Obama Praises Joe Biden, But Doesn't Endorse For 2016 Presidential Election

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 6:58am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is keeping to himself his favorite to succeed him in the White House.

But Obama does say that Joe Biden "will go down as one of the finest vice presidents in history." He didn't endorse Biden in his interview with CBS News. Biden is saying once again that he hasn't decided whether to run. He says the mounting speculation shouldn't be a problem.

Who are the Koch Brothers and What do They Want?

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 6:32am

As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires and large corporations can now spend an unlimited amount of money to influence the political process. The results of that decision are clear. In the coming months and years the Koch brothers and other extraordinarily wealthy families will spend billions of dollars to elect right-wing candidates to the Senate, the House, governors' mansions and the presidency of the United States. These billionaires already own much of our economy. That, apparently, is not enough.

Ex-Honors Student Tied To Terror Plot Will Hear His Fate

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 6:31am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Maryland teen convicted with two women in a Jihadist terror plot is set to be sentenced in Philadelphia.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid of Ellicott City, Md., is linked to the case of 50-year-old Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose, who was sentenced in January to 10 years in prison.

The FBI says Khalid met LaRose and other extremists online when he was a 15-year-old honors student, and agreed to help them.

He is the rare juvenile detained on federal terrorism charges before turning 18.

President Obama, Put the Arctic Off-Limits to Big Oil

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 6:00am

Four years ago this week, BP's Deepwater Horizon drill platform exploded. Eleven workers died that day. Their bodies were never found. Over the next 87 days, 210 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. It fouled fishing grounds, ravaged the coastline, and shut down tourism. The world got an ugly look at some of the terrible hidden costs of fossil fuels. Spill-related health problems plague the people and the wildlife of the Gulf to this very day.

More Proof That American Health Care Prices Are Sky-High

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:59am

As anyone who's ever paid a health insurance premium or a hospital bill knows, medical care is expensive. What Americans may not know is that residents of other countries don't pay nearly as much for the same things.

The latest data from the International Federation of Health Plans, an industry group representing health insurers from 28 countries including the United States, once again illustrates that American patients pay the highest prices in the world for a variety of prescription drugs and common procedures like childbirth and hospital stays.

Edward Snowden Asked Putin About Surveillance

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:34am

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin told Edward Snowden on that Russia does not carry out indiscriminate surveillance on its citizens, responding to a question the former U.S. spy agency contractor in a televised question and answer session with the nation. The government regulates communications as part of criminal investigations, but "on a massive scale, on an uncontrolled scale we certainly do not allow this and I hope we will never allow it," Putin told Snowden, who was granted asylum in Russia last year.

Here Are All The Drugs Americans Want To Legalize

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:26am

A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, polls now show. But that's where support for drug legalization ends. A series of HuffPost/YouGov surveys conducted over the past several months found that few Americans want to repeal the laws against any other illegal drug.

In a HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted in February, 51 percent said they support legalizing marijuana, and 70 percent said they wanted to legalize medical marijuana.

Half Of Americans Support Stricter Gun Laws, But Many Question Their Effectiveness

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:25am

Support for stricter gun laws has leveled off from its peak following 2012's mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows. Continued gun violence since then, including numerous mass shootings, seems to have had little impact on support for new laws.

E-Cigarettes May Not Be As Safe As You Think

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:00am

(Repeats with no changes) By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON, April 17 (Reuters) - Complaints of injury linked to e-cigarettes, from burns and nicotine toxicity to respiratory and cardiovascular problems, have jumped over the past year as the devices become more popular, the most recent U.S. data show. Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to data obtained through a public records request.

Putin: Russian Troops Deployed To Crimea To Support Local Defense Forces

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 2:51am

MOSCOW, April 17 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said Russian forces had been active in Crimea in order to support local defence forces, the first time he has admitted deployment of Russian troops on the Black Sea peninsula. "We had to take unavoidable steps so that events did not develop as they are currently developing in southeast Ukraine," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation.