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    Anjar

    This is a place to discuss the news, politics and the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. You can come in and feel at home... Read more

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    Last call

    Welcome. Drop in for a while. When you can’t sleep or you’re bored waiting for lunch hour, come enjoy a chat with friends. You don’t... Read more

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    Petra

    This is a place to discuss the news, politics and the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. You can come in and feel at home... Read more

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    The Open Bar

    Welcome. Drop in for a while. When you can’t sleep or you’re bored waiting for lunch hour, come enjoy a chat with friends. You don’t... Read more

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    The Arena

    This is where the gloves comes off. If you can’t stand the heat, go to other rooms found at Epoch Forum.          (*Colosseum photo via Shutterstock)... Read more

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    House of Commas

    This is a place to discuss news, politics, and those uniquely Canadian slings and arrows of mildly outrageous fortune. Come on in, take off your... Read more

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    Happy Hour

    Welcome. Drop in for a while. When you can’t sleep or you’re bored waiting for lunch hour, come enjoy a chat with friends. You don’t... Read more

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    The Public House

    This is a place to discuss news, politics, and the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, made specifically for Brits, by Brits (well, not exactly,... Read more

  • President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, January 17, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Obama’s Enhanced Oversight to NSA’s Surveillance Program – Empty Words or a Meaningful Reform?

    Based on the philosophy of preserving the NSA programs but making them more transparent and protective of privacy rights, the president outlined several changes. But... Read more

  • fishermen drive bottle-nose dolphins into a net during their annual hunt off Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, Sept. 2, 2010. A Japanese government spokesman defended an annual dolphin hunt Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, one day after U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the inhumanity of the practice. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

    Should Japan Stop Its Annual Dolphin Hunt?

    A Japanese government spokesman defended an annual dolphin hunt Monday, a day after U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the... Read more

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    Rabin Square

    This is a place to discuss the news, politics and the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. You can come in and feel at home... Read more

  • Authorities stand outside Cobb theater after a shooting in Wesley Chapel, Fla., Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Authorities say a retired Tampa police officer has been charged with fatally shooting a man during an argument over cellphone use at the theater. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Cliff Mcbride)

    Is Society Becoming More Violent?

    In the wake of a movie theater shooting that left one person dead, do you feel that society is becoming more violent?  What do you... Read more

  • Local residents in Charleston, W.V. continue to arrive at distribution centers to load up on bottled water Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 after a chemical spill Thursday in the Elk River that has contaminated the public water supply in nine counties. Frustration is mounting for many of the 300,000 West Virginia residents who've gone three days without clean tap water. (AP Photo/Michael Switzer)

    Was the West Virginia Chemical Spill Preventable?

    “The Elk River spill wasn’t an isolated accident. It was the inevitable consequence of weak regulatory enforcement over many years, made possible by our collective... Read more

  • Facebook on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 said it plans to offer 70 million shares of its Class A stock in a sale that includes more than 41 million shares from chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who also will buy Class B shares that carry more voting weight. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

    Is Facebook Alienating Its Users?

    Facebook is losing popularity among teens and many of the social network’s veteran users are turned off by its intrusive ads and less-than ideal user... Read more

  • New Theory by Rachel Maddow Over the Chris Christie Bridge Scandal

    Here is a new theory from msnbc’s Rachel Maddow over the Chris Christie’s Bridge Scandal. She says that the shutdown wasn’t over gubernatorial endorsement, but rather... Read more

  • Dogs splash in canine wading pools in Hudson River Park during a heat wave, Manhattan, New York, July 16, 2013. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

    Cats Vs. Dogs – Who Wins?

    Ever since the butter battle, there have been no greater debate than this one. Where do you stand? Why? …... Read more

  • President Barack Obama speaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) and intelligence agencies surveillance techniques at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, January 17, 2014. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Obama’s Enhanced Oversight to NSA’s Surveillance Program – Empty Words or a Meaningful Reform?

    Based on the philosophy of preserving the NSA programs but making them more transparent and protective of privacy rights, the president outlined several changes. But... Read more

  • fishermen drive bottle-nose dolphins into a net during their annual hunt off Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, Sept. 2, 2010. A Japanese government spokesman defended an annual dolphin hunt Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, one day after U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the inhumanity of the practice. (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

    Should Japan Stop Its Annual Dolphin Hunt?

    A Japanese government spokesman defended an annual dolphin hunt Monday, a day after U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the... Read more

  • Authorities stand outside Cobb theater after a shooting in Wesley Chapel, Fla., Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Authorities say a retired Tampa police officer has been charged with fatally shooting a man during an argument over cellphone use at the theater. (AP Photo/The Tampa Tribune, Cliff Mcbride)

    Is Society Becoming More Violent?

    In the wake of a movie theater shooting that left one person dead, do you feel that society is becoming more violent?  What do you... Read more

  • Local residents in Charleston, W.V. continue to arrive at distribution centers to load up on bottled water Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 after a chemical spill Thursday in the Elk River that has contaminated the public water supply in nine counties. Frustration is mounting for many of the 300,000 West Virginia residents who've gone three days without clean tap water. (AP Photo/Michael Switzer)

    Was the West Virginia Chemical Spill Preventable?

    “The Elk River spill wasn’t an isolated accident. It was the inevitable consequence of weak regulatory enforcement over many years, made possible by our collective... Read more

  • Facebook on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 said it plans to offer 70 million shares of its Class A stock in a sale that includes more than 41 million shares from chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who also will buy Class B shares that carry more voting weight. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

    Is Facebook Alienating Its Users?

    Facebook is losing popularity among teens and many of the social network’s veteran users are turned off by its intrusive ads and less-than ideal user... Read more

  • New Theory by Rachel Maddow Over the Chris Christie Bridge Scandal

    Here is a new theory from msnbc’s Rachel Maddow over the Chris Christie’s Bridge Scandal. She says that the shutdown wasn’t over gubernatorial endorsement, but rather... Read more

  • FILE - In this   Thursday, June 27, 2013, file photo Richard Taylor manager of at Firing-Line gun store in Aurora, Colo., shows some of the pistols that he won't be able to sell after June 30 because their magazines hold more than 15 rounds. Limits on ammunition magazines and universal background checks, signature pieces of Colorado Democrats’ gun-control legislation in response to mass shootings, take effect July 1, even as county sheriffs fight to overturn the new laws. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, FILE)

    Do Gun Control Measures Improve Public Safety or Erode Constitutional Liberties?

    Gun control has been a hot topic in the  news in recent years, and even more so since the Sandy Hook massacre. Should gun ownership... Read more

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looks out over a crowd during a gathering in Union City, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. A top aide to Christie is linked through emails and text messages to a seemingly deliberate plan to create traffic gridlock in Fort Lee, N.J.,  at the base of the George Washington bridge after its mayor refused to endorse Christie for re-election.  . (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Is Governor Chris Christie Personally Responsible for Bridgegate?

    The George Washington Bridge was closed for five days in September, snarling traffic on streets in Fort Lee, New Jersey. New leaked emails show Christie aides... Read more

  • Marijuana growing in the home of two medical marijuana patients in Medford, Ore. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

    Should Other States Follow Colorado in Legalizing Marijuana?

    Some point out to the financial benefits of legalizing marijuana. Other claim it is damaging in the long run, akin to legalizing  gambling, which did not... Read more

  • FILE - This June 6, 2013 file photo shows the sign outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. President Barack Obama is hosting a series of meetings this week with lawmakers, privacy advocates and intelligence officials as he nears a final decision on changes to the government's controversial surveillance programs.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Will Obama Limit NSA Phone Record Access?

    President Barack Obama is expected to rein in spying on foreign leaders and is considering restricting National Security Agency access to Americans’ phone records. Is... Read more

  • In this Jan. 7, 2014 photo ice forms on parts of a dock on West Grand Traverse Bay near the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Mich. It may be hard to think of this week's deep freeze as anything but miserable. But in the realm of nature, there are silver linings: Heavy ice cover may help raise low water in the Great Lakes and protect shorelines and wetlands from erosion. (AP Photo/ Traverse City Record-Eagle, Keith King, File)

    Did the Polar Vortex Make You Reconsider Climate Change?

    …... Read more


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