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Boehner steps down as government shutdown looms

Boehner steps down as government shutdown looms
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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves after announcing his resignation on Capitol Hill, September 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C.; Credit: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images Speaker John Boehner announced today that he will resign from his position and give up his House seat at the end of October. Boehner has been under immense pressure from […]

Preview of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s DC visit

Preview of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s DC visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping waves after giving a speech at Microsoft’s main campus September 23, 2015 in Redmond, Washington. ; Credit: Pool/Getty Images China’s President Xi Jinping heads to Washington D.C. today after spending the first part of his week-long visit to the U.S. in Seattle. During his visit he is expected to discuss a […]

Pizza Rat, Keyboard Cat, and Dancing Matt: What makes viral video tick, and why we click

Pizza Rat, Keyboard Cat, and Dancing Matt: What makes viral video tick, and why we click

A person uses a laptop computer showing Youtube’s logo on March 27, 2014 in Istanbul.; Credit: OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images In 2004, before YouTube existed, a teenager named Gary Brolsma posted a video to the Internet that would change his life forever. At face value, the video is unremarkable. Brolsma is seen sitting at a desk, […]

‘Morally required and morally forbidden:’ the killing of an American jihadist

‘Morally required and morally forbidden:’ the killing of an American jihadist

“Objective Troy” by New York Times reporter Scott Shane.; Credit: It was this month, four years ago that the Obama administration ordered the fatal Predator drone strike on 40-year-old, Colorado State University alum, jihadist and American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki. In his gripping dissection of the decision, which he calls “simultaneously morally required and morally forbidden,” […]

PETA lawsuit claims Whole Foods’ rating system for humane animal treatment is misleading

PETA lawsuit claims Whole Foods’ rating system for humane animal treatment is misleading

People walk out of Whole Foods Market in the Brooklyn borough on May 7, 2014 in New York City. ; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images If you’ve ever shopped at Whole Foods’ butcher counter, you’ve likely noticed the numbered rating system the store uses to let customers know how humanely the animals raised for sale in […]

Jerry Brown 2016? Politicos wonder if California’s head honcho will jump into the race

Jerry Brown 2016? Politicos wonder if California’s head honcho will jump into the race

A recent CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer perked up the ears of wonks across the state when Brown said that the race could see “a lot of big surprises” and that he would “jump in at the right time.”; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders… and Jerry Brown? Ever since the start of […]

How the drought is affecting California’s wildlife

How the drought is affecting California’s wildlife

As the drought stretches into its fourth year, the fate of California’s wildlife is more precarious than ever. ; Credit: URSULA HYZY/AFP/Getty Images As the drought stretches into its fourth year, the fate of California’s wildlife is more precarious than ever. Wetlands are drying, rivers are heating up and the Sierra Nevada snowpack is just […]

How the drought is affecting California’s wildlife

How the drought is affecting California’s wildlife

As the drought stretches into its fourth year, the fate of California’s wildlife is more precarious than ever. ; Credit: URSULA HYZY/AFP/Getty Images As the drought stretches into its fourth year, the fate of California’s wildlife is more precarious than ever. Wetlands are drying, rivers are heating up and the Sierra Nevada snowpack is just […]

How the drought is affecting California’s wildlife

How the drought is affecting California’s wildlife

As the drought stretches into its fourth year, the fate of California’s wildlife is more precarious than ever. ; Credit: URSULA HYZY/AFP/Getty Images As the drought stretches into its fourth year, the fate of California’s wildlife is more precarious than ever. Wetlands are drying, rivers are heating up and the Sierra Nevada snowpack is just […]

Debating whether landlords and tenants share the cost of apartment retrofits

Debating whether landlords and tenants share the cost of apartment retrofits

A building is seen destroyed following a reported 6.0 earthquake on August 24, 2014 in Napa, California.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images A new proposal at L.A. City Hall says the cost of retrofitting buildings vulnerable to earthquakes should be a shared financial burden of tenants and property owners. According to an L.A. Times article, Councilman […]