News for 2009-05-11

Monday, May 11, 2009
Pelosi: Torture Protest Improper in '03
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned in early 2003 that the Bush administration was waterboarding terror detainees but didn't protest directly out of respect for "appropriate" legislative channels, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The Pelosi camp's version of events is intended to...
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Should America Investigate the Bush/Cheney Torture Program?: "Real Time with Bill Maher"
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Afghan Parliament Wants Law to Curb Foreign Troops
KABUL - Afghan lawmakers on Monday demanded legal restrictions on foreign forces fighting in their country, to prevent further civilian deaths, then closed for half a day to protest the latest casualties from U.S. air strikes. The attacks on homes packed with civilians, during a protracted battle...
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Lawmakers Try to Block New Abuse Photos
NEW YORK - Civil libertarians are condemning a call by two influential U.S. senators for the White House to block the impending release of photographs showing detainees being abused by U.S. military personnel at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at other U.S. detention facilities in the...
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Obama Says Healthcare Overhaul Could Save Trillions
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will aim on Monday to build support for a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system by highlighting a drive for greater efficiency he predicts could save trillions of dollars. Obama has invited several large trade groups, such as the American Medical...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US General Builds A Palestinian Army
Last Thursday, in what was billed as his very first on-the-record address, Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, U.S. security coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, spoke to the 2009 Soref Symposium organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy . WINEP, of course, is the chief...
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iPhones in Iraq – The US Army's New Weapon
In Basra's Hayaniyah district, a notorious stronghold of Shia militias, a US army sergeant leading a patrol faced two suspects in the street. Amid rising tension he produced a gadget from his pocket and after a few minutes of its use the matter was amicably resolved. The Iraqis and the Americans...
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Five US Soldiers 'Killed in Iraq Base'
Five US soldiers have been killed in a shooting at a base in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the US military says. The incident happened at Camp Liberty near Baghdad's international airport at about 1400 (1100 GMT), the military's statement said. The military has released no further details of the...
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Still There, Foreclosed No Longer
Thomas Quinn did something that most people who lose their homes to foreclosure can only dream about: He bought back his family's Hyde Park house.
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William K. Black: How Deregulation Happened
Deregulation is a dirty word today. But who and what allowed it to happen? William K. Black , former senior regulator during the savings and loan crisis tells us what he thinks happened and why the bailout is flawed. Black has argued recently that Wall Street's crisis could not have happened if not...
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Cheney: Interrogations Saved Lives
WASHINGTON - Former vice president Dick Cheney insisted that intelligence extracted from tough interrogations of suspected Al-Qaeda militants had saved "perhaps hundreds of thousands" of US lives. "No regrets. I think it was absolutely the right thing to do," he said on CBS television, arguing that...
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Israel Knows That Peace Just Doesn't Pay
Successive Israeli governments since 1993 certainly must have known what they were doing, being in no hurry to make peace with the Palestinians. As representatives of Israeli society, these governments understood that peace would involve serious damage to national interests. Economic damage:
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