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Russia in economic turmoil

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who loves to strut on the world stage, appears intent on regaining his nation’s lost stature. But the reality is that Russia is a nation in decline. Global oil prices have tumbled to a five-year low, and Russia’s ruble has fallen 40 percent against the dollar so far this year. Economists predict that inflation may soon reach 9 percent and continue climbing. Even more serious for

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    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm

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  • End Obamacare charade, find a better way

    Posted on December 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

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  • Mali the new site of Ebola

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 3:05 pm

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    Posted on December 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

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    Posted on December 8, 2014 at 2:17 pm

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  • Another great step in space exploration

    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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