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Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda (left), unveils a stone during a ceremony naming Antigua's highest mountain "Mount Obama." The president's name has also been lent in rechristenings at other places around the globe. (Associated Press)

Monuments to Obama raise some hackles

- The Washington Times

Everything from streets to a parasitic hairworm have been named in honor of President Obama, but the effort to immortalize him is causing a backlash in one New Jersey town, whose elected leaders are reconsidering their vote to place the president’s name on a recreation center.

**FILE** Illegal immigrants file into a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

DHS saw no option but to free 169 illegals convicted of murder

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration says it had no choice but to release almost all of the 169 murderers it let go from immigration detention last year, saying court decisions gave officials no choice in the matter — but it’s promising a new system to better screen who gets let out.

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** FILE ** Michael Wilson, left, a certified Cover California insurance agent, explains a health insurance plan to Jose Gomez and his wife, Laura, at a registration site hosted by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Obamacare suffers bad news on cost, tax fronts

- The Washington Times

The Obamacare program got a double dose of bad news Tuesday as a federal watchdog reported its tax on medical devices is bringing in less money than expected, while a Federal Reserve study warned that many private companies expect to see their health costs soar because of the president's signature health law.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is garnering praise by media and some politicians by reaching out to black voters, but some fellow Republicans think his effort is folly. The potential 2016 presidential candidate is taking a big risk by trying to bridge the gap between the party of Abraham Lincoln and a bloc that has overwhelmingly supported Democrats for several decades. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul's pursuit of black voters splits GOP

- The Washington Times

Rand Paul is courting black voters unabashedly, traveling a path not taken by most Republican presidential hopefuls since Jack Kemp blitzed urban America with his message of economic hope and opportunity two decades ago.

A protestor is detained Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)

Race pimps and war tanks: Why Ferguson was a perfect storm

You have a nasty thug boosting Swisher Sweets from the corner store and roughing up the merchant. Then, like flies to a barnyard, you have swarms of race pimps breathlessly buzzing to the scene to further fuel the rage and delegitimize the very banner behind which they march.

Hamas supporters gather for a rally in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. Evidence has pointed to Iran continuing to funnel weapons to the Palestinian side of the conflict with Israel. (Associated Press)

Despite sanctions relief, Iran aids Hamas with missile technology

- The Washington Times

When President Obama announced last year the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on its nuclear program, he cautiously hailed the deal as a "real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement" with Tehran. But while both countries work overtime on thorny nuclear issues, fresh evidence suggests Iran continues to support the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, which went to war anew this summer with Israel.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a pet project under investigation for redirecting contributions to Republicans. (Associated Press)

Added intrigue clouds battle between Rick Perry, prosecutor

- The Washington Times

A tricky back story clouds the decision by a Democratic state prosecutor to indict Texas Gov. Rick Perry on an abuse of power charge, apparently in retaliation for the Republican governor's veto of funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption, which could cut both ways in Mr. Perry's expected 2016 bid for the White House.