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Past articles by Beth:

Dodgers’ Chase Utley Hit With Suspension for Slide That Broke Rubén Tejada’s Leg

Chase Utley, second baseman for the L.A. Dodgers, has been handed a two-game suspension for a slide that broke New York Mets shortstop Rubén Tejada's leg Saturday, ESPN reports. Utley was ordered to sit out of the third and fourth games in the National League Division Series, though the league's... → Read More

House Freedom Caucus Hints Paul Ryan Might Possibly Be Acceptable as Speaker

In a Fox News interview Sunday, the head of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus hinted that the group might not oppose, and could even "look favorably" on, the idea of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan's noisy faction, which was instrumental in bringing about Speaker John Boehner's... → Read More

A Heroin Epidemic in New Hampshire is Our Best Chance to Get Politicians to Talk About Addiction

New Hampshire, which holds the nation's first primary, is almost comically besieged by presidential hopefuls at this stage of an election cycle. With the state's voters going to the polls in only three months, the average Granite State diner has a good chance of containing at least one person eyeing the... → Read More

House Benghazi Staffer Says He Was Fired for Complaining About Hillary Obsession

A former investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi claims he was fired after he objected to the body's exclusive focus on Hillary Clinton, according to an interview scheduled to air Sunday morning on CNN's "State of the Union." Major Bradley Podliska, a self-described "conservative Republican"... → Read More

California Enacts New Rules on Medical Marijuana, Growers Pretty Cool With It

California has implemented a series of regulations aimed at one of the state's booming agricultural products—medical marijuana—and far from balking at government interference, producers seem pleased that lawmakers are ready to treat them as a real industry. The Los Angeles Times reports that three bills, creating a system of oversight for the... → Read More

Bombings in Turkish Capital Reportedly Leave More Than 80 Dead

More than 80 people were killed by twin bombings at the site of a peace rally in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday, the BBC reports: TV footage shows scenes of panic and people lying on the ground covered in blood, amid protest banners. The blasts took place near the... → Read More

Dad Blogger Kanye West Hates In-App Purchases That Make His Wife Millions

Noted consumer advocate Kanye West fired off a series of angry tweets Friday night, complaining about an app that had allowed his daughter to make purchases without him knowing about it. Can't these greedy game designers give parents a break? Kanye didn't name and shame the app in question, but... → Read More

Snarky Iowa Republicans Cannot Stop the Jindal Campaign

It's tough these days picking an appropriate adjective for Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign. "Struggling"? "Beleaguered"? "Flagging"? All of them seem simultaneously overdramatic and less dire than the situation calls for. Jindal has been hanging around at the bottom of national polls since launching his 2016 bid at a Christian revival and he's... → Read More

Ted Cruz's Best Weekend Ever

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz scored a runaway victory in the presidential straw poll at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, grabbing 35 percent of the vote among attendees at one of the country's highest-profile conservative gatherings, where no fewer than eight GOP presidential hopefuls came to court the crowd. Cruz had... → Read More

Saudi Prince Arrested for Sex Offense After Woman Tries to Escape Lavish Los Angeles Estate

After a bleeding woman tried to scale an eight-foot wall to escape a luxurious compound near Beverly Hills this week, a Saudi prince staying there was arrested for attempting to force a female worker to perform a sex act on him, the Los Angeles Times reports. Prince Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud, described... → Read More

John Boehner Resigns From Congress, Will Leave Office at End of October

John Boehner shocked a gathering of his congressional colleagues Friday morning by announcing that he is resigning from Congress. His resignation will be effective at the end of October, reports the New York Times, which adds that Boehner has been "under extreme pressure from the right wing of his conference... → Read More

How Jeb Bush Squashed Trump's Plan to Fill Florida With Greatest Casinos in the World

"Don't make things up, Jeb," Donald Trump said dismissively to the former governor of Florida on the debate stage Wednesday, attempting to shoot down Jeb Bush's contention that Trump had tried and failed to curry Bush's favor when Trump was looking to manage lucrative casino operations on Native American lands... → Read More

Carly Fiorina’s Most Personal Debate Moment: “I Buried a Child to Drug Addiction”

"I very much hope that I am the only person on this stage who can say this," Carly Fiorina said at Wednesday night's debate, "but I know there are millions of Americans out there who will say the same thing: My husband, Frank, and I buried a child to drug... → Read More

Texas Teenager Arrested When Teachers, Police Decide His Homemade Clock is a "Hoax Bomb"

A teenager in Irving, Texas was arrested Monday when he brought a homemade clock to class and was accused of building a "hoax bomb," the Dallas Morning News reports. Ahmed Mohamed, 14, is an avid inventor and built a simple clock to show an engineering teacher at his new high school... → Read More

Senate Republicans Still Trying to Thwart Iran Deal, Which the Pope Apparently Likes

Senate Republicans failed for the second time Tuesday night to advance a measure disapproving of the Iran nuclear agreement. The resolution up for debate hadn't changed at all from the previous Thursday, when the deal's naysayers pulled together 58 of the 60 votes they'd need. They fell down to 56 on... → Read More

Carly Fiorina Will Leave Kids' Table Behind, Join Main Stage in Second GOP Debate

CNN has released the lineup of Republican candidates who will be invited to the network's upcoming debate, which will be held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California on Sept. 16. As expected, Carly Fiorina wound up making the cut. Fiorina's campaign--and even some staffers for other GOP candidates--had... → Read More

Joe Biden and Stephen Colbert Both Got Emotional in a Candid Interview About Grief

Vice President Joe Biden gave an emotional interview on Stephen Colbert's Late Show Thursday night in which the two men talked about Catholicism, death, grief, and how to know if you're ready to run for president. Colbert asked about Biden's son, Beau, who died in May of brain cancer, and Biden... → Read More

Senate Democrats Block Final Vote on Resolution Disapproving of Iran Deal

The Senate failed to move a measure disapproving of the Iran nuclear agreement to a final vote on Thursday, falling two votes short of the 60 required and handing a major victory to the Obama administration, but opponents of the deal in both chambers have not given up. CNN reports... → Read More

Louie Gohmert: The GOP Leaders Who Hate Me Can Get Rid of Me With This One Easy Trick

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert has vowed to give GOP leadership in the House of Representatives what they want most, "and that's for me not to run for Congress again." All they have to do, he says, is go along with his plan for how to handle the nuclear deal with... → Read More

Texas Church Hires Music Minister Who's Out on Bail for 29 Child Sex Abuse Charges

A church in Texas hired a youth minister from Alabama while he was out on bail for dozens of sex offenses allegedly committed against a child at his former job, Fox affiliate KDFW reports. Charles Kyle Adcock is currently employed as a music minister for the First Baptist Church of... → Read More