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John McCain erupts at protesters during hearing. Why the anger?

csmonitor.com — While the Vietnam conflict seems a distant echo to many Americans, antiwar protests serve as a reminder that it was one of the most divisive issues in modern American politics. Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona in no uncertain terms Thursday told a bunch of protesters that they weren't going to be disrupting his congressional hearing.
Jan 29, 2015

John McCain erupts at protesters during hearing. Why the anger? csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

Jan 29, 2015

John McCain calls antiwar protester 'low-life scum.' Stay classy, dude csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

Jan 29, 2015

The lesson of John McCain's eruption at protesters is that the Vietnam War is still divisive four decades on: csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

In empty classrooms, evidence of Kenya's struggle to fight Al Shabab

csmonitor.com — The insecurity along Kenya's border with Somalia has forced an exodus of teachers from Wajir County ahead of the new school year. A spree of attacks by the militant group has been aimed at non-Muslims. The threat of Al Shabab lingers in empty classrooms here, abandoned by teachers who fear they're the next target.
Jan 30, 2015

Empty classrooms in NE #Kenya as teachers flee their posts, citing #AlShabab fears ow.ly/Ic3JZ

Jan 29, 2015

RT @AmeliaNewcomb: In Wajir County, along Kenya border w/ Somalia, deserted classrooms speak to threat felt from #AlShabaab @azirulnick csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2…

Jan 29, 2015

In Wajir County, along Kenya border w/ Somalia, deserted classrooms speak to threat felt from #AlShabaab @azirulnick csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2…

So you think you know Congress? Take our quiz.

csmonitor.com — With job approval ratings in single digits, Congress is at record lows in public opinion. Is it because the nation's lawmakers are truly performing badly? Or is the institution - viewed by Founding Fathers as the preeminent branch - maligned and misunderstood? See how much you know about the Congress.

Islamic State claims responsibility for major attack on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

csmonitor.com — After suffering one of the worst attacks in recent memory, Egypt is left reeling. Islamic State's Egypt wing claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that killed at least 27 on Thursday in some of the worst anti-state violence in months, after commemorations around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising turned deadly this week.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @csmonitor: Islamic State claims responsibility for major attack on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula trib.al/nxQVgVW

Republicans ask: Is Loretta Lynch just another Eric Holder?

csmonitor.com — Day 2 of the Senate confirmation hearings for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch centered on Republican questions about her willingness to rein in President Obama. Republicans in the United States Senate sought on Thursday to use the second day of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch's confirmation hearing to continue to attack what they call the "lawlessness" of the Obama administration.

No more ‘sequester’: Can Obama’s budget gambit work?

csmonitor.com — President Obama previews a key element in his 2016 budget proposal: the end of automatic spending cuts known as the 'sequester.' Many Republicans also don't like the sequester, but they reject Obama's remedy. President Obama wants to get rid of the "sequester" - the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to the federal budget that started in 2013.

Loretta Lynch hearing: Why all those red suits in the crowd? (+video)

csmonitor.com — Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for US attorney general, put on a master class in poise at Wednesday's confirmation hearing. It's a political style that her Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters, there to support her, recognize and applaud.
Jan 29, 2015

Nice Gail Chaddock story about "all those red suits" in the room at the #LorettaLynch hearing: csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

At the Super Bowl, super moms

csmonitor.com — Connie Anderson knows she will soar when her son Mark, the sack-happy rookie defensive end for the Chicago Bears, bursts onto the field for Super Bowl XLI at Dolphins Stadium here Sunday. She might even watch the game.
Jan 29, 2015

The hands-on sports mom is a mythic figure in America. Moms of #SuperBowl players are pro grade. Spoke w some in '07: bit.ly/1JQ9XWA

UVA women advised to avoid frat weekend. Appropriate?

csmonitor.com — UVA students have reacted with outrage to a letter from a national organization for sororities making the request. The controversy hints at some of the challenges as pressure mounts to do more to prevent campus sexual assault.

Dartmouth College bans hard liquor: Can booze limits improve student safety?

csmonitor.com — As schools across the country look for ways to crack down on high-risk behavior on campus, one school famous for its party culture is taking steps to make campus safer for students. Dartmouth College, a school with a notoriously rowdy and widespread Greek culture, is taking action to curb misconduct on the Hanover, N.H., campus by banning hard liquor.
Jan 29, 2015

More In Dopo Parentis: Blame the booze, not the culture you foster and tolerate. csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update…

Why did NASA send a probe into the Northern Lights?

csmonitor.com — NASA launched a probe on Wednesday into the Auroral Borealis so scientists might better understand what happens to the thermosphere during these naturally occurring light shows. While most find captivating the vivid glow and dancing curtain-like arcs of the Northern Lights, it's what happens after the light show that has captured the interest of NASA scientists.

Is Hezbollah tunneling into Israel? Army looks into village's old complaint.

csmonitor.com — With tensions high on the Lebanon border, the Israeli army has begun investigating a months-old complaint from villagers who reported hearing sounds of digging. For months, residents of this northern border village complained that they were hearing drilling noises underground, but that seemed to elicit little response from the Israeli army.
Jan 29, 2015

#Hezbollah tunnels? Israeli army investigates claims of drilling noises from town on northern border @christacbryant csmonitor.com/World/Middle-E…

Jan Jarboe Russell, author of 'The Train to Crystal City' details a secret World War II government internment camp

csmonitor.com — The same Alien Enemies Act that today allows the US to hold prisoners at Guantánamo Bay also allowed FDR to hold German- and Italian-American families during World War II, says author Jan Jarboe Russell. The plight of German- and Italian-American families imprisoned by the United States government during World War II under the Alien Enemies Act has remained largely untold.
Jan 29, 2015

Jan Jarboe Russell, author of 'The Train to Crystal City' details a secret World War II government internment camp csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-…

Loretta Lynch hearing: who the crimson and cream were in the crowd

csmonitor.com — Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for US attorney general, put on a master class in poise at Wednesday's confirmation hearing. It's a political style that her Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters, there to support her, recognize and applaud.
Jan 29, 2015

6 degrees of separation? try 2. #Loretta Lynch hearing and @DSTinc1913: who the crimson and cream were in the crowd. csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder…

$77 billion a year to cut child poverty in half? A bargain, report says.

csmonitor.com — Child poverty seems an intractable problem in the US, but a new study suggest major progress could be made for less than the cost of closing a corporate tax loophole. When the Children's Defense Fund went about putting together its latest report on child poverty in America, it did something new: It put a price tag on its proposals.

SpaceX video shows how reusable mega-rocket would work (+video)

csmonitor.com — An animation depicting SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket lifting off into space shows the rocket's three boosters separating from the spacecraft and flying back to their launch site, where they land upright. An amazing new video from SpaceX shows the spaceflight company's incredible plans for a reusable mega-rocket.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @csmonitor: An amazing new video from SpaceX shows the spaceflight company's incredible plans for a reusable mega-rocket: trib.al/kiVMfP8

Keystone vote: Senate's new openness comes at a price: time and patience

csmonitor.com — The GOP-controlled Senate has voted on more amendments on the Keystone bill than Democrats allowed in all of last year. But at this pace, it's not clear that essential Senate business will get done. It was going to be a long day working on the Keystone pipeline bill Wednesday, but Sen.

Murder most British: Why the fascination?

csmonitor.com — Historian Lucy Worsley tracks the evolution of Britain's mystery obsession. About two centuries ago, Great Britain 's stiff upper lips began wagging about the deadliest crime of all. They haven't stopped since. Throughout the 19th century, a series of real-life killers captivated the British population.

Romney speech: Still trying to win 2012?

csmonitor.com — Mitt Romney's speech in Mississippi Wednesday night was full of the expected swipes at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. But he may have a harder time winning over the GOP electorate this time. Is Mitt Romney fighting the wrong political war?
Jan 29, 2015

RT @csmonitor: Romney re-redux: Will focusing on poverty and Mormonism win over the GOP electorate this time? trib.al/BOz0tp1 @petergrier