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Obama Administration Seeks New Deportation Powers

The White House will ask Congress for greater power to conduct “fast-track” deportations of tens of thousands of parent-less children from Central America who are crossing the U.S. border.

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German Official Eyes a Breakup of Google

Germany’s justice minister proposed that Google be dismantled in the event the Internet giant abuses its dominance of the Web.

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It’s Time Several Women, Not Just Hillary Clinton, Ran to Run America (Ahem, Elizabeth Warren)

There are several strong female contenders, including one Massachusetts senator, who should challenge the former secretary of state for the Democratic presidential nomination; spies are being recruited on college campuses; meanwhile, the U.S. government will financially reward people who support TAFTA. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Where Are the Hardest Places to Live in the U.S.?

A New York Times data analysis venture looked at six basic measures to get a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation. The toughest place to live was Eastern Kentucky—“land of storybook hills and drawls.”

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Detroit Shuts Off Water to 150,000 People

A coalition of human rights activists has asked the United Nations to intervene in the withholding of water access from 150,000 residents of Detroit who are at least two months behind on utility payments.

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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They’re Private Corporations

Requests by the American Civil Liberties Union for open records on Massachusetts SWAT teams begat refusals to comply based on the premise that the forces are not government entities.

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Don’t Try to Cheer Me Up, Man

“Those with low self-esteem actually reject the so-called ‘positive reframing,’ or expressions of optimism and encouragement, most of us offer to them,” Dr. Denise Marigold, the lead author of a study into the issue, told Today.com.

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Bee-Killing Pesticides in 51 Percent of ‘Bee-Friendly’ Plants Sold in U.S. and Canada

Garden plants advertised at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart as harmless to bees have been shown to kill them, a study released by the environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth and allies reports.

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Ikea’s Raising Its Minimum Wage for U.S. Workers Without Increasing Prices

The Swedish ready-to-assemble-furniture store is following its vision to “create a better everyday life for the many people ... customers and consumers, [and] also our co-workers.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Did Pando Fire Two of Its Best Reporters?

David Sirota was breaking big stories at Silicon Valley site Pando Daily, so it’s a bit odd that he and fellow contributor Ted Rall were abruptly let go without any public explanation.

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