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As Kids Get Fatter, Fewer Parents Can Tell Their Children Are Obese

As Kids Get Fatter, Fewer Parents Can Tell Their Children Are Obese

(MCT) — Researchers have identified a new culprit in the epidemic of childhood obesity: parents who can’t even tell that their pudgy kids are overweight. A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that American parents are significantly less likely to make an accurate assessment of their children’s weight compared with parents from an earlier […]

California Governor Signs Bill Mandating ‘Kill Switches’ On Smartphones

California Governor Signs Bill Mandating ‘Kill Switches’ On Smartphones

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a first-in-the-nation requirement that smartphones made in the state eventually be equipped with “kill switches” that allow owners to remotely render them useless if stolen, in reaction to a spate of violent robberies. “The governor signed SB 962 to deter smartphone theft,” […]

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Study Suggests

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Study Suggests

(MCT) — Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation’s scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it’s set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients. The new research, published Monday […]

States Handling What The Feds Won’t: Illegal Immigrants

States Handling What The Feds Won’t: Illegal Immigrants

With Congress at a standstill on immigration issues, states have pursued their own solutions, with some offering in-state tuition and financial aid to illegal immigrants who are students and others approving more spending to enforce immigration laws.

ICREACH: The Government’s Searchable Database Of Private Communications

ICREACH: The Government’s Searchable Database Of Private Communications

In an effort to help dozens of government agencies access the troves of private telecommunications data it scoops up from foreigners and American citizens, the National Security Agency has its own “Google-like” search engine.

Iraq May Seal Democrats’ Fate In Midterm Elections

Iraq May Seal Democrats’ Fate In Midterm Elections

The Iraq war was once again front and center on the campaign trail in New Hampshire last week. The gruesome beheading of native son James Foley at the hands of Islamic militants thrust the issue to the fore, leading residents to debate how far the U.S. should go to stop them in Iraq.

House Republicans Move Forward On Obama Lawsuit, Hire Lawyer

House Republicans Move Forward On Obama Lawsuit, Hire Lawyer

House Administration Committee Chairwoman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) on Monday signed a contract with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm BakerHostetler for legal representation in a civil action lawsuit against the president of the United States.

Personal Liberty Digest™ P.M. Edition 8-25-2014

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White House Sets U.S. Up For Another Foreign Policy Nightmare

White House Sets U.S. Up For Another Foreign Policy Nightmare

An influential Senate Democrat called Monday for President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before launching airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the Middle East. The call came after the White House refused to say whether it would await a congressional greenlight for further military action. Last year, Obama asked Congress for permission to launch […]

Cornel West: Obama A ‘Counterfeit’ And A ‘Brown-Faced Clinton’

Cornel West: Obama A ‘Counterfeit’ And A ‘Brown-Faced Clinton’

Union Theological Seminary professor and noted liberal public intellectual Cornel West had some harsh words for President Barack Obama in an interview with the left-leaning Salon. The conversation started out on a sour note when Salon’s Thomas Frank asked West, “how do you feel things have worked out since then [2008], both with the economy […]

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