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Amnesty International accuses Israel of committing war crimes during Gaza war this summer

November 5, 2014 by legitgov

Amnesty International accuses Israel of committing war crimes during Gaza war this summer 5 Nov 2014 A leading human rights group has accused Israel of committing war crimes during this summer's war in Gaza. Amnesty International says Israel displayed "callous indifference" in attacks on family homes in the densely populated coastal strip that in some cases amounted to war crimes. The criticism came in a report released Wednesday. The 50-day war killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 72 people on the Israeli side, all but six soldiers.

Republicans Gain Four Governorships, Bucking Anti-Incumbency Fever

November 5, 2014 by legitgov

Republicans Gain Four Governorships, Bucking Anti-Incumbency Fever 5 Nov 2014 Republican gains in Congress were being matched in statehouses Tuesday as the GOP gained at least four governorships and prevailed in several other tight races, some of them in states expected to be presidential battlegrounds in two years. Millionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner ousted Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in Illinois, according to NBC News projections, while former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson won Arkansas for the Republicans by beating Democratic former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross. Hutchinson's win avenged his 2006 defeat to Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, who was term-limited. Meanwhile, unsuccessful 2010 Republican nominee Charlie Baker beat Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley in the race to succeed Democrat Deval Patrick in Massachusetts, NBC News projected. And in Maryland, Republican real estate broker Larry Hogan defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the race to succeed Democrat Martin O'Malley.

Australian Super Hornets have bombed 14 Isis targets in Iraq

November 5, 2014 by legitgov

Australian Super Hornets have bombed 14 Isis targets in Iraq --200 Australian special forces members prepare to move into Iraq 4 Nov 2014 Bombs dropped from Australian Super Hornet combat aircraft in Iraq have hit 14 targets, 11 of which were destroyed, defence officials have said. The Australian Defence Force provided the figures on Wednesday for operations conducted since the government gave the go-ahead for RAAF strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in early October. The chief of joint operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, said he was hopeful the 200 Australian special forces members would move into Iraq within the next week, having been in the United Arab Emirates since September awaiting final clearance.

Republicans seize control of Senate in U.S. midterm elections

November 5, 2014 by legitgov

Republicans seize control of Senate in U.S. midterm elections 5 Nov 2014 Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to sweeping midterm election wins on Tuesday, seizing control of the U.S. Senate in a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his political influence and curb his legislative agenda in his last two years in office. Republicans won in places where Democrats were favored, like a Senate race in North Carolina, pulled out victories where the going was tough, like a Senate battle in Kansas, and swept a number of governors' races in states where Democrats were favored...They also strengthened their grip on the House of Representatives and when the new Congress takes power in January, will be in charge of both chambers of Congress for the first time since elections in 2006.

Andrew Cuomo Is Re-elected New York Governor

November 5, 2014 by walden9

Andrew Cuomo Is Re-elected New York Governor 04 Nov 2014 This was the election in which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had every reason to think he would outdo his father...He had kept his promise to steady New York's teetering state government, restoring a sense of competent leadership in Albany after years of turmoil. He had cemented an image of himself as the Cuomo who got things done -- not just gave memorable speeches -- by recording high-profile victories legalizing same-sex marriage, capping property tax increases and tightening gun-control laws. He faced an unknown, underfinanced, socially conservative opponent.

Republicans Retake the Senate: G.O.P. Gains Control With at Least 7 New Senate Seats

November 5, 2014 by walden9

Republicans Retake the Senate: G.O.P. Gains Control With at Least 7 New Senate Seats 04 Nov 2014 Republicans wrested back control of the Senate on Tuesday by adding at least seven seats to their ranks, riding discontent and resentment about President Obama and his policies and consolidating Republican power on Capitol Hill...Republicans picked up the sixth seat they needed with a win in North Carolina, as Thom Tillis, the State House speaker, defeated the incumbent, Kay Hagan, a Democrat, according to projections by The Associated Press. In Iowa, the Republican Joni Ernst, a state senator, defeated Representative Bruce Braley to win the seat vacated by longtime Senator Tom Harkin, who is retiring at the end of this year.

GOP takes US Senate as Joni Ernst wins in Iowa

November 5, 2014 by legitgov

GOP takes US Senate as Joni Ernst wins in Iowa 4 Nov 2014 [No one is 'secretly celebrating' GOP control of the US Senate more than Barack Obama. If Obama actually wanted any progressive legislation to pass and Democrats to succeed, he would have hammered Harry Reid to change filibuster rules years ago. US media is salivating over the prospect of the passage of the worst 'treaty' in US history, Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) -- negotiated in complete secrecy by and for corporations -- which turns over governance of the United States to corporations, whose authority cannot be challenged.]

Republicans close in on control of Senate in U.S. midterm elections

November 5, 2014 by legitgov

Republicans close in on control of Senate in U.S. midterm elections 4 Nov 2014 Republicans scored big victories on Tuesday and edged closer to taking control of the U.S. Senate in midterms elections that could tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama for his remaining two years in office. Republican Senate candidates picked up Democratic seats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas - giving them five out of the six gains they need to control the 100-member chamber.

GOP four seats away from Senate majority

November 5, 2014 by legitgov

GOP four seats away from Senate majority 4 Nov 2014 Republicans are moving closer to winning the Senate by picking up Democratic-held seats in West Virginia and Arkansas, according to CNN projections. They GOP now needs a net gain of four seats to claim the Senate for the first time since the administration of George W. Bush. Meanwhile in Florida, tension is building around the tightly contested governor's race. A 'judge' denied a request from Democrat Charlie Crist to extend voting in Broward County by two hours because of several breakdowns in voting systems according to a spokesperson for the Florida Secretary of State.

Pennsylvania Governor Election Results: Tom Wolf Defeats Incumbent Tom Corbett

November 5, 2014 by legitgov

Pennsylvania Governor Election Results: Tom Wolf Defeats Incumbent Tom Corbett 4 Nov 2014 Democrat Tom Wolf defeated incumbent Tom Corbett (R) in the 2014 Pennsylvania governor race. Corbett was first elected as governor of Pennsylvania in 2010. He struggled to keep support of GOP voters as his re-election race drew closer.

After midterms, GOP projected to hold the House of Representatives

November 5, 2014 by legitgov

After midterms, GOP projected to hold the House of Representatives 4 Nov 2014 When the dust settles after Tuesday's midterm elections, Republicans will maintain control of the House of Representatives in the next Congress, CBS News projects. Heading into Election Day, the GOP had a 233-seat majority, while Democrats held only 199 seats. After Tuesday, Republicans will hold at least 226 seats, while Democrats will hold at least 171.

McConnell holds Kentucky seat, Republicans make pick-up in W.Va., Fox News projects

November 5, 2014 by legitgov

McConnell holds Kentucky seat, Republicans make pick-up in W.Va., Fox News projects 4 Nov 2014 Republicans have notched two key Senate wins, with Fox News projecting Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell will win re-election to his Kentucky seat and Republican Shelley Moore Capito will beat Democrat Natalie Tennant for an open Senate seat in West Virginia -- marking the first GOP pick-up of the night. The West Virginia seat is being vacated by retiring Democrat Jay Rockefeller.

Voting at 2 Hartford Polling Places Extended to 8:30 p.m., due to Late Opening

November 4, 2014 by legitgov

Voting at 2 Hartford Polling Places Extended to 8:30 p.m., due to Late Opening 4 Nov 2014 A judge ordered extended voting at two Hartford polling places Tuesday evening after city election officials failed to deliver voter lists when polls opened. The judge ordered state and city election officials to keep polls open at Batchelder School and United Methodist Church until 8:30 p.m. People were denied their right to vote becaue they were not offered alternatives to vote in the absence of voter lists, Superior Court Judge Carl Schuman said, Schuman made the ruling after a hearing that took place when the state Democratic Party sought a court order to extend voting in all polling places in Hartford by an hour.

US mid-terms: Battle for the Senate as polls open

November 4, 2014 by legitgov

US mid-terms: Battle for the Senate as polls open 4 Nov 2014 Americans are voting in mid-term elections which will decide who controls the Senate and pave the way for the 2016 race for the White House. Polling booths opened in the eastern states at 06:00 local time (11:00 GMT). The Republicans, who already control the House of Representatives, need to gain just six seats to take the Senate. Meanwhile the Democrats are battling to stay ahead as President Barack Obama's approval ratings fall to the lowest they have been since he was elected.

Midterm Elections 2014: Live Updates

November 4, 2014 by walden9

Midterm Elections 2014: Live Updates 04 Nov 2014 It’s Election Day 2014! With control of the U.S. Senate hanging in the balance, voters across the nation are headed to their polling places to cast ballots today...Up for grabs this year are 36 Senate seats. ABC News is working off a list of 16 states that we see potentially swinging to a different party. Democrats are hoping they can hold onto the upper chamber, but Republicans say they’re confident they can wrestle six seats away from Democratic hands, which would put them back in the majority. All 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are on the ballot, and Republicans are poised to keep their majority in that chamber. There are 36 gubernatorial races too as well as ballot measures in states across the country.

NATO asks US for more troops in Baltic states, Poland to counter 'Russia threat'

November 4, 2014 by legitgov

NATO asks US for more troops in Baltic states, Poland to counter 'Russia threat' 4 Nov 2014 The North Atlantic bloc has asked the Pentagon to send more troops to Eastern Europe to counter the perceived threat of Russia. There are currently 750 US soldiers in Poland and the Baltic states, but the organization believes that this is not enough. The alliance cites the current situation in Ukraine, as well as Russian military aircraft "incursions" into the airspace of the organization's allies.

Appeals court to weigh NSA phone data program

November 4, 2014 by legitgov

Appeals court to weigh NSA phone data program 3 Nov 2014 A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the NSA's vast phone data collection program -- the next act in the legal battle pitting the agency's antiterrorism efforts against the privacy rights of Americans. Privacy advocates head into the arguments with a lower court victory in hand: A judge in Washington ruled in their favor in December, calling the technology to gather and analyze the phone records "almost Orwellian."

US air force fires two more nuclear commanders, third officer disciplined amid leadership crisis

November 4, 2014 by legitgov

US air force fires two more nuclear commanders, third officer disciplined amid leadership crisis 3 Nov 2014 The US air force has fired two more nuclear commanders and disciplined a third, fresh evidence of leadership lapses in a nuclear missile corps that has suffered several recent setbacks including the removal of its top commander. The most senior officer to be relieved of command was Colonel Carl Jones, second in command of the 90th Missile Wing at FE Warren air force base, Wyoming, in charge of 150 of the air forces 450 Minuteman 3 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles...At the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, which also is responsible for 150 Minuteman 3 missiles, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy "Keith" Brown was relieved of command "because of a loss of confidence in Brown's ability to lead his squadron", the air force said. [For the mysterious historical saga of Minot Air Force Base, see: Minot AFB Clandestine Nukes 'Oddities' By Lori Price (Updated).]

F-16s to fly over D.C. in calibration, training flights, NORAD says

November 4, 2014 by legitgov

F-16s to fly over D.C. in calibration, training flights, NORAD says 3 Nov 2014 Don't be surprised if you see two F-16s flying over the southeastern part of Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. NORAD said on Monday that it will be conducting calibration and training flights. The North American Aerospace Defense Command said the tests will be coordinated with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

House Dem calls for undiluted NSA reforms

November 3, 2014 by legitgov

House Dem calls for undiluted NSA reforms 3 Nov 2014 With an eye on the Senate's lame duck session, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is pressing the upper chamber to vote on a bill curbing National Security Agency (NSA) authority. "We have the first chance in more than a decade to finally place some real limits on the sweeping, unwarranted -- and at times unlawful -- government surveillance that many of us have fought against for the past several years," said Nadler, a member of the Judiciary Committee, which unanimously approved the House version of the bill in May. The full House passed the measure, the USA Freedom Act, later that month. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has introduced a version of the bill, but changes are expected before the lame-duck Senate considers it.

Court rejects appeal over Senate filibuster rules

November 3, 2014 by legitgov

Court rejects appeal over Senate filibuster rules 3 Nov 2014 The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a public interest group and four members of Congress who challenged the Senate filibuster as unconstitutional. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said Common Cause and the lawmakers did not have legal standing to pursue the case. The plaintiffs argued that Senate rules requiring at least 60 votes to bring legislation to a vote violates the constitutional principle of majority rule. [Right, so since the Koch Suckers on the Supreme Court let the 60-vote rule stand, if the GOP takes the Senate, Democrats need to filibuster *everything,* or else Wall Street/CIA troll Obama and his Republican friends will ram through the TPP, the deadly Keystone XL Pipeline, cuts to Social Security, and more wars for Exxon Mobil and Monsanto, etc. -LRP]

Patient at Duke University Hospital monitored for Ebola

November 3, 2014 by legitgov

Patient at Duke University Hospital monitored for Ebola 2 Nov 2014 A traveler from Liberia is at Duke University Hospital, undergoing testing for Ebola and other possible causes of fever, according to the N.C. Department of Health. The Department is closely monitoring the traveler, who developed a fever Sunday, one day after arriving in Person County. The traveler came to North Carolina after leaving Liberia and arriving in the United States on Oct. 31 via Newark Liberty International Airport.

Anti-quarantine nurse Hickox was trained as intelligence officer by the CDC

November 3, 2014 by legitgov

Anti-quarantine nurse Hickox was trained as intelligence officer by the CDC 30 Oct 2014 Nurse Kaci Hickox, who has made headlines over the last few days by refusing to quarantine herself after returning from the Ebola front lines in Africa, turns out to have been trained as an "intelligence officer" under a two-year CDC program modeled after the U.S. military. Hickox graduated from a two-year CDC intelligence officer training program in 2012. The official intelligence designation granted to Nurse Hickox by the CDC was "Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer," and she is a graduate of the 2012 EIS program according to this CDC document. (See page 138-139 for Hickox's name and photo.)

Ferguson no-fly zone was reportedly aimed at media

November 3, 2014 by legitgov

Ferguson no-fly zone was reportedly aimed at media 2 Nov 2014 Police in Ferguson, Missouri requested the federal government institute a no-fly zone in more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding the city in an effort to keep news helicopters away during violent protests, the Associated Press reported Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration in August agreed to the police request to restrict the airspace surrounding Ferguson for 12 days, saying it was for safety due to the demonstrations following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. However, officials reportedly acknowledged in taped telephone conversations that the real reason for the no-fly zone was to keep media helicopters away.

Israeli ministers pass bill jailing stone-throwers for 20 years

November 3, 2014 by legitgov

Israeli ministers pass bill jailing stone-throwers for 20 years 2 Nov 2014 Government ministers in Israel have voted to increase penalties ten-fold on people convicted of throwing stones at vehicles from two to 20 years, in a move designed to deal with a wave of violence that has hit some of Jerusalem's Arab districts. If Israeli courts can prove that someone threw a stone with the intent of causing serious bodily harm, they may be able to impose a jail sentence of 20 years. The law would also allow the conviction of people who hurl rocks at police cars or police officers with the aim of hindering them from carrying out their duty.

UN Ebola patient being treated in French hospital

November 2, 2014 by legitgov

UN Ebola patient being treated in French hospital 1 Nov 2014 France is treating a UN employee who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, the health ministry said on Sunday. "This person, who worked in Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola, has undergone a secure medical evacuation by specialised aircraft," the ministry said in a statement. The victim has been placed in isolation under high security in an army training hospital in Saint-Mande near Paris.

Midterm elections: Fear of terrorism once against haunts American politics

November 2, 2014 by legitgov

Midterm elections: Fear of terrorism once against haunts American politics 2 Nov 2014 As Americans head to the polls for Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections, their country once again at war in the Middle East, many have reached to the same conclusion as Mr Dow. For the first time in nearly a decade, the fear of terrorism is playing a major a role in an election and giving Republicans an edge [due to the push 24/7 of that meme by the corporate-owned media] as the party most trusted to keep the country safe...Around 55 per cent said they backed the Republican Party on preventing terrorism, compared to 32 per cent for Democrats - the largest gap since voters rallied around George W Bush in the aftermath of 9/11 [, the inside job].

U.K. Government Updates Travel Advice to Reflect Threat of Terrorism

November 2, 2014 by legitgov

U.K. Government Updates Travel Advice to Reflect Threat of Terrorism 31 Oct 2014 The U.K. government on Friday updated its travel advice to reflect an increased threat of terrorism from extremists and said its citizens should be vigilant when traveling. "There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against U.K. interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria," the U.K. foreign office said. The update Friday wasn't in response to a specific threat to the U.K., but was based on public threats to the U.K. and its interests, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Gaza cut off: Israel closes border crossings indefinitely

November 2, 2014 by legitgov

Gaza cut off: Israel closes border crossings indefinitely 2 Nov 2014 Israel has said it's shutting the only two operating Gaza border crossings indefinitely. This comes a day after a projectile hit Israel from the strip, but caused no damage. Border closures threaten to isolate already devastated Gaza completely. The move will affect both the Kerem Shalom and Erez border crossings, Haaretz reported, quoting Israel's defense establishment.

Maine judge rejects Ebola quarantine of nurse

November 2, 2014 by legitgov

Maine judge rejects Ebola quarantine of nurse 31 Oct 2014 Nurse Kaci Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Africa and defied Maine's attempts to place her in quarantine, will be allowed to leave her home but must be actively monitored for symptoms of the virus, a judge ruled Friday. Maine District Court Chief Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere turned down the state's request to prohibit Hickox from being in public places or using public transportation. He said the state did not prove its argument that such restrictions were needed to protect the public's health.

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