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Factcheck: Meme falsely compares benefits for refugees, senior citizens

A popular meme falsely claims that each month refugees in the United States receive over three times more money in “federal assistance” than Social Security beneficiaries. That’s a new version of an old claim we debunked more than a decade ago.... Read more»

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Republican Senate primary

Observers: Hayworth taps GOP right but needs money to topple McCain

Former congressman and talk radio host J.D. Hayworth will appeal to the GOP’s conservative base, but he’ll need to tap into wallets around the state before he can mount a serious challenge to McCain, political scientists say.... Read more»1

Afghanistan

Afghan 'Battle of Marjah' might not live up to hype

Operation Moshtarak, or the Battle of Marjah, has been billed as the decisive operation of the Afghan war — think Stalingrad or the Battle of the Bulge. But after three days of listless fighting, the few dusty square meters in the middle of Helmand may not live up to the hype.... Read more»

Mercado Sonora

In hard times, Mexican 'witchcraft market' sells good fortune

As the country remains stuck in the economic downturn, more and more Mexicans are turning to unorthodox remedies for their money woes. Feeling abandoned and disillusioned, they look to magic powders, potions, soaps and lotions for a helping hand in life.... Read more»

Comic: The Governor's Little Green Men

NY Governor Paterson: 'Somebody is after me!'

The New York Times is rumored to be working on a story that will force New York Governor David Paterson from office. The Governor says someone's out to get him.... Read more»

Cheney backs repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says it's time to end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy referring to gays openly serving in the military.... Read more»2

President: Bring 'comprehensive' ideas to health summit

President Obama has told lawmakers to bring "comprehensive" ideas to a health care summit set for Feb. 25.... Read more»

German politics

Germany: How to fight neo-Nazis?

The government of the state of Bavaria has said it will soon request that Germany's highest courts ban the country's largest far-right party, the National Democratic Party, for subverting the tenets of the national constitution.... Read more»

Kozachik meets with downtown business owners

Downtown merchants discussed ideas, complaints, and concerns with City Councilman Steve Kozachik on Friday night at a forum set up by Kozachik’s office.... Read more»

Health care

Polls: People like their health insurance, still want reform

Two polls show a majority of Americans are happy with their health insurance, yet believe the system needs to be changed. ... Read more»

Dalai Lama blackballed from Thailand

In the age of growing Chinese influence, there's a simple measure of a country's willingness to test China's wrath. Will they stamp the Dalai Lama's passport?... Read more»

Republicans send out 'Census' form that's really a fundraiser

An editor at ProPublica received a "Census" form in the mail last week. In big, bold letters at the top it announces, "2010 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENSUS." But it's not from the Census Bureau. It's actually a survey from the Republican National Committee.... Read more»

Inside Somalia

Under fire in Mogadishu

Mogadishu was hit by the worst fighting in months on Jan. 29 as the insurgents marked the anniversary of the Somali president’s first year in power with a series of violent attacks that elicited an equally deadly response.... Read more»

Are US-EU relations on the rocks?

It's not the best of times; it's not the worst of times. But it's surely not the kind of times Brussels and Washington anticipated when Barack Obama took over the White House.... Read more»

Comic: Medical wonders

The Clinton Reflex

Doctors performing a heart procedure on former President Bill Clinton observed a phenomenon they are calling "the Clinton Reflex".... Read more»

Az biz Rx: Solar, renewable energy for sustainable business environment

Gov. Jan Brewer joined business leaders Thursday in calling Arizona to create a climate more attractive to long-term employment, helping the state move away from growth as its primary economic driver.... Read more»2

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