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The Centrist Cop-Out

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

The Centrist Cop-Out By Paul Krugman 29 Jul 2011 ...President Obama initially tried to strike a "Grand Bargain" with Republicans over taxes and spending. To do so, he not only chose not to make an issue of G.O.P. extortion, he offered extraordinary concessions on Democratic priorities: an increase in the age of Medicare eligibility, sharp spending cuts and only small revenue increases. As The Times's Nate Silver pointed out, Mr. Obama effectively staked out a position that was not only far to the right of the average voter's preferences, it was if anything a bit to the right of the average Republican voter's preferences. But Republicans rejected the deal. So what was the headline on an Associated Press analysis of that breakdown in negotiations? "Obama, Republicans Trapped by Inflexible Rhetoric." A Democratic president who bends over backward to accommodate the other side -- or, if you prefer, who leans so far to the right that he’s in danger of falling over -- is treated as being just the same as his utterly intransigent opponents. Balance!

20 Primary Bond Dealers Invited to Secret Meeting With U.S. Treasury

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

20 Primary Bond Dealers Invited to Secret Meeting With U.S. Treasury --Meeting not publicly announced 29 Jul 2011 The U.S. Treasury Department is planning to meet with bond dealers at noon in New York today to discuss next month's quarterly auctions of notes and bonds and the debt ceiling, according to people familiar with the meeting. The Treasury has canceled its regularly scheduled individual meetings with bond dealers in favor of the group meeting, according to the people, who declined to be identified because the meeting hasn't been publicly announced. All 20 primary dealers were invited. [Where are the 'insurgents' when you need them?]

TSA readying new behavior detection plan for airport checkpoints

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

TSA readying new behavior detection plan for airport checkpoints 28 Jul 2011 The federal government is planning to introduce new behavior detection techniques at airport checkpoints as soon as next month, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said Thursday. TSA already has "behavior detection officers" at 161 airports nationwide looking for travelers exhibiting physiological or psychological signs that a traveler might be a terrorist. However, Pistole said TSA is preparing to move to an approach that employs more conversation with travelers—a method that has been employed with great success in Israel.

House postpones vote on Boehner's debt-limit plan

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

House postpones vote on Boehner's debt-limit plan 28 Jul 2011 The U.S. House postponed a vote Thursday night on House Speaker John Boehner's [insane] plan to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, after failing to round up enough votes to pass his measure with a deadline looming to avert a possible U.S. default. The House stalled late into the night to buy more time for last-minute arm twisting on the Boehner plan, which would raise the nation's borrowing authority and cut spending by a greater amount.

Exxon Mobil profit jumps 41pc

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

Exxon Mobil profit jumps 41pc 29 Jul 2011 The ever-rising price of oil has given Exxon Mobil a 41 per cent leap in second-quarter profits -- its best 90-day result for three years. The company said that an increase in production had helped to produce the figures. The world's largest oil company said that profits for the second quarter were $US10.68 billion ($9.7bn), up from $US7.56bn in the same period last year. Revenues rose 36 per cent to $US125.5bn.

Shell profits jump 77% on higher oil prices

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

Shell profits jump 77% on higher oil prices 28 Jul 2011 Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has reported a 77% jump in second-quarter profit, thanks to higher energy prices. Shell's profit for the three months to June came in at $8bn (£4.9bn) on a current cost of supplies basis, up from $4.5bn in the same period last year. Earlier this week, rival BP announced second-quarter profits of $5.3bn.

Boehner strong-arms GOP in vote delay

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

Boehner strong-arms GOP in vote delay 28 Jul 2011 House Republican leaders delayed a vote on Speaker John Boehner's debt limit bill Thursday evening, sparking a series of emergency meetings and arm twisting as the fate of a trillion dollar deficit package hung in limbo. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) office says the vote will still be held Thursday night, but the delay is an indication the votes aren't totally locked down for passage. Rep. Louie Gohmert, a conservative Texas Republican, emerged from Boehner's suite of offices Thursday evening -- which include Cantor's space -- and said he is a "bloody, beaten-down no."

Ice lollies at Chicago zoo help animals beat the heat

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

Ice lollies at Chicago zoo help animals beat the heat 27 Jul 2011 With the recent sizzling heatwave sweeping America, animal programmes staff at Brookfield Zoo have devised a fun way to keep the animals cool: giant ice lollies. In addition to having water pools in the exhibits and giving baths to the animals, several have been treated to huge blocks of ice made at the zoo, filled with their favourite goodies - a variety of meat and fruit. Polar bear Hudson enjoyed a huge ice block filled with a mix of treats such as raisins, peanuts, pears and other fruit.

Invoke the 14th Amendment and be done with it

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

Invoke the 14th Amendment and be done with it Posted by Lori Price 29 Jul 2011 New CLG Facebook page: Invoke the 14th Amendment and be done with it --Generate a public outcry to convince Wall Street troll President Barack Obama (aka Obusha) implement powers granted under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, end all the wars, and be done with it! David Jackson reported in USA TODAY ('Obama could cite 14th Amendment powers to tackle debt limit,' 28 Jul 2011), "Obama can cite the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which says 'the validity of the public debt... shall not be questioned,' said Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. The president may not even need to do that, some legal analysts say. The prospect of economy emergency, which administration officials say would ensue of there is a government default, gives Obama all the authority he needs to raise the debt ceiling on his own."

Shetland village mystery over 'cyber crime' arrest

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

Shetland village mystery over 'cyber crime' arrest 29 Jul 2011 Detectives from Britain's leading cyber-crime unit yesterday began interviewing a teenager from Shetland suspected of being one of the ring-leaders of two computer hacking groups that have claimed responsibility for attacks on the CIA, the Sun and Sony. The 18 year-old was arrested on the islands on Wednesday in an operation involving the Metropolitan Police's e-crime unit and the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, as part of an international investigation into an alleged criminal conspiracy by two hacking groups. He is reported to be the spokesman for hacking collectives Anonymous and LulzSec, which have been linked to cyber attacks on some of the world's biggest companies, as well as the CIA and the US Senate.

UK Cops 'duped' into arresting wrong LulzSec suspect

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

UK Cops 'duped' into arresting wrong LulzSec suspect [LOL!] 28 Jul 2011 The 19-year-old Scotsman fingered Wednesday as a central figure of the LulzSec hacking crew is a fall guy who was framed to take the heat off the real culprit, according to unconfirmed claims from a rival group. "We believe MET Police got the wrong guy and it happens because of lot of disinformation floating on the web," a Thursday post on the LulzSec Exposed blog said. "LulzSec and Anonymous members are Master trolls and they are good at this."

Three explosions hit Libyan capital

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

Three explosions hit Libyan capital 28 Jul 2011 Three loud explosions have rocked the center of the Libyan capital city of Tripoli as fighting between revolutionaries and government troops still rage on across the country. Two blasts happened at 10:20 p.m. local time (2020 GMT) on Thursday followed by another explosion several minutes later, AFP said. Several "civilian sites" had been bombed by NATO on Thursday, Al-Jamahiriya television reported. According to Libyan state TV, NATO warplanes were flying over the capital on Thursday.

Twin Iraq bombings kill 12, injure 31

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

Twin Iraq bombings kill 12, injure 31 29 Jul 2011 Twins blasts involving a car bomb and a suicide attack in Saddam Hussein's hometown in central Iraq killed 12 people near a bank and a market, as shoppers stocked up for Ramadan. Another 31 people were injured in the blasts in Tikrit, officials said, ahead of the holy Muslim fasting period.

Fukushima Teacher Muzzled on Radiation Risks for School Children

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

Fukushima Teacher Muzzled on Radiation Risks for School Children 28 Jul 2011 As temperatures soared to 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a recent July morning, school children in Fukushima prefecture were taking off their masks and running around playgrounds in T-shirts, exposing them to a similar amount of annual radiation as a worker in a nuclear power plant. Toshinori Shishido, a Japanese literature teacher of 25 years, had warned his students two months ago to wear surgical masks and keep their skin covered with long-sleeved shirts. His advice went unheeded, not because of the weather but because his school told him not to alarm students. Shishido quit this week.

Boehner to GOP members: 'Get your ass in line'

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

Boehner to GOP members: 'Get your ass in line' 27 Jul 2011 House Speaker John Boehner leveled tough words at fellow Republicans Wednesday, telling conservatives who are unhappy his bill doesn't go far enough to "Get your ass in line." Boehner's admonishment came during a closed-door meeting, during which House GOP leaders sought to rally support for their debt bill, according to two Republican sources who attended the meeting. The Ohio Republican told members he was working hard and didn't want to turn around and not see an army behind him.

House delays vote on Boehner debt plan

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

House delays vote on Boehner debt plan [*Oops.* Looks like the a**holes didn't want to get in line.] 28 Jul 2011 House leaders have delayed a scheduled vote on the debt ceiling plan offered by House Speaker John A. Boehner, a possible acknowledgement that Republicans lacked the votes to ensure passage. The postponement was announced just minutes before the planned 6 p.m. vote. The House instead moved to consider a far less controversial measure -- to rename a post office in Peoria, Ill. Republicans had been working throughout the day Thursday to lock down support for their plan to raise the nation's debt ceiling destroy the US, even as Senate Democrats vowed to swiftly kill it if passed.

Official: Soldier said he wanted to attack Fort Hood troops

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

Official: Soldier said he wanted to attack Fort Hood troops 28 Jul 2011 An AWOL Muslim American Army private arrested near Fort Hood has told investigators that he wanted to attack fellow soldiers at the military base, the police chief in Killeen, Texas, said Thursday. "Military personnel were a target of this suspect," Chief Dennis Baldwin told reporters about Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, who is expected to face federal charges. FBI agents discovered potential bomb-making materials in Abdo's hotel room, FBI spokesman Erik Vasys said.

Judge: U.S. must show 'good cause' to revise anthrax filing

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

Judge: U.S. must show 'good cause' to revise anthrax filing 27 Jul 2011 A federal judge has blocked, at least temporarily, a Justice Department attempt to back away from court admissions that appeared to undercut previous FBI assertions that an Army researcher was responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks [false flag]. In an order issued Monday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hurley of West Palm Beach, Fla., said the government must "show good cause" before he will allow it to change the original filing, which lawyers for the department's Civil Division made in an 8-year-old case brought by the family of one of the five victims.

Fort Hood Plot: AWOL Soldier Planned Dual Bombing, Shooting, Officials Say

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

Fort Hood Plot: AWOL Soldier Planned Dual Bombing, Shooting, Officials Say 28 Jul 2011 A U.S. serviceman is in custody after he allegedly admitted he was planning an attack on the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, the same base where 13 people were killed in a 2009 terror attack false flag. U.S. officials told ABC News an AWOL serviceman, identified by the FBI as a Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo, was arrested Wednesday after making a purchase at Guns Galore in Killeen, Texas, the same ammunition store where Maj. Nidal Hasan purchased the weapons he allegedly used to gun down 13 people and wound 32 others on Nov. 5, 2009.

US-led soldier killed in Afghan war

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

US-led soldier killed in Afghan war 28 Jul 2011 A powerful roadside bomb explosion has killed at least one US-led soldier in Afghanistan as foreign forces experience their deadliest days in the war-ravaged country. The western military alliance said in a statement that the soldier was killed in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Chubu Electric unable to remove damaged nuclear fuel rod for 17 years

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

Chubu Electric unable to remove damaged nuclear fuel rod for 17 years 28 Jul 2011 Chubu Electric Power Co. revealed Thursday it has been unable to remove a spent fuel rod that was damaged in an accident 17 years ago from its Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture. While spent nuclear fuel is normally sent to the reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture or elsewhere, the damaged rod remains inside the fuel pool of the plant's now decommissioned No. 1 reactor, in a special container, it said.

FBI: Bomb-making materials found in motel room of AWOL soldier arrested near Fort Hood

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

FBI: Bomb-making materials found in motel room of AWOL soldier arrested near Fort Hood 28 Jul 2011 (Killeen, TX) FBI says bomb-making materials were found in the motel room of AWOL soldier arrested near Fort Hood.

NJ Gov. Christie is released from hospital after emergency treatment for asthma

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

NJ Gov. Christie is released from hospital after emergency treatment for asthma 28 Jul 2011 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was released from a hospital Thursday evening following emergency treatment for asthma after having difficulty breathing. The 48-year-old governor, who uses an inhaler for asthma and is overweight, was taken to Somerset Medical Center around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. The blunt-talking governor, who some Republicans have been trying to persuade to run for president, was headed to a bill signing event when he felt unwell.

DNC: GOP seeks 'dictatorship'

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

DNC: GOP seeks 'dictatorship' 27 Jul 2011 Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chair of the Democratic National Committee, said Wednesday that House Republicans are trying to impose "dictatorship" through their tactics in the debt-ceiling negotiations. She said the GOP rhetoric could "spark panic and chaos," which she called "potentially devastating" to the economy. The chair telephoned POLITICO. "This is not leadership. This is almost like dictatorship. I know they want to force the outcome that... their extremists would like to impose. But they are getting ready to spark panic and chaos, and they seem to be OK with that. And it's just really disappointing, and potentially devastating."

U.S. soldier found guilty of killing Afghan civilian

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

U.S. soldier found guilty of killing Afghan civilian 27 Jul 2011 A U.S. National Guardsman who shot an Afghan electrician in the head at close range last year was found guilty of premeditated murder on Wednesday in his court-martial at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Sgt. Derrick Miller will be sentenced in the near future, post spokesman Bob Jenkins said. Prosecutors had argued that Miller shot and killed Atta Mohammed in September in Masamute Bala, Afghanistan, with a Beretta pistol. They said Miller took another soldier's weapon, straddled the man on the ground and then shot him.

Radiation Concern Prompts Aeon to Test Beef

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

Radiation Concern Prompts Aeon to Test Beef 27 Jul 2011 Concern that nuclear radiation fallout is contaminating meat prompted Aeon Co., owner of Japan's biggest supermarket chain, to start testing beef for cancer-causing substances. Aeon will start selling beef today in Tokyo stores tested by an independent laboratory to be within safe limits for radioactive cesium, it said in a statement. The heightened surveillance may boost confidence in the safety of beef after agriculture officials said July 26 that 2,906 cattle ate tainted feed, potentially leading to contaminated meat.

Former Blackwater firm moves to Washington area

July 28, 2011 by legitgov

Former Blackwater firm moves to Washington area --Former Attorney General John Ashcroft now serves as Xe's ethics adviser. [LOL!] 26 Jul 2011 The private security contractor terrorist group  once known as Blackwater is moving its corporate headquarters to the Washington area. Xe Services said Tuesday that it would move from North Carolina to Arlington. The firm will retain its training operations elsewhere, including at its largest facility in Moyock, N.C. Xe still has major contracts with the Pentagon, the State Department and other U.S. agencies.

British Teen Held Amid Global Hacking Probe

July 27, 2011 by legitgov

British Teen Held Amid Global Hacking Probe --Alleged hacker detained by officers from Metropolitan Police 27 Jul 2011 Detectives have arrested a 19-year-old man as part of the investigation into global hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec. The alleged hacker, who is said to use the online nickname "Topiary" and present himself as a spokesman for the groups, was held in the Shetland Islands, Scotland Yard said. Police are also searching a house in Lincolnshire and interviewing a 17-year-old boy under caution in connection with the inquiry.

Murdochs were given secret defence briefings

July 27, 2011 by legitgov

Murdochs were given secret defence briefings 27 Jul 2011 The extraordinary access that Cabinet ministers granted Rupert Murdoch and his children was revealed for the first time yesterday, with more than two dozen private meetings between the family and senior members of the Government in the 15 months since David Cameron entered Downing Street. In total, Cabinet ministers have had private meetings with Murdoch executives more than 60 times and, if social events such as receptions at party conferences are included, the figure is at least 107. On two occasions, James Murdoch and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks were given confidential defence briefings on Afghanistan and Britain's strategic defence review by the Defence Secretary, Liam Fox. A further briefing was held with Ms Brooks, Rupert Murdoch and the Sunday Times editor John Witherow.

Afghan militants attack NATO base

July 27, 2011 by legitgov

Afghan militants attack NATO base 26 Jul 2011 Several militants have attacked a major NATO airbase at an airport in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, injuring two security forces personnel. "A few men threw hand grenades at the airport gate and the troops returned fire and the attackers fled," AFP quoted Sardar Sultani, the police chief for Nangarhar province as saying. Jalalabad airport, which is heavily protected by US forces, is a key ISAF airbase.

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