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Senate delays key debt vote until later on Sunday

July 31, 2011 by legitgov

Senate delays key debt vote until later on Sunday 30 Jul 2011 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Saturday delayed a test vote on the 'Democratic' debt limit increase plan until 1 p.m. EDT Sunday to give negotiators more time to work out a deal. In brief remarks on the Senate floor, Reid, a Democrat, said that negotiations between congressional leaders and the Obama administration were ongoing, but that there was "still a distance to go" before a deal might be reached. The Senate had been scheduled to take a 1 a.m. EDT test vote on Sunday on the Democratic debt limit plan that Republicans said they opposed and could have blocked. [Cowardly, DemocRATic sycophants -- and closeted GOP troll Barack Obama -- are trying to figure out how much more they can give to Wall Street/the GOP.]

The damning of Tony Blair: Former PM to be held to account on Iraq in Chilcot report on war

July 31, 2011 by legitgov

The damning of Tony Blair: Former PM to be held to account on Iraq in Chilcot report on war --Iraq war deal 'signed in blood' by former Prime Minister --Cabinet members kept in the dark in build-up to the war 31 Jul 2011 Tony Blair is to face scathing criticism from the official inquiry into the Iraq War for the role he played in leading Britain into one of its biggest foreign policy fiascos in modern history. The Mail on Sunday has been told that the former Prime Minister will be held to account on four main failings: Bogus claims that were made about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.  Not telling the British public about his secret pledge with George Bush to go to war. Keeping the Cabinet in the dark by his 'sofa government' style. Failing to plan to avoid the post-war chaos in Iraq.

Blair to face withering fire in Iraq report

July 31, 2011 by legitgov

Blair to face withering fire in Iraq report --Chilcot criticisms said to zero-in on WMD, 'sofa-style', secret pledge to Bush, and post-invasion plans 31 Jul 2011 Tony Blair is facing damning criticism of his role in the Iraq war from the official inquiry into the 2003 invasion, it was claimed last night. The Chilcot inquiry is expected to round on the former prime minister when it produces its final report after more than a year of exhaustive hearings and deliberations, according to a report in The Mail on Sunday. The newspaper claimed that Mr Blair, who was instrumental in the drive to war alongside the then-US President [sic] George Bush, will reportedly be held to account in four key areas, including 'the failure to tell the British public about his "secret pledge" with President Bush to go to war.'

BP 'has gained stranglehold over Iraq' after oilfield deal is rewritten

July 31, 2011 by legitgov

Mission accomplished! BP 'has gained stranglehold over Iraq' after oilfield deal is rewritten --New terms mean company will be paid even when production is disrupted, critics claim 31 Jul 2011 BP has been accused of taking a "stranglehold" on the Iraqi economy after the Baghdad government agreed to pay the British firm even when oil is not being produced by the Rumaila field, confidential documents reveal. The original deal for operating Iraq's largest field - half as big as the entire North Sea - has been rewritten so that BP will be immediately compensated for civil disruption or government decisions to cut production.

Another CIA chief in Pakistan exits

July 31, 2011 by legitgov

Another CIA chief in Pakistan exits 31 Jul 2011 The CIA station chief who oversaw the intelligence team that found 'Osama bin Laden' has left Pakistan for medical reasons and is not returning, the second time the agency's most senior officer in Pakistan has left in the last seven months, according to US and Pakistani officials, reported ABC News on Saturday. The Islamabad station chief arrived only late last year after his predecessor was essentially run out of town when a Pakistani official admitted his name had been leaked. The departure of two station chiefs in such a short amount of time threatens to upset a vital intelligence office.

Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite lower radiation exposure than legal limit

July 31, 2011 by legitgov

Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite lower radiation exposure than legal limit 27 Jul 2011 Of 10 nuclear power plant workers who have developed cancer and received workers' compensation in the past, nine had been exposed to less than 100 millisieverts of radiation, it has been learned. The revelation comes amid reports that a number of workers battling the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant were found to have been exposed to more than the emergency limit of 250 millisieverts, which was raised from the previous limit of 100 millisieverts in March.

6.4 magnitude quake hits NE Japan

July 31, 2011 by legitgov

6.4 magnitude quake hits NE Japan 30 Jul 2011 A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has shaken Fukushima Prefecture in northeastern Japan. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said the quake took place at 3:54 a.m. on Sunday (1854 GMT on Saturday), Reuters reported. The quake was centered around 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Fukushima city at a depth of about 40 kilometers (25 miles). The earthquake was also felt in Tokyo. [HAARP is a busy little bee!]

Iraq to buy 36 U.S. fighter jets

July 30, 2011 by legitgov

Iraq to buy 36 U.S. fighter jets 31 Jul 2011 Prime Minister Nouri Maliki announced Saturday that Iraq plans to buy 36 U.S. fighter jets, signaling his [forced] intent to seek a long-term American military training presence in the country. But in an indication of the dangers for the American military here, a U.S. watchdog group warned that Iraq is more dangerous than it was a year ago. The report notes that 44 Iraqi government and security officials has been assassinated since April. [Right, Blackwater is killing any and all ogvernemnt officials that want USociopaths *gone* in December.]

Bush to be in NYC to mark 10th anniversary of 9/11

July 30, 2011 by legitgov

The unsub returns to the scene of his crime: Bush to be in NYC to mark 10th anniversary of 9/11 30 Jul 2011 The ceremony at the World Trade Center site marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be a solemn but stately event that will include two presidents and a chance for victims' families to view the names of loved ones etched into the memorial, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. President Obama and Bloomberg will be joined by the leaders in charge during the 2001 attacks, including former president [sic] George W. Bush, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former New York Gov. George Pataki. Current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie [?!?] will also be there, he said.

House will try to kill Reid bill Saturday

July 30, 2011 by legitgov

House will try to kill Reid bill Saturday 29 Jul 2011 House Republicans will bring up Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's debt limit package Saturday just to vote it down, an attempt to show that the legislation is dead in the lower chamber, according to GOP leadership sources. Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) debt limit package passed the House Friday with 218 votes. Reid and other Senate Democratic leaders have already declared the Boehner plan dead-on-arrival in the Senate.

Bush explains slow reaction to September 11 attacks

July 30, 2011 by legitgov

Bush explains slow reaction to September 11 attacks 28 Jul 2011 Former President [sic] George W. Bush says his apparent lack of reaction to the first news of the September 11 2001 attacks was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis. In a rare interview with the National Geographic Channel, Bush reflects on what was going through his 'mind' when he was informed that a second passenger jet had hit New York's World Trade Center. Bush was visiting a Florida classroom and the incident, which was caught on TV film, and has often been used by critics to ridicule his apparently blank face.

Feds Defend Seizure of WikiLeaks Supporter's Laptop

July 30, 2011 by legitgov

Feds Defend Seizure of WikiLeaks Supporter's Laptop 28 Jul 2011 The Justice Department on Thursday fired back against a lawsuit filed by a WikiLeaks supporter and friend of accused leaker Bradley Manning over the warrantless seizure of his laptop, arguing that they held onto the machine for a lengthy 49 days only because he refused to provide the password, and because his dual-boot Linux/Windows configuration taxed federal agents' forensics capabilities. [LOL!] David Maurice House is one of several Boston-area friends of Manning who were interviewed by federal agents following Manning's May 2010 arrest. House is also a founding member of the Bradley Manning Support Network, where he sits on the steering committee and does fundraising.

Bill Would Force Intel Chief to Renounce 'Secret Patriot Act'

July 30, 2011 by legitgov

Bill Would Force Intel Chief to Renounce 'Secret Patriot Act' 28 Jul 2011 For months, two Senators have screamed bloody murder that the government holds a secret legal interpretation of the Patriot Act so broad that it amounts to a whole different law giving the feds massive domestic surveillance powers. Now, a measure by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) would force the U.S. intelligence chief, and by extension the entire intelligence community, to admit that they went too far in their Patriot Act interpretations... The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence meets Thursday to prepare the annual bill authorizing the U.S. intelligence agency's operations. During that "mark-up" process, Wyden and Udall will ask their colleagues to include a measure compelling the Director of National Intelligence and the Attorney General to produce a "detailed assessment of the problems posed by the reliance of government agencies" on "interpretations of domestic surveillance authorities that are inconsistent with the understanding of such authorities by the public."

Federal judge rules NY Times reporter must testify in CIA leak case, but limits scope

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

Federal judge rules NY Times reporter must testify in CIA leak case, but limits scope 29 Jul 2011 A federal judge has ruled that a New York Times reporter must testify at the trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information, but limited the scope of that testimony. Prosecutors have subpoenaed reporter James Risen to testify at the September trial of Jeffrey Sterling. Risen’s lawyers had argued that the First Amendment should shield him from having to testify about his sources. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema said Risen must testify at the trial. But she ruled that his testimony be limited to four topics, including that he wrote an article or book chapter and that they are accurate.

Speaker Boehner's debt-ceiling bill passes House, heads to hostile Senate

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

Speaker Boehner's debt-ceiling bill passes House, heads to hostile Senate --House passes Tea Party-driven debt plan, 218 to 210 29 Jul 2011 Friday evening House Republicans passed Speaker John Boehner's two-step plan to raise the debt ceiling, 218-210. No Democrats voted for the measure and 22 Republicans voted against it. The bill would cut $917 billion in government spending over ten years and would require the passage of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution before raising the debt ceiling for a second time in February. The measure is dead on arrival in the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to push through his own debt-ceiling plan. (MSNBC, Politico)

Obama Approval Drops to New Low of 40 Percent

July 29, 2011 by legitgov

The more he surrenders to his Wall Street/GOP overlords, the lower he goes: Obama Approval Drops to New Low of 40% --Obama loses 7 points among Democrats in three weeks 29 Jul 2011 President Obama's job approval rating is at a new low, averaging 40% in July 26-28 Gallup Daily tracking. As recently as June 7, Obama had 50% job approval... Obama's job approval rating among Democrats is 72%, compared with 34% among independents and 13% among Republicans. In the prior three weeks, his average approval rating was 79% among Democrats, 41% among independents, and 12% among Republicans.

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.

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