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Puerto Rico Declares Zika Emergency

Puerto Rico declared a public health emergency over the Zika virus on Friday afternoon, following the confirmation of 22 cases of the infection, including one pregnant woman, and one man who developed the severe Guillain-Barre syndrome neurological reaction.

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Syrian Militants Reportedly Kill Iranian General

Iranian Brigadier General Mohsen Ghajarian of the elite Revolutionary Guards force has reportedly been killed during an operation in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, along with six members of Iran’s volunteer militia, the Basij.

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Facebook Censorship and the War on Free Speech

Free speech is under assault — not only in repressive dictatorships suddenly able to influence global conversations through the Internet, but across the Western world, and even in the American bastion of free expression. Absolute protection for speech as an inalienable right has given way to bitter squabbling over how much free expression should be sacrificed for various, ostensibly noble goals, and who the censors will be.

DERRY, NH - FEBRUARY 03:  Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a CNN and the New Hampshire Democratic Party

House Oversight Probe May Include Hillary Clinton Emails

Sources tell Politico that House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) plans to proceed with an investigation into federal record-keeping practices, with the blessing of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)… provided the probe proceeds with “caution” when it hits Hillary Clinton’s email server.

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Analyst: North Korea Working on Long-Range Missiles with Iran

North Korea has notified the International Maritime Organization of the United Nations that it plans to launch a satellite sometime between February 8 and February 25. The announcement was not well-received, as it is widely suspected the “satellite launch” will actually be cover for long-range ballistic missile testing.

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The Smith Project: What Voters Want

Veteran pollster Pat Caddell’s Armada group has spent the past several years charting the alienation of the American electorate, constructing a fascinating model of what most Americans desire in the ideal political candidate – the great statesman, or stateswoman, voters want for our time.