Huge crowds of over 130,000 people attended Mass in Recife Sunday for Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, who died in a plane crash last week.
The crowd stretched out for close to 1.9 miles to pay their respects at Campos' coffin, which was placed outside Recife's local government headquarters, AFP reported.
The Socialist Party candidate, who had been running against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff in the upcoming election in October, died on Wednesday after his campaign jet crashed in Santos city due to bad weather, killing all seven people on board. more >>
Rick Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas' history and GOP presidential hopeful for 2016, became the first governor in that state to face criminal charges in nearly 100 years Friday, when he was indicted on two felony counts charging that he abused his power in trying to pressure a local district attorney to quit her job.
According to The New York Times, Perry allegedly attempted to use his veto power as leverage to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after she was arrested for drunk-driving last year.
Lehmberg, a Democrat who was elected to the post, oversees a powerful public corruption unit that investigate government officials. The unit's work resulted in the indictment of former Republican congressman Tom Delay on campaign finance laws violations in 2005 according to the Times. more >>
August is when politicians retire to their vacation homes and relax at taxpayer expense. Congress is paid for a 5-week vacation and President Obama and his family have made it a tradition to enjoy a luxurious vacation at Martha's Vineyard, the playground of the rich.
The President loves to stroll the streets of Martha's Vineyard, enjoy ice cream and bike riding. Most of all, he loves to play golf. Since assuming the presidency, Barack Obama has played almost 200 rounds of golf, no matter what crisis is ongoing.
During this vacation, he played golf during a Ukrainian civil war, a conflict in Gaza, the beheading of innocent Christians by the terror group ISIS, and a five-day riot in Ferguson, Missouri. more >>
The heart wrenching tragedies throughout the Middle East are not the United States' fault, that is, at least not entirely.
The fact that many Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims distrust each other, that the Allies established artificial national boundaries to suite their interests after World War I, and that ruthless dictators past and present have often oppressed their people are major reasons why much of the Middle East is broken and bleeding.
But the U.S. has made several bad situations in the Middle East far worse. more >>
Investopedia defines a "zero sum game" as "a situation in which one person's gain is equivalent to another's loss, so the net change in wealth or benefit is zero."
If a political leader wielding power sees the world as a zero sum game – gains to one must mean a loss to another – it is likely that this leader will promote policies that will limit growth, wealth creation and innovative problem solving.
What a zero sum worldview will produce more of is political, class, and ethnic resentment and strife. more >>
Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, started a petition calling on President Barack Obama, Congress and the international community to destroy ISIS as a fighting force.
In a Thursday video phone interview with The Christian Post (see below), George said he thought the petition was needed because ISIS, also called ISIL or the Islamic State, is committing genocide, similar to what happened in Rwanda in 1994. The United States did nothing to prevent the Rwandan genocide, and that was a mistake that should not happen again, he argued.