News for 2009-11-21

Saturday, November 21, 2009
Democrats Have 60 Votes to Advance Health Bill
WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders secured the last votes needed to move ahead on historic health care reform legislation, clearing the way for a Saturday night showdown on President Barack Obama's top domestic policy initiative. In long-awaited speeches, two centrist Democratic senators said they...
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Anti-Obama Billboard Stirs Controversy
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - Call it Freedom of Speech. A billboard recently erected in Wheat Ridge compares President Barack Obama to a terrorist and questions his U.S. citizenship. The billboard, located at 4855 Miller Road, shows two cartoonish images of Obama wearing a Muslim turban and reads "...
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Landrieu to Vote Yes on Key Health-Care Test
Leaving Democrats one vote short with hours to go, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) declared Saturday she will support a key procedural step to advance President Obama's health-care legislation. In a Senate floor speech just before 1 p.m., Landrieu said she would support the motion to begin debate on the...
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1969 Alcatraz Takeover 'Changed the Whole Course of History'
SAN FRANCISCO - Alcatraz Island was a chilly, unwelcoming place once reserved for infamous criminals. Not even the federal government appeared to want it after the penitentiary closed in the 1960s. Adam Fortunate Eagle remembers "The Rock" a little more warmly: a place where fellow Native Americans...
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Students Taught How to Grow Marijuana in Detroit's New Cannabis College
It goes without saying that there's no smoking in class. But there is a good deal of sniffing of leaves, discussion of the finer points of inhaling and debate over which plant gives the biggest hit. Welcome to Detroit's cannabis college, recently opened with courses on how to grow marijuana - and...
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Fired Therapist: Stressed Marines Get Shoddy Care
Marines treated at Camp Lejeune for post-traumatic stress had to undergo therapy for months in temporary trailers where they could hear bomb blasts, machine-gun fire and war cries through the thin walls, according to servicemen and their former psychiatrist. The eight trailers were used for nearly...
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Iran to Hold War Games to Protect Nuclear Sites
Iran will begin large-scale air defense war games Sunday aimed at protecting its nuclear facilities from possible attack, a senior military commander said Saturday. The five-day drill will involve Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard and the regular army and will cover 230,000 square miles - or about...
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In Indiana, Practice for 'Civilian Surge' in Afghanistan
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. -- Outside a scruffy, two-story building, armed and flak-jacketed U.S. soldiers stood watch under a sagging Afghan flag. Inside, the provincial governor, a Hamid Karzai look-alike in a striped robe and Karakul cap, pleaded with two tribal elders to get along. Only the Taliban...
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Canadian Diplomat Alleges Troops in Afghanistan Were Complicit in Torture
The Canadian government was fending off calls for a public inquiry on torture today after allegations from one of its senior diplomats that Canada was complicit in the torture of Afghan detainees. Richard Colvin, who was second in command at Canada's Kabul embassy in 2006 and 2007, said that...
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