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Ukraine Says Missiles From Russia May Have Shot Down 2 Military Jets

KIEV, Ukraine (MCT) — Ukrainian officials said Wednesday that two military jets have been shot down in the eastern part of the country, and the missiles that downed them may have been launched from Russia. There was no immediate response from Russian officials. The state-run Itar-Tass news agency reported that the planes were shot down […]

EPA Chief Defends Power Plant Rule Against GOP Charges Of Overreach

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday strongly defended the approach and legitimacy of a Barack Obama Administration power plant rule that Republicans attacked as regulatory overreach and Democrats said was vital. In a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the […]

Oregon Marijuana Legalization Measure Makes November Ballot

(MCT) — Oregonians will be able to vote in November on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The initiative submitted by the marijuana reform group New Approach Oregon received at least 88,500 valid signatures to qualify for placement on the ballot, election workers announced Wednesday. “Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed,” Peter […]

Officials: U.S. Knew 3 Days Before Mosul Fell That Islamic State Was Moving Forces

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Barack Obama Administration knew an attack was in the works three days in advance of the Islamic State’s offensive in northern Iraq, but U.S. efforts to mount a response were hampered by the Iraqi government’s insistence that it could handle the threat, two top U.S. architects of Iraq policy said Wednesday. […]

Stories We’re Watching: Wednesday News Links 7-23-2014

Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds today. Click the links for the full stories.

IRS Says Lerner’s Emails May Be Recoverable After All

IRS Says Lerner’s Emails May Be Recoverable After All

Along with news this week that several additional Internal Revenue Service employees with ties to Lois Lerner suffered computer crashes came another minor revelation from agency lawyer Thomas Kane, who told a Congressional panel that, just maybe, Lerner’s long-lost emails can still be retrieved.

Democrats Pledge To Live A Week On Minimum Wage

Democrats Pledge To Live A Week On Minimum Wage

This week, a gaggle of Democratic Representatives is putting itself through the minimum wage austerity experience, attempting to get by on $77 for a week — a budget that’s supposed to reflect the discretionary spending power that comes from earning a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Report: Department Of Justice, Homeland Security Must Go On Offensive Against Growing Right-Wing Threat

Report: Department Of Justice, Homeland Security Must Go On Offensive Against Growing Right-Wing Threat

The protesters and militia members who showed up to support rancher Cliven Bundy this spring when the Federal government confiscated his livestock because of unpaid grazing fees and desert tortoises belong to a “much larger and more dangerous” network of “radical right-wing extremists,” according to a report.

States Debate Millionaires’ Taxes

States Debate Millionaires’ Taxes

About a dozen States have raised taxes on their highest income tax brackets since 2009, believing that raising income taxes on their wealthiest residents would yield enough additional revenues to outweigh any negative side effects.

Common procedure may be linked to prostate cancer

Common procedure may be linked to prostate cancer

A new study conducted by Harvard University suggests that there may be a link between a common procedure and prostate cancer, the second leading cause of death among American men.

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