News for 2011-02-09

Wednesday, February 9, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Lawmakers Oppose Federal Bailout for States
WASHINGTON — The new Republican-led House is showing no appetite for making federal taxpayers help state and local governments cope with widespread budget problems. Even some Democrats are wary, underscoring the impact of Washington's crushing budget deficits. "The era of the bailout is over," Rep...
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[field_image_caption-raw] CIA Officials Involved in Abuse and Wrongful Detention Rarely Reprimanded, Sometimes Promoted
CIA officers who were involved in cases of wrongful imprisonment, mistreatment and even detainee deaths have often avoided serious punishment and in many cases been promoted within the agency , an investigation by the Associated Press has found.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Data Intelligence Firms Proposed a Systematic Attack Against WikiLeaks
After a tip from Crowdleaks.org, The Tech Herald has learned that HBGary Federal, as well as two other data intelligence firms, worked to develop a strategic plan of attack against WikiLeaks. The plan included pressing a journalist in order to disrupt his support of the organization, cyber attacks...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Breaks Off High-Level Contact with Pakistan over Shooting Case
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already cancelled one meeting and the diplomatic row threatens talks due later this month on the war in Afghanistan. The freeze comes as a damning US watchdog report reveals that aid money lavished on Pakistan – almost $4bn since 2009 – as part of a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Three Car Bombs Kill 7, Wound 78 in Iraq's Kirkuk
Three car bombs aimed at Iraqi security forces killed at least seven people and wounded 78 in the northern city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, police and hospital sources said. The explosions were the latest in a series of attacks on police and soldiers by insurgents as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw by...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Labor Unions Boost Egypt Protests
Egyptian labour unions have gone on a nationwide strike, adding momentum to pro-democracy demonstrations in Cairo and other cities. Al Jazeera correspondents, reporting from Egypt, said around 20,000 factory workers stayed away from work on Wednesday. "It is a significant gain for the pro-democracy...
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[field_image_caption-raw] WikiLeaks Cables: Saudi Arabia Cannot Pump Enough Oil to Keep a Lid on Prices
The US fears that Saudi Arabia , the world's largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating, confidential cables from its embassy in Riyadh show.
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[title] Suleiman: America's New Man in Egypt
Egypt's Vice-President Omar Suleiman is the nation's former spy chief, a friend of the US, a reported torturer, and has long been touted as the next presidential successor. Known by the name Sheik al-Torture to the protestors in Egypt, Suleiman is America's new "it" man in Egypt, explained Asia...
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Planet Keeps Warming, But U.S. Media Interest Cools
After the anticlimax of the COP-15 climate-policy negotiations in Copenhagen last year (Extra!, 2/10 )—in which the more than 190 UN-member nations walked away with a non-binding statement of intent cobbled together in secret by the U.S. and a few other wealthy nations—public and press expectations...
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[field_image_caption-raw] HRW: Egypt-Inspired Protests Across Middle East Meet Violent Clampdown
Governments in the Arab world have violently dispersed demonstrations apparently inspired by or in solidarity with Egypt's democracy protesters and have detained some of the organizers, Human Rights Watch said today.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Patriot Act Extension Fails in the House by Seven Votes
House Republicans sufferedan embarrassing setback Tuesday when they fell seven votes short of extending provisions of the USA Patriot Act, a vote that served as the first small uprising of the party's tea party bloc. The bill to reauthorize key parts of the counterterrorism surveillance law that...
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