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  • Kenya sends troops into Somalia in major policy shift

    Africa Monitor Kenya sends troops into Somalia in major policy shift

    Kenya's military intervention into neighboring Somalia follows a string of kidnappings on Kenyan soil by Somali pirates and terrorist threats by Al Shabab, an Islamist militant group linked to Al Qaeda.

  • Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan: What would your sales tax be?

    Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan: What would your sales tax be?

    Herman Cain has vaulted into the top tier of GOP presidential candidates with his 9-9-9 tax plan, which would create a new 9 percent federal sales tax. But consumers would have to pay that sales tax on top of existing state and local sales taxes. Here are figures from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation that look at the total sales taxes in every state, adding up the state sales tax, a statewide average of the various local sales-tax rates, and the 9-9-9 federal sales tax.

  • In Burma: a fake out – or real reform?

    Longtime Burma (Myanmar) watchers say recent reforms may amount to a genuine democratic opening for the authoritarian regime, but critics dismiss the moves as a propaganda offensive.

  • Yemen forces kill protesters on second straight day

    Terrorism & Security Yemen forces kill protesters on second straight day

    Yemen security forces killed at least four protesters Sunday after killing 12 the day before. The demonstrators are becoming increasingly bold in their opposition to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

  • Rick Perry has the money, but Herman Cain has 9-9-9 momentum

    Rick Perry has the money, but Herman Cain has 9-9-9 momentum

    The Herman Cain campaign raised $2.8 million in the last quarter, compared with Rick Perry's $17 million and Mitt Romney's $14 million. But Cain's poll numbers are rising with voter interest in his '9-9-9' tax plan.

  • Tax the rich: Should millionaires really pay more?

    Tax the rich: Should millionaires really pay more?

    The fight over raising levies on the wealthy, a theme of the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests, is about more than money. It's a clash over fundamental American values.

  • Six things you probably didn't know about Ayn Rand

    Six things you probably didn't know about Ayn Rand

    Nearly 30 years after her passing, Ayn Rand is experiencing a renaissance as the economy sputters and government efforts to spur growth fall short. With over 25 million copies of her books in print, including “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead,” Ms. Rand had a history of engaging groups of dedicated followers on her small government, free market, and individualist philosophy. Now, she's gaining fans among tea party activists and others worried about the spread of government. Here are six things even her fans probably didn’t know about her:

  • Florida firing squads? What has death penalty supporters all riled up?

    Heated rhetoric over the death penalty just got hotter with a proposal, in Florida, that firing squads replace lethal injections. Some see this as a sign that death penalty supporters are insecure.

  • Government suspends home-care provision of health-care reform law

    Government suspends home-care provision of health-care reform law

    The CLASS act, a provision in the heath-care reform law designed to help the disabled and elderly cash to receive care at home, could not be both voluntary and budget-neutral, say health officials.

  • Herman Cain 9-9-9 sticker shock? 18% sales tax possible in some states.

    Herman Cain 9-9-9 sticker shock? 18% sales tax possible in some states.

    Under the Herman Cain 9-9-9 tax plan, a new federal sales tax would be added on top of existing state and local sales taxes. That means 9-9-9 could yield large sales taxes in some places.