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12012 Presidential Election

Obama calls out GOP on immigration policy

President Barack Obama called out Republicans in Congress for "holding hostage" funding for the Department of Homeland Security, while challenging Americans to change the political environment that has caused immigration reform to stall during a town hall meeting on Wednesday. The agency in charge of implementing immigration policy, among other duties, is scheduled to run out of funding Friday if the GOP-controlled Congress can't agree to a funding bill.


2Utica, NY

Bullying Utica judge censured for calling lawyer a 'cigar store...

A Utica City Court judge who bullied lawyers with snide remarks and abused his power to hold defendants in contempt will be publicly reprimanded, but not removed from office. The Commission on Judicial Conduct voted this month to censure Gerald Popeo for his history of misconduct.


3US News

DOJ: Zimmerman Won't Face Federal Charges

George Zimmerman reportedly will not face federal charges for killing 17-year-old black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. ABC News says that's the announcement coming soon from the U.S. Department of Justice.


4Columbia, SC

DC legalizing pot, ignoring House Republicans

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowswer says she'll defy congressional Republicans and implement D.C.'s new local law allowing its residents to smoke marijuana starting on Thursday. In implementing the new pot laws, Bowser is rebuffing two influential House Republicans who'd warned her that she'd be breaking federal law -- and risking retribution.



Five Weird Signs You're Smarter Than Average

A study in 2007 found the oldest child in a family tends to have a slightly higher I.Q. . . . about three points, on average.


6Joe Handley

CP exclusive: Wynne says some sex education protesters motivated by homophobia

Premier Kathleen Wynne says she has no doubt homophobia motivated some of the hundreds of people who protested Ontario's new sex education curriculum this week. Wynne, who is gay, says she looked at the protest on the front lawn of Queen's Park and social media comments on the revised curriculum and concluded some of the opposition is homophobic.



Fiorina VS Clinton Former Ceo blasts Hillary over air travel record

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO who is flirting with a Republican presidential bid in 2016, took some tough shots Tuesday at the likely Democratic front-runner - effectively accusing Hillary Clinton of running for office on a record of air travel. "Like Hillary Clinton, I too have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles around the globe," Fiorina said.


8Jeff Flake

McConnell Throws in Towel on DHS Fight, but Reid Waiting for Boehner to Cave

In an extraordinary sequence of events, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered Democrats exactly what they have been asking for Tuesday - "clean" full-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security. And Minority Leader Harry Reid said "no" - or at least, "not yet."



Should the Green Bay Packers draft Jesse James?

Nov 15, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Jesse James runs with the ball during the third quarter against the Temple Owls at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Temple 30-13.


10US Politics

Brooklyn men accused of plot to join ISIS wanted to 'strike fear in the hearts of infidels'

Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help ISIS were vocal both online and in personal conversations about their commitment and desire to join the extremists, with one of them speaking of shooting President Barack Obama to "strike fear in the hearts of infidels," federal authorities said. Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, was arrested at Kennedy Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, with plans to head to Syria, authorities said.