News for 2010-09-01

Wednesday, September 1, 2010
"Iraq Is a Shattered Country"–Nir Rosen on Obama Declaring an End to US Combat Mission in Iraq
President Obama declared an end to the combat mission in Iraq Tuesday night in the second Oval Office address of his presidency. Although tens of thousands of US troops, special operations forces and private contractors remain in Iraq, Obama announced that Operation Iraqi Freedom is now officially...
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Overworked and Underpaid? Productivity Increases, But Wage Growth Declines
As Labor Day approaches, many Americans are breathing a sigh of relief for the extra day off. On a day that celebrates unions and the eight-hour work day, many workers are feeling like their hard work isn’t exactly paying off the way it used to.
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Judge Rules Against US Government on Oil Drilling
HOUSTON - A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the U.S. government's request to dismiss an industry lawsuit challenging its deepwater oil and gas drilling moratorium, dealing another blow to the Obama administration. Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc and other drilling companies sued the...
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Afghan War Unwinnable Quagmire, Ex-CIA Man Says
THE war in Afghanistan is an unwinnable quagmire and poor US intelligence is leading to the deaths of Australian soldiers, a visiting former CIA officer says. Robert Baer, a decorated CIA field officer of two decades experience who had spent years in the Middle East, said any chances the US and its...
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Campaign Finance Reformers Facing Major Political, Legal Obstacles
This has not been a kind year for campaign finance reformers. Setting aside the now-famous Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling from the Supreme Court, which allowed corporations and unions to spend freely on campaign advertisements, there has been a flurry of challenges to other...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sweden Reopens Investigation Into Rape Claim Against Julian Assange
STOCKHOLM -- A senior Swedish prosecutor reopened a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday, the latest twist to a puzzling case in which prosecutors of different ranks have overruled each other. Assange has denied the allegations and suggested they are part of a...
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Army Downplays Depleted Uranium Risk on Hawaiian Island
The Army said yesterday that the results of a depleted uranium study at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island show radiological doses "well within limits" considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Army studied the potential health risk posed by residual DU in Pohakuloa...
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Behind Mexico's Bloodshed
Flourishing drug demand in the U.S. and Canada has combined with the destruction of Mexico's traditional economy to increase the power of the Mexican drug cartels. At the same time, the cartels are at war over the drug market in Mexico, with drastic results including the recent massacre of 72...
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'Triple Threat' Looms Over Pakistan
The World Food Programme has warned that flood-ravaged Pakistan faces a "triple threat" after the worst disaster in the country's history left eight million people dependent on aid to survive. Torrential rains triggered massive floods that have moved steadily from north to south over the past month...
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US Drones Will Patrol Entire Southern Border
WASHINGTON - The US will today send another Predator drone on patrol flights along its border with Mexico, allowing authorities for the first time to monitor the entire frontier with the unmanned aircraft. National Guardsmen will also arrive at the border this week as part of the Obama...
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Farewell to Iraq, but No Talk of Mission Accomplished
Barack Obama last night brought down a curtain on the long, costly and inconclusive war in Iraq, but amid near indifference from a country now worried about the economy to the exclusion of virtually all else. "It is time to turn the page," the President declared in a prime-time address from the...
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