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4:59pm

Thu August 13, 2015
Latin America

Poet Richard Blanco On U.S., Cuba: 'We All Belong To The Sea Between Us'

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 6:55 pm

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4:16pm

Thu August 13, 2015
History

DNA Test Reveals President Warren Harding Had A Love Child

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 6:55 pm

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4:16pm

Thu August 13, 2015
Politics

UN Secretary General 'Anguished' By Peacekeeper Sex Abuse Allegations

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 6:55 pm

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2:08pm

Thu August 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Connecticut Supreme Court Ruling Bars Execution Of 11 Death Row Inmates

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 3:54 pm

Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state's current death penalty law is unconstitutional.

The decision spares the lives of 11 inmates already on the state's death row who were subject to execution even though state lawmakers passed legislation repealing capital punishment in 2012. That law applied to all future cases, not capital crimes committed before the legislation was enacted.

The court effectively closed that loophole with a 4-3 vote.

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1:43pm

Thu August 13, 2015
The Two-Way

On Eve Of Embassy Reopening, Fidel Castro Says U.S. Owes Cuba 'Millions'

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 4:39 pm

The Cuban flag was raised over the reopened Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., on July 20. The U.S. Embassy in Havana is set to reopen on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

One day before the historic reopening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, former President Fidel Castro asserted in a newspaper column that the U.S. owes the island country "millions of dollars" as reparations for a decades-long embargo.

According to Agence France-Presse, Castro, who turned 89 Thursday, wrote: "Cuba is owed compensation equivalent to damages, which total many millions of dollars, as our country has stated with irrefutable arguments and data in all of its speeches at the United Nations."

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12:48pm

Thu August 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Warren Harding, We Hardly Knew Ye

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 1:12 pm

President Warren Harding, seen here in a Library of Congress photo, did not die childless, as was long supposed.
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Another year, another revelation about Warren Harding's love life. Last summer, the 29th president's love letters to a mistress were released; now comes news that DNA tests show Harding did in fact father a child with another mistress, whose claims were denied for decades.

Harding, who died in office in 1923, never had a child with his wife; for years, his family said that he had been rendered infertile by a case of the mumps.

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11:45am

Thu August 13, 2015
It's All Politics

Can A SuperPAC Rescue Rick Perry?

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 5:53 pm

Former Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's campaign has stopped paying some of its staff as funds are drying up.
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It was hard not to notice Rick Perry's plight last month, when the Republican presidential campaigns filed their financial disclosures. The former Texas governor's total take so far is $1.1 million. Cash on hand as of June 30 was $884,000. For comparison, fellow Texan Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign raised $14.3 million, with $8.5 million on hand.

But even as Perry For President Inc. is cutting its payroll, his people have a rescue plan. If it works, it's likely to set a new standard for how presidential campaigns are financed.

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5:03am

Thu August 13, 2015
It's All Politics

Eat, Speak And Stumble: Candidates Visit The Iowa State Fair

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 5:05 pm

In 2007, then-candidate Barack Obama rode bumper cars at the Iowa State Fair with his daughter Sasha.
M. Spencer Green AP

You might have heard of the famous butter cow — a life-sized cow made of butter that headlines every Iowa State Fair. But perhaps you didn't know that in 1952, the fair also featured butter sculptures of that year's presidential candidates Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson.

It's just another example of the symbiotic relationship between politicians and the fair — and it's only gotten deeper over the decades.

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5:42pm

Wed August 12, 2015
Politics

Presidential Campaign Update: Sanders Rises In The Polls, Trump Leads GOP

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 6:56 pm

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5:38pm

Wed August 12, 2015
Europe

Greek Historian: History Shows 'There Is Always An End To All Problems'

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 6:34 pm

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