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Should politics dictate when Supreme Court justices retire?

Should politics dictate when Supreme Court justices retire?

U.S President Barack Obama (C) greets (L-R) Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer before the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill on January 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  There has been a lot of speculation about when 80-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader […]

Special Coverage: A look at Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy

Special Coverage: A look at Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy

Nelson Mandela leaves the Intercontinental Hotel after a photoshoot with celebrity photographer Terry O’Neil on June 26, 2008 in London, England.; Credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma confirmed today that Nelson Mandela died at age 95. Zuma says “we’ve lost our greatest son.” RELATED: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s peacemaker, dies at 95 Mandela served […]

Is it possible to be both fat and healthy?

Is it possible to be both fat and healthy?

Can you be overweight and still physically healthy?; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images New research is taking aim at the idea that you can be both overweight and healthy at the same time. A small number of recent studies have indicated that overweight or obese people that don’t have high blood pressure, diabetes or and normal […]

The man who put California’s wine country on the map

The man who put California’s wine country on the map

Edward Humes’ “A Man and His Mountain: The Everyman Who Created Kendall Jackson and Became America’s Greatest Wine Entrepreneur” Before Jess Jackson became the billionaire who transformed the landscape of California wine production, he was a police officer. And a prosecutor. And a real-estate lawyer. “A Man and His Mountain” delves into the life of […]

Has the U.S. Constitution forced our government off course?

Has the U.S. Constitution forced our government off course?

A copy of former President George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. ; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Fights in the U.S. Senate over filibusters exploded into the nuclear option last month – when Democrats voted to change the threshold for passing political appointments from 60 votes to a simple majority. It […]

Will California budget surplus spur Sacramento to spend or save?

Will California budget surplus spur Sacramento to spend or save?

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference about the state budget on May 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images California’s growing surplus could lead to Democrat-on-Democrat budget battle in the coming months. Governor Jerry Brown has made cautious estimates about the state’s finances, but the bean-counter-in-chief, Legislative Analyst Mac […]

Should Canada and the U.S. become one superpower? Author makes case for a country merger

Should Canada and the U.S. become one superpower? Author makes case for a country merger

Diane Francis’ “Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country” America has had it rough over the past decade. The nation is over $17 trillion in debt, the middle class is shrinking, and the country’s dysfunctional political system is getting in the way of solving the myriad of economic crises at […]

Study finds that tiredness decreases with age

Study finds that tiredness decreases with age

A study found that Americans ages 65 and older reported being less tired than those ages 15 to 24. Those who fear aging might find some inspiration from a new study out of the London School of Economics and Political Science. After analyzing data from 13,000 respondents, researchers found that Americans ages 65 and older […]

‘Meat is murder!’ and other things you shouldn’t say at Thanksgiving

‘Meat is murder!’ and other things you shouldn’t say at Thanksgiving

How will you survive the holidays this year?; Credit: Ruocaled/Flickr Creative Commons Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and be thankful. For many of us, it’s also extremely fraught with unresolved family issues. The differences between us, whether they’re political, culinary or semantic can come with us to the table – whether […]

White House press corps revolts against image control

White House press corps revolts against image control

The North Lawn of the White House ; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Yesterday, USA Today became the latest major media outlet to boycott photos officially issued by the White House. The paper joins the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) and 37 other media outlets, including The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, The Washington […]