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Study: American Households Hit 43-Year Low in Net Worth

Study: American Households Hit 43-Year Low in Net Worth 30 Nov 2012 The median net worth of American households has dropped to a 43-year low as the lower and middle classes appear poorer and less stable than they have been since 1969. According to a recent study by New York University economics professor Edward N.

U.S. military taking bids to build complex for Israeli Air Force

U.S. military taking bids to build complex for Israeli Air Force --Facility is expected to cost the U.S. $25 million to $100 million 30 Nov 2012 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is receiving bids to build a five-story complex for the Israeli Air Force, or IAF, near Tel Aviv. The facility, mysteriously dubbed "site 911," will be built under the auspices of the Foreign Military Sales program and is expected to cost the U.S.

As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price

As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price --The Empty Promise of Tax Incentives 02 Dec 2012 A New York Times investigation has examined and tallied thousands of local incentives granted nationwide and has found that states, counties and cities are giving up more than $80 billion each year to companies.

Drone crashes mount at civilian airports

Drone crashes mount at civilian airports 30 Nov 2012 The April wreck was the latest in a rash of U.S. military drone crashes at overseas civilian airports in the past two years.

Tens of thousands of Islamists rally for Morsi in Cairo

Tens of thousands of Islamists rally for Morsi in Cairo 01 Dec 2012 Islamists in Egypt's capital rallied Saturday to support President Mohamed Morsi in what is emerging as a decisive battle with opposition forces in the country's messy political transition away from three decades of Hosni Mubarak's corrupt and [US-backed] undemocratic rule.

Guard Says Manning Protest Annoyed Brig Staff

Guard Says Manning Protest Annoyed Brig Staff 02 Dec 2012 Some workers at a Marine Corps brig housing a soldier charged with sending U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks became annoyed at a demonstration on his behalf the day before a confrontation that led to tighter restrictions on him, a former guard testified Saturday. The testimony by former Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan Cline undercut government efforts to show that Pfc.

Court upholds sentence of ex-CIA station chief

Court upholds sentence of ex-CIA station chief 30 Nov 2012 An appeals court has unanimously upheld the nearly 5 1/2-year sentence of a former CIA station chief for sexually abusing an unconscious woman at the mansion the U.S. government provided for him in Algeria. The three-judge panel ruled Friday that U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle had adequately explained why she sentenced Andrew Warren to roughly double what was called for in sentencing guidelines.

Canada's Polar Bears: International Environmental Group Demands Policy Explanation

Canada's Polar Bears: International Environmental Group Demands Policy Explanation 30 Nov 2012 Canada is being forced to explain its polar bear policies to an international environmental watchdog. The Commission on Environmental Co-operation, which is part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, has accepted a petition from a U.S.-based group that says Canada isn't following its own laws on protecting the bears.

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigating Possible Sabotage of Safety System

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Investigating Possible Sabotage of Safety System 30 Nov 2012 A California utility said Thursday it has notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of potential sabotage, possibly by an employee, of a crucial piece of safety equipment attached to one of its nuclear power reactors.

Justice Department Uses Red Tape to Delay Release of Required Information On Domestic Spying

Justice Department Uses Red Tape to Delay Release of Required Information On Domestic Spying Until Well After It Matters 29 Nov 2012 A couple of months ago, Julian Sanchez wrote about the ridiculous situation in which he filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to reveal the latest semi-annual report from the Justice Department concerning how it was implementin

Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning admits making noose

Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning admits making noose 30 Nov 2012 A US Army court has seen a noose made from a bed sheet by alleged Wikileaks source Private Bradley Manning as he considered suicide. Pte Manning, 24, told the hearing he had made it while being held in Kuwait, shortly after his arrest in May 2010. But the former intelligence analyst said he was no longer suicidal after he was taken to a US military prison.

Senate backs quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan

Senate backs quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan 29 Nov 2012 Reflecting a war-weary nation, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday for an accelerated withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting. The strong bipartisan vote of 62-33 sends a clear message to President Barack Obama and the military as they engage in high-stakes talks about the pace of drawing down the 66,000 U.S.

U.S. Is Weighing Stronger Action in Syrian Conflict

U.S. Is Weighing Stronger Action in Syrian Conflict 29 Nov 2012 The Obama administration is considering deeper intervention to help push President Bashar al-Assad from power, according to government officials involved in the discussions. While no decisions have been made, the administration is considering several alternatives, including directly providing arms to some opposition fighters.

San Onofre nuclear plant generator might have been tampered with, utility says

San Onofre nuclear plant generator might have been tampered with, utility says 30 Nov 2012 Security has been beefed up at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California after it was discovered that a generator there might have been tampered with, the plant operator said. The plant has been out of service since January due to a leak in a steam generator.

Israel announces plans for 3,000 more housing units in West Bank

Israel announces plans for 3,000 more housing units in West Bank 30 Nov 2012 Following a landmark United Nations vote upgrading the status of the Palestinian territories to become a "nonmember observer state" in the international body, Israel said Friday it would construct an additional 3,000 units of Jewish housing in the West Bank.

US fiscal cliff talks target the working class

US fiscal cliff talks target the working class 29 Nov 2012 As the deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" grows nearer, the indications mount that, behind the smokescreen of deficit talks and media hype, the artificial fiscal emergency is the starting point of a process for making deep structural cuts in basic social programs that previously would have been considered politically impossible.

U.N. General Assembly votes to recognize the state of Palestine

U.N. General Assembly votes to recognize the state of Palestine --The United States immediately criticized the historic vote. 29 Nov 2012 The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.

Nobel peace laureates call for Israel military boycott over Gaza assault

Nobel peace laureates call for Israel military boycott over Gaza assault --Letter with 52 signatories including artists and activists also denounces US and EU 'complicity' through weapons sales 28 Nov 2012 A group of Nobel peace prize-winners, prominent artists and activists have issued a call for an international military boycott of Israel following its assault on the Gaza Strip this month.

Manning testifies at WikiLeaks hearing: 'I thought I was going to die in a cage'

Manning testifies at WikiLeaks hearing: 'I thought I was going to die in a cage' 29 Nov 2012 After 917 days in military captivity, the world finally heard on Thursday from Bradley Manning, the army soldier accused of being the source of the largest leak of government secrets in US history.

Judge accepts terms of Manning's proposed plea in WikiLeaks case

Judge accepts terms of Manning's proposed plea in WikiLeaks case 29 Nov 2012 A military judge on Thursday accepted the terms under which the young Army private charged in one of the largest leaks of classified material in U.S. history would plead guilty to lesser charges, a move that raises questions about whether the government will proceed with its most serious charges. Under the terms, Pfc.

US Activates First Continuously Stationed Unit in Poland

US Activates First Continuously Stationed Unit in Poland 09 Nov 2012 As a frigid wind whipped the U.S. and Polish flags above the flight line at this sprawling base, two allies marked the activation Friday of the first U.S. military unit to be continuously stationed [aka forever] on Polish soil. Though numbering only 10 airmen, Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group has a historic role to fill...

Obama has Romney to White House lunch

Obama has Romney to White House lunch 29 Nov 2012 President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for lunch at the White House on Thursday, sitting down with an eye on overlapping interests rather than the sharp differences [basic and complete agreement on matters of any relevance] that defined their presidential contest.

US finds Guantanamo prisoner death was 'suicide'

US finds Guantanamo prisoner death was 'suicide' --Official said it had not yet been determined how Latif managed to collect enough medication to kill himself 29 Nov 2012 An autopsy has found that a Guantanamo Bay prisoner who died in September committed suicide, a U.S. military official said Thursday. Adnan Latif, who was found unconscious in his cell in a disciplinary wing of the prison at the U.S.

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston --Hospital described Bush as in stable condition 29 Nov 2012 Former President George H.W. Bush was in a Houston hospital Thursday for treatment of a lingering cough.

Secretary of State Candidate Has Major Financial Stake in Canadian Tar Sands

Secretary of State Candidate Has a Major Financial Stake in Canadian Tar Sands 28 Nov 2012 Susan Rice, the candidate believed to be favored by President Obama to become the next Secretary of State, holds significant investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that would stand to benefit from expansion of the [deadly] North American tar sands industry and construction of the proposed $7 billion

Homeland Security adds underwater drones to their arsenal with robots based on fish

Robocod: Homeland Security adds underwater drones to their arsenal with robots based on fish 29 Nov 2012 Meet Robocod, the latest weapon in Homeland Security's increasingly high-tech underwater arsenal, a robotic fish designed to safeguard the coastline of America and bring 'justice' to the deep. Well almost.

DuPont Sends in Former Cops to Enforce Seed Patents: Commodities

DuPont Sends in Former Cops to Enforce Seed Patents: Commodities 28 Nov 2012 DuPont Co., the world's second-biggest seed company [and second-biggest agri-terrorist, after Monsanto], is sending dozens of former police officers across North America to prevent a practice generations of farmers once took for granted.

CIA Sued Over Alleged 1953 Murder of Military Scientist

CIA Sued Over Alleged 1953 Murder of Military Scientist 28 Nov 2012 Employees of the Central Intelligence Agency murdered military scientist Frank Olson in 1953 after he raised concerns about testing chemical and biological weapons on human subjects without their consent, according to a lawsuit brought by his two sons. Eric and Nils Olson, in a complaint filed against the U.S.

WikiLeaks suspect Manning mistreated by military, psychiatrist says

WikiLeaks suspect Manning mistreated by military, psychiatrist says --The forensic psychiatrist said that he had never experienced such an unreceptive response from his military colleagues, not even when he treated terrorist suspects held at Guantanamo.

Feinstein commissioned report on housing Guantanamo prisoners in US

Feinstein commissioned report on housing Guantanamo prisoners in US 28 Nov 2012 The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee has commissioned a federal report to identify prison facilities in the U.S. that are suitable for housing Guantanamo detainees, a document exclusively reviewed by Fox News shows. In the internal document, the Government Accountability Office refers to "Source of Work: Ms.

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