News for 2010-01-19

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Coakley Pollster Defends Campaign Against White House
The blame game is fully underway . A top pollster to Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley told HuffPost on Tuesday that the White House, in attempting to blame the Coakley campaign for a potential defeat today in Massachusetts, underestimates the wave of populist fury among Massachusetts...
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Marine Corps Concerned About 'Jesus Guns,' Will Meet With Trijicon
Following an ABC News report that thousands of gun sights used by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan are inscribed with secret Bible references , a spokesperson for the Marine Corps said the Corps is 'concerned' and will discuss the matter with the weapons manufacturer.
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Blackwater Wants to Surge Its Armed Force in Afghanistan
A just-released US State Department Inspector General's report [PDF] on Blackwater's work in Afghanistan reveals that Blackwater is proposing increasing its private armed forces in Afghanistan, particularly in Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat where the US is opening consulates. Blackwater is currently in...
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Jon Stewart Gets Fed Up: Dems Set The Bar So Low They're Tripping Over It
Jon Stewart took on the race for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat last night, taking jabs at the Democrats in the process. Upon hearing that Republican candidate Scott Brown was leading the polls, Stewart was dumbfounded that the Kennedy legacy could be lost to "a naked guy who owns a truck."
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Surmont Oilsands Expansion Given Green Light
EDMONTON - Alberta's oilsands got a major boost Tuesday with an announcement that the Surmont oilsands expansion has been given the green light. Project partners Total and ConocoPhillips said in a joint news release that construction of Phase 2 would start this year at the site southeast of Fort...
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Doctor: Misinformation and Racism Have Frozen Recovery Effort at General Hospital in Port-au-Prince
“There are no security issues,” says Dr. Evan Lyon of Partners in Health, reporting from the General Hospital in Port-Au-Prince in Haiti, where 1,000 people are in need of operations. Lyon said the reports of violence in the city have been overblown by the media and have affected the delivery of...
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At Heart of Prop. 8 Trial, a Clash Over Motives
A majority of voters stopped same-sex marriage in California simply by casting a ballot for Proposition 8. This week, when a federal trial resumes in San Francisco, attorneys challenging Proposition 8 will continue building a multilayered argument that voters' action created an unconstitutional law...
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Phyllis Bennis on the Goldstone Report
A report issued yesterday by a UN fact-finding mission led by South African judge Richard Goldstone condemns both Israeli and Palestinian war crimes during Israel's recent invasion of the Gaza Strip. The report however reserves its harshest criticism for Israel's treatment of the Palestinian...
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Haiti: Guns or Food?
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Officials Try to Prevent Haitian Earthquake Refugees From Coming to US
As a massive international relief effort lurches into gear, U.S. officials are stepping up measures to prevent last week's earthquake in Haiti from triggering a Caribbean migration not seen in two nearly two decades.
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Guantánamo 'Suicides' Were at Secret 'Black' Site
A report in Harper's magazine said the deaths may have occurred at a previously undisclosed facility a mile or so from the main prison complex. Prison guards said they knew of the existence of the "black" site and saw three detainees removed from Camp Delta several hours before the deaths were...
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Haiti Earthquake Survivors Face Growing Disease Threat
The spread of disease has become a major concern in Haiti , medical experts said today, as relief groups struggled to speed up the delivery of supplies to hungry and thirsty earthquake survivors. While a slight return to normality street vendors emerging to offer fruit and vegetables, rescue teams...
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Watchdog's Fate in Senate Key to Financial Reform
WASHINGTON - The tag on U.S. financial regulation reform may as well say "Made on Wall Street" if bank lobbyists manage to gut the Obama administration's proposed consumer watchdog agency, said Elizabeth Warren on Monday. The head of a panel monitoring the government's bank bailout program, Warren...
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FBI Broke Law for Years in Phone Record Searches
The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews. FBI officials issued approvals after the...
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