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Douglas Ernst

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Atheists launch PAC backing nonreligious candidates

A political action committee specifically geared towards filling the halls of Congress with atheists and agnostics and those friendly to their cause was launched Wednesday in Washington. Published September 19, 2013

** 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