News for 2009-10-10

Saturday, October 10, 2009
US Strategy in Doubt as Abbas Loses Popular Support
WASHINGTON - Just two months ago, many western commentators were jubilant that Mahmoud Abbas, the U.S.-supported head of both the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the interim Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA), was making a comeback and reducing the influence in Palestinian...
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Rep. Marcy Kaptur & Simon Johnson: Is Opportunity for Real Financial Reform Already Gone?
Just over a year after economic calamity brought promises of reform from Washington, has Wall Street really changed? Former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson and US Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) report on the state of the economy.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Testimony Rebuffs Common Rhetoric About Al Qaeda in Afghanistan
On Friday President Obama said he was "surprised" to win the Nobel Peace Prize and doesn't "view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments." Here's hoping he will feel more worthy after announcing a new strategy for Afghanistan.
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Obama Defends New Consumer Agency
US President Barack Obama has launched a staunch defence of his proposed new agency to protect the interests of the American consumer. Mr Obama said it was more important than ever to have a new consumer watchdog, and accused vested interests of trying to scupper reform. He accused the US Chamber...
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Health-Care Bill May Not Get Single GOP Vote in the House
The House is inching closer to voting on a comprehensive health-care bill, even as the chamber appears so divided that the measure may not attract a single Republican supporter. The final vote, likely in late October, is impossible to predict, but lawmakers and aides from both parties said this...
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