News for 2009-08-11

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Rove Personally Pressed for Iglesias Firing
Perhaps the key takeaway from the just released documents on the U.S. attorney firings is this:
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'Evil and Orwellian' – America's Right Turns Its Fire on NHS
The National Health Service has become the butt of increasingly outlandish political attacks in the US as Republicans and conservative campaigners rail against Britain's "socialist" system as part of a tussle to defeat Barack Obama's proposals for broader government involvement in healthcare.
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Target Of Obama-Era Rendition Alleges Torture
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama sharply criticized the Bush Administration's extraordinary renditions program. "To build a better, freer world, we must first behave in ways that reflect the decency and aspirations of the American people," he wrote in Foreign Affairs . "This...
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The Prison Crisis
The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any industrialized nation. In the face of an unprecedented economic crisis, some states are beginning to consider reducing their prison populations. But other states are looking to do just the opposite in an effort to create jobs. Today, David...
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Enviro Groups Tread Lightly With Endangered Species Act in Appalachia
The last ice age turned the Appalachians into North America's Noah's Ark. The mountain peaks provided a last green refuge above the glaciers, drawing species from across the eastern half of continent. Some 10,000 years later, many have stayed, and the mountains are home to one of the highest...
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Judge: CIA Interrogations Not Relevant to 9/11 Accused's Sanity
U.S. military defense lawyers for accused 9/11 conspirator Ramzi bin al Shibh cannot learn what interrogation techniques CIA agents used on the Yemeni before he was moved to Guantánamo to be tried as a terrorist, an Army judge has ruled.
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Tensions Rise on Israel's North
RAMALLAH - The war of words between Israel and the Lebanese resistance movement Hizbullah has heated up in the last week, raising fears that another war between Lebanon and Israel is imminent. On Monday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Lebanese government that it would be held...
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Selling Americans on a 'Green-Collar' Economy
Van Jones may have one of the hottest assignments in the Obama administration -- selling the notion of a new "green-collar" economy -- but in a country burdened with a 9.4 percent unemployment rate, it's not easy.
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Big Powers Faulted for Abuse of Geneva Conventions
UNITED NATIONS - When human rights groups accused the United States of violating the Geneva Conventions governing the treatment of prisoners-of-war (PoWs) in Iraq and Afghanistan, the administration of former President George W. Bush either displayed arrogance or feigned ignorance of the...
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US Strike Kills Up to 10 in Pakistan: Officials
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A US drone fired missiles into a suspected militant camp in a Taliban stronghold of northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, killing up to 10 people on Tuesday, security officials said. It was the first attack from a suspected US spy plane since last Wednesday, when Pakistani...
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Obama Seeks to Block Release of Abuse Photos
WASHINGTON - The United States Supreme Court will hear the U.S. government's appeal on a lower court ruling requiring the release of photos showing the abuse of prisoners held in overseas facilities. The government is appealing a 2008 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...
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Olbermann: ‘Death Panel’ Palin Dangerously Irresponsible
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Aung San Suu Kyi Found Guilty of Breaking House Arrest
Aung San Suu Kyi will spent the next year and a half under guard at her home in Rangoon after a court today found her guilty of breaking the terms of her house arrest. Her sentence means she will play no part in elections the junta has promised to hold early next year. The 64-year-old learned her...
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Air Force Training More Pilots for Drones Than for Manned Planes
The Air Force will train more pilots to fly unmanned aerial systems from ground operations centers this year than pilots to fly fighter or bomber aircraft, Gen. Stephen R. Lorenz, the commander of Air Education and Training Command, told an audience Friday. Lorentz's remark illustrates the major...
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