News for 2010-02-19

Friday, February 19, 2010
Obama's Justice Dept: Bush Lawyers Who Approved Waterboarding to Face No Discipline
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration lawyers who wrote memos blessing the waterboarding of terrorism suspects and other harsh interrogation tactics "exercised poor judgment" but will not face discipline for their actions, according to Justice Department correspondence sent to lawmakers late Friday.
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Rhode Island's Jobless Tell Different Story About 'Recovery'
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - For the frustrated folks who troop into the unemployment office in this fading industrial city every day to peruse the same paltry job offerings or tweak their resumes for the hundredth time, the trickle of positive economic data coming out of Washington is cold comfort. "All they...
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Dubai Wants Head of Mossad Arrested Over Hamas Assassination
The Dubai chief of police called yesterday for the arrest of Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, if it is proved that the Israeli spy agency was behind the assassination of the Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Lieutenant-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim called on Interpol, in a statement last night, to...
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A Sight All Too Familiar in Poor Neighborhoods
MILWAUKEE - Shantana Smith, a single mother who had not paid rent for three months, watched on a recent morning as men from Eagle Moving carried her tattered furniture to the sidewalk. Bystanders knew too well what was happening. "When you see the Eagle movers truck, you know it's time to get going...
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Beleaguered US to Blow Up Its Chemical Weapons Stockpiles
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Under the gun to destroy the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile - and now all but certain to miss their deadline - Army officials have a plan to hasten the process: Blow some of them up. The Army would use explosives to destroy some of the Cold War-era weapons, which contain some of...
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'Disgraced Soldier' Fights Trauma With Documentary
LONDON - A new documentary ‘ Diary of a Disgraced Soldier ' follows the dismissal from the British army of an Iraq war veteran and his battle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) linked to his videographing the brutalizing of Iraqi youth by fellow servicemen.
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Iraq War To Be Rebranded 'Operation New Dawn'
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's administration plans to rebrand its military operation in Iraq "Operation New Dawn," beginning September 1, a Pentagon memorandum shows. The memo, signed by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, shows the Pentagon approving a request to switch the name of the US...
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Dean Baker: Incentives for Recovery
"No one could've seen this coming." We heard that line over and over again as the economy crumbled around our ears. Yet many people DID see it coming, and Dean Baker was one of them.
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[field_image_caption-raw] World's Top Firms Cause $2.2 Trillion of Environmental Damage, Report Estimates
The cost of pollution and other damage to the natural environment caused by the world's biggest companies would wipe out more than one-third of their profits if they were held financially accountable, a major unpublished study for the United Nations has found. The report comes amid growing concern...
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