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President Obama said the U.S. and its allies have made significant progress in halting the advance of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, through Iraq and Syria. Now, he wants the blessing of Congress to finish the job. (Associated Press)

Obama-neocons are useful idiots to al Qaeda, ISIS

The greatest balance sheet assets of al Qaeda and ISIS are what Vladimir Lenin called "useful idiots", i.e., President Barack Obama and neocons like Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham who inflate the danger of international terrorism manifold in the service of the military-industrial-counterterrorism complex.

Beer is a basic of life in Copenhagen. Craft beers are all the rage on a street in Norrebro. (Photo by Lark Gould)

Copenhagen for two days or two weeks

Copenhagen can be wonderful, indeed, if you skip the mermaid selfie and head straight to the citiy's hip meandering districts for some neo-Dansk design and adventures in New Nordic tastes.

In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, photo, new homes under construction are shown for sale in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) ** FILE **

Saving for the American Dream

Homeownership has always been an essential part of the American Dream. For too many aspiring young homeowners, however, that dream is slipping away amid economic stagnation and flat incomes.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society programs included Medicare and Medicaid. **FILE**

Medicare, Medicaid in need of major reforms after 50 years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill into law that created the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs. While both started with good intent, the past 50 years have left the American public with two massive entitlements that are in dire need of reform.

The great Republican train wreck

The highway train began to go off the rails when Texas senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor and in a highly unusual move, called Majority Leader McConnell a liar on the floor.

Chris Christie 2016

The 2016 Odds: Chris Christie

Tim Constantine takes a look at the 2016 Presidential field and gives his odds for each candidate on becoming their party's nominee. Here's Governor Chris Christie.