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Daily Beast: Even Hawaii Hates Obama Now

When Barack Obama vaulted onto the national stage a decade ago, part of his appeal was that he seemed to be from so many places at once. All corners of the country could lay claim to him: He was Hawaiian by birth, Illinoisan by choice, and Kansan by heritage, and he spent his formative years in New York City. He marched through the 2008 primaries by winning in both the deep red states that Democrats typically eschewed and urban centers populated by low-income voters and young progressives. Aug 8, 2014 9:48 AM PT

Ebola Ravages Liberian Slum Where Villagers Refuse to Believe it is Real

If ever there was a likely spot for an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, New Kru Town in Liberia is it. A sprawling slum of the country's war-ravaged capital, Monrovia, it is home to 50,000 people, and has next to no functioning lavatories, sinks or bathrooms. Aug 8, 2014 7:11 AM PT

ISIS Captures Iraq's Largest Christian Town

Christians from the town of Qaraqosh were fleeing today after it was taken by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) on Wednesday night. Aug 8, 2014 7:06 AM PT

The Guardian: Antisemitism in Europe Rising to the 'Worst Time Since the Nazis'

In the space of just one week last month, according to Crif, the umbrella group for France's Jewish organisations, eight synagogues were attacked. One, in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, was firebombed by a 400-strong mob. A kosher supermarket and pharmacy were smashed and looted; the crowd's chants and banners included "Death to Jews" and "Slit Jews' throats". That same weekend, in the Barbes neighbourhood of the capital, stone-throwing protesters burned Israeli flags: "Israhell", read one banner. Aug 8, 2014 6:53 AM PT

Senator John Walsh Drops out of Montana Race Amid Plagiarism Probe

U.S. Sen. John Walsh of Montana is dropping his campaign for office amid allegations that he plagiarized large portions of a 2007 research project he wrote for a master's degree, a Democrat close to the former National Guard commander's campaign said Thursday. Aug 7, 2014 1:47 PM PT

LIVE: House Special Hearing on Ebola Crisis in Africa

The House Foreign Affairs Committee is now holding a special subcommittee hearing on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Africa. Members of the committee interrupted their August recess to hold a hearing on the critical issue hearing important testimony from disease experts. Aug 7, 2014 11:56 AM PT


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