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Failed Republican Governor Cancels Quarterly Economic Report

When Governor Sam Brownback began his great tea party tax experiment in Kansas, he championed a quarterly economic review as an accountability test of his vision. Now that his vision has failed...

Too Sick to Debate, Clinton Body Double to Debate Donald Trump Instead of Hillary Clinton

Unable to debate Donald Trump and unwilling to admit it publicly, Hillary Rodham Clinton has decided to take the next best option. The Democratic Presidential nominee will send one of her famous body ...

Santa Monica City attorney Marsha Moutrie to retire at end of 2016

Santa Monica city attorney Marsha Moutrie publicly announced that she will be retiring at the end of the year. Her 20 year reign has not been without controversy, so some are glad, some are not. But...

Magistrates Don't Have To Perform Gay Marriages in North Carolina

In another North Carolina religious rights controversy, a federal district court judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to block a NC law allowing religious accommodation for magistrates who...

Video

Trump: "If Mark Cuban sits in the front row, I will put Jennifer Flowers right alongside of him!"

For political junkies, the 2016 U.S. Presidential election is a lot like a high school debate between a smart but mean homecoming queen and the class bully, only better. And it just keeps getting...

Tiffany Trump is the Jan Brady of the Trump Clan; Destined to be Overlooked

You may have wondered why you haven't heard much about Tiffany Trump, the only child of Donald Trump with actress Marla Maples. Well, as always, there's an internet meme that explains it. It went all ...

How Do Videos Go Viral? SMC Lauches Media and Communications Series

Viral Videos, Barbershop Books, Film Screenings, & More! SMC presents a Communication & Media Series featuring a line-up of industry professionals who will talk about their work, share their...

Kings Under Parking Lots: Odd Habits of the British

Archeologists have found what may be the remains of King Henry I under a parking lot on the site of Reading prison. The discovery was made by a team exploring the location of the ruins of Reading...

NY Times Appropriates the Holocaust for Political Gain. Not Every Refugee Is a "New Jew"

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof published last month a column with the stomach-turning headline, "Anne Frank Today Is a Syrian Girl." Last week, he continued with this analogy, asking his...

UC Berkeley Reinstates Anti-Israel Seminar, Over Jewish Protests of Anti-Semitism

On Monday UC Berkeley reinstated a course that had provoked controversy, not only for its virulently anti-Israel syllabus but also for its violation of University of California policy regarding...

LAUSD Extends Summer Vacation One Week, Shortens Christmas

Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to push back the start of school to a later date, unnamed LAUSD board members told Fox 11 News (KTTV). Parents complained that the school beginning on...

All Cars Will Be Driverless in 5 Years. Autonomous Cars Will Replace Humans, Says Lyft Founder

In Total Recall, where Arnold Schwarzenegger calls a Johnnie Cab as his get away vehicle. It doesn't understand quickly enough that Arnold wants to go "anywhere!", so he pushes down the robot and...

Beck on Vinyl: Odelay, Sea Change and Guero on October 28

Since introducing himself to the world in 1994 with his genre-defying, multi-platinum debut, Mellow Gold, Beck has blazed a path into the future while simultaneously foraging through the past....

Rihanna Appointed Global Ambassador To Champion Education

Rihanna is to join a campaign to ensure that girls and boys in the world's poorest countries can get a quality education. Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation today announced a multi-year partnership...

After Obesity Put Me In a Coma, I Had To Take The First Step: Admit I Had A Problem

On December 18th 2012 at about 5:30 in the afternoon I stopped breathing. As I dropped face first to the floor I had just enough left in me to dial 911 on my cell phone. Then the respiration stopped. ...

68,000 lb Meteorite Unearthed in Argentina

Over the weekend, a work crew used a crane to hoist a 30-ton meteorite out of the Campo del Cielo (Field of Heaven) about 670 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the border between the...

Chinese Space Station Falling to Earth in 2017

China's first space station, the Tiangong-1 or "Heavenly Palace 1," is expected to fall back to Earth in 2017. The laboratory was launched in 2011 as part of China's ambitious plan to catch up with...

Video

Did Hillary Clinton Suffer Seizure on Camera in June? Watch Video

An old story given new legs: New video has emerged showing Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton suffering what looks like a stroke or epileptic seizure on camera. The video is embedded below. Is the...

Huma Abedin to be Clinton's Secretary of State, Say Wiki-leaked Emails

As President, Hillary Clinton will appoint Huma Abedin as Secretary of State. This according to leaked e mails between Abedin, Mrs. Clinton, and Clinton's former chief of staff Cheryl Mills. Abedin,...

Former Jihadi: ISIS will Increase US Terror Attacks, As We Proceed to Election

A self described former Jihadi Maajid Nawaz, speaking on FoxNews' the Kelly File, said that The Islamic State terror group, will increase the pace of US terror attacks as we move toward the November...

Gorman Pair Who Kidnapped Murder Victim's Children, Are Charged With Murder and Kidnapping

Following a multi-state manhunt for the murderers of a California woman near Gorman, the victim's stepsister and the stepsister's boyfriend were arrested in Colorado and charged today with murder and ...

8 People Shot in Baltimore, including Toddler & Father

Police are sweeping an East Baltimore neighborhood for three shooters thought to be in possession of a shotgun and handguns. At least eight people have been shot, including a father and his...

LAX Police Accused of Favoritism, Rule Bending, Tax Fraud. How safe is LAX?

The Assistant Police Chief at LAX resigned hours before CBS2 was to air an investigative report into allegations of corruption in his department. Brian Walker, 52, has admitted to misdemeanor tax...

Terrorist Clown Ring Arrested in Alabama

Flomaton, Alabama police have taken one adult and two juveniles into custody in connection with a threat that put four local schools under lockdown, and they may be able to link the trio to some of...

SCIENCE

68,000 lb Meteorite Unearthed in Argentina

Over the weekend, a work crew used a crane to hoist a 30-ton meteorite out of the Campo del Cielo (Field of Heaven) about 670 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the border between the...

CRIME

8 People Shot in Baltimore, including Toddler & Father

Police are sweeping an East Baltimore neighborhood for three shooters thought to be in possession of a shotgun and handguns. At least eight people have been shot, including a father and his...

HEALTH

After Obesity Put Me In a Coma, I Had To Take The First Step: Admit I Had A Problem

On December 18th 2012 at about 5:30 in the afternoon I stopped breathing. As I dropped face first to the floor I had just enough left in me to dial 911 on my cell phone. Then the respiration stopped....

BUSINESS

All Cars Will Be Driverless in 5 Years. Autonomous Cars Will Replace Humans, Says Lyft Founder

In Total Recall, where Arnold Schwarzenegger calls a Johnnie Cab as his get away vehicle. It doesn't understand quickly enough that Arnold wants to go "anywhere!", so he pushes down the robot and...

SCIENCE

Chinese Space Station Falling to Earth in 2017

China's first space station, the Tiangong-1 or "Heavenly Palace 1," is expected to fall back to Earth in 2017. The laboratory was launched in 2011 as part of China's ambitious plan to catch up with...

POLITICS

Did Hillary Clinton Suffer Seizure on Camera in June? Watch Video

An old story given new legs: New video has emerged showing Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton suffering what looks like a stroke or epileptic seizure on camera. The video is embedded below. Is the...

POLITICS

Former Jihadi: ISIS will Increase US Terror Attacks, As We Proceed to Election

A self described former Jihadi Maajid Nawaz, speaking on FoxNews' the Kelly File, said that The Islamic State terror group, will increase the pace of US terror attacks as we move toward the November...

CRIME

Gorman Pair Who Kidnapped Murder Victim's Children, Are Charged With Murder and Kidnapping

Following a multi-state manhunt for the murderers of a California woman near Gorman, the victim's stepsister and the stepsister's boyfriend were arrested in Colorado and charged today with murder and...

SCHOOLS

LAUSD Extends Summer Vacation One Week, Shortens Christmas

Los Angeles Unified School District has decided to push back the start of school to a later date, unnamed LAUSD board members told Fox 11 News (KTTV). Parents complained that the school beginning on...

CRIME

LAX Police Accused of Favoritism, Rule Bending, Tax Fraud. How safe is LAX?

The Assistant Police Chief at LAX resigned hours before CBS2 was to air an investigative report into allegations of corruption in his department. Brian Walker, 52, has admitted to misdemeanor tax...

OPINION

NY Times Appropriates the Holocaust for Political Gain. Not Every Refugee Is a "New Jew"

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof published last month a column with the stomach-turning headline, "Anne Frank Today Is a Syrian Girl." Last week, he continued with this analogy, asking his...

NEWS

Santa Monica City attorney Marsha Moutrie to retire at end of 2016

Santa Monica city attorney Marsha Moutrie publicly announced that she will be retiring at the end of the year. Her 20 year reign has not been without controversy, so some are glad, some are not. But...

CRIME

Terrorist Clown Ring Arrested in Alabama

Flomaton, Alabama police have taken one adult and two juveniles into custody in connection with a threat that put four local schools under lockdown, and they may be able to link the trio to some of...

NEWS

Tiffany Trump is the Jan Brady of the Trump Clan; Destined to be Overlooked

You may have wondered why you haven't heard much about Tiffany Trump, the only child of Donald Trump with actress Marla Maples. Well, as always, there's an internet meme that explains it. It went all...

NEWS

Trump: "If Mark Cuban sits in the front row, I will put Jennifer Flowers right alongside of him!"

For political junkies, the 2016 U.S. Presidential election is a lot like a high school debate between a smart but mean homecoming queen and the class bully, only better. And it just keeps getting...