News for 2010-01-09

Saturday, January 9, 2010
Officials Hid Truth About Immigrant Deaths in Jail
Silence has long shrouded the men and women who die in the nation's immigration jails. For years, they went uncounted and unnamed in the public record. Even in 2008, when The New York Times obtained and published a federal government list of such deaths, few facts were available about who these...
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Did the CIA Deploy a Blackwater Hit Team in Germany?
German prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into allegations that the CIA deployed a team of Blackwater operatives on a clandestine operation in Hamburg, Germany, after 9/11 ultimately aimed at assassinating a German citizen with suspected ties to Al Qaeda. The alleged...
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Palestinians Demand Full Settlement Freeze
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinians on Saturday insisted on a full Israeli settlement freeze before renewing peace efforts, putting a damper on a US call to revive talks with no preconditions. "A resumption of peace talks requires the complete halt of settlements" in the occupied West Bank,...
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Iraq Confiscates Arms in Private Security Crackdown
BAGHDAD - Security forces confiscated hundreds of rifles, thousands of rounds of ammunition and other military gear in a crackdown on private security contractors in Iraq, officials said on Saturday. Police raided three locations in Baghdad on Friday, a week after Iraqi authorities were incensed by...
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Did Jesus Oppose Capitalism, as Moore Argues?
Would Jesus Christ - the founder of the largest religion in the world, unequivocally recognized as a messenger of peace and love - support capitalism? It's one of the questions filmmaker Michael Moore, the well-known creator of documentaries such as Bowling for Columbine and Sicko, asks in his...
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Hurricane Propels Jackson's Justice Quest at EPA
More than four years after Hurricane Katrina, the single-story brick rancher in Pontchartrain Park where Lisa Perez Jackson grew up stands empty. Floodwaters long ago ate away the walls of her corner bedroom, where the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency once hung Michael Jackson...
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Sanders a Growing Force on the 'Far, Far Left'
WASHINGTON - The Senate may pride itself on a reputation as the world's most exclusive deliberative body, but it is turning into just about the only place in America where a self-described socialist can wield raw power.
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Going Backwards: Courts Roll Back Limits on Spending in Election Law
WASHINGTON - Even before a landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance law expected within days, a series of other court decisions is reshaping the political battlefield by freeing corporations, unions and other interest groups from many of the restrictions on their advertising about issues...
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British Troops Set to Hand Frontline Afghanistan Role to US
Three and a half years after British troops first arrived in Helmand the towns that line its infamous "green zone" have become household names - for all the wrong reasons. On June 11, 2006, the town of Sangin claimed its first British life when Captain Jim Philippson was shot trying to rescue an...
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