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Over 12 million acres of Alaskan land to be protected as “wilderness”

Over 12 million acres of Alaskan land to be protected as “wilderness”
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Denali National Park Preserve in interior Alaska. The White House announced Sunday President Obama will propose to set aside more than 12 million acres in Alasaka’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, blocking future prospects of oil drilling in the region. President Obama has proposed designating over 12 million acres of land in Alaska’s National […]

Can Republicans win by losing on an abortion vote?

Can Republicans win by losing on an abortion vote?

Anti-abortion advocates stage a ‘die-in’ protest at Lafayette Square near the White House January 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. In a written statement on Tuesday, the Obama administration denounced a GOP-backed bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks and suggested the President would veto H. R. 36 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act if […]

Israel’s Prime Minister invited to speak to Congress without White House approval

Israel’s Prime Minister invited to speak to Congress without White House approval

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) listens to U.S. President Barack Obama deliver the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015 in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. ; Credit: Pool/Getty Images While not illegal, the recent invitation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by Speaker of the House John […]

‘A Carlin Home Companion:’ Kelly Carlin expounds on her famous dad, George

‘A Carlin Home Companion:’ Kelly Carlin expounds on her famous dad, George

Comedian Kelly Carlin delivers remarks at the George Carlin Way Unveiling Ceremony on October 22, 2014 in New York City. ; Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images In her solo show, Kelly Carlin reveals what life was like as the daughter of icon and iconoclast, comedian George Carlin. It’s been seven years since Mr. Carlin passed at […]

Calif. lawmaker wants independent office to investigate officer-involved fatalities

Calif. lawmaker wants independent office to investigate officer-involved fatalities

Police watch over demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of 24-year-old Ezell Ford earlier in the week August 17, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images In the aftermath of high profile, controversial police-involved killings in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, a number of states are considering legislation to change how such […]

As Boko Haram continues its reign of destruction, is it time for the international community to intervene?

As Boko Haram continues its reign of destruction, is it time for the international community to intervene?

A group of Nigerian traditional hunters and vigilantes gather on vehicles on their way to engage Boko Haram militants in Mubi from Yola, Adamawa State, in November. The hunters have being assisting the Nigerian military in their fight against the Islamic insurgents.; Credit: STR/EPA/Landov New satellite images released by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International […]

Oscars 2015: Nods to ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’; Snubs for ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Selma’

Oscars 2015: Nods to ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’; Snubs for ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Selma’

An Oscar Statuette Seen From Above; Credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images Nominations are out for the world’s biggest film event. “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” both notched 9 Oscar nominations, leading the field. The Michael Keaton comedy earned nominations in all major categories, including best picture, best actor, best director, and best original screenplay. The […]

Examining Yemen’s challenges as Yemeni Al-Qaida leader trumpets Paris Attack

Examining Yemen’s challenges as Yemeni Al-Qaida leader trumpets Paris Attack

In this April 23, 2013 file photo, a suspected Yemeni al-Qaida militant, center, holds an Islamist banner as he stands behind bars during a court hearing in state security court in Sanaa, Yemen. A top leader of Yemen’s al-Qaida branch has claimed responsibility for last week’s attack on a Paris newspaper when two masked gunmen […]

LA Press Club gives Daniel Pearl Award to Charlie Hebdo

LA Press Club gives Daniel Pearl Award to Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo editor in chief, Gerard Briard (L) Charlie Hebdo cartoonist, Renald Luzier (C) aka Luz and Patrick Pelloux (R), Charlie Hebdo journalist, during the Charlie Hebdo press conference held at the Liberation offices in Paris on January 13, 2015 in Paris, France. ; Credit: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images This year, the Los Angeles Press Club […]

Feinstein says visa-waiver program is ‘Achilles heel’ of America

Feinstein says visa-waiver program is ‘Achilles heel’ of America

Senator Dianne Feinstein questions witnesses at Judiciary immigration hearing.; Credit: Kitty Felde/KPCC Following the Paris attacks, countries around the world are on high-alert for similar attacks. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) noted yesterday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the United States has a legal loophole in its homeland security laws – the 90-day visa-waiver […]