News for 2010-06-28

Monday, June 28, 2010
BP 'Staked Future on Expanding Offshore Drilling'
BP staked its future on expanding offshore drilling a month before the catastrophic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon triggered the United States ' worst environmental disaster, according to company documents revealed yesterday.
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Angry House Lawmaker Cuts Aid to Afghanistan; War Funding Not Affected
A key U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Monday she is cutting billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan from spending legislation because she is outraged over reports of corruption and donor aid being flown out the country. Representative Nita Lowey, who heads the House appropriations...
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White House's Lobbyist Liaisons Blasted By Watchdogs
WASHINGTON - Watchdog groups are blasting the Obama administration for dodging records rules and cutting corners on its self-imposed disclosure requirements for White House visitors.
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Obama Just Can't Quit Blackwater
In fairness, Barack Obama never said he wanted to quit Blackwater. But it's still notable that the troubled firm made famous by helping to fight George W. Bush's wars has become a permanent part of the U.S. foreign policy tableau, with news of two big contracts issued to the firm by the Obama...
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Why Petraeus Won't Salvage This War
As Gen. David Petraeus prepares for his next command, his supporters are hoping he can rescue a failing war for the second time in just a few years. But both the dire state of the war effort in Afghanistan and his approach to taking command in Iraq in early 2007 suggest that Petraeus will not try...
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War by Other Means: Aid as a Weapon
KABUL, Afghanistan - To recast the 19th-century military strategist Carl von Clausewitz's enduring axiom of war, economic aid has become "the continuation of war by other means." Nowhere is this more obvious than in "The Commander's Guide to Money as a Weapons System," released by the U.S. Army in...
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The Coup Is Not Over: Marking a Year of Resistance in Honduras
At one point during the military coup in Honduras last year, a US representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) joked that Hondurans were living in a state of "magical realism", a folkloric literary genre blurring reality and the surreal, often in the historical or political context...
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"We're F**cking Losing This Thing"
General McChrystal's resignation has distracted the media from the real story found in the explosive Rolling Stone article: "...[W]e're f***ing losing this thing." --Staff Sergeant Kennith Hick General McChrystal's inner circle knew better than to get us into this war. Share the video with your...
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Chicago Handgun Ban
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution's Second Amendment restrains government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms," advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights. By a narrow, 5-4 vote, the justices signaled,...
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Giant Salmon Will Be First GM Animal Available for Eating
Usually Atlantic salmon do not grow during the winter and take three years to fully mature. But by implanting genetic material from an eel-like species called ocean pout that grows all year round, US scientists have managed to make the fish grow to full size in 18 months.
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In Wake of Arizona Law, Labor Unites Behind Immigration Reform
For most of their history, labor unions opposed attempts at loosening immigration laws and often threw their weight behind restrictionist measures. During the most recent overhaul effort in 2007, a schism among unions cracked an otherwise willing liberal coalition and helped defeat the reform bill.
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Real News Journalist Attacked at G20
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As Canada's Democracy Trembles, a New Global Architecture Emerges
TORONTO - Nearly 600 people were arrested as global leaders and elites met behind a fortified perimeter during the G8 and G20 Summits in Huntsville and Toronto this weekend. The tension was palpable on the subway as the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) announced that under a "police directive" all...
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US Senator Robert Byrd Dies
Senator Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member ever of the US Congress , has died at the age of 92, a spokesman said today. The Democratic senator from West Virgina, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan before becoming a civil rights advocate, died peacefully at Inova Fairfax hospital outside...
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