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Obama Picks Kagan, Backer of Indefinite Detention Without Trial, for High Court

President Barack Obama to pick U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan as U.S. Supreme Court nominee (CLG compilation) 09 May 2010 You know you're in trouble when Faux News is calling her 'a brilliant woman.'

During her hearings to be confirmed as Solicitor General, the New York Times paraphrases Kagan as saying "that someone suspected of helping finance Al Qaeda should be subject to battlefield law -- indefinite detention without a trial -- even if he were captured in a place like the Philippines rather than a physical battle zone." --Charlie Savage, Obama's War on Terror May Resemble Bush's in Some Areas, The New York Times, 17 Feb 2009. (Wikipedia)

 

Oakland's Braden is perfect against Rays

Oakland's Braden is perfect against Rays 09 May 2010 Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history, shutting down the majors' hottest team and leading the Oakland Athletics to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to shortstop for the final out. Braden pitched the A's first perfect game since Hall of Famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter's gem on May 8, 1968, against the Minnesota Twins.

Pakistan Taliban were 'behind NY bomb plot'

Pakistan Taliban were 'behind NY bomb plot' 09 May 2010 Senior White House officials said today that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the failed Times Square car bombing. The attempt marks the first time the group has been able to launch an attack on US soil. While US officials have downplayed the threat - citing the bomb's lack of sophistication - some feared the incident in Times Square and the Christmas Day airline bomb attempt indicated growing strength by overseas terrorist groups linked to al-Qa'ida [al-CIAduh].

Chicken quip grounds high-flying Senate candidate

Chicken quip grounds high-flying Senate candidate 07 May 2010 Right wing, left wing, chicken wing. Suddenly Nevada politics is all about chickens -- bad news for the Republican Senate front-runner but a ray of hope for struggling Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid. Sue Lowden recently suggested bartering with doctors for medical care -- "our grandparents, they would bring a chicken to the doctor." The line from the millionaire casino executive and former beauty queen immediately became a late-night joke and YouTube sensation, and upended a GOP race that had been hers to lose.

Holder: Administration to seek rights limits for terror suspects, including US citizens

Holder: Administration to seek rights limits for terror suspects, including US citizens 09 May 2010 In the wake of the Times Square bombing plot, the Obama administration said on Sunday it wants to work with Congress on possible limitations of the constitutional rights afforded terrorism suspects -- even for American citizens. Attorney General Eric Holder said changes may be needed to allow law enforcement more time to question suspected terrorists before they are told about their Miranda rights to a lawyer and to remain silent under interrogation. [See: Arming the Left: Is the time now? By Charles Southwell 21 Oct 2003 As long as we pose no REAL threat to the powers-that-be, to what is shaping up into [is] a dictatorship, we will continue to be ignored. Right now, we are ignored because we present no organized power to fight this onslaught of anti-democratic, totalitarian government that we are up against... Note: This essay was written in 2003, under the Bush regime. But since Obama is out-Bushing-Bush, it needs a fresh look. --LRP]

Tea Party ousts veteran Republican Bob Bennett in Utah

Tea Party ousts veteran Republican Bob Bennett in Utah 09 May 2010 The conservative grassroots Freedumb Works-backed Tea Party movement claimed its first major scalp in the US political establishment yesterday as the veteran Republican senator Bob Bennett was deselected by delegates in his home state of Utah for being too moderate. Bennett, 76, has been in office since 1992 and is an ally of the Republican senate leader, Mitch McConnell. His defeat at the hands of two political newcomers was partly due to anger over his support for the White House's $700bn bailout of the banking system at the height of the global financial crisis.

BP plans to park oil box, unload new equipment

BP plans to park oil box, unload new equipment 09 May 2010 Crews planned Sunday to park the giant oil containment box on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, and offload equipment that could be used in a new attempt to stem the flow of gushing into the sea. The equipment to be offloaded from another vessel would use a tube to shoot mud and concrete directly into the well's blowout preventer, a process that could take two to three weeks. But BP PLC spokesman Mark Proegler told AP that no decisions have been made on what step the company will take next. The company was considering several options, including the technique known as a "top kill," Proegler said. [I think they've already implemented that technique. --LRP]

Rig firm's $270m profit from deadly spill

Rig firm's $270m profit from deadly spill --Transocean has already received a cash payment of $401m with the rest due in the next few weeks. 09 May 2010 The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 people and causing a giant slick, has made a $270m (£182m) profit from insurance payouts for the disaster. The revelation by Transocean, the world’s biggest offshore driller, will add to the political storm over the disaster. The company was hired by BP to drill the well. The "accounting gain" arose because the $560m insurance policy Transocean took out on its Deepwater Horizon rig was greater than the value of the rig itself. [WHY are the Transocean executive offices still standing? We need the Athens protesters to 'find' them.]

North Pole rainfall 'bizarre': climatologist

North Pole rainfall 'bizarre': climatologist 29 Apr 2010 Spring showers are next to non-existent in the High Arctic, so Environment Canada's senior climatologist says he's baffled to hear that it rained near the North Pole this week. A group of British scientists working off Ellef Ringnes Island, near the North Pole, reported being hit with a three-minute rain shower over the weekend. The group reported the rain on Tuesday. Rain in the High Arctic in April is nothing short of bizarre, said David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada. Phillips said 50 to 60 years of historical weather data show no signs of rainfall ever occurring in April in the High Arctic. "For the end of April, it is really bizarre," he said.

'Consequences' if Pakistan car bomb link - Hillary Clinton

'Consequences' if Pakistan car bomb link - Hillary Clinton 08 May 2010 Pakistan faces "very severe consequences" if a terror plot like the failed Times Square bombing was traced to that country, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said... "We've made it very clear that if -- heaven-forbid -- an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences," Mrs Clinton told 60 Minutes, according to excerpts released by the CBS TV network.

BP oil dome found not to work

BP oil dome found not to work 09 May 2010 The BP oil dome that was to have contained oil from the Gulf of Mexico disaster has not been working as well as first hoped. The potential for environmental damage has become worse since it was found that crystals had been building up in the dome, making it more buoyant and clogging up the pipes that were meant to suck up the oil from the damaged pipe. The 100-tonne steel-and-concrete dome, while initially working well, has been closed down temporarily while crews decide how to solve the problem.

Number of Soldiers Seeking Opiate Abuse Treatment Skyrockets

Number of Soldiers Seeking Opiate Abuse Treatment Skyrockets 06 May 2010 The number of American soldiers seeking treatment for opiate abuse has skyrocketed over the past five years, at a time when the U.S. military has been surging forces into the heart of the world's leading opium producer. Pentagon statistics obtained by FoxNews.com show that the number of Army soldiers enrolled in Substance Abuse Program counseling for opiates has soared nearly 500 percent -- from 89 in 2004 to 529 last year. The number showed a steady increase almost every year in that time frame -- but it leaped 50 percent last year when the U.S. began surging troops into Afghanistan.

Million gallons of oil a day gush into Gulf of Mexico

Million gallons of oil a day gush into Gulf of Mexico 09 May 2010 An extraordinary account of how the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred emerged yesterday in leaked interviews with surviving workers from the rig... Oil-covered birds caught by the outer edges of the 135-mile slick are now being found. Word also came yesterday that the oil spill may be five times worse than previously thought. Ian MacDonald, a biological oceanographer at Florida State University, said he believed, after studying Nasa data, that about one million gallons a day were leeching into the sea, and that the volume discharged may have already exceeded the 11 million gallons of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, widely regarded as the world's worst marine pollution incident.

Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Sq. Plot, Holder Says

Pakistani Taliban Behind Times Sq. Plot, Holder Says 09 May 2010 Attorney General Eric Holder says the Pakistani Taliban was "intimately involved" in the failed Times Square bombing. Holder says the Taliban in Pakistan "directed this plot." A U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, Faisal Shahzad is accused of spending five months in Pakistan before returning to the United States in February and preparing his attack. Holder says the Taliban also planned and perhaps financed the plot. [AND, guess who's funding THEM? See: The Obusha AfPak Money Pit By Lori Price.]

Broke New York bomber collected cash from Pakistan

Broke New York bomber collected cash from Pakistan 09 May 2010 Almost a week after Faisal Shahzad’s arrest at John F Kennedy airport, Pakistani and US officials are still seeking fabricating evidence that links him to the Taliban and other terrorist groups. On Friday investigators in Karachi questioned four alleged Islamic militants believed to have been in contact with Shahzad. At the same time, senior US officials described Shahzad as a "lone wolf" who until his arrest was sleeping on an air mattress in a sparsely furnished flat in Connecticut, where he whiled away his evenings working on a wooden model of a mosque.

Bombs planted in home of policeman kill 3 in Iraq

Blackwater is a busy little bee! Bombs planted in home of policeman kill 3 in Iraq 08 May 2010  Bombs planted inside the home of a policeman in northern Iraq exploded Saturday, killing him, his mother and one other resident, a security official said. The bombing was one of several attacks around Iraq's north that killed at least 10 people over the weekend. The early morning attack took place on a home in the town of Amirli, just south of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, and injured five other people.

Tsunami warning lifted after 7.4 quake in Indonesia

Tsunami warning lifted after 7.4 quake in Indonesia 09 May 2010 A local tsunami alert was issued and later lifted after an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck Sumatra, Indonesia, the country's quake agency and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Sunday. West Aceh police chief Djoko Widodo, told Reuters that the quake, which happened at 0559 GMT around 140 miles south of Banda Aceh, briefly caused panic.

Minister determined to toughen Palestinian prisoners' conditions

Minister determined to toughen Palestinian prisoners' conditions --Prime Minister Netanyahu removes his objection to new bill aimed at pressuring Hamas, but Israel Prison Service officials fear it will lead to revolt within jails. Internal Security Minister Aharonovitch says decision will not be influenced by possible riots 09 May 2010 Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch is determined to advance a new bill aimed at toughening the condition of Palestinian prisoners jailed in Israel, despite the Israel Prison Service's objection. The new limitations are meant to pressure Hamas to advance the talks on a prisoner exchange deal with Israel, which will lead to the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

10 killed in US drone attack in Pakistan

10 killed in US drone attack in Pakistan 09 May 2010 At least ten people have been killed in the latest US missile strike in tribal regions in northwestern Pakistan, local security officials confirm. According to two Pakistani intelligence officials on Sunday, a US drone fired two missiles that hit the house of local tribesman Awal Gul in Enzer Kasa village of the Datta Khel area in North Waziristan, a tribal region near the Afghan border. A total of 300 people have so far lost their lives in 42 drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal belt this year. [Gee, why on earth would a person with family in Pakistan want to plant a bomb in the middle of Times Square?]

AP: Bubble of methane triggered rig blast

AP: Bubble of methane triggered rig blast 08 May 2010 The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and barriers before exploding, according to interviews with rig workers conducted during BP's internal investigation. While the cause of the explosion is still under investigation, the sequence of events described in the interviews provides the most detailed account of the April 20 blast that killed 11 workers and touched off the underwater gusher that has poured more than 3 million gallons of crude into the Gulf.

Liberal Democrats to hand power to David Cameron

Liberal Democrats to hand power to David Cameron 09 May 2010 David Cameron and Nick Clegg held their first face-to-face talks since last week's election yesterday evening as party figures began to talk up the likelihood of a Tory minority government held up by Liberal Democrat support. The party leaders, who together have the seats to run the country for the next five years, spent 70 minutes alone in Admiralty House in Whitehall to discuss the path they will follow over the coming historic hours. Senior Lib Dem sources warned that the gaping policy gulf over the crucial issue of changes to the voting system would make any formal coalition near impossible.

Pentagon urges decrease in spending on troops

Pentagon urges decrease in spending on troops --Defense officials fear money will go to people at the expense of weapons 07 May 2010  The Pentagon is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops. Congress has been so determined to take care of troops and their families that for several years running it has overruled the Pentagon and mandated more generous pay raises than requested by the Bush and Obama administrations. In the midst of two long-running [illegal] wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, defense officials are increasingly worried that the government's generosity is unsustainable and that it will leave them with less money to buy weapons and take care of equipment for Blackwater and KBR bl*wjobs.

Army Gives KBR $568 Million No-bid Contract as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks

Army Gives KBR $568 Million No-bid Contract as U.S. Alleges Kickbacks 06 May 2010 KBR Inc. was selected for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, the Army said. The Army announced its decision yesterday only hours after the Justice Department said it will pursue a lawsuit accusing the Houston-based company of taking kickbacks from two subcontractors on Iraq-related work. The Army also awarded the work to KBR over objections from members of Congress, who have pushed the Pentagon to seek bids for further logistics contracts.

Classified military information lost in Opryland Hotel flood

Classified military information lost in Opryland Hotel flood 07 May 2010 Sensitive military information may still be inside the evacuated Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Among the guests this weekend were conventioneers at the Defense Information Services Agency Customer Partnership Conference and like the rest of the guests at Nashville's now-empty largest hotel, they were evacuated. But somewhere in Opryland's convention space, their material remains, much of it classified.

US warns Pakistan over NY bomb plot

US warns Pakistan over NY bomb plot [But, aren't we already bombing the sh*t out of them?] 08 May 2010 The US secretary of state says Islamabad would face "very severe consequences," if a terrorist attack on US soil was traced to Pakistan. "We've made it very clear that if -- heaven-forbid -- an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences," Hillary Clinton told CBS TV during an interview on Saturday.

Since spill, feds have given 27 waivers to oil companies in gulf

More 'Change We Can Deceive In' --Since spill, feds have given 27 waivers to oil companies in gulf 07 May 2010 Since the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded on April 20, the Obama administration has granted oil and gas companies at least 27 exemptions from doing in-depth environmental studies of oil exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico. The waivers were granted despite President Barack Obama’s vow that his administration would launch a "relentless response effort" to stop the leak and prevent more damage to the gulf. One of them was dated Friday -- the day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he was temporarily halting offshore drilling.

U.S. interrogators scared Canadian with rape tale

U.S. interrogators scared Canadian with rape tale --Khadr has said he was threatened with rape, beaten, thrown to the ground, chained in painful positions, forced to urinate on himself, terrorized by dogs and subjected to freezing temperatures and sleep deprivation at Bagram and Guantanamo. 06 May 2010 U.S. interrogators tried to scare a young Canadian prisoner by making up a story about a skinny little Muslim gang-raped by black men at an American prison, an interrogator testified in the Guantanamo war crimes 'court' on Thursday. Defense lawyers contend Omar Khadr's statements were coerced during cruel and inhumane interrogations at Guantanamo and in Afghanistan, where Khadr was captured in a firefight at an alleged al Qaeda compound at age 15.

Pentagon bans 4 journalists from Guantanamo court

Pentagon bans 4 journalists from Guantanamo court 06 May 2010 The Pentagon on Thursday banned four journalists from future sessions of the Guantanamo war crimes [kangaroo] court for reporting the name of a disgraced former U.S. Army interrogator. His name had been widely published during a 2005 court-martial in which he pleaded guilty to abusing prisoners at the Bagram air base in Afghanistan. But the Guantanamo court declared his name to be secret during his testimony on Thursday in a hearing to determine whether a Canadian prisoner's confessions to interrogators were coerced. He was identified only as Interrogator No. 1.

Senate Rejects Consumer Amendment to Overhaul Bill

Senate Rejects Consumer Amendment to Overhaul Bill 07 May 2010 The U.S. Senate yesterday rejected two significant changes to its financial-overhaul bill, voting down restrictions on a proposed consumer-protection bureau and a plan that would have forced the largest banks to shrink in size... Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd’s bill includes a new consumer-protection bureau at the Federal Reserve with authority to enforce rules at banks with more than $10 billion in assets. An amendment offered by Senator Richard Shelby, the banking panel’s top Republican, would have put the office at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and maintained existing bank regulators’ power to police credit-card and mortgage lending abuses. It failed yesterday in a 61-38 vote.

Journalists cannot protect sources: top court

Journalists cannot protect sources: top court 08 May 2010 Canadian media's attempt to establish a right to protect confidential sources was quashed by the nation's highest court on Friday. In an 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court ordered the National Post daily to hand over to police documents obtained from a source in 2001 alleging a former prime minister's involvement in a loan scandal.

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