10:30AM

Today at the White House, President Obama is set to announce a package of proposals to reduce gun violence. President Obama and Vice President Biden will be joined by children from around the country who wrote letters expressing concerns about guns and school safety in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT. read more

A man sweeps an exposed tiled area of the earthquake-damaged Santa Ana Catholic church, where he now lives, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Haitians recalled Saturday the tens of thousands of people who lost their lives in a...

A Haitian horror story, three years later

01/15/13 10:48PM

Carlos Rodriguez is a world traveler. On Sundays I would drink beer and play guitar with him, a Colombian national, poolside at his home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. One evening while sharing the table with a mix of local elite and well-traveled expats, he told a story about the time he spent working in Haiti. Carlos works for one of... read more

AK-47 assault rifle magazines fill a box at a gun and knife show in White Plains, N.Y., Saturday, June 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Swoan Parker)

A gun lexicon: If you speak out, speak accurately

01/15/13 06:06PM

I bet you can tell the difference between a horse and a zebra. But can you identify the family, genus, species and subspecies of every animal on the planet? Like zoo animals, guns are familiar to us all--we see them in movies, many of us own guns. But few of us are experts. read more

Bend Not Break jacket

Today on The Cycle: Ping Fu

01/15/13 11:55AM

Imagine being eight years old and being ripped from the only family you have ever known. You are relocated to a new city and you become the sole care giver for your younger sister. After enduring an awful life you are finally able to start all over again only to have your government exile you to a country where you don’t speak the language and... read more

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Texas does not succeed in its secession

01/15/13 10:14AM

I hate to break it to any Texan who was hoping to only see 49 states on the United States flag, Texas will remain part of the Union. The White House responded to a petition asking that Texas be allowed to break away from the country Monday, saying that "Our States Remain United."
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