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House Committee Talks Extraterrestrials

“The numbers are so astounding that if this is the only planet in which not only life, but intelligent life, has arisen, we are extraordinarily exceptional. It’s like buying trillions of lottery tickets, and none of them is a winner.”

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Ricin Culprit Sentenced

A Mississippi man known for framing an Elvis impersonator is set to serve 25 years

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TRNS Interview: Gay Marriage Poses New Opportunities For Wedding Planners

While heterosexual weddings are already steeped in tradition, the rise of same-sex ceremonies is allowing those who organize and document weddings to break new ground.

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US Says Embargo Not Source of Cuban Woes

For the 21st consecutive year, the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday once again overwhelmingly agreed to a resolution calling for the end of the American embargo on Cuba, with 188 of the 193 UN member countries urging the US to drop its 50 year old sanctions against the Caribbean island. The United States, Israel […]

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Cuomo Says New York Needs Re-Engineering To Withstand Climate Change

Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York City might have to seriously think about redesigning or modifying key aspects of its infrastructure in order to guard against the type of damage that occurred during Hurricane Sandy. “I would expect a situation like this to reoccur and we need long term solutions, this is a long term […]

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UN Sees Slow Move Away From Death Penalty As Executions Drop

Although there are currently 18 000 people on death row worldwide, the past decade has seen an overall drop in the number of countries that execute prisoners, says a UN human rights expert. “If we look at the broader picture, it is clear there is a worldwide trend away from the death penalty, a progressive […]

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Comedian Paul Rodriguez Voices New Spanish Radio Ad For Romney

Comedian Paul Rodriguez on Thursday officially joined the list of Hispanics backing GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney after narrating a Spanish radio ad for the Romney for President campaign.

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Obama Camp Shrugs Off Romney Bounce

The Obama campaign played down Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s bounce in the polls Tuesday, claiming that those involved in the President’s reelection effort were always expecting a tight race. “We’re always [running] this race like we’re five points down,” campaign Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One Tuesday. “We know that […]

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Colorado Gov. Says State’s Independents Leaning Toward President

Governor Hickenlooper (D-Col.) said in a panel discussion in Denver Wednesday that Colorado independent voters lean in favor of President Obama over Governor Romney. “I think right now, if you go around and talk to independents, by four or five points now support the President over Governor Romney,” Hickenlooper said. Although the state tends to lean conservatively, […]

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RNC Podcast: Behind the Scenes at the RNC

In which the American Conversation and Talk Radio News teams join forces to discuss the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. As thestorm(s) approached, we gathered around a large next to the (yes, the audio sounds as authentic and rough as the weather) water to discuss the opening of the RNC. The inaugural episode of KoPoint’s American Conversation includes […]

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Friday, May 29

● Teen drivers put everyone at peril

● Suit tests EPA’s award of city to Indian tribe

● Mortgage broker gouged blacks and Hispanics

● Welfare participation climbed in 2012

● Cephalon fined $1.2 billion for anti-competitive tactic

● Drone attacks remain popular among Americans

The Day Ahead – May 29, 2015

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The Silk Road’s founder is sentenced in Manhattan district court, John Kerry heads to Nigeria and Thailand hosts a regional conference on its migrant crisis.

The World in 2:00 – May 28, 2015

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The U.N. says it will investigate its partnerships with FIFA after this week’s indictments against soccer’s governing body.

Feds Charge Former House Speaker With Illegal Cash Structuring

The U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (Photo by James Cullum)

The Department of Justice and IRS charged Dennis Hastert, 73, with illegally transferring funds in an effort to avoid detection by the IRS.

UN Condemns IS Attacks on Iraqi Heritage Sites

UNESCO Executive-Direct Irina Bokova addresses the U.N. General Assembly before the adoption of a resolution on the destruction of Iraqi cultural heritage. May 28, 2015. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The destruction of Iraqi antiquities amounts to ‘cultural cleansing,’ Iraq’s U.N. Ambassador told reporters.

DC Metro Bans ‘Issue-based’ Ads After Muhammad Cartoon Request

The proposed ad depicts a cartoon that won the “Draw Muhammad” competition in Texas this month where two Islamic State sympathizers opened fire on attendees