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In shutdown showdown, questions over where public ire will be aimed

In shutdown showdown, questions over where public ire will be aimedLet this be a warning to Republicans and Democrats as they ramp up their messaging wars as to who will take the blame for a potential government shutdown Friday at midnight: Things don’t always turn out as predicted. Who would have known that visitors to the National Gallery of Art in Washington would raise such a ruckus? Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) of Georgia thought Republicans had the upper hand in this battle.


Reducing drunken-driving tragedies

Reducing drunken-driving tragediesSobering statistics tell the story of how alcohol and driving combine in a tragic mix. Alcohol-impaired drivers in the United States cause more than 10,000 road deaths each year – about a third of all traffic deaths. Nearly 40 percent of the victims are people other than the drunken drivers themselves.


Italy's migrants teach themselves to stand up for themselves

Italy's migrants teach themselves to stand up for themselvesIt used to be that when a migrant here was the victim in a car accident – a fender bender or such – the local police would still end up blaming them for the collision. “I’ve been teaching them to stand for their rights and told them to keep evidence when they interact with the authorities. For more than a decade, the Refugees and Asylum Seekers Movement in Caserta (MMRC) has been helping migrants stand up to exploitative employers and appeal effectively for documents that allow them to find legal jobs and houses.


Spy suspect's arrest: What motivates turncoats?

Spy suspect's arrest: What motivates turncoats?Recommended: How much do you know about China? As for geopolitics, the US is now aware that China has developed a full spectrum intelligence capability. “I don’t think this should be seen as something that should undermine the [US-China] strategic relationship,” says Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.