Frances Martel

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New Poll Puts Obama's Approval Ratings at All Time Low, Again

Every new poll seems to bring more bad news for President Obama. A poll conducted last week by the Associated Press and GfK found the president's disapproval rating at 59%, besting the all-time high the president had just set in December. Mar 27, 2014 9:55 AM PT

Blackouts, Poverty Plague Venezuela as Opposition Deputy Returns to Face Arrest

"Without electricity the National Assembly in the country with the largest proven oil reserves," observes one tweeter, disseminating a picture of Venezuela's legislature consumed by darkness. Even President Nicolás Maduro's radio show is offline as the country faces increasing blackouts on a day of high tension for the opposition. Mar 26, 2014 11:08 AM PT

Five Unsolved Mysteries of Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Malaysian officials announced this week that they believe "beyond a reasonable doubt" that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended its voyage in a remote area in the southeastern Indian Ocean. Yet as the search narrows to an area thousands of miles from anything, unfollowed leads and unsolved mysteries remain. Mar 26, 2014 9:04 AM PT

Ukrainian Protester Alleges 'Electric Shock Torture' While Detained in Crimea

Two men aligned with the pro-Ukrainian Euromaidan movement testified to Human Rights Watch that they were detained in Crimea by what they believed to be Russian "self-defense" forces, beaten, and tortured in captivity. One of the survivors claims to have been strapped to a chair and subjected to electric shock as a torture mechanism. Mar 25, 2014 1:07 PM PT

President Obama Set to Call for Major NSA Spying Overhaul

The New York Times reported Tuesday morning that the Obama administration is planning legislation that would limit the amount of private call information the National Security Agency could retain from phone companies and require the NSA to go through a special court for permission to spy. Mar 25, 2014 11:31 AM PT

NJ Democrat: Republicans 'Have Been Proven Right' about Misuse of Sandy Aid

Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone is speaking out against the Christie administration for what he told The Daily Beast was the misuse of millions of dollars meant to help the New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy. The handling of that money, he says, has been "disturbing." Mar 25, 2014 11:07 AM PT

Teen, Pregnant 28-Year-Old Latest Killed in Attacks on Venezuelan Protesters

On Sunday, a 16-year-old protester died of a severe beating by the Venezuelan National Guard, and a pregnant 28-year-old woman was shot exiting a bus during a protest, as Nicolás Maduro's regime continues to use severe violence to oppress national dissatisfaction with the socialist regime. Mar 24, 2014 12:50 PM PT


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