News for 2010-10-31

Sunday, October 31, 2010
Ted Sorensen, Speechwriter for JFK, Dead at Age 82
Theodore Chaikin Sorensen, whose prose mingled with the thoughts and words of his close friend John F. Kennedy to create some of the most memorable presidential speeches of the 20th century, died in New York City today, a week after suffering a stroke. He was 82 and despite a stroke nine years ago...
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Kyrgyzstan Deals Cloaked in Mystery
BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN -- When U.S. troops moved into Afghanistan in 2001, Douglas Edelman already had a foothold in Central Asia. He'd opened a bar and hamburger joint here in the capital of Kyrgyzstan, the crumbling, outer rim of the former Soviet empire. Today, his fortunes turbo-charged by war,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] War-Weary Iraqis Unmoved by Wikileaks
Baghdad professor Saadi Kareem’s reaction to the recent Wikileaks release of some 400,000 secret United States war files is typical of that of many of his countrymen. "Iraqis know all about the findings in these documents,” the political science lecturer said. “The brutality of American and Iraqi...
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UK Troops Face 90 New Claims of Abuse in Iraq
A specialist team appointed by the government to investigate claims of abuse by British troops in Iraq has received 90 complaints involving 128 Iraqi civilians. The files, relating to allegations between March 2003 and July 2009, have been sent to Geoff White, a former head of Staffordshire CID,...
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Obama Environment Agenda Under Threat from Incoming Republicans
Republican leaders have begun gathering evidence for sweeping investigations of Barack Obama's environmental agenda, from climate science to the BP oil spill, if as expected, they take control of the House of Representatives in the 2 November mid-term elections, the Guardian has learned. The new...
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Stewart And Colbert Rebuke The Media At Rally: 'If We Amplify Everything, We Hear Nothing'
Jon Stewart said at Saturday's rally that he didn't really care how it gets received by pundits and cable news - he's just happy so many people showed up. "I know there are boundaries for a comedian pundit talky guy," he said in his closing remarks, "and I'm sure I'll find out tomorrow how I...
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Poverty of Ideas: Despite Economy, Right Still Blames Poor for Being Poor
When the U.S. Census Bureau recently released its annual report on the economic status of American households, few people were surprised that black and Hispanic households showed the highest increase in poverty rates. The two groups were hit harder by the economic recession and had higher rates of...
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GOP Plans Attacks on the EPA and Climate Scientists
Washington — If the GOP wins control of the House next week, senior congressional Republicans plan to launch a blistering attack on the Obama administration's environmental policies, as well as on scientists who link air pollution to climate change.
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