News for 2010-01-23

Saturday, January 23, 2010
24 States’ Laws Open to Attack After Campaign Finance Ruling
In Wisconsin, conservative and pro-business groups said Friday that they were considering a lawsuit to block a proposed law that would ban corporate spending during political campaigns. In Kentucky and Colorado, lawmakers looked for provisions in their state constitutions that may need to be...
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CIA Deaths Prompt Surge in US Drone Strikes
WASHINGTON - Since the suicide bombing that took the lives of seven Americans in Afghanistan on Dec. 30, the Central Intelligence Agency has struck back against militants in Pakistan with the most intensive series of missile strikes from drone aircraft since the covert program began.
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US Will Appeal Blackwater Court Ruling - Biden
BAGHDAD - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday his government would appeal against a court decision to dismiss charges against Blackwater security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians. The U.S. federal court decision last month, which found that the defendants' constitutional...
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Israel Pays UN for Gaza War Damage
Israel has paid $10.5m to the United Nations for property damage and injuries the world body suffered during Israel's war on Gaza a year ago, officials have said. "With this payment, the United Nations has agreed that the financial issues relating to those incidents ... are concluded," Martin...
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Legacy of War: Iraq Littered With High Levels of Nuclear and Dioxin Contamination, Study Finds
More than 40 sites across Iraq are contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins, with three decades of war and neglect having left environmental ruin in large parts of the country, an official Iraqi study has found. Areas in and near Iraq's largest towns and cities, including Najaf, Basra...
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CBO: Troop Surge in Afghanistan to Cost $36 Billion Over the Next Three Years
The Congressional Budget Office on Friday estimated that President Barack Obama's plan to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan likely will cost about $36 billion between 2010 and 2013. CBO estimated the costs of increasing the number of troops in and around Afghanistan from about 70,000...
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Climate Slips Off US Agenda
WASHINGTON – The Canadian government's strategy to let Washington set the pace on climate change has fallen into disarray as American lawmakers lose their appetite for aggressive carbon-cutting legislation in 2010. Public anger exposed by Tuesday's electoral uprising in Massachusetts is resetting...
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Obama Quietly Continues to Defend Bush's Terror Policies
WASHINGTON — Although the FBI has acknowledged it improperly obtained thousands of Americans' phone records for years, the Obama administration continues to assert that the bureau can obtain them without any formal legal process or court oversight. The FBI revealed this stance in a newly released...
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Is It Fair to Compare Haiti to New Orleans?
The comparisons between the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans have come fast and furious, but often from people who've watched both disasters through the clean-cut white lens of Anderson Cooper broadcasts. Meanwhile, people in Haiti-and those in the Gulf Coast still...
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