News for 2010-12-02

Thursday, December 2, 2010
Did US Special Operations Forces Want to "Target" Refugee Camps in Pakistan?
In the fall of 2008, the US Special Operations Command asked top US diplomats in Pakistan and Afghanistan for detailed information on refugee camps along the Afghanistan Pakistan border and a list of humanitarian aid organizations working in those camps.
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Liberals: Obama Doesn't Compromise, He Caves
President Obama's team is deep in negotiations with Congress over how to find common ground on the fate of the Bush-era tax cuts. And liberals are afraid that the White House may be too quick to cede ground to Republicans without securing concessions in return. That concern is not unique to the tax...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Haiti: Popular Anger Unabated over Chaotic Polls
PORT-AU-PRINCE - Furious demonstrations continued across Haiti on Wednesday following the Nov. 28 highly contested election in which thousands found themselves unable to vote. Rock-throwing and road-barricading protests were reported in Les Cayes, Hinche, Petit Goave and Archaie. On Tuesday,...
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Boehner Blasts Dems' 'Chickencrap' Tax Cut Vote Gambit
This afternoon, House Democrats will hold an up or down vote on vote on President Obama's plan to extend tax cuts to income below $250,000, and they've figured out a way to prevent the Republicans from pulling procedural tricks that might sink it -- a straight vote on whether or not wealthy people...
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Fed's 'Backdoor Bailout' Provided $3.3 Trillion in Loans to Banks, Corporations
With the lifting of the "veil of secrecy at the Fed," in response to a legislative push led by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, reveals that the Federal Reserve gave banks, multinational corporations and foreign financial institutions - many of them with limited ties to the United States --...
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[title] Attorney Confirms WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange in Britain, Responds to US Attacks
As the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks continues to publish secret U.S. diplomatic cables, its founder Julian Assange is facing international arrest over allegations in Sweden. In the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder has announced WikiLeaks is the target of a criminal probe, and some...
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Anti-Spending Tea Party Caucus Members Took Over $1 Billion In Earmarks
Congressional earmarks have been one of the primary targets of the tea party, representing the nexus of the movement’s arch foes — government spending and Washington influence peddling. If Republicans “go back to their old earmarking ways it could be a VERY short majority ,” the president of the...
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Food Security Wanes as World Warms
Since summer, signs of severe food insecurity — droughts, food riots, five- to tenfold increases in produce costs — have erupted around the globe... Some one billion people already suffer serious malnutrition. That number could mushroom, the new reports argue, if governments big and small don’t...
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Nigeria 'To Charge Dick Cheney' over Halliburton, KBR Bribery Case
LAGOS - Nigerian authorities plan to charge ex-US vice president Dick Cheney in connection with a bribery scandal allegedly involving energy firm Halliburton, a spokesman for the anti-graft agency said Thursday. Asked whether Cheney would be charged over the investigation into construction of a...
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Japan Turns Its Back on Kyoto Protocol
CANCUN, Mexico - Japan rocked the UN climate talks in Cancun Monday with the declaration that the Japanese government would not agree to extend the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012. Jun Arima, an official with Japan's Economics Trade and Industry Department, said that his country would not inscribe its...
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GOP Moves Quickly to Kill House Climate-Change Panel
WASHINGTON - Republicans will eliminate the House committee created by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to highlight the threat of climate change, Representative James Sensenbrenner, the top Republican on the panel, said yesterday. In one of her first acts as speaker in 2007, Pelosi, a California Democrat,...
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Did the Debt Commission Get It Wrong?
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Fed Wants to Strip a Key Protection for Homeowners
WASHINGTON — As Americans continue to lose their homes in record numbers, the Federal Reserve is considering making it much harder for homeowners to stop foreclosures and escape predatory home loans with onerous terms. The Fed's proposal to amend a 42-year-old provision of the federal Truth in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Big Economic Story, and Why Obama Isn’t Telling It
Quiz: What’s responsible for the lousy economy most Americans continue to wallow in? A. Big government, bureaucrats, and the cultural and intellectual elites who back them. B. Big business, Wall Street, and the powerful and privileged who represent them. These are the two competing stories...
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In the End, US Gets (Partial) Offshore Drilling Ban
WASHINGTON - As negotiators meet in Cancùn to discuss how to mitigate the worst effects of climate change, the impacts of the oil spill disaster that unfolded earlier this year on the other side of the Gulf of Mexico are still rippling through Washington. On Wednesday, they led to the U.S...
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