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** FILE ** Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Sept. 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

Heritage's DeMint to Putin: America is exceptional — deal with it

Russian President Vladimir Putin took umbrage with the "extremely dangerous" notion of American exceptionalism, so former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint offered to personally explain the concept further via a snark-filled letter dashed off Friday to the Russian Embassy. Published September 13, 2013

** FILE ** Merzouga, Morocco. (Associated Press)

U.S. funding green jobs creation — in Morocco

The State Department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs plans to send $450,000 in federal funds to Morocco's coffers to create green jobs, CNS News reports. Published September 13, 2013

Vehicle Production Group, or VPG, suspended operations after taking a loan of roughly $42 million from the federal government. (Image: VPG Facebook Page)

Energy Department loses $42M on clean-energy loan to Mich. van company

The Energy Department conceded Friday that the federal government will lose $42 million on a loan to a shuttered Michigan van manufacturer — part of the same program that provided a $529 million loan to an electric car maker that also has gone under. Published September 6, 2013

An unidentified woman answers questions on a job application at a job fair in Sunrise, Fla., on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

Unemployment hits 13 percent for blacks

The Labor Department reported Friday that the national unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in August after businesses added 169,000 jobs, but the jobless rate for blacks actually ticked up to 13.0 percent. Published September 6, 2013

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat (Associated Press)

Rep. Charles Rangel: Obama's 'red line' on Syria is 'embarrassing'

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, appearing on MSNBC on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of President Obama's ordering a military strike on Syria, said the "red line" that Mr. Obama is using, in part, to make his case to the American people is "embarrassing." Published September 3, 2013

** FILE ** Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a "fireside chat" at a conference organized by technology blog TechCrunch in San Francisco on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Facebook's Zuckerberg: Web access a 'human right'

It's easy to get behind the intentions of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's plan to bring the Web to billions of people. The language he's using to sell it may be a bit more contentious: the social media giant called Internet access "a human right." Published August 22, 2013

** FILE ** In this July 27, 2011, file photo, a wounded warrior walks along a sidewalk at Walter Reed during the ceremony to "case the colors" as the wounded and the staff moved to Bethesda or Fort Belvoir. American soldiers "lost their arms and limbs, but thanks to you they never lost themselves." Secretary of the Army John McHugh told the staff. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Wounded warriors have meal tickets cut — at Walter Reed

The U.S. military has reportedly invalidated meal tickets at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for soldiers housed inside the campus' building where the most severely wounded recuperate. Published August 15, 2013

** FILE ** Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

Researchers developing cloaking device that can 'stop' time

Imagine a thief who could steal an item off a shelf, cover it in a cloaking device, and for all intents and purposes cause the missing item to appear untouched to the human eye. Researchers at Northwestern University have made what was once considered science fiction a reality. Published August 14, 2013

**FILE** A pedestrian using his cell phone stops outside a electronics shop in London on July 19, 2011, by television screens showing Chairman of News Corporation Rupert Murdoch during a select committee on the phone hacking scandal. (Associated Press)

London trash cans tracking citizens via smartphones

British trash cans are getting smart. Really smart. In fact, some of them have the capability to track which way citizens go to work and their daily behavior by tracking them through an identifier in their cell phones. Published August 9, 2013