News for 2011-02-07

Monday, February 7, 2011
Democratic Leadership Council Will Fold
The Democratic Leadership Council, the iconic centrist organization of the Clinton years, is out of money and could close its doors as soon as next week, a person familiar with the plans said Monday.
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Community Amid Egypt's Chaos
CAIRO - It will likely be weeks before the world knows whether pro-democracy protesters in Egypt have successfully dislodged their president, but whether or not they achieve that goal, they have already succeeded in offering a new model for a more engaged Egypt. The protesters massing in Cairo's...
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Virtual Warfare Escalates on US-Mexico Border
NEW YORK - In the quiet desert community of Nomirage, located just 20 kilometres east of San Diego, the sounds of impending war creep over the silent landscape. Armed with a 100-million-dollar budget and over 1,000 acres of desert space, Brandon Webb, ex-Navy Seal and chief executive officer of the...
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US Not Ready for Arctic Oil Drilling, say Officials
WASHINGTON - The United States is ill-equipped to deal with a major oil catastrophe in Alaska, the Coast Guard admiral who led the US response to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill and others have warned. Only one of the US Coast Guard's three ice breakers is operational and would be available to...
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Frank Wisner: US Envoy's Business Link to Egypt
Frank Wisner, President Barack Obama's envoy to Cairo who infuriated the White House this weekend by urging Hosni Mubarak to remain President of Egypt, works for a New York and Washington law firm which works for the dictator's own Egyptian government. Mr Wisner's astonishing remarks - "President...
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Working Class Hero Lula Says Capitalism Is Dead
Brazil's first working class president and an icon of the downtrodden said Monday that the global financial crisis proves capitalism is broken. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva also said it was time for affluent countries to begin paying attention to nations like Senegal, ranked as one of the world's...
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GOP-Led House is Moving to Restrict Funding of Abortions
WASHINGTON — The battle over abortion takes center stage in Congress this week as two House subcommittees hold hearings on separate bills that would expand restrictions on federal funding of abortions.
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[field_image_caption-raw] WikiLeaks' Assange 'Would Face Denial of Justice'
LONDON - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would be tried behind closed doors in a "flagrant denial of justice" if extradited to Sweden over sex crime allegations, his lawyer told a British court on Monday. The 39-year-old Australian appeared at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court in southeast London at the...
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Hate in Arizona: Two Mothers Mourn Their Murdered Children
PHOENIX — Two Latina mothers are the main witnesses in parallel murder trials that shed light on the political climate of a state that has become a hotbed of extremism, according to human rights organizations. The women’s stories have slipped under the radar of Arizona’s conservative political...
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Community Organizer-in-Chief Forecasts Cuts in Community Programs
OMB Director Jack Lew offered a preview of the Obama Administration budget for fiscal year 2012, which highlights small, unimportant trims to the budget in an effort to tease out Republican aims. Lew rightly highlights two large tax cuts and the recession as the culprit for the deficits the nation...
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Evidence of 2002 Taliban Offer Damages Myth of al Qaeda Ties
WASHINGTON - The central justification of the U.S.-NATO war against the Afghan Taliban - that the Taliban would allow al Qaeda to return to Afghanistan - has been challenged by new historical evidence of offers by the Taliban leadership to reconcile with the Hamid Karzai government after the fall...
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP, Big Business Deregulation 'Wish List' Targets EPA, Other Protections
House Republicans are scrutinizing a wide array of existing and proposed Obama administration regulations in areas as diverse as the environment and Wall Street, and they are taking guidance from industry groups that say the rules threaten jobs. Responding to solicitations from Rep. Darrell Issa (R...
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[title] Democracy in the Arab World?
The protests that overthrew half a century of autocratic rule in Tunisia are spreading. The governments of Egypt, Algeria and Yemen are feeling the wrath of decades of repression as people take to the streets and demand freedom - freedom of expression, freedom from forced choices. The spread of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] West-Backed Palestinian Security Suppressing West Bank Fervor over Egypt Protests
RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank -We are still preoccupied with demonstrations and their dispersal in this part of the world. After the immediate shock and anger died down last Wednesday, however, one could not help but notice the European, mainly French, scent that wafted from Al-Manara Square in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egypt's 'People's Revolution' Refuses US-Led Concessions
Pro-democracy protesters are continuing their sit-in in Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square for the fourteenth consecutive day, showing no signs of being appeased by talks held a day earlier between the government and opposition groups. People seeking President Hosni Mubarak's immediate ouster were...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Check, Please: Huffington Post Sold to AOL for $315m
The Huffington Post, the ground-breaking online news and opinion site founded by Arianna Huffington on a shoestring budget, is to be bought for $315m by AOL in a move sure to stun new media sceptics and believers alike. Huffington and Tim Armstrong, the chairman and chief executive of AOL, have...
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