Militant group Hamas has rejected the latest cease-fire proposal with Israel pushed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and insisted that the only way for truce to be achieved is if the Israeli-Egyptian blockade on Gaza is lifted.
"When it comes to the balance of power in this crisis between us and Israel, they are the executioners, the aggressors, the occupiers, the settlers, and we are the true owners of the land," Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said on Wednesday, Fox News reported. "We will not accept anything but the end of the siege."
Over two weeks of intense fighting, including the launching of a ground invasion by Israel, has left over 650 Palestinians dead, with thousands more injured. Israel has said that is targeting terror tunnels and sites in Gaza, and is retaliating against continuous rockets being launched from Hamas into its territory. more >>
A lesbian who was fired by a Roman Catholic diocese in Missouri over marrying a woman has filed a lawsuit against the church body.
Colleen Simon, who recently married her partner in Iowa, filed the suit last week against the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph and its bishop, the Rev. Robert Finn.
The mother of two sons, for a time Simon worked at a Catholic food pantry at St. Francis Xavier Parish in the Kansas City Diocese. more >>
Update: July 22, 2014, 2:25 pm ET
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Virginia issued a ruling not long after the Washington, DC court upholding the subsidies.
A three judge panel for a federal appeals court may have delivered a serious blow to the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." more >>
Americans at all income levels will be paying more in taxes under current policies, according to this month's long-term budget outlook report by the Congressional Budget Office, with the working poor seeing a greater increase in income taxes.
Even if tax rates are unchanged, Americans will be paying more in taxes due, in part, to how tax policies are structured in relation to inflation and wage growth, according to the report, and these higher payments will be a disincentive to work and save.
"Thus, in the long run, people throughout the income distribution would pay a larger share of their income in taxes than people at the same points in the distribution pay today, and many taxpayers would face diminished incentives to work and save," the report states. more >>
Mitt Romney must be perplexed. As the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, he was wrong for America, liberals argued, because he was the wealthy Wall Street type. Today, however, liberals condemn Republican critics of Wall Street as "far right" while Democrats representing Wall Street are hailed as moderates.
The current intra-party war among Republicans pits "establishment" types against a new conservatism with many labels, including new populists, libertarian populists, reform conservatives, and reformocons, to name a few.
This war is, in part, about crony capitalism. The new conservatives criticize the establishment conservatives for being "in bed" with "big business." Companies receive government favors and in return their Republican supporters receive campaign donations. more >>
One of the lessons I learned in my first management course is you can't improve something unless you can measure it. Let's apply that to government.
As ambitious government programs go, it's hard to top the "Great Society," which recently marked its 50th anniversary. President Lyndon Johnson, after all, vowed "to give every citizen an escape from the crushing weight of poverty."
That's a tall order. Five decades, nearly $22 trillion and roughly 80 welfare programs later, it's fair to ask how we're doing. The short answer? Not well. more >>