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BREAKING NEWS: Syria Crisis May Be Over

about 1 year ago

An hour ago, the Associated Press is reporting, Syria agreed to dismantle its chemical weapons program to avert a U.S. strike.  Here is the tweet: This may solve the international crisis before Congress calls a vote on the authorization to use force sought by the White House and should, if ...


Tonight: A Live Blog of Obama’s Big Syria Speech

about 1 year ago

Join the Praxis live-blog of President Obama's address tonight at 9:01pm, when he will face one of the most challenging tasks of his presidency. The three main audiences he needs to keep in mind members of Congress, the American public and the Syrian regime—all need to hear a somewhat different message. Yet he must be resolute and clear. 


Why People Die Trying to Outrun Tornadoes

about 1 year ago

With severe and potentially deadly weather continuing tonight in the central United States, an important reminder of what not to do from a post on last fall's tornadoes in Oklahoma: The people of Oklahoma City suffered their second violent bout of tornados in as many weeks on Friday evening ...