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10. Book Alleges Obama Told Aides About Drone Strikes: I’m ‘Really Good At Killing People’

A book covering the 2012 presidential campaign alleges that President Barack Obama, while commenting on drone strikes, told one of his aides that he’s “really good at killing people.” Obama has received considerable criticism for the expansion of the targeted killing program.

9. Kanye West Goes On Mid-Concert Rant Against President Obama, Corporations

Kanye West launched into a mid-concert rant against corporate executives, Justin Timberlake and one of his most famous public critics –- President Barack Obama, at a London performance in February.

8. Obama: ‘I Want To Put The Fear Of God In All Of You’

Obama publicly gave his support to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final days of a bitter race for Virginia governor, accusing Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli of being part of an extreme Tea Party faction. He also called on Democrats to show up at the polls despite their confidence in McAuliffe’s higher numbers, saying he wanted to “put the fear of God” into voters.

7. 13 Killed in D.C. Navy Yard Shooting, Victims Identified

Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old defense contract employee and former Navy reservist, killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16 before he was slain in a gun battle with police. After the attack, investigators learned that Alexis was suffering from mental issues. He left a note saying he was driven to kill by months of bombardment with extremely low-frequency radio waves and had complained of phantom voices talking to him through walls and ceilings at a Rhode Island hotel room.

6. High School Forces Student to Remove ‘Duck Dynasty’ Shirt Because it Was Deemed ‘Threatening’

A Virginia high school forced a student to remove a “Duck Dynasty” shirt stenciled with the words “I Will Hurt You Physically and Metaphysically” — a quote from the show — because it was deemed too threatening.

5. Mikulski’s ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ Would Allow Employees to Discuss Salaries

A ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ introduced to Congress by Senator Barbara A. Mikulski in January aimed to require employers to show pay disparity is related to job-performance and prohibit employer retaliation for sharing salary information with coworkers.

4. CBS News: Terrorists Already Have Orders, Could Be in Place For Attacks

U.S. officials said in August that they received significant and detailed intelligence suggesting a plotted terror attack on American embassies in the Middle East and North Africa.

3. Carney: Obama Implementing Executive Actions Following Navy Yard Shooting

After a gunman killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in September, Obama reiterated his commitment to strengthening U.S. gun laws.

2. Sebelius: ‘Hold Me Accountable for the Debacle’

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a House committee in late October that the blame for glitches plaguing the newly-launched HealthCare.gov website lies with her.

1. Potentially Fatal ‘Knockout’ Game Targeting Strangers May be Spreading

A terrifying new ‘game’ that has caused deaths throughout the country this year centers around randomly targeting passersby, the goal being to knock them out with a single punch.

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