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March 2008 Archives

Iraqis bury 10 after blast U.S. says killed no one 12 Mar 2008 It was an incident that aptly summed up the fog of war in Iraq -- relatives burying nine women and a child they said were victims of a bomb attack on a bus in which the U.S. military said no one died. In Najaf, relatives gathered at a cemetery on Wednesday and accused U.S soldiers in the convoy of having shot at the bus, a charge U.S. military spokesman [prevaricator] Major-General Kevin Bergner denied at a news conference in Baghdad. [Yeah, this is where the GOP-owned media does the Pentagon's bidding and tacks on the obligatory 'despite a downturn in violence in recent months in Iraq.']

US military says it shot and killed a young Iraqi girl 13 Mar 2008 US soldiers shot and killed a young Iraqi girl who "appeared to be signalling to someone," a military official said today. The shooting, which took place yesterday afternoon, occurred in the volatile Diyala province north of Baghdad. The girl appeared to be "around 10 years old," said Major Brad Leighton, a military spokesman.

Pakistan army: Shell fired by US-led forces in Afghanistan kills 4 Pakistanis 12 Mar 2008 The Pakistani army says an artillery shell fired by U.S.-led coalition forces in neighboring Afghanistan has killed four Pakistanis across the border. An Army spokesman says five artillery shells fired by coalition forces against militants in Afghanistan strayed into Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region Wednesday. One shell hit a house, killing two women and two children.

6 killed by mortar shells in Pakistan's tribal region 13 Mar 2008 Six people in Pakistan's tribal region were killed by mortar shells from Afghanistan, local TV channel reported on Wednesday evening. The six including two children were killed when five mortar shells from Afghanistan hit a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, the Dawn TV reported.

Women and children killed in Afghanistan by British air strike 13 Mar 2008 Two women and two children were killed in an air strike called in by British forces in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said. The four bodies were found alongside one injured civilian as soldiers went to inspect the area.

Bereaved Iraqi mother vows revenge on US 13 Mar 2008 Um Saad, a middle-aged woman living in the Sunni district of Khadra in west Baghdad, blames the Americans for the death of her husband and two of her sons and threatens revenge. "They are monsters and devils wearing human clothes," she exclaims vehemently. "One day I will put on an explosive belt under my clothes and then blow myself up among the Americans. I will get revenge against them for my husband and sons and I will go to paradise."

Body parts from kidnap victims sent to US authorities 13 Mar 2008 US authorities in Baghdad have received the fingers of five hostages who have been held in Iraq for more than a year. DNA analysis has reportedly confirmed the body parts came from four Americans and an Austrian who were taken in late 2006.

Five Severed Fingers Identified as Belonging to Guards Held in Iraq --Four Are From Men Missing 16 Months 13 Mar 2008 U.S. authorities are in possession of five severed fingers, four of which belong to private security contractors mercenaries who were abducted in Iraq nearly 16 months ago and remain missing, according to law enforcement sources close to the investigation.

Kidnapped Archbishop found dead in Iraq 13 Mar 2008 A Catholic Archbishop [Paolos Faraj Rahho] kidnapped in a gun battle two weeks ago in Iraq has been found dead. Police in Mosul have confirmed that they have found his body buried in the Al-Intisar district to the north of the city.

Pentagon cancels release of controversial Iraq report 12 Mar 2008 The Pentagon on Wednesday canceled plans for broad public release of a study that found no pre-Iraq war link between late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the al Qaida [al-CIA-duh] terrorist network.

Pentagon Report on Saddam's Iraq Censored? 12 Mar 2008 The Bush Administration apparently does not want a U.S. military study that found no direct connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] to get any attention. This morning, the Pentagon cancelled plans to send out a press release announcing the report's release and will no longer make the report available online.

Public Is Less Aware of Iraq Casualties, Study Finds 13 Mar 2008 [Thanks to the GOP-owned media,] Twenty-eight percent of the public is aware that nearly 4,000 U.S. personnel have died in Iraq over the past five years, while nearly half thinks the death tally is 3,000 or fewer and 23 percent think it is higher, according to an opinion survey released yesterday.

Pentagon Cites Tapes Showing Interrogations 13 Mar 2008 The Defense Department is conducting an extensive review of the videotaping of interrogations at military facilities from Iraq to Guantánamo Bay, and so far it has identified nearly 50 tapes, including one that showed what a military spokesman described as the forcible gagging of a terrorism suspect.

US toughens talk against Chavez 13 Mar 2008 The Bush regime is ramping up its tough talk against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, while at the same time praising its South American allies for holding strong against fomenting terrorism.

Venezuela says US congressional bid to link Chavez with terrorism will fail 13 Mar 2008 Efforts by U.S. lawmakers to portray President Hugo Chavez's government as a sponsor of terrorism will fail because Venezuela fully respects international law, Venezuela's top diplomat said Wednesday.

Bush threatens veto over terrorism law 13 Mar 2008 President [sic] Bush said Thursday that the House Democrats' version of a terrorist-surveillance bill would undermine the nation's security and that if it reaches his desk, he would veto it. Replying to Bush, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said the president was trying to bully Congress and mislead the people.

House Committee Seeks Documents From FCC --Request Steps Up Probe of Agency's Management 13 Mar 2008 A congressional investigation of alleged mismanagement at the Federal Communications Commission intensified yesterday with a request for documents dating back three years.

Man arrested over Heathrow runway incident 13 Mar 2008 Police have carried out a controlled explosion on a rucksack carried by a man who evaded security measures to run on to the northern runway at Heathrow airport today. It showed there were no explosives in the bag, which the man had with him throughout the second major security breach at the airport in less than a month. The security alert caused the runway to be closed for around two hours, causing some delays to outgoing flights.

State Employees Sent to Hospital Due to Suspicious Envelope 12 Mar 2008 (CT) Six employees of the governor's office were decontaminated Wednesday after one of them opened an envelope at the state Capitol and immediately suffered from itching to his eyes and face, police said. Two employees, including the man who opened the envelope, were taken to Hartford Hospital for evaluation.

Strange odor from mail shuts down one of governor's offices 12 Mar 2008 The Department of Public Health is testing a suspicious letter sent to Gov. M. Jodi Rell that touched off a full-scale, hazardous materials emergency response at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

'If you guys keep interfering with my business, I'm going to have you arrested.' Sheriff threatens reporters with jail 13 Mar 2008 When the Duval County sheriff said he would lock up reporters from local newspapers if they kept "interfering" in his business, no one took the threat lightly. For 20 years, Sheriff Santiago Barrera Jr. had done what he pleased. He decided who sat in his jail and when they were released. Sometimes it was before a judge got involved and other times it was after... That's why journalists are on edge about Barrera's recent threat to an Alice Echo-News Journal reporter.

Audit: More FBI privacy abuses in 2006 13 Mar 2008 The Justice Department's inspector general reported Thursday that the FBI continued to improperly obtain personal information about Americans for terrorism investigations during 2006. He reserved judgment on whether corrective actions under way will work.

Oil hits record of $111 on dollar slump 13 Mar 2008 Oil rose to a fresh record high on Thursday, hitting new peaks for the seventh trading day, as a weak dollar overshadowed an increase in U.S. crude inventories. U.S. crude for April delivery struck a new high of $111.00 a barrel. It was trading at $110.93, up $1.01 by 11:02 a.m. EDT [See: Exxon guns for all-time profit record 23 Jan 2008 Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, is within striking distance of setting an all-time profit record - again. "For every $1 [increase] in the price of oil, Exxon makes [another] $125 million for the quarter," said Fadel Gheit, a senior energy analyst at Oppenheimer.]

Fed takes boldest action since the Depression to rescue US mortgage industry 13 Mar 2008 The US Federal Reserve has taken the boldest action since the 1930s, accepting $200bn of housing debt as collateral to prevent an implosion of the mortgage finance industry and head off a full-blown economic crisis.

Shares soar as Fed pumps in $200bn 13 Mar 2008 The Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the other central banks today ramped up their efforts to prevent credit markets falling into a deeper freeze by announcing plans to inject more than $200bn.

Banks to Seize Carlyle Capital Assets 13 Mar 2008 The likely liquidation of Carlyle Capital Corp.'s remaining assets sent the fund's shares plummeting more than 90 percent Thursday and rattled stock markets around the globe. It was also a high-profile setback for private equity fund Carlyle Group.

Hedge funds on the brink as US Federal Reserve cash fails to ease crisis 13 Mar 2008 Several hedge funds with assets of more than $4 billion (£2 billion) were on the brink of collapse last night or had halted withdrawals, despite moves by the US Federal Reserve this week to ease America’s deteriorating credit crisis with a $200 billion collateral lending facility.

Feb. Foreclosures Up 60% From Last Year --Nevada, California, Florida Had Highest Rates 13 Mar 2008 A research firm said nearly 60 percent more U.S. homes faced foreclosure in February than in the same month last year, with Nevada, California and Florida showing the highest foreclosure rates.

McCain hints Mitt possible VP mate 13 Mar 2008 GOP presidential contender John McCain would not rule out Mitt Romney as a possible running mate yesterday, noting that the former Bay State governor ran an effective primary campaign and is a rising star in national politics.

Florida's vote-by-mail primary proposal panned 13 Mar 2008 The Florida Democratic Party's proposal to conduct a new Democratic presidential primary by mail got a resounding thumbs down from the state's Democrats in Congress as well as some of Florida's largest daily newspapers.

Chelsea Clinton stumps in Pittsburgh --Point park visit draws big crowd 13 Mar 2008 Chelsea Clinton made a campaign stop in Pittsburgh on behalf of her mother's presidential campaign when she held a question-and-answer session at Point Park University yesterday.

Clinton Apologizes to Black Voters --Clinton Apologizes to Black Voters, for Ferraro and for US Response to Hurricane Katrina 13 Mar 2008 Sen. Hillary Clinton, who is in a tight race with Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, struck several sorry notes at an evening forum sponsored by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a group of more than 200 black community newspapers across the country.

Connecticut sues Eli Lilly over Zyprexa marketing 11 Mar 2008 The state of Connecticut sued Eli Lilly and Co on Tuesday, accusing the drugmaker of illegally marketing and concealing serious side effects of its top-selling schizophrenia medicine, Zyprexa. [Click here for the complaint filed in US District Court.]

Documents Feed Debate on FEMA Toxic Trailers 13 Mar 2008 Federal officials issued trailers to Hurricane Katrina victims even though some workplace safety tests detected high levels of formaldehyde at government staging areas for the structures just weeks after the storm, a lawyer for hundreds of occupants said Wednesday.

Environmentalists sue over uranium exploration near Grand Canyon 13 Mar 2008 A trio of environmental organizations filed suit Wednesday to block uranium-mining exploration near the edge of Grand Canyon National Park, claiming the U.S. Forest Service violated federal law when permits were issued.

Feds warn entire salmon season could be halted 12 Mar 2008 So few salmon are living in the ocean and rivers along the Pacific Coast that salmon fishing in California and Oregon will have to be shut down completely this year unless an emergency exception is granted, Pacific Fishery Management Council representatives said Tuesday.

Government Reports Warn Planners on Sea-Rise Threat to U.S. Coasts 12 Mar 2008 A rise in sea levels and other changes fueled by global warming threaten roads, rail lines, ports, airports and other important infrastructure, and policy makers and planners should be acting now to avoid or mitigate their effects, according to new government reports.

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Experts: Indictments Loom For Spitzer --Former Governor Could Face Myriad of Charges 12 Mar 2008 Eliot Spitzer's resignation Wednesday spares him and the state the spectacle of an impeachment, but what about an indictment? It was a rare and unequivocal declaration by U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia: "There is no agreement between this office and Gov. Eliot Spitzer, relating to his resignation or any other matter." [What about Bush? No indictments for him?]

FBI Watched Spitzer Before February Incident 12 Mar 2008 Weeks before a hotel meeting with a prostitute that threatens to derail his career, the FBI staked out New York Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer at the same hotel in an unsuccessful effort to catch him with a high-priced call girl, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. The FBI placed a surveillance team on Spitzer at the Mayflower Hotel for the first time on Jan. 26, after concluding from a wiretapped conversation that he might try to meet with a prostitute when he traveled to Washington to attend a black-tie dinner, the source said Tuesday.

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Resigns 12 Mar 2008 Gov. Eliot Spitzer, reeling from revelations that he had been a client of a prostitution ring, announced his resignation today at his headquarters in Manhattan. Mr. Spitzer’s resignation is to be effective Monday, and Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson is to be sworn in to replace him. [Too bad he didn't start an illegal war or waterboard anyone - he'd be free and clear.]

Spitzer Announces Resignation (Transcript) 12 Mar 2008

Cui bono? In July 2007, Eliot Spitzer was admonished for his administration's involvement in ordering the State Police to record the whereabouts of State Senate majority leader Joseph L. Bruno. Joseph L. Bruno (R) will assume the position of Acting Lieutenant Governor of New York on March 17, 2008, while keeping his role as the majority leader of the New York State Senate. In April, Bruno also appeared to hold veto power over two other Spitzer initiatives: gay marriage and campaign finance reform. He challenged Spitzer to restore the state's death penalty law. He also has criticised the Governor's plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

Fears of strike on Iran rise as admiral quits 12 Mar 2008 The head of the US forces in the Middle East abruptly resigned last night after a magazine claimed he was at odds with the Bush administration over its hardline policy on Iran. In a move likely to sharpen concern that America may be planning military action against Tehran, Admiral William Fallon, head of central command, quit with immediate effect.

White House denies Bush stifling dissent on Iran 12 Mar 2008 The White House denied on Wednesday that President [sic] George W. Bush was stifling dissenting views in the military after the resignation of a top commander reported to have been at odds with his hard-line policy on Iran.

US: Syria backs foreign fighters in Iraq 11 Mar 2008 Despite increased counterterrorism efforts by Damascus, as much as 90 percent of the foreign fighters in Iraq cross the border from Syria, according to a [sexed-up] Pentagon report that says Iran's support for Shiite militants also is hurting efforts to 'improve' Iraq security.

Syria blasts 'hypocritical' addition to US torture blacklist 12 Mar 2008 Syria accused the United States of hypocrisy on Wednesday after it added the Damascus regime to a blacklist of "the world's most systematic human rights violators." The foreign ministry said that the history of abuses by US personnel in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the allegations surrounding the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba denied Washington any right to set itself up as an arbiter of human rights.

KBR Announces Completion of Iraqi Oil Transfer Platform Facilities 12 Mar 2008 KBR today announced that it has successfully completed construction on facilities for the Coalition Forces on the Iraqi Oil Transfer Platforms in the Persian Gulf. The project was a task order under KBR’s Contingency Construction Capabilities (CONCAP) contract with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). [The 'insurgents' didn't find them yet?]

Iraq violence up this year 13 Mar 2008 Iraq has seen some increased violence since January, including suicide and car bombings, despite a sharp overall decline in attacks in the past eight months, the Pentagon has said.The rise in violence was partly as a result of recent US-led offensives against militants.

3 More Soldiers Die in Iraq 12 Mar 2008 Three American soldiers were killed in a rocket attack in southern Iraq on Wednesday, bringing to 12 the number of soldiers who have been killed in Iraq over the past three days. With the overall U.S. military death toll in Iraq nearing 4,000, the latest killings mark a significant rise in deadly attacks against Americans. [Yeah, but KBR got their oil transfer platform facilities completed - mission accomplished.]

At least 46 killed in Iraq violence 11 Mar 2008 At least 46 people were killed in a surge in violence across Iraq on Tuesday, including a roadside bomb attack on a bus carrying mourners and day-long clashes between gunmen and U.S. and Iraqi security forces.

U.S. would support French move to east Afghanistan 13 Mar 2008 The United States wants France to put more troops in Afghanistan's restive southern region, but would agree to a proposal from Paris to boost forces in the east instead, according to U.S. officials.

Military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq to cost £2bn next year 13 Mar 2008 Military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan next year will cost at least £2 billion, the Chancellor estimated.

McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq 12 Mar 2008 John McCain is at least as determined as George W. Bush to stay the course in Iraq and more confrontational than the president on foreign policy issues ranging from Russia and China to North Korea.

UK Top Cop Who Led CIA Probe Found Dead 11 Mar 2008 A city police chief who led an investigation into charges that Britain cooperated with secret CIA flights to transport terrorism suspects without formal proceedings has been found dead, his deputy said Tuesday. Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd was found dead in Snowdonia, about 240 miles northwest of London, Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton said.

New charges laid against Guantanamo Bay detainee 12 Mar 2008 The U.S. Defense Department announced on Wednesday new charges against another prisoner held in Guantanamo Bay, bringing the total number of prisoners charged under the controversial military tribunal system to 14. Charges were sworn Wednesday against Mohammed Kamin of Afghanistan. Mr. Kamin is charged with providing material support to terrorism. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Republicans uphold Bush veto of anti-torture bill 11 Mar 2008 President [sic] George W. Bush's fellow Republicans in Congress on Tuesday upheld his veto of a bill to ban the CIA from subjecting enemy prisoners to interrogation methods denounced by critics as torture. A largely party-line vote of 225-188 in the Democratic-led House of Representatives fell short of the needed two-thirds majority to override the president.

Anti-war protesters chant "war criminal" at Rice 12 Mar 2008 Chanting "war criminal," anti-war protesters waved blood-colored hands at U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday, but police held them back as she left a Capitol Hill hearing room.

Obama: Israel has the to self-defense 11 Mar 2008 Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni stressed the importance of a firm international front against Iran and the necessity of military operations to defend Israel from terrorism, in a conversation with Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Report: Israelis fighting guerillas in Colombia --Colombian paper quotes local defense minister as confirming ex Israeli officers helping government in battle against guerillas, drug lords, while guerrilla group FARC claims Israeli commandos also fighting them in jungles 12 Mar 2008 Colombia's defense minister confirmed recently that ex Israeli military men were helping his government fight guerilla organizations, Colombia weekly Semana recently reported. Meanwhile, Colombian guerilla group FARC stated that Israeli commandos, along with American and British forces, were operating in the jungles against drug lords and guerilla fighters.

Strange Odor From Mail Sickens Governor's Staff Member 12 Mar 2008 Police closed off one of Gov. M. Jodi Rell's Capitol offices after a worker opened a piece of mail and smelled a strong odor on Wednesday. Police said the worker showed some signs of discomfort and still felt strange even after washing up... He was taken through the decontamination chamber and transported to Hartford Hospital as a precaution.

Federal employee opens letter containing powder, threat to Bush --Information about threat to president turned over to FBI 10 Mar 2008 (TX) There was no anthrax or any other dangerous substance in an envelope that was opened Monday in an office at the federal building in downtown Fort Worth, officials said. The letter did, however, contain a threat to the president [sic] of the United States, and it also warned that anthrax was enclosed, officials said. Some powder fell out of the letter, but a subsequent field test indicated it was harmless. [See: At least one person treated for anthrax exposure in Fort Worth 10 Mar 2008 At least one person was being treated Monday at the Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital emergency room after the patient had claimed to have been exposed to anthrax.]

HUD E-Mails Refer to Retaliation --High-Level Officials Wrote of Punishing Philadelphia Housing Director 12 Mar 2008 After Philadelphia's housing director refused a demand by Dictator Bush's housing secretary to transfer a piece of city property to a business friend, two top political appointees at the department exchanged e-mails discussing the pain they could cause the Philadelphia director. "Would you like me to make his life less happy? If so, how?" Orlando J. Cabrera, then-assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, wrote about Philadelphia housing director Carl R. Greene. "Take away all of his Federal dollars?" responded Kim Kendrick, an assistant secretary who oversaw accessible housing. She typed symbols for a smiley-face, ":-D," at the end of her January 2007 note.

Parents may be jailed over vaccinations 12 Mar 2008 In Belgium, authorities are resorting to an extreme measure if parents refuse to have their children vaccinated [with mercury and other deadly agents]: prison sentences. Two sets of parents in Belgium were recently handed five month prison terms for failing to vaccinate their children against polio with autism and cancer. Each parent was also fined 4,100 euros ($8,000).

Ferraro steps down from Clinton finance committee 12 Mar 2008 Former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro stepped down on Wednesday from her finance position with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, a campaign spokesman said. The decision came after Ferraro, the only woman to run on a major U.S. party's presidential ticket, said Clinton's rival, Barack Obama, would not be ahead in the Democratic presidential race if he was not black.

Obama defeats Clinton in Mississippi 12 Mar 2008 Democrat Barack Obama beat rival Hillary Clinton in Mississippi on Tuesday, giving him new momentum in their increasingly nasty presidential fight as they head into the next critical showdown in Pennsylvania in six weeks.

Obama gets scant white support in MS 11 Mar 2008 Whites largely shunned Barack Obama in Mississippi's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday as the Deep South showed once again its reluctance to embrace him across racial lines.

McCain Misfires at Grizzlies [Will they misfire back?] 12 Mar 2008 To hear Mr. McCain tell it in his presidential stump speech and campaign ads, the government has squandered $3 million... to study the DNA of bears in Montana. "I don’t know if it was a paternity issue or criminal," he jokes, "but it was a waste of money." A report by Joel Achenbach in The Washington Post makes clear, however, that this was not really a study of bear DNA but a study that used bear DNA to determine whether the grizzly bear was still a threatened species or had rebounded... That is hardly frivolous. It is a prerequisite for sensible administration of the Endangered Species Act.

Agency faces action for delay in protecting polar bears 11 Mar 2008 The US government agency responsible for including the polar bear on its list of endangered species faced a new legal challenge yesterday over its failure to protect the supreme Arctic predator. Environmental groups were ready to sue the Bush regime in federal court in California, claiming the Fish and Wildlife Service was in breach of its own mandate.

Environmental Agency Won't Meet Strict Smog-Tightening Standards 13 Mar 2008 The Environmental Protection Agency announced a modest tightening of the smog standard on Wednesday evening, overruling the unanimous advice of its scientific advisory council for a more protective standard. The administrator, Stephen L. Johnson, said that by law he was forbidden to consider costs in setting the standard, but urged Congress to change the law so future administrators could do just that.

Mega barf alert! Exec Acknowledges Illegal Cow Slaughter 12 Mar 2008 The head of the Southern California slaughterhouse at the center of the largest beef recall in U.S. history acknowledged Wednesday that cattle were illegally slaughtered at his plant and that cows too sick to stand were forced into the food supply.

AP water probe prompts Senate hearings 11 Mar 2008 Two veteran U.S. senators said they plan to hold hearings in response to an Associated Press investigation into the presence of 'trace' amounts of pharmaceuticals in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.

Hundreds seeking housing money overwhelm Boca Authority 12 Mar 2008 (FL) A crowd of more than 500 people waiting for hours this morning for housing voucher applications were dispersed by police in riot gear at the Boca Raton Housing Authority when the applications ran out sooner than expected. The action prompted complaints that officers used excessive tactics and housing authority officials were incompetent in their planning.

Carlyle Capital margin calls soar past $400 million --Fund requests standstill agreement; lenders may have sold $5 billion of assets 10 Mar 2008 Carlyle Capital said Monday that margin calls from its lenders soared past $400 million, leading it to request a standstill agreement to prevent any further forced sales of its investments.

New home for baby polar cub 10 Mar 2008 Adorable polar cub Flocke takes a look around her new pad, after leaving the constant care of her zoo keepers. The female cub who was born at Nuremberg City Zoo two months ago, was separated from her mother amid fears she might be eaten.

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Impeachment Proceeding? [Gee, I've waited *so long* for this headline, but no. Not Bush for war--Spitzer for sex.] Republicans Set Deadline For Governor's Ousting: 'I've Asked Him To Resign' 11 Mar 2008 If Gov. Eliot Spitzer opts to roll the dice and not resign, state Republican leadership will force him to go all-in and call for his impeachment from office, according to a state Assemblyman, who admitted he asked the governor to step down. Sources told CBS 2 HD shortly after it was reported that the governor was linked to a prostitution ring that he would likely hand in his resignation, which could happen within the next 36 hours. [MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell just asked TIME managing editor Richard Stengel, 'Does any of this remind us of Monica Lewinsky?' Why yes, Andrea, it does: Democrats are impeached (or threatened with impeachment) for illegal sex; Republicans are re-installed for their illegal sex, illegal wars, illegal wiretapping, torture, torching of the Constitution, destroying the environment, eradicating endangered species and tanking the economy. --LRP]

Spitzer's Sex Life Is Weapon of Mass Distraction for Bunch of Bad News for Bush 10 Mar 2008 By Lori Price

NY Republicans threaten to impeach Gov. Spitzer 11 Mar 2008 New York state Republicans threatened on Tuesday to impeach Gov. Eliot Spitzer if he does not quit over a sex scandal that has raised questions over whether he could face criminal charges.

AG Mukasey Aware of Spitzer Investigation 11 Mar 2008 Gov. Eliot Spitzer's role in a prostitution scandal grew out of a public corruption inquiry triggered by his movement of large amounts of cash from several bank accounts to one that operated by a call-girl ring, a law enforcement official said Tuesday. Spitzer was the initial target of the investigation and was tracked using court-ordered wiretaps that appear to have recorded him arranging for a prostitute to meet him at a Washington hotel in mid-February, the official said... Attorney General Michael Mukasey was made aware of the investigation because it involved a high-ranking political official the Bush regime was gunning for Joe Wilson er, Admiral Fallon er, Eliot Spitzer. [See: AG Mukasey blocking investigation of criminal acts by Bush advisors 29 Feb 2008 Attorney General Michael Mukasey has now decided not to investigate White House chief of staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers for contempt of Congress. See: Justice Dept. 'Cannot' Probe Waterboarding, Mukasey Says 08 Mar 2008 The attorney general yesterday rejected growing congressional calls for a criminal investigation of the CIA's use of simulated drownings [torture] to extract information from its prisoners.]

Pressure mounts on Spitzer to quit 11 Mar 2008 With pressure mounting to resign Tuesday over a call-girl scandal, Gov. Eliot Spitzer found himself with few friends and lots of powerful [Reichwing] enemies... Republicans began talking impeachment, and few if any fellow Democrats were willing to defend him. [Oh, but what about David Vitter? See: The Double Hypocrisy of the Rightwing: The Vitter's Victual By Michael Rectenwald 16 Jul 2007.]

It Wasn't the Sex; Suspicious $$ Transfers Led to Spitzer --Officials Say Spitzer Is 'Client 9' in a Federal Complaint Against the Prostitution Ring 10 Mar 2008 The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer's suspicious money transfers, initially leading agents to believe Spitzer was hiding bribes, according to federal officials.

Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime --How the Bush Administration Stopped the States From Stepping In to Help Consumers By Eliot Spitzer 14 Feb 2008 Several years ago, state attorneys general and others involved in consumer protection began to notice a marked increase in a range of predatory lending practices by mortgage lenders... Even though predatory lending was becoming a national problem, the Bush administration looked the other way and did nothing to protect American homeowners. In fact, the government chose instead to align itself with the banks that were victimizing consumers. Predatory lending was widely understood to present a looming national crisis. This threat was so clear that as New York attorney general, I joined with colleagues in the other 49 states in attempting to fill the void left by the federal government... What did the Bush administration do in response? Did it reverse course and decide to take action to halt this burgeoning scourge? As Americans are now painfully aware, with hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure and our markets reeling, the answer is a resounding no. Not only did the Bush administration do nothing to protect consumers, it embarked on an aggressive and unprecedented campaign to prevent states from protecting their residents from the very problems to which the federal government was turning a blind eye.

British Officers Train For Counterinsurgency In Kansas 06 Mar 2008 Now roaming the nation's heartland: British soldiers. Some 200 British army and Royal Marine officers are currently in northeast Kansas, training and building relationships with American officers they are likely to see again.

International outrage as 'shameful' Bush refuses to ban CIA torture 10 Mar 2008 George Bush caused international outrage last night after refusing to ban torture by the CIA. The President [sic] announced on Saturday that he had blocked a bill which would have outlawed simulated drowning and other torture methods. Snubbing advice from 43 retired military chiefs and admirals and 18 national security advisers, Mr Bush refused to tie the hands of interrogators, claiming the tactics helped foil terror plots.

Top Commander Resigns Over Article Exposing His Opposition to Bush --CENTCOM Commander Adm. William Fallon Resigns, Citing Magazine Article on Iran Policy 11 Mar 2008 Admiral William Fallon, the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East, has resigned, citing a magazine article in which appeared to criticize President [sic] George W. Bush's policy toward Iran. In a statement released by U.S. Central Command, Fallon cited the a recent Esquire magazine article which suggested differences between his views and Administration policies concerning Iran

Fallon 'may lose job over Iran war' 07 Mar 2008 Adm. William Fallon, the head of the US Central Command, may lose his job for opposing President [sic] Bush's plans to wage war against Iran. According to a new Esquire article by Thomas Barnett; Admiral Fallon may be prematurely 'relieved of his command' as soon as this summer to be replaced with a more 'pliable' commander. "If that were to happen, it may well mean that the president and vice-president [sic] intend to take military action against Iran before the end of this year and don't want a commander standing in their way," says the article which will be published on March 12... The Navy admiral has vowed that an attack on Iran would 'not happen on his watch', calling the White House warmongering echelons 'not helpful'.

Bush: 'I wish I didn't have to talk about war' [OMFG! I wish WE didn't have to talk about it, EITHER!!] By Mark Silva "I wish I didn't have to talk about war," President [sic] Bush said today in Nashville. "No president wants to be a war president. But when confronted with the realities of the world, I have made the decision that now is the time to confront, now is the time to deal with this enemy, and now is the time to spread freedom as the great alternative to the ideology they adhere to."

Exhaustive review finds no link between Saddam, al Qaida [Yeah, but a cursory review finds hundreds of links between Bush, al-Qaeda.] 10 Mar 2008 An exhaustive review of more than 600,000 Iraqi documents that were captured after the 2003 U.S. invasion has found no evidence that Saddam Hussein's regime had any operational links with Osama bin Laden's al Qaida [al-CIAduh] terrorist network.

Iraq piling up oil revenue, but U.S. still pays the bills 11 Mar 2008 Iraq isn't spending much of its own money, despite soaring oil revenues that are pushing the country toward a massive budget surplus, auditors told Congress today. The expected surplus comes as the U.S. continues to invest billions of dollars in 'rebuilding' Iraq and faces a financial squeeze domestically because of record oil prices.

Health workers try to halt Iraq measles outbreak 11 Mar 2008 Hundreds of health workers are in Iraq's Anbar province to vaccinate 200,000 children against with measles in a bid to contain foment an outbreak which has already struck 100 children, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday. "Nearly 600 vaccinators are taking part in the house-to-house drive and they are determined to reach every child [Oh, I'm sure they are] under age five who missed routine vaccinations," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a news briefing in Geneva. [Let's see... there's no health care, electricity or water in Baghdad --but yet, the US is determined to vaccinate every child? Bush's goal is to kill as many Iraqis as possible, so that Exxon Mobil, Monsanto, KBR and Blackwater can operate without resistance. --LRP]

Iraq, Afghanistan wars to cost U.S. $12-billion monthly: studies 10 Mar 2008 The flood of U.S. money into the Iraq war is steadily rising, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month, triple the “burn” rate of its earliest years, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and co-author Linda Bilmes report in a new book. Beyond 2008, working with "best-case" and "realistic-moderate" scenarios, they project the Iraq and Afghan wars, including long-term U.S. military occupations of those countries, will cost the U.S. budget between $1.7 trillion and $2.7 trillion -- or more -- by 2017.

Cost of Iraqi and Afghan wars has doubled --Bill for both conflicts adds up to £10bn since 2003 --Sharp rise mainly due to equipment prices, say MPs 11 Mar 2008 The combined cost of military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq over the past 12 months has almost doubled to more than £3bn, a cross-party group of MPs revealed yesterday. The costs of operations by British forces in Afghanistan has risen to more than £1.6bn, a year-on-year increase of 122%. More surprisingly, given the reduction in troops in Iraq, the cost of Britain's military presence there has also increased to £1.6bn, a year-on-year rise of 72%, the Commons defence committee said.

Army's $200 Billion Reboot Fizzles; Murtha Wants $20 Billion More By Noah Shachtman 10 Mar 2008 The Army's gargantuan digital modernization plan has turned so rotten, a new congressional report says it's time to start thinking about killing off the effort, and looking for new alternatives. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), the powerful head of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, has another plan: Pump another $20 billion into the sickly, $200 billion behemoth "Future Combat Systems" before it drops dead under its own weight.

KBR Faulted on Water Provided to Soldiers 11 Mar 2008 U.S. soldiers at a military base in Iraq were provided with treated but untested wastewater for nearly two years by KBR, the giant government contractor, and may have suffered health problems as a result, according to a report released yesterday by the Pentagon's inspector general. The report said that from October 2005 to June 2006, sick-call records showed 38 reported illnesses that "an attending medical official said could be attributed to water, such as skin abscesses, cellulites, skin infections and diarrhea."

Gulf War illness linked to chemical exposure 10 Mar 2008 Exposure to pesticides, nerve agents and other chemicals may explain the chronic, multi-symptom health problems experienced by up to one-third of Gulf War veterans, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

US taxpayers upgrade Poland's military instead of the US military, so Bush's corpora-terrorist cronies can make a killing on missile 'defense': Bush modernizes Poland's military so they will accept US missile defense shield 10 Mar 2008 President [sic] George W. Bush pledged on Monday to help modernize Poland's military as part a U.S. effort to secure agreement for basing components of a global missile 'defense' shield in Eastern Europe. Poland, the biggest NATO member from the former Warsaw Pact, has demanded that Washington help upgrade its military in exchange for hosting part of the anti-missile system, which has added to strains between Washington and Moscow.

Google pulls some map images at Pentagon's request 07 Mar 2008 Google has complied with a request by the Pentagon to remove some online images from its street-level map service because they pose a security threat to U.S. military bases, military and company officials said on Thursday.

At least 42 killed in Iraq violence 11 Mar 2008 At least 42 people were killed in violence across Iraq on Tuesday, including 14 mourners from one family when a roadside bomb hit a bus in a southern province, security officials said.

Bomb strikes bus in Iraq 11 Mar 2008 A roadside bomb in southern Iraq struck a bus on Tuesday, killing 16 passengers and wounding 22, an Interior Ministry official said.

Two blasts in Iraq kill eight U.S. troops 11 Mar 2008 Two bombings in separate Iraq provinces on Monday killed eight U.S. troops, the U.S. military said. A roadside bomb killed three U.S. soldiers and an interpreter in Diyala province. Earlier in the day, at least five U.S. soldiers on foot patrol were killed and three others wounded in a suicide bombing in Baghdad.

US considers putting Venezuela on terrorist list 11 Mar 2008 US President George Bush is trying to determine whether Venezuela should be placed on a list of countries that support terrorism. He has ordered White House lawyers to investigate documents that were found on computers during a Colombian raid on a FARC camp.

Pakistan bombs kill 24, wound more than 200 --Lahore bombings pressure Pakistan to rethink 'counter'-terror strategy 11 Mar 2008 The spread of terrorism across Pakistan from its tribal regions to the cultural capital of Lahore on Tuesday adds to the pressure for a reconsideration of its U.S.-allied president's approach to countering al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] and the Taliban as its new government prepares to take office.

WSJ: U.S. Domestic Spying Grows 10 Mar 2008 The U.S. intelligence community's domestic spying efforts have expanded faster than most people realize, the Wall Street Journal reports this morning. Despite attempts by Congress to kill rapacious data-gathering programs on U.S. citizens like Total Information Awareness or the FBI's Carnivore, components of those efforts have lived on, the Journal found.

NSA's Domestic Spying Grows As Agency Sweeps Up Data --Terror Fight Blurs Line Over Domain; Tracking 10 Mar 2008 Five years ago, Congress killed an experimental Pentagon antiterrorism program meant to vacuum electronic data about people in the U.S. to search for suspicious patterns. But the data-sifting effort didn't disappear. The National Security Agency, once confined to foreign surveillance, has been building essentially the same system. The central role the NSA has come to occupy in domestic intelligence gathering has never been publicly disclosed.

NSA shifts to e-mail, Web, data-mining dragnet By Declan McCullagh 11 Mar 2008 Recent evidence suggests that the NSA has been focusing on widespread monitoring of e-mail messages and text messages, recording of Web browsing, and other forms of electronic data-mining, all done without court supervision... Documents released last week by a security consultant (PDF) indicate that an unnamed major wireless provider has opened its network to the U.S. government, allowing customers' e-mail, text messaging, and Web use to be monitored.

New Guidelines Ahead of Ashcroft Testimony 11 Mar 2008 The Justice Department announced guidelines Monday to prevent the sort of conflict-of-interest accusations that followed its decision to steer a private contract worth tens of millions of dollars to former Attorney General John Ashcroft to monitor a large out-of-court settlement. The announcement came on the eve of scheduled Congressional testimony by Mr. Ashcroft to explain the circumstances of the no-bid 18-month contract, worth $28 million to $52 million, that calls for him to monitor a settlement between the government and an Indiana medical supply company.

House to Try Override of Intelligence Authorization Veto 10 Mar 2008 The House will try Tuesday to override President [sic] Bush’s March 8 veto of intelligence authorization legislation, Democratic aides said Monday. The vote is all but sure to fail.

House Democrats go to court to force testimony from Bush aides 10 Mar 2008 Demonstrating that a constitutional battle between Congress and the White House is far from over, the House Judiciary Committee took legal action Monday to try to compel presidential chief of staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers to provide information about the firings of nine U.S. attorneys.

'Doing nothing means extinction for the polar bear. That's what the administration is doing -- nothing.' Groups sue over polar bear --Bush regime misses deadlines to list species as threatened. 11 Mar 2008 Three conservation groups sued the Department of the Interior on Monday for missing a deadline on a decision to list polar bears as threatened because of the loss of Arctic sea ice. A decision was due Jan. 9, one year after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the animals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

2008: The Year of the Polar Bear 11 Mar 2008 As wild polar bears struggle with the effects of climate change, the polar bears at the Oregon Zoo may be of some assistance. The zoo, along with other zoos and the nonprofit Polar Bears International, has declared 2008 "the Year of the Polar Bear." The Oregon Zoo’s three polar bears -- Conrad, Tasul and Yugyan -- will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green chunks of ice, flavored with herring and tied together to resemble four-leaf clovers.

Wolf Opponent for McCain's Vice President? Reichwing nutball and VIRULENT *ENEMY* to POLAR BEARS, WOLVES and the ENVIRONMENT, first-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, is one name being circulated as a possible pick for Insane McCain's Vice President! 10 Mar 2008 During her short time as Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin has pushed for more aerial gunning of wolves and bears, introduced legislation that would eliminate the public's right to vote on wildlife issues, and appointed her high school basketball coach to the state's powerful Board of Game where he would support their anti-conservation policies. But despite her abysmal record on wildlife and conservation issues, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is being discussed as a possible running mate in John McCain’s bid for the presidency. Sign petition: Let Governor Palin Know That You Care About Wildlife and Democracy.

Many experts said McCain's proposals would make the fiscal picture worse. McCain budget numbers don't add up, experts say 11 Mar 2008 John McCain's reputation for "straight talk" [no, vote fraud] has helped him clinch the U.S. Republican presidential nomination but budget experts say his numbers do not add up. McCain's promises to reduce wasteful spending if elected president in November would not begin to cover the costs of his proposed tax cuts, analysts say... On top of that, a President McCain would inherit a $400 billion budget deficit, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that cost nearly $200 billion per year and a similar bill for interest payments on the $10 trillion national debt. Many experts said McCain's proposals would make the fiscal picture worse.

Obama, Clinton Battle in Mississippi 11 Mar 2008 Barack Obama battled Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Mississippi primary on Tuesday, last in a string of contests across the Deep South and the final tune-up before next month's high-stakes race in Pennsylvania.

Rezko Trial: Obama Consulted on Board 10 Mar 2008 As an Illinois lawmaker, Barack Obama was one of eight state officials consulted on appointments to a state board which later became involved in what prosecutors describe as a fraud scheme, the Associated Press reports today. That information was contained in a June 2003 memo from a national Democratic official introduced this morning as evidence at the trial of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a Chicago-area developer and political operative facing corruption charges.

Obama Rips Clinton's VP Suggestion --Illinois Senator Says Voters Need to Make a Choice Between Two Democrats 10 Mar 2008 Democrat Barack Obama ridiculed the idea of being Hillary Rodham Clinton's running mate Monday, saying voters must choose between the two for the top spot.

Stocks Rally: Dow Closes Up 416 Points --Wall Street Moves Sharply Higher After the Federal Reserve Takes Action 11 Mar 2008 Wall Street finally found a reason for a huge rally Tuesday, after the Federal Reserve said it plans to pump $200 billion into the financial markets to help ease the strain from the credit crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average shot up more than 416 points, its biggest one-day point gain since July 24, 2002.

Oil prices rocket close to 110 dollars a barrel 11 Mar 2008 World oil prices continued their record charge Tuesday, rocketing close to 110 dollars amid lingering supply concerns and as the US dollar plumbed fresh lows against the euro.

Gas may hit $3.50 by spring --Rise to affect price of goods 11 Mar 2008 Experts predict a string of tough months ahead for Arizona consumers as gasoline prices, which are expected to approach $3.50 per gallon by spring, drive up costs of goods and services against the backdrop of a declining U.S. economy.

White House, Congress to battle over Medicaid for the poor 09 Mar 2008 As the last months of the Bush administration dwindle away, the White House might yet face another showdown with the Democratic Congress, this one over changes in Medicaid rules that could affect millions of low-income children and adults. In the past year, the administration has tried to change the rules in a way that would reduce Medicaid spending by $15 billion over the next five years.

Prescription drugs found in drinking water across U.S. 10 Mar 2008 A vast array of pharmaceuticals -- including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones -- have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

They Criticized Vista. And They Should Know. 09 Mar 2008 Anyone who bought a PC that Microsoft labeled "Windows Vista Capable" without also declaring "Premium Capable" is now a party in the suit. The judge also unsealed a cache of 200 e-mail messages and internal reports, covering Microsoft’s discussions of how best to market Vista... The documents incidentally include those accounts of frustrated Vista users in Microsoft’s executive suites. The messages were released in a jumble, but when rearranged into chronological order, they show a tragedy in three acts.

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Spitzer's Sex Life Is Weapon of Mass Distraction for Bunch of Bad News for Bush 10 Mar 2008 By Lori Price On Monday, we learned: The Iraq war will top 3 trillion dollars; a former Pentagon official has written a book attacking the CIA and other US officials over the US-led Iraq war; 5 8 US soldiers were killed in a Baghdad blast; an Iraqi tribal leader - the head of an 'Awakening Council' - and three others were killed in a Diyala province suicide bombing; CIA torture will continue, per Bush decree; the House Judiciary Committee has filed suit to force two White House officials to provide information about the firing of U.S. attorneys; more trouble for Carlyle Group has surfaced; oil has soared to $108 per barrel; gas prices have reached a new record; a lawsuit has been filed claiming that the Fish and Wildlife Service is now in breach of its own mandate; an AP investigation has revealed that a vast array of pharmaceuticals are in the US water supply. Oh. Last but not least: The Dow and Nasdaq are down hundreds of points, again. But, here is the mainstream media's headline: Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring.

DHS Holds Cyber Storm II Security Exercise --Cyber Storm II will include 18 federal departments and agencies, nine states, and more than 40 private sector companies 10 Mar 2008 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is conducting the largest cyber security exercise ever organized. Cyber Storm II is being held from March 10-14 in Washington, D.C. and brings together participants from federal, state and local governments, the private sector, and the international community. Cyber Storm II will include 18 federal departments and agencies, nine states (CA, CO, DE, IL, MI, NC, PA, TX, VA), five countries (US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK), and more than 40 private sector companies. They include ABB, Inc., Air Products, Cisco, Dow Chemical Company Inc. [?], Harris Corporation, Juniper Networks, McAfee, Microsoft, NeuStar, PPG Industries, and Wachovia.

Bush veto allows CIA torture to continue 10 Mar 2008 US President [sic] George W Bush has vetoed legislation that would have prevented the CIA from using torture during interrogation of terrorism suspects. The annual intelligence authorisation bill would have required the CIA to follow the Army Field Manual rules on interrogations, which specifically prohibit torture of suspects, most notably waterboarding.

MPs demand torture flights inquiry --MPs demand independent inquiry into the use of UK territory for CIA rendition 10 Mar 2008 MPs and human rights groups yesterday demanded an independent inquiry into the use of UK territory by CIA "torture flights" as fresh questions emerged over the government's handling of the issue.

U.S. Iraq war costs could top $3 trillion 09 Mar 2008 The United States' total cost for the war in Iraq will reach $3 trillion, the authors of a new book on the subject say. Linda J. Bilmes and Joseph E. Stiglitz claim in their book, "The Three Trillion Dollar War," that past estimates were much too low.

Studies: Iraq costs US $12B per month 10 Mar 2008 The flood of money into the Iraq war is steadily rising, new analyses show. In 2008, its sixth year, the war will cost approximately $12 billion a month, triple the "burn" rate of its earliest years, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and co-author Linda J. Bilmes report in a new book.

Pentagon insider attacks war plan 09 Mar 2008 A former Pentagon official has written a book attacking Colin Powell, the CIA and other US officials over the US-led Iraq war, the Washington Post reports. As under secretary of defence until 2005 Douglas Feith was closely involved with the planning of the invasion. However, in "War and Decision", he blames officials outside the Pentagon for seriously mismanaging the invasion and occupation, the Post reports.

Ex-Defense Official Assails Colleagues Over Run-Up to War 09 Mar 2008 In the first insider account of Pentagon decision-making on Iraq, one of the key architects of the war blasts former secretary of state Colin Powell, the CIA, retired Gen. Tommy R. Franks and former Iraq occupation chief L. Paul Bremer for mishandling the run-up to the invasion and the subsequent occupation of the country.

Satellite images reveal extent of harm to Iraqs archaeological sites 03 Mar 2008 New images obtained from a commercial satellite imaging company have revealed the extent of harm to archaeological sites in southern Iraq after the countrys invasion by the US and its allies in March 2003.

5 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Iraq 10 Mar 2008 The U.S. military said five American soldiers on a foot patrol were killed Monday in a bomb attack in central Baghdad. Four of the soldiers died at the scene and the fifth died later from wounds, the military said in a statement. The blast also wounded three U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter, the military said.

Bomber kills Iraqi tribal leader 10 Mar 2008 An Iraqi tribal leader has been killed in a suicide bombing at his house south-east of Baquba, police say. Thaer Ghadban al-Karkhi was the head of one of the majority-Sunni Arab Awakening Councils, allied with the US military 'against' al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] in Iraq. A woman detonated an explosives vest after he answered the door, killing him, his niece and two guards.

Socialists Win Spanish Election, Retaining Power 09 Mar 2008 Spain’s ruling Socialists triumphed in a national election on Sunday, giving Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero a fresh mandate to pursue his agenda of sweeping social and political liberalization.

Islamist sleeper cell in Scotland Yard: report 10 Mar 2008 Scotland Yard refuses to comment on a report from The News of the World that an al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] sleeper cell has infiltrated London's Metropolitan Police headquarters.

Terror moles at the Met --MI5 target four cops in undercover op 09 Mar 2008 A nest of 'Al-Qaeda' terror spies has been uncovered in Britain's top police force. MI5 agents have identified four London Met officers after searching for a cell of fanatics passing Scotland Yard's secrets. The spooks homed in on the officers in the past few weeks after working with anti-terror police to uncover "sleeper" agents in London's Met.

Phone led US experts to Farc leader 10 Mar 2008 The top Colombian Marxist rebel leader [Raul Reyes] killed in a jungle air strike last week was tricked into using a satellite phone tracked by American experts, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

China foils attempted terror attack on flight 10 Mar 2008 China has foiled an attempt to crash a passenger jet en route to Beijing and the aircraft made a safe emergency landing, a senior official said, in what state media called an attempted terrorist attack.

Federal Police Officer Reports Anthrax Exposure 10 Mar 2008 (TX) A federal police officer walked into Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital claiming he was exposed to anthrax, Fort Worth Fire Department officials said. The officer from the federal building in downtown Fort Worth had come in contact with some white powder and as a precaution he went to the hospital to get checked out, officials said.

At least one person treated for anthrax exposure in Fort Worth 10 Mar 2008 At least one person was being treated Monday at the Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital emergency room after the patient had claimed to have been exposed to anthrax. Hospital officials could not confirm the report, but the patient or patients were being decontaminated and other precautionary measures were being taken.

House files lawsuit to force Bush administration officials to testify 10 Mar 2008 The House Judiciary Committee filed suit Monday to force former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten to provide information about the firing of U.S. attorneys. The lawsuit filed in federal court says Miers is not immune from the obligation to testify and that she and Bolten must identify all documents that are being withheld from Congress.

House files lawsuit to enforce subpoenas against 2 White House officials 10 Mar 2008 The House Judiciary Committee has filed suit to force former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten to provide information about the firing of U.S. attorneys.

US government sued over failure to protect polar bears --Campaigners believe delays over endangered species listing stem from the government's desire to sell oil and gas leases. 10 Mar 2008 The US government agency responsible for compiling the country's list of endangered species will face a new legal challenge today over its failure to protect the polar bear. Environmental groups are set to sue the Bush regime in a federal court in California, claiming the Fish and Wildlife Service is now in breach of its own mandate.

Boeing to Protest Loss of $35B Air Force Tanker Award 10 Mar 2008 Boeing Co. says it will formally protest a $35 billion [!] Air Force tanker award it lost. European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp. won the high-stakes deal to replace 179 air-to-air refueling tankers.

Kentucky Lawmaker Wants to Make Anonymous Internet Posting Illegal 05 Mar 2008 Kentucky Representative Tim Couch (R-GOPedophile) filed a bill this week to make anonymous posting online illegal. The bill would require anyone who contributes to a website to register their real name, address and e-mail address with that site. Their full name would be used anytime a comment is posted.

Crude ends near $108 on weak dollar, speculation --Speculators triple their net long positions last week; heating oil hits new high 10 Mar 2008 Crude-oil futures soared more than $3 a barrel on Monday to surpass $108 for the first time, before closing above $107 a barrel as the dollar remained weak against other currencies and more investment funds flowed into the oil market.

U.S. Stocks End Down For Third Consecutive Session 10 Mar 2008 U.S. stocks on Monday closed lower for a third consecutive session, with financial shares leading the decline as nervous investors debated how much the Federal Reserve should cut interest rates and as oil topped $108 a barrel for the first time.

Carlyle Group May Buy Major CIA Contractor: Booz Allen Hamilton By Tim Shorrock 08 Mar 2008 Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity funds, may soon acquire the $2 billion government contracting business of consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the biggest suppliers of technology and personnel to the U.S. government’s spy agencies... If it goes ahead with the widely reported plan to buy Booz Allen, it will re-emerge as the owner of one of America’s largest private intelligence armies.

More trouble at Carlyle Capital 07 Mar 2008 Lenders to Carlyle Capital Corp. Ltd. have begun to liquidate securities held in its $21.7 billion portfolio and the fund said Friday it was considering "all available options." The margin calls against Carlyle portend an ominous development one day after the fund was served with default notices, convulsing already skittish markets.

Party leaders weighing Michigan, Florida mail-in re-vote 09 Mar 2008 Democratic leaders in Michigan and Florida suggested Sunday they might be moving toward a solution that would allow them to send voting delegates to the party’s presidential nominating convention this summer.

Democrats Confident After Taking Hastert's Seat 10 Mar 2008 Congressional Democrats on Sunday were celebrating an election victory that they said increased their confidence of holding the House in November and affirmed that party positions on the Iraq war and health care were resonating with voters.

AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water 09 Mar 2008 A vast array of pharmaceuticals - including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Surging costs of groceries hit home --Bread, eggs, milk prices up sharply 09 Mar 2008 American families, already pinched by soaring energy costs, are taking another big hit to household budgets as food prices increase at the fastest rate since 1990. After nearly two decades of low food inflation, prices for staples such as bread, milk, eggs, and flour are rising sharply, surging in the past year at double-digit rates, according to the Labor Department.

Climate change may spark conflict with Russia, EU told --Alert over scramble for control of energy resources in the Arctic 10 Mar 2008 European governments have been told to plan for an era of conflict over energy resources, with global warming likely to trigger a dangerous contest between Russia and the west for the vast mineral riches of the Arctic.

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Senate Committee Seeks Audit of Iraq Oil Money 09 Mar 2008 Two senior members of the Senate Armed Services Committee have requested a full accounting of how Iraq is spending its soaring oil revenue. Since the invasion in 2003, the United States has invested close to $50 billion in reconstruction Bush's corpora-terrorists. A letter from the Armed Services Committee says, "we believe that it has been overwhelmingly U.S. taxpayer money that has funded Iraq reconstruction [sic] over the last five years, despite Iraq earning billions of dollars in oil revenue over that time period that have ended up in non-Iraqi banks."

Senators: Where is Iraq's oil money going? 09 Mar 2008 Two senators are asking congressional investigators to look at Iraq's oil revenues and see if the war-ravaged nation can pay for its own reconstruction, an effort that has been bankrolled to this point mostly by U.S. taxpayers.

AP: Troops sickened at Iraq bases using KBR water 09 Mar 2008 Dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq fell sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water supplied by the military and a contractor [KBR, Inc.] once owned by Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's former company, the Pentagon's internal watchdog says. A report obtained by The Associated Press said soldiers experienced skin abscesses, cellulitis, skin infections, diarrhea and other illnesses after using discolored, smelly water for personal hygiene and laundry at five U.S. military sites in Iraq.

Contaminated water may have affected U.S. troops 09 Mar 2008 An internal Pentagon report obtained by The Associated Press concludes dozens of U.S. troops in Iraq have become sick at bases using "unmonitored and potentially unsafe" water. The Pentagon's inspector general found water quality problems between 2004 and 2006 at two locations run by the U.S. military and three sites run by contractor KBR.

No Need for Lawmakers' Approval of Iraq Pact, U.S. Reasserts 06 Mar 2008 The Bush regime yesterday advanced a new argument for why it does not require congressional approval to strike a long-term security agreement with Iraq, stating that Congress had already endorsed such an initiative through its 2002 resolution authorizing the use of force against Saddam Hussein. The 2002 measure, along with the congressional resolution passed one week after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks authorizing military action "to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States," permits indefinite combat operations in Iraq, according to a statement by the State Department's Bureau of Legislative Affairs.

Death toll in Baghdad bombing rises to 68 08 Mar 2008 The death toll from twin [US] bombings in Baghdad on Thursday has risen to 68 with at least 120 others wounded, including women and children.

Mass grave containing 100 bodies found in Iraq 08 Mar 2008 Iraqi security forces found a mass grave containing about 100 bodies in the volatile Diyala province, the U.S. military said on Saturday.

Afghan intelligence official, ISAF soldier killed 09 Mar 2008 Unknown [US] gunmen shot dead a district intelligence official in southeastern Afghanistan while a roadside bomb blast killed a foreign soldier in a neighboring province, officials said on Sunday.

NATO soldier killed, another injured in E Afghanistan roadside bombing 08 Mar 2008 One soldier of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed and another one was injured by roadside bombing in eastern Afghan province of Paktia province on Saturday, said an ISAF statement.

Afghans threaten attacks on troops over cartoon 09 Mar 2008 Thousands of Afghan students blocked a highway and threatened attacks on foreign troops on Sunday in the latest protest against the reprinting of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad in Danish papers.

US fails a fourth time to hit al-Qa'ida suspect in Somalia 09 Mar 2008 A US missile strike in Somalia, aimed at a man described by the Pentagon as a "known al-Qa'ida terrorist", succeeded only in hurting six civilians and killing three cows and a calf, the IoS has learned. [F*cking morons.] At least one Tomahawk missile was believed to have been fired from a US submarine off the Somali coast on Monday.

'Dirty bomb' threat as UK ships plutonium to France --From Sellafield, an ordinary, unarmed ferry is to transport weapons-ready plutonium – material that could easily be used to make a 'dirty bomb' 09 Mar 2008 Weapons-ready plutonium that terrorists could easily make into a nuclear bomb is to be carried hundreds of miles down the west coast of Britain in an unarmed ship, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

Bush vetoes bill outlawing CIA waterboarding 08 Mar 2008 President [sic] George W. Bush on Saturday vetoed legislation passed by Congress that would have banned the CIA from using waterboarding and other controversial interrogation techniques. Lawmakers included the anti-torture measure in a broader bill authorizing U.S. intelligence activities.

Bush Uses Signing Statement to Legalize Warrantless Searches of US Citizens' Mail By Jesse Wendel 06 Mar 2008 On December 20, 2007, President [sic] Bush signed routine postal legislation. In a "Signing Statement", the President claims Executive Power to search the mail of U.S. citizens inside the United States without a warrant, in direct contradiction of the bill he had just signed.

Bush says feds can open mail without warrant 04 Jan 2007 President [sic] Bush quietly has claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant. Bush asserted the new authority Dec. 20 after signing legislation that overhauls some postal regulations. He then issued a "signing statement" that declared his right to open mail under emergency conditions, contrary to existing law and contradicting the bill he had just signed, according to experts who have reviewed it.

They knew, but did nothing --In this exclusive extract from his new book, Philip Shenon uncovers how the White House tried to hide the truth of its ineptitude leading up to the September 11 terrorist attacks. 08 Mar 2008 It would later be revealed by the 9/11 commission into the September 11 attacks that more than 40 presidential briefings presented to George W. Bush from January 2001 through to September 10, 2001, included references to Osama bin Laden. And nearly identical intelligence landed each morning on the desks of about 300 other senior national security officials and members of Congress in the form of the senior executive intelligence brief, a newsletter on intelligence issues also prepared by the CIA.

Reporter held in contempt for anthrax case 08 Mar 2008 federal judge has ordered a former USA TODAY reporter to begin paying fines of up to $5,000 per day after finding her in contempt of court for failing to identify sources who named former Army scientist Steven Hatfill as a possible suspect in the 2001 [Fort Detrick] anthrax attacks. The decision late Friday night by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton also requires Toni Locy -- not her former employer or others -- to pay the fines as long as she refuses to identify her sources.

Letter Leads F.B.I. on False Trail to California After Bombing 08 Mar 2008 When David A. Karnes, a California lawyer, sent letters last week to members of Congress with a picture of himself standing in front of the Times Square recruiting station, he could not have imagined that days later, F.B.I. agents would swarm around his house in Los Angeles and interrogate him. But that is what happened after Mr. Karnes’s letters were briefly -- and erroneously -- linked to the bombing of the recruiting station on Thursday.

Pot-smoking parents busted by 5-year-old 07 Mar 2008 State police say a 5-year-old child tipped off investigators that his parents were smoking marijuana in their upstate New York home. Now Ryan Clement and Jill Homan of New Bremen are charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Britain makes camera that "sees" under clothes 09 Mar 2008 A British company has developed a camera that can detect weapons, drugs or explosives hidden under people's clothes from up to 25 meters away in what could be a breakthrough for the security industry.

New 'super-spike' might mean $200 a barrel oil --Goldman's projections foretell persistent turbulence in energy prices 07 Mar 2008 With $100-a-barrel here for now, Goldman Sachs says $200 a barrel could be a reality in the not-too-distant future in the case of a "major disruption" [by Bush's corpora-terrorists].

Oil ends down, eases off record above $106 a barrel 07 Mar 2008 Oil ended slightly lower on Friday, falling from record highs hit earlier when buying by speculators hedging against the weaker dollar and inflation sent prices above $106 a barrel.

Banks face "systemic margin call," $325 billion hit: JPM 08 Mar 2008 Wall Street banks are facing a "systemic margin call" that may deplete banks of $325 billion of capital due to deteriorating subprime U.S. mortgages, JPMorgan Chase & Co, said in a report late on Friday.

FDIC reports second bank failure of 2008 --U.S., Missouri close Hume Bank 07 Mar 2008 A second bank has failed this year, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday. The FDIC and the Commissioner of Missouri's Division of Finance closed Hume Bank in Hume, Mo., on Friday, the federal banking regulator announced.

Assembly Passes Bill to Allow 'No Child' Opt-Out 09 Mar 2008 Virginia's Board of Education would be directed to recommend whether the state should pull out of a federal school accountability system under legislation that cleared the General Assembly Saturday.

IG Looks at Delays in Polar Bear Listing 08 Mar 2008 The Interior Department's inspector general has begun a preliminary investigation into why the department has delayed for nearly two months a decision on listing the polar bear as threatened because of the loss of Arctic sea ice.

Inquiry Into Delayed Polar Bear Listing 08 Mar 2008 The Interior Department’s inspector general has begun a preliminary investigation into why the department has delayed for nearly two months a decision on listing the polar bear as a threatened species.

Firms Accused of Toxic Toothpaste Import --LA Importers Charged With Distributing Nearly 90,000 Tubes of Toxic Chinese Toothpaste 06 Mar 2008 Criminal charges have been filed against a company that prosecutors say imported and distributed nearly 90,000 tubes of Chinese toothpaste containing a poisonous substance and a wholesaler that supplied local stores with the tubes, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo announced Thursday. [God, why don't these items ever end up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?]

Brazilian protesters destroy GM crops: group 07 Mar 2008 Around 300 women rural residents in Brazil burst into a property owned by the US company Monsanto and destroyed a plant nursery and crops containing genetically modified corn, their organization said.

We shall (not) overcome... Nuclear protest survived six Tory governments. But not New Labour --Fifty years after historic march, protest camp at atomic weapons base is outlawed in a new blow to civil liberties 08 Mar 2008 It survived six Tory governments, the end of the Cold War and the rise and fall of mass marches against the British nuclear deterrent. But after 50 years in which the tradition of peaceful demonstration has been maintained outside the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermaston, the New Labour era has finally done for one of the most famous symbols of protest in British political history.

McCain brings in another lobbyist 07 Mar 2008 Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has tapped yet another lobbyist to play a crucial role in his campaign. Frank Donatelli, who is currently a lobbyist at McGuire Woods, will take a leave from his lobbying job to "serve as the new deputy chairman of the RNC" as well as "the chief liaison between the committee and the campaign." Donatelli joins a long list of seasoned lobbyists on the McCain campaign, including chief political adviser Charlie Black, campaign manager Rick Davis, and senior advisers Steve Schmidt and Mark McKinnon.

Democrat wins former Speaker Hastert's House seat --Longtime GOP congressional district changes hands in Illinois 08 Mar 2008 Democrat Bill Foster has snatched former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's congressional seat in a closely watched special election that gave the longtime Republican district to the Democrats.

Obama declared projected winner in Wyoming --Party strains to accommodate crowds; candidates seek boost for Mississippi 08 Mar 2008 Barack Obama was the projected winner in Wyoming's Democratic caucuses on Saturday, clinching a majority of the 12 delegates, NBC News declared.

Caucus chair uncovers discrepancies 07 Mar 2008 Volunteers who worked the Jester Center caucus on Tuesday are suspicious of at least one of the caucus lists, the precinct chairman said late Thursday night. At least three [University of Texas at Austin] students who signed the list verified that the candidates attached to their names were not the candidates they voted for.

U.N. committee says poor, blacks harmed most by Katrina [That's why Bush blew the levies.] 07 Mar 2008 A United Nations treaty committee ruled Friday that the United States' response to Hurricane Katrina has had a greater negative impact on displaced black residents and called on the federal government to do more to guarantee that they can return to affordable housing in their hometowns.

Camera Spots Wolverine in Sierra Nevada 08 Mar 2008 A research project aimed at weasels has turned up a bigger prize: a picture of a wolverine, an elusive animal scientists feared may have been driven out of the Sierra Nevada long ago by human activity. [Rare sightings: Photo essay of rare and nearly extinct animals]

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US puts ships from Syria on watchlist 06 Mar 2008 The United States has put ships making port calls in Syria on a watchlist, an official said Thursday, as Washington ratcheted up the pressure on Damascus over its alleged links with terrorism. Syria was placed on a so-called "Port Security Advisory List" amid "concerns about the connections between Syria and international terrorist organizations," the State Department's deputy spokesman Tom Casey told reporters.

Officials Lean Toward Keeping Next Iraq Assessment Secret 07 Mar 2008 A new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq is scheduled to be completed this month, according to U.S. intelligence officials. But leaders of the intelligence community have not decided whether to make its key judgments public, a step that caused an uproar when key judgments in an NIE about Iran were released in November. [Gee, the surge must really suck, otherwise - Bush bin Laden and Insane McCain would be shouting the report from the rooftops.]

Scores Killed in Twin Baghdad Blasts --Violence Continues Friday in Mosul 07 Mar 2008 Two [US] bombs blew up in quick succession along a commercial street in central Baghdad on Thursday, killing scores of people in the deadliest attack in the capital in more than a month.

AP: US troops losing hearing 07 Mar 2008 Soldiers and Marines caught in roadside bombings and firefights in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home in epidemic numbers with permanent hearing loss and ringing in their ears, prompting the military to redouble its efforts to protect the troops from noise.

Blackwater pulls application for Potrero training center 07 Mar 2008 (CA) Blackwater Worldwide officials have announced they are pulling their application to build a [terrorist] training center on an 824-acre site in the East County community of Potrero.

Who leaked the details of a CIA-Mossad plot against Iran? By Yossi Melman 06 Mar 2008 The Bush administration is prolonging the hunting season against journalists. The latest victim is James Risen, The New York Times reporter for national security and intelligence affairs. About three months ago, a federal grand jury issued a subpoena against him, ordering Risen to give evidence in court. A heavy blackout has been imposed on the affair... But conversations with several sources who are familiar with the affair indicate that Risen has been asked to testify as part of an investigation aimed at revealing who leaked apparently confidential information about the planning of secret Central Intelligence Agency and Mossad missions concerning Iran's nuclear program.

Venezuela moving tanks to Colombian border: official 05 Mar 2008 Venezuela has started moving ten tank battalions to the Colombian border, Venezuela's defense minister said on Wednesday, amid an escalating Andes region crisis sparked by a Colombian [US-backed] attack on leftist rebels in Ecuador.

AP chief: Press freedoms are among casualties of terrorist attacks on US 06 Mar 2008 The shadow of the Sept. 11 terror attacks is eclipsing press freedom and other constitutional safeguards in the United States, Associated Press President and chief executive Tom Curley said at the annual dinner of the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation on Thursday. "Congress steps back from its constitutional role of executive oversight. Civilian oversight of the military wanes. A Justice Department interprets laws in ways that extend police powers. More drastically, prisons are established in places where government or military operatives circumvent due process or control trials," Curley said in accepting the foundation's First Amendment Leadership Award.

Law enforcement requests for postal info granted 06 Mar 2008 U.S. postal authorities have approved more than 10,000 law enforcement requests to record names, addresses and other information from the outside of letters and packages of suspected criminals every year since 1998, according to U.S. Postal Inspection Service data.

McCain is down in general election polls, so: Qaeda seeking big attack in U.S. - senior general 06 Mar 2008 'Al Qaeda' is looking to attack the United States, perhaps urgently [well, by the first Tuesday in November], so that its leadership can show tangible results [GOP 'wins'] after repeated threats, a senior U.S. general said on Thursday. Gen. Gene Renuart, head of the U.S. military command responsible for homeland defense, said recorded messages from al Qaeda leaders such as Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri show the group responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks is "looking for a way to have a big impact again."

Commander warns of Qaida threat to US 'elections' 06 Mar 2008 Al-Qaida [al-CIAduh] terrorists may be plotting more urgently to attack the United States to maintain their credibility and ability to recruit followers, the U.S. military commander in charge of domestic defense said Thursday. Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, chief of the U.S. Northern Command, also told reporters he has not seen any direct threats tied to the U.S. presidential 'elections.' But he said it would be rash to think that such threats are not there. [Insane McCain cannot win an election, so the GOP is already busy planning their third coup. Here come the school lockdowns and shopping mall shootings, ad nauseam, scads of phony terror alerts and eventually, martial law. The DemocRATs will roll over, as they've done since 2000. --LRP]

Missing FAA badges 06 Mar 2008 The federal government insists it does it's best to keep the traveling public safe and secure, but apparently dozens of federal inspectors failed to do that with their own credentials. An NBC5 investigation reveals over the past 5 years, 112 FAA aviation inspector badges have been stolen or lost. Aviation expert Denny Kelly says "with that badge you can get in the cockpit in flight."

Armed resistance to Bush regime is revealed: Does New York Have a Serial Bomber? --Attack could be connected to two prior bombings with similar hallmarks 06 Mar 2008 At approximately 3:45 a.m. Thursday, a "low-order" explosive device was detonated on the Times Square traffic island bounded by 43rd and 44th Streets, Broadway and Seventh Avenue. The explosion was apparently "deliberately directed" at a U.S. military recruiting station, the Armed Forces Career Center, situated on the triangular space dubbed "Military Island". The building, which is positioned across the street from a police station and jointly houses Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine recruiters, has been the site of anti-war demonstrations.

NYC Struck Again by Mystery Bomber 06 Mar 2008 For the third time in as many years, someone riding a bike and armed with a small explosive has struck in Manhattan, this time in the highest-profile location by far: a landmark military recruitment station in the heart of Times Square.

Letters, Bombing Unrelated, Officials Say --Authorities Examine 2 Similar Bombings In NYC 07 Mar 2008 Law enforcement officials said there is no connection between a letter to dozens of Congress members bearing the words "We did it" and the bombing of an Army recruiting station in New York.

Drivers will have no escape from average-speed camera network 08 Mar 2008 (UK) Cameras that detect average speed will be deployed on hundreds of miles of motorway under a Government plan to force all drivers to comply with variable limits.

US Interior Department investigator looks into delay in putting polar bear on threatened list 07 Mar 2008 The inspector general of the government department that protects wildlife has begun a preliminary investigation into why the department has delayed for nearly two months a decision on whether to list the polar bear as threatened because of the loss of Arctic Sea ice... The letter to Inspector General Earl Devaney, signed by six environmental groups, alleges that Fish and Wildlife Director Dale Hall violated the agency's scientific code of conduct and the Endangered Species Act in delaying the decision after all the scientific data had already been developed and sent to Washington before Christmas.

Fired U.S. attorney says colleague told him politics was behind his ouster 06 Mar 2008 A longtime protege of President [sic] Bush told former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias that he was fired for political reasons and that he shouldn't fight his ouster, Iglesias says in a new book. "This is political," Iglesias recalls Texas U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton telling him shortly after he was ousted. "If I were you, I'd just go quietly."

F.B.I. Investigates Missing G.O.P. Money 06 Mar 2008 Hundreds of thousands of dollars are missing and presumed stolen from the chief fund-raising arm of House Republicans, according to party officials who described the findings of emergency internal audits. The financial records of the group, the National Republican Congressional Committee, may also have been falsified for several years, Republican officials said. The campaign committees of several Republican lawmakers may also have been victims of a scam that is now under criminal investigation by the F.B.I.

Obama adviser resigns; called Clinton 'monster' 07 Mar 2008 A Barack Obama adviser [Samantha Power] resigned Friday after calling rival Hillary Rodham Clinton "a monster."

'Hillary Clinton's a monster': Obama aide blurts out attack in Scotsman interview 07 Mar 2008 Hillary Clinton has been branded a "monster" by one of Barack Obama's top advisers, as the gloves come off in the race to win the Democrat nomination. In an unguarded moment during an interview with The Scotsman in London, Samantha Power, Mr Obama's key foreign policy aide, let slip the camp's true feelings about the former first lady.

Stop Barack Opharma's Legislation: MOTHERS Act Seeks to Drug Expectant Mothers with Antidepressants to "Treat" Postpartum Depression 06 Mar 2008 A new law being considered in the U.S. Congress would attempt to prevent postpartum depression in new moms by drugging them with SSRI antidepressant drugs while they're still pregnant. This legislation is being aggressively pushed by pro-pharma front groups in an effort to expand the customer base for SSRI drugs by targeting pregnant women as new "customers" for the chemicals. It's an example of the latest insanity from Big Pharma, whose drugs are already killing over 100,000 Americans each year while inciting violence and suicides in teens. Every single shooting massacre we've seen in the last ten years has been carried out by a person taking SSRI antidepressant drugs. The mainstream media pays no attention to this link, and the FDA ignores the reports in order to keep these drugs on the market. [Petition: Stop the Dangerous and Invasive MOTHERS Act]

McCain Cites 'Strong Evidence' of Link Between Vaccines and Autism 05 Mar 2008 Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican candidate for president, has given credibility to "strong evidence" of a link between autism and thimerosal in childhood [deadly] vaccines.

Seroxat makers escape prosecution despite failing to reveal link to teenage suicides for FOUR years 07 Mar 2008 Drug company bosses concealed information about the dangers of the anti-depressant Seroxat for five years while it was still being prescribed to children - yet they will escape prosecution over the cover-up. Documents released yesterday as part of a four-year criminal investigation into GlaxoSmithKline show that the pharmaceutical giant had evidence that the drug didn't work in children as early as 1998.

LOL! Bush talks about the economy in the afternoon, and look what happens: Market turns into a monster --Dow industrials close at lowest level since Oct. 11, 2006 --Alarms of recession ring almost everywhere; Dow down 3% for week 07 Mar 2008

House Panel Questions High Pay for CEOs 07 Mar 2008 Lawmakers aimed their sites at three corporate executives Friday as they questioned how the CEOs managed to take home hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation while their companies were taking a financial nosedive due to the subprime mortgage crisis.

Fed takes new steps to add cash to banking system 07 Mar 2008 The Federal Reserve on Friday announced two new steps to add cash to the banking system. The Fed said the measures were needed to address "heightened liquidity pressures in term funding markets."

U.S. Employers Slash 63K Jobs in February --Economy sheds highest number of jobs since March 2003 07 Mar 2008 The jobs report, from the Labor Department, indicated that the nation had 63,000 fewer net jobs in February than in January, the second straight month of job losses and the worst monthly performance since 2003.

The Anxiety Election By Paul Krugman 07 Mar 2008 This collapse in economic confidence has occurred even though the full economic effects of the implosion of the housing market and the freezing of the credit markets have yet to be felt... All of this should work to the Democrats’ advantage. They can contrast the Clinton boom with the Bush bust... And, as the Democrats ponder their choices, they might want to consider which candidate can most convincingly ask: "Are you better off now than you were eight years ago?"

Sewage-based fertilizer safety doubted 07 Mar 2008 (GA) It was a farm idea with a big payoff and supposedly no downside: ridding lakes and rivers of raw sewage and industrial pollution by converting it all into a free, nutrient-rich fertilizer. Then last week, a federal judge ordered the Agriculture Department to compensate a farmer whose land was poisoned by sludge from the waste treatment plant here. His cows had died by the hundreds.

Prince: Global effort needed to counter climate change 07 Mar 2008 Sheer madness. That's how Prince Charles described skeptics who view calls for rapid action to counter climate change as overstated or completely invented.

All Eyes on the New Polar Bear Stars 05 Mar 2008 Twin polar bear cubs made their first public appearance yesterday - and stole everybody’s hearts. Blinking into the sunlight after months living in a cave with their mother, the cubs indulged in a little brotherly rough-and-tumble, to the delight of cooing crowds.

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Top Iraq contractor, KBR, skirts US taxes offshore --Shell companies in Cayman Islands allow KBR to avoid Medicare, Social Security deductions 06 Mar 2008 Kellogg Brown & Root, the nation's top Iraq war contractor and until last year a subsidiary of Halliburton Corp., has avoided paying hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicare and Social Security taxes by hiring workers through shell companies based in this tropical tax haven. The Defense Department has known since at least 2004 that KBR was avoiding taxes by declaring its American workers as employees of Cayman Islands shell companies.

U.S. gives $100 million in military aid to Egypt 06 Mar 2008 The Bush regime has released $100 million in military aid to Egypt after telling the U.S. Congress the money was necessary for 'national security' reasons.

Official: Iraq, China nearing oil deal [<g>] 06 Mar 2008 Iraq and China are close to re-signing a $1.2 billion oil deal that was called off after the 2003 U.S. invasion, an Iraqi Oil Ministry official said Thursday.

Bombs Kill More Than 50 in Baghdad 06 Mar 2008 Two bombs went off within minutes of each other in a crowded shopping district in the capital Thursday, killing at least 53 people and wounding 130 -- a reminder that deadly attacks are a daily threat even though violence is down. [LOL! Reread the AP's insane, illogical verbiage, in their desperation to whore for Bush: 'deadly attacks are a daily threat, even though violence is down.' --LRP]

Turkish army refuses to close bases in northern Iraq 06 Mar 2008 The Turkish military leadership has rejected a request by Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region to shut down several military bases in northern Iraq, the Turkish daily Vatan reported yesterday, citing a statement by the Turkish General Staff.

Iraqi Official Reports Turk Air Attack 05 Mar 2008 Turkey launched airstrikes on Kurdish separatist rebels in northern Iraq less than a week after the end of a large-scale ground operation, an Iraqi official said Wednesday. Turkey's military did not confirm or deny the report.

Outrage at US Marine tossing puppy to its death in Iraq 05 Mar 2008 An online video recently broadcast on Youtube, shows a smiling US Marine [terrorist] in combat gear throwing a puppy over a cliff in Iraq to its certain death. The shocking video has enraged thousands of viewers who protested before it was removed from the website. Marine Corps Base Hawaii is currently investigating the incident as the perpetrator in the video is purported to be as a Lance Corporal with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, a Hawaii Marine whose unit returned from Iraq in October.

Soldier Charged With Premeditated Murder In Double Slayings 06 Mar 2008 A Fort Lewis soldier [Ivette Davila] accused of killing a married couple in Parkland who both worked at the Fort has been charged with premeditated murder, reported KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

Bush told to end threats to Iran over weapons 05 Mar 2008 A Nobel laureate with expertise on diplomatic negotiations and nuclear strategy urged the Bush administration Tuesday to stop issuing public statements that imply the United States will use overwhelming force to destroy Iran's nuclear capabilities.

Eight dead as gunmen hit Jerusalem seminary 06 Mar 2008 At least eight people were killed tonight after two gunmen entered the library of a rabbinical seminary in Jerusalem and opened fire. The men walked into the library, where about 80 people were gathered, and opened fire. Around 35 people were also injured.

Tainted Evidence --Canada tosses CIA terror testimony obtained through waterboarding 05 Mar 2008 The Canadian government is no longer using evidence gained from CIA interrogations of a top 'Al Qaeda' prisoner who was waterboarded. According to documents obtained by NEWSWEEK, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the country's national-security agency, last month quietly withdrew statements by alleged Al Qaeda leader Abu Zubaydah from public papers outlining the case against two alleged terror "sleeper" operatives in Ottawa and Montreal.

Pentagon OKs charges against bin Laden aide 06 Mar 2008 The Pentagon on Wednesday approved war crimes charges against a Guantanamo prisoner from Sudan who is accused of acting as a bodyguard and driver for Osama bin Laden.

Judge drops terror charges against former Guantanamo inmates 07 Mar 2008 A Spanish judge dropped terror charges against two former Guantanamo Bay inmates who recently returned home to Britain, saying their mental health had deteriorated so badly they were suicidal and it would be cruel to prosecute them. In a 10-page order, Judge Baltasar Garzon said he was abandoning an extradition request and the original indictment he issued in 2003 against Palestinian-Jordanian Jamil el-Banna and Libyan-born Omar Deghayes. The men spent more than four years at the US camp for terror suspects in Cuba without being charged or tried.

Pentagon General Counsel Resigns 26 Feb 2008 William J. Haynes, the Pentagon's chief legal officer and overseer of Guantanamo's Military Commissions, is stepping down, amid mounting controversy over the tribunal process, so he can "return to private life," the Department of Defense announced late on Monday.

Nato says cyber warfare poses as great a threat as a missile attack 06 Mar 2008 Nato is treating the threat of cyber warfare as seriously as the risk of a missile strike, according to a senior official. A London conference was told that online espionage and internet-based terrorism now represent some of the gravest threats to global security... Despite the lack of hard evidence on the nature or identities of cyber terrorists, however, the threat is deemed serious enough for the White House to allocate $6bn (£3bn) for strengthening its systems against attack. Those plans have been characterised by critics as a potential invasion of civil liberties.

Crimes by Homeland Security agents stir alert 05 Mar 2008 Bribery. Drug trafficking. Migrant smuggling. [Homeland Security GOPedophiles arrested for molesting children.] U.S. Customs and Border Protection is supposed to stop these types of crimes. Instead, so many of its officers have been charged with committing those crimes themselves that their boss in Washington recently issued an alert about the ''disturbing events'' and the "increase in the number of employee arrests..." Other recent South Florida cases... have involved officers and agents accepting payoffs for migrant smuggling, drug trafficking, witness tampering, embezzlement and rape.

National Dragnet Is a Click Away --Authorities to Gain Fast and Expansive Access to Records 06 Mar 2008 Several thousand law enforcement agencies are creating the foundation of a domestic intelligence system through computer networks that analyze vast amounts of police information to 'fight' crime and 'root out' terror plots... Those network efforts will begin expanding further this month, as some local and state agencies connect to a fledgling Justice Department system called the National Data Exchange, or N-DEx.

Whistleblower: Cellular carrier giving FBI unfettered access By Ryan Paul 06 Mar 2008 Computer security analyst Babak Pasdar says that a major mobile telecommunications carrier has a built-in backdoor that provides an undisclosed third-party with unfettered access to its internal technical infrastructure, including the ability to eavesdrop on all calls through its network. In an affidavit that describes the circumstances and basis for the allegations, Pasdar provides evidence which could indicate that the FBI is on the other side of the secret line, engaging in warrantless surveillance of mobile communications.

FBI chief: Lack of legal shield won't halt telecom spy partnerships 05 Mar 2008 As Congress debates whether to wipe out lawsuits accusing telephone companies of allegedly illegal wiretaps, the Bush administration has argued such cooperation is key to keeping Americans safe from terrorists.

More FBI Privacy Violations Confirmed 06 Mar 2008 The FBI acknowledged it improperly accessed Americans' telephone records, credit reports and Internet traffic in 2006, the fourth straight year of privacy abuses resulting from investigations aimed at tracking terrorists and spies.

ID cards put off until 2012 as Brown is urged to ditch 'white elephant' 06 Mar 2008 Jacqui Smith will today delay the nationwide introduction of ID cards until after the next general election. In her first major speech on the £5.5billion project, the Home Secretary will say passport applicants will not be offered a separate biometric identity card until at least 2012.

Police Investigate Times Square Letters --Pictures Show Recruiting Station That Was Bombed 06 Mar 2008 A law enforcement official said police are investigating letters sent to Capitol Hill offices showing pictures of a Times Square military recruiting station that was bombed. The official was briefed on the investigation and says the letters included words to the effect of, "We did it."

IED Damages Times Square Armed Forces Recruiting Station [What a shame!] 06 Mar 2008 New York City police officers and firefighters cordoned off much of Times Square for more than two hours after a small explosion --set off, the authorities said, by an "improvised explosive device" -- damaged the front of the Armed Forces Career Center on the traffic island bounded by 43rd and 44th Streets, Seventh Avenue and Broadway at 3:43 a.m., officials said.

Environmental Illnesses Haunt Some Who Covered 9/11 --Rescuers and construction workers aren't the only ones sickened by exposure to World Trade Center dust and smoke. Journalists, including photographers, are also reporting health problems. By Daryl Lang 03 Mar 2008

Flu Pandemic: Is the U.S. Ready? 05 Mar 2008 If history is any guide, a modern-day influenza pandemic in the United States would likely hit city dwellers and non-whites the hardest, based on an economic analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. [See: DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack --Is Bush is getting ready to play the Bioterror Card?]

Government Concedes Vaccine Injury Case 05 Mar 2008 Government health officials have conceded that childhood [deadly] vaccines worsened a rare, underlying disorder that ultimately led to autism-like symptoms in a Georgia girl, and that she should be paid from a federal vaccine-injury fund. "It's a beginning," said Kevin Conway, a Boston lawyer representing more than 1,200 families with vaccine injury claims.

Drug Tied to China Had Contaminant, F.D.A. Says 06 Mar 2008 Federal drug regulators said Wednesday that a critical blood thinner that had been linked to at least 19 deaths and whose raw components were produced in China contained a possibly counterfeit ingredient that mimicked the real drug. [Bush's pharma-terrorists' whores at the FDA only intervene after media reports of deaths. Otherwise, they say and do *nothing.*]

Oil price soars towards $106 after New York explosion 06 Mar 2008 Record-breaking oil prices spiked close to $106 today after the market was rattled by news of a small explosion in New York and following a surprise fall in US crude stockpiles.

U.S. foreclosures hit another record high, MBA says 06 Mar 2008 The percentage of mortgages that were in foreclosure hit a record high in the fourth quarter, while mortgage delinquencies rose to a 23-year high, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Thursday.

Credit crunch hits Carlyle unit 06 Mar 2008 Carlyle Capital Corporation, the fund manager backed by the giant private equity firm Carlyle Group, has not been able to meet several payment demands. [No worries. Bush bin Laden is poised carry out another 9/11-style terror attack on US soil to replenish the trout tank. --LRP]

Carlyle unit fails to meet some margin calls 06 Mar 2008 A Dutch-listed affiliate of private equity firm Carlyle Group has not been able to meet some margin calls and has received a notice of default, it said on Thursday. Carlyle Capital Corporation (CCC) said it received margin calls totaling more than $37 million from seven financing parties on Wednesday and was unable to meet the demands for extra collateral to cover its market positions for four of them.

Paul, Kucinich keep congressional seats 05 Mar 2008 Hillary Clinton wasn't the only presidential candidate fighting for their political life in Tuesday's primaries in Ohio and Texas. Both Democrat Dennis Kucinich and Republican Ron Paul survived challenges for their congressional seats in which opponents argued that they were ignoring their constituents to seek the presidency.

Paul wins congressional nomination in Texas 04 Mar 2008 Republican Ron Paul easily won the primary night nomination for his congressional seat. Paul--an Internet sensation in his presidential bid--easily defeated local Councilman Chris Peden in the Houston-area District 14 on Tuesday night.

Dean urges do-over voting in Fla., Mich. 06 Mar 2008 The former head of the Democratic National Committee doubted Thursday whether chairman Howard Dean would be able to get approval for a plan for do-over presidential nomination contests in Florida and Michigan.

Clinton aide compares Obama to Ken Starr 06 Mar 2008 Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson, taking the campaign a bit meta on a conference call today, attacked Obama for attacking Clinton, and compared him to a notorious Clinton foe. "When Sen. Obama was confronted with questions over whether he was ready to be commander in chief and steward of the economy, he chose not to address those questions, but to attack Sen. Clinton," Wolfson said. "I for one do not believe that imitating Ken Starr is the way to win a Democratic primary election for president."

They must go for Hillary Clinton --Forget all the razzmatazz over Obama. The Democrats have only one option for president By Anatole Kaletsky 06 Mar 2008

Record warm winter for northern Europe 04 Mar 2008 Icebreakers sit idle in ports. Insects crawl out of forest hideouts. Daffodils sprout up from green lawns. Winter ended before it started in Europe's north, where record-high temperatures have people wondering whether it's a fluke or an ominous sign of a warming world. "It's the warmest winter ever" recorded, said John Ekwall of the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.

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Taken-for-granted graves for Iraqi journalists 05 Mar 2008 It is one of the ironies in Iraq that instead of having houses where they can live with their families, the Najaf governor has granted Iraqi journalists a piece of land in Dar Al-Salam cemetery where they can be buried after [US] militias assassinate them. Since March 2003, when the Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL) began, 124 journalists and 49 of their staffers have died in Iraq.

Bush officials: Congress irrelevant on Iraq 05 Mar 2008 The Bush dictatorship says the 2002 congressional authorization to go to war in Iraq gives it the authority to conduct combat operations in Iraq and negotiate far-reaching agreements with the current Iraqi government without consulting Congress. The assertion, jointly made Tuesday by U.S. Ambassador David Satterfield and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Mary Beth Long, drew an incredulous reaction from Democrats on a Joint House committee during a hearing on future U.S. commitments to Iraq.

Administration says president can keep troops in Iraq even after UN mandate expires 05 Mar 2008 The Bush administration can keep troops in Iraq into next year even after the current U.N. mandate governing operations there expires and without Congress' permission, a senior State Department official told a Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday. In a letter to Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., David Satterfield said military operations can continue "beyond the end of this year under the laws passed by Congress and the president's [sic] authority as commander in chief."

US senator wants Iraq oil funds used for rebuilding 04 Mar 2008 The chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee said on Tuesday he may try to require Iraq to spend more of its oil revenue on reconstruction instead of investing the money in foreign banks.

Turkey launches air strikes against rebels in N Iraq 06 Mar 2008 Turkey launched air strikes Tuesday night on rebel targets in northern Iraq, an Iraqi security source said on Wednesday. Turkish warplane targeted the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the Sidekan area of Arbil province, but no casualties had been reported, the source said on conditional of anonymity.

US soldier among eight killed in Iraq 05 Mar 2008 A US soldier and seven others were killed when an Iraqi military helicopter crashed in northern Iraq, the US military said. Elsewhere, there was little violence reported in Iraq, except for US operations against 'al-Qaeda.'

Khadr lawyers allege Cheney linked to video release 03 Mar 2008 Omar Khadr's defense lawyers will try to find out whether U.S. Vice-President [sic] Dick Cheney's office secretly leaked a video of the imprisoned Canadian to an American media outlet -- an allegation that, if proven, would be a clear violation of court orders and further proof that the process by which Mr. Khadr is being tried is a political, not legal one, his military lawyer says.

Lawyers for Canadian Gitmo Detainee Accuse Cheney of Leaking Video to '60 Minutes' 04 Mar 2008 Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's office may have leaked an incriminating video of a Canadian terror suspect facing a war-crimes 'trial,' according to a claim filed by the suspect's lawyers in Guantanamo Bay military court. Lawyers for Omar Khadr say the video, which apparently shows their client making a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, may have been leaked to the television program "60 Minutes" to counter publicity that has focused on legal setbacks in the case and descriptions of Khadr as a child soldier. "60 Minutes" aired the tape in November.

Afghanistan produces 93 percent of global opiates -- INCB 06 Mar 2008 Afghanistan's illicit opium poppy cultivation has increased 17 percent in 2007 and the country now accounts for 93 percent of the global illicit market for opiates, practically all the heroin in Europe comes from Afghanistan, according to International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) Annual Report, released in Vienna, Austria.

Bombings in Afghanistan kill 5 03 Mar 2008 A suicide car bomber attacked a government building Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, killing a policeman a day after a similar blast left four people--including two NATO soldiers--dead.

'Civilian-military partnership necessary against terrorism' 05 Mar 2008 Senior journalist and analyst Ahmad Rasheed said on Tuesday that only a civilian-military partnership could prove to be effective in the fight against terrorism, as Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] and the Taliban had allied to destabilise Pakistan and terrorise its people. Speaking to Geo TV, Rasheed said the series of [US] bombings after the general elections were apparently creating hurdles in the formation of the government. [See: Minister: US 'behind lawlessness and terrorism' in Pakistan 03 Mar 2008.]

Uzbekistan gives U.S. use of Termez base 05 Mar 2008 Uzbekistan will allow U.S. nationals to use its Termez airbase under strict conditions, officials said on Wednesday, almost three years after ordering out U.S. troops in a row over human rights [such as boiling people alive].

Ecuador ready for 'ultimate consequences' in regional crisis 05 Mar 2008 Venezuela was today completing a big military buildup on its border with Colombia as the president of Ecuador, the other player in the region's most perilous crisis for years, said his country would risk the "ultimate consequences" to defend itself.

DOD set to boost spending for communications, electronics, and intelligence 14 Feb 2008 Leaders of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) propose spending $29.16 billion in fiscal year 2009 for procurement and research in communications, electronics, telecommunications, and intelligence (CET&I) technologies, which would represent an 8.5 percent increase from current-year enacted levels.

Soldier Accused of 2 Slayings Turned Over to Army 05 Mar 2008 The Army is taking over prosecution [cover-up] of a Fort Lewis soldier accused of killing two married soldiers at their home in Parkland, the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office said.

Jury Convicts Former Navy Sailor On Terror Charges 05 Mar 2008 A former Navy sailor has been convicted of leaking details of ship movements to suspected terrorism supporters. Jurors convicted Hassan Abu-Jihaad of Phoenix of providing material support to terrorists and disclosing classified national defense information. Abu-Jihaad was prosecuted in New Haven because the investigation first focused on a Connecticut-based Internet service provider.

Conn. teen appeals school punishment for vulgar Web language, hearing begins 05 Mar 2008 A teen who used vulgar slang in an Internet blog to complain about school administrators shouldn't have been punished by the school, her lawyer told a federal appeals court. But a lawyer for the Burlington, Conn., school told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that administrators should be allowed to act if such comments are made on the Web.

Oil surpasses $104 a barrel, gaining more than $5 --U.S. inventories drop 'unexpectedly;' OPEC leaves output unchanged 05 Mar 2008 Crude-oil futures on Wednesday surged past $104 a barrel for the first time, rallying after data showed U.S. inventories fell unexpectedly and after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries decided to keep its production levels unchanged. [See: Exxon guns for all-time profit record 23 Jan 2008 Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, is within striking distance of setting an all-time profit record - again. "For every $1 [increase] in the price of oil, Exxon makes [another] $125 million for the quarter," said Fadel Gheit, a senior energy analyst at Oppenheimer.]

Vermont towns vote to arrest Bush and Cheney 05 Mar 2008 Voters in two Vermont towns on Tuesday approved a measure that would instruct police to arrest President [sic] George W. Bush and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney for "crimes against our Constitution," local media reported. The nonbinding, symbolic measure passed in Brattleboro and Marlboro, instructs town police to "extradite them to other authorities that may reasonably contend to prosecute them."

Vermont towns approve Bush, Cheney indictments 04 Mar 2008 Voters in two Vermont towns approved measures calling for the indictment of President [sic] Bush and Vice President [sic] Cheney. Both are accused of violating the Constitution. The measures call on police to arrest Bush and Cheney if they ever visit Brattleboro or nearby Marlboro.

Bush says of McCain: 'He's going to win' 05 Mar 2008 Sen. John McCain just arrived at the White House for the official endorsement he's about to get from President [sic] Bush. "He's going to win," Bush said of his fellow Republican, who yesterday wrapped up the party's presidential nomination.

McCain gets formal Bush endorsement 05 Mar 2008 John McCain went to the White House today for lunch with President [sic] Bush -- and for his formal blessing. The Arizona senator, who hopes to succeed him in the White House, mathematically clinched the Republican nomination by sweeping Tuesday's primaries.

McCain clinches GOP nomination 05 Mar 2008 John McCain clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday. According to the AP count, the four-term Arizona senator surpassed the requisite 1,191 GOP delegates as voters in Ohio, Vermont, Rhode Island and Texas put him over the threshold.

Huckabee drops out of presidential race 05 Mar 2008 Mike Huckabee bowed to reality Tuesday and out of the Republican presidential race. "We kept the faith," he told his end-of-the-road rally Tuesday after John McCain clinched the nomination.

Clinton Likes the Idea of Vice President --Obama Drops Hint On 'The Early Show'; Barack: Not So Fast 05 Mar 2008 One day after Hillary Clinton's dramatic victories over Barack Obama, both candidates are firing away at each other. Although Clinton is calling her herself the comeback kid, she is hinting at a possible Democratic dream ticket with Obama.

Obama Regains Ground in Texas Caucuses 05 Mar 2008 Barack Obama regained lost ground in the fierce competition for Democratic convention delegates on Wednesday based on results from the Texas caucuses, partially negating the impact of Hillary Clinton's string of comeback primary victories.

Clinton is back - big wins in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island 05 Mar 2008 Hillary Clinton has made a triumphant come-back in the 2008 race for the White House. Trailing Senator Barack Obama's twelve-straight gains in the primaries, Clinton has fought back to gain the two biggest states in the country, Texas and Ohio, and has also defeated Obama for Rhode Island.

Clinton wins Ohio, Texas; Obama, Vermont 05 Mar 2008 Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton revived her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination with victories yesterday in the Ohio and Texas primaries that erased the sting of her 11 straight losses.

Canada says leak was "blatantly unfair" to Obama 05 Mar 2008 The leak of information about Barack Obama's position on the North American Free Trade Agreement was "blatantly unfair" to his campaign, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday.

Kucinich wins Ohio primary 04 Mar 2008 Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) prevailed in the Democratic primary against a insurgent primary campaign from a well-funded Cleveland city councilor, Joe Cimperman and three other Democratic challengers.

Gulf investors may not save Citigroup, Dubai executive says 04 Mar 2008 Mideast sovereign wealth funds may fail to save troubled U.S. banking giant Citigroup Inc. unless more cash is pumped into the lender, the head of a $13 billion Dubai-owned investment firm said Tuesday.

Unlike Consumers, Companies Are Piling Up Cash 04 Mar 2008 At least someone knows how to fill a piggy bank. Unlike most American consumers, whose failure to save has exasperated economists for years, the typical American corporation has increased its savings so sharply that it probably has enough cash on hand to completely pay off its debts.

Fraud compounds woes of housing crisis 05 Mar 2008 As the U.S. housing meltdown forces hundreds of thousands of Americans from their homes, the extent to which fraud was a factor in the crisis is just coming to light.

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Top US military man arrives in Pakistan 03 Mar 2008 On his second visit in a month, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has arrived in Islamabad. He is visiting the increasingly violent country for talks with embattled President Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan's military leadership.

Iranian leader lends Iraq $1 billion, tells U.S. to leave 04 Mar 2008 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lent $1 billion on Monday and told America to go home, as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Baghdad aimed at cementing Iran's blossoming relationship with its one-time enemy.

Insurgents 'took a break' during Ahmadinejad visit 05 Mar 2008 A top US general says 'Iranian-backed insurgents' took a couple of days off during the recent visit to Baghdad by Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Lieutenant General Ray Odierno, who has only just returned from duty as the second highest ranking US officer in Iraq, says Iran still controls 'insurgent' groups in Iraq.

U.S. calls for implementing sanctions on Iran 05 Mar 2008 The United States urged the international community on Tuesday to implement the fresh sanctions on Iran approved by the UN Security Council on Monday.

Iraqi teenager killed in US Apache helicopter 03 Mar 2008 An Iraqi teenager was killed during an attack by 'coalition' forces south of Samarra on Friday, officials said.

Turk army chief says more Iraq operations possible 03 Mar 2008 The head of Turkey's military General Staff said on Monday further land operations against Kurdish PKK separatists in northern Iraq could be launched if necessary.

2 NATO Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan 04 Mar 2008 A suicide attack on a government office guarded by Afghan and NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan left two alliance soldiers dead and four more wounded, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday.

Marines launch investigation into sick puppies who tossed dog on video 04 Mar 2008 The U.S. Marines are investigating a video clip in which two of their own appear to throw a helpless puppy off a cliff. The 17 second clip sparked outrage after it was viewed [hundreds of] thousands of times before being yanked by the popular Web site YouTube. [Why was it yanked - to please US war criminals, terrorists and sociopaths?]

Terror suspects 'held on island' 04 Mar 2008 The UN torture investigator yesterday said he had received "credible" allegations that the US detained terror suspects on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia - a claim that directly contradicts statements by the British and US governments. Manfred Nowak, one of the global body's unpaid, independent human rights experts, said multiple sources had told him that terror suspects were sent to Diego Garcia and kept there between 2002 and 2003.

Malene's Sexy Protest 02 Mar 2008 Sexy Malene Espensen has given the phrase political briefing a saucy twist…by flashing in some new anti-Guantanamo Bay knickers. The Danish beauty has joined protests against America’s anti-terror prison by buying orange bikini briefs emblazoned with "Fair Trial My Arse".

White House guts Intelligence Oversight Board. (Think Progress) 03 Mar 2008 On Friday, the White House issued a new executive order effectively gutting the Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB), "created in 1976 in the wake of widespread abuses by U.S. intelligence agencies." Under the order, many of the IOB’s investigative powers will now be transfered to DNI Mike McConnell. "Rather than intelligence agencies reporting their activities to the board for review, they will now report them to McConnell," the AP notes.

New White House order bolsters intelligence chief's power 01 Mar 2008 The White House on Friday gave the national intelligence director some of the powers of an advisory board created in 1976 to serve as the president's watchdog for illegal intelligence activities, a move meant to bolster the role of the intelligence chief in relation to the 16 agencies he oversees.

Vanity Fair: Bush approved plot to oust Hamas 04 Mar 2008 US President [sic] George W. Bush is said to have approved a covert initiative to overthrow the Hamas government shortly after Hamas won the January 2006 parliamentary election, according to confidential documents obtained by Vanity Fair magazine. The documents, which have been corroborated by sources at the US State Department and Palestinian officials, reveal that the plan was supposed to be implemented by the State Department. The report confirms allegations by Hamas and other Palestinians that the US has been supplying Fatah with weapons and money so that its forces could bring down the Hamas government.

Israel warns it will be back as Gaza incursion is finally ended 04 Mar 2008 The Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, made it clear last night after Israeli ground forces withdrew from Gaza that a 48-hour incursion which claimed more than 100 Palestinian lives was not a "one-time event" and operations against Hamas would continue.

Oil Tops Inflation-Adjusted Record Set in 1980 04 Mar 2008 Capping a relentless rise in recent [Bush] years, oil prices hit a record high during the day on Monday, then pulled back to close below the record. The day’s highest trading price, $103.95 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, broke the record set in April 1980 during the second oil shock.

More Families Are Shunning Vaccines 02 Mar 2008 As states move to require more vaccines for school-age children, an increasing number of parents are saying no to some of the inoculations. They are seeking exemptions from the state in growing numbers, citing religious reasons or saying that they believe the [deadly] vaccines will do more harm than good.

Voters to Decide On Presidential Arrests --Brattleboro Residents to Vote On Indictment Against Bush, Cheney 03 Mar 2008 On Tuesday voters across Vermont will head to the polls... In Brattleboro, voters will decide whether to indict the president [sic] and vice president [sic] for war crimes.

Senate candidate calls for Bush's arrest 28 Feb 2008 (Kennebunkport ME) Calling President [sic] George Bush "the worst president in the history of the United States," Independent U.S. Senate candidate Laurie Dobson stood on the steps of Town Hall Tuesday and called upon the town to indict Bush and Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney as war criminals. Saying that both had "made killing fields of many countries," Dobson urged town leaders to issue a warrant for their arrests.

LA Man Accused of Threatening Bush 03 Mar 2008 A man was arrested after making a threat on the president's life last week during a phone conversation with a former girlfriend, who called 911, authorities said. A bail hearing was scheduled Monday for Charles Madrid, a radio technician who allegedly threatened President [sic] Bush's life. "Committing this murder is not a murder, it's making a difference for the people," court papers say the former girlfriend, [Nazi] Wanda O'Hickey-Way, quoted Madrid as saying. [It's all moot, because Bush is not the president.]

Renzi pleads not guilty to federal charges 04 Mar 2008 Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi has pleaded not guilty to federal charges including insurance fraud, extortion and money laundering. The three-term Republican from Arizona's 1st Congressional District made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Tucson on Tuesday.

Bomb threat disrupts voting at northeast Ohio school --Voters cleared out, school placed under lockdown while authorities searched with bomb-sniffing dog 04 Mar 2008 A bomb threat halted voting at a northeast Ohio school for close to 90 minutes. Lake County elections director Janet Clair says she was summoned to Madison Middle School around 9:30 Tuesday morning, after the threat was called in.

Ohio, especially Cleveland, under scrutiny for voting problems 04 Mar 2008 With a surprisingly large role to play in the Democratic presidential race late in the primary season, Ohio had the daunting job Tuesday of running an election with new systems in many locations, particularly trouble-prone Cleveland.

Ohio GOP voters crossing over in large numbers 04 Mar 2008 At the polls Poll watchers throughout Ohio are noting large numbers of Republican voters crossing over to vote in the Democratic Primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Ohio County Extends Early Voting Amid Record Turnout 03 Mar 2008 Early voters in Ohio continued to break records on Monday after another county extended voting hours to accommodate the high turn-out. Election officials in Franklin county extended early voting until 9 p.m. on Monday. The county so far has over 119,000 early ballots, according to officials.

Ohio Elections Official Questions Obama Tactics 04 Mar 2008 Ohio elections officials received complaints this morning from official poll workers about efforts by supporters of Democrat Barack Obama to serve as "legal poll monitors" who would be allowed to camp inside the voting stations.

Tough Caucus Strategy 01 Mar 2008 Hillary Clinton and her campaign is pushing for precinct captains for Texas' 8,000 Democratic polling places. They need to train folks to lead the caucus sessions that will determine more than 60 delegates after the primary voting is over. Training materials handed out by the Clinton campaign say in part, "DO NOT allow the supporter of another candidate to serve in leadership roles... If our supporters are outnumbered, ask the Temporary Chair if one of our supporters can serves as the Secretary, in the interest of fairness."

Clinton protester detained 03 Mar 2008 Police detained a protester at an early morning campaign stop by former President Bill Clinton. The unidentified man had been holding a sign saying that 9/11 was in inside job. After Clinton finished his speech and was shaking hands with the crowd, the man began yelling at the former president, who was campaigning for his wife's presidential run. Police approached the man.

Deliverance or Diversion? By Paul Krugman 03 Mar 2008 Unless Hillary Clinton wins big on Tuesday, Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee. And he’s not at all the kind of candidate one might have expected to emerge out of the backlash against Republican governance. ...Mr. Obama, instead of emphasizing the harm done by the other party’s rule, likes to blame both sides for our sorry political state. And in his speeches he promises not a rejection of Republicanism but an era of postpartisan unity... Some progressives are appalled by the direction their party seems to have taken: they wanted another F.D.R., yet feel that they're getting an oratorically upgraded version of Michael Bloomberg instead.

FCC official wants probe of "60 Minutes" black-out 03 Mar 2008 A U.S. Federal Communications Commission official [Michael Copps] is seeking an inquiry into the blacking out of a politically charged segment of the CBS News magazine "60 Minutes" by a local television station in Alabama.

CDC: Toxic Katrina trailers made in Indiana 04 Mar 2008 Northern Indiana’s recreational vehicle industry is at the center of a federal inquiry into toxic air found in emergency trailers supplied to victims left homeless in 2005 by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that it measured the highest levels of formaldehyde in emergency trailers made by three Indiana firms.

As drug ads surge, more get Rx's filled 04 Mar 2008 Prescription-drug ads prompt nearly one-third of Americans to ask their doctors about an advertised medicine, and 82% of those who ask say their physicians recommended a prescription. The findings in a national survey by USA TODAY, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health come as drug advertising hit a record $4.8 billion in 2006, up from $2.6 billion in 2002.

Vietnam reports two more bird flu-hit provinces 03 Mar 2008 Bird flu has recently stricken poultry in the two northern provinces of Phu Tho and Ha Nam, raising the total number of affected localities in Vietnam to nine.

Twin Polar Bear Cubs Take First Steps In Daylight 04 Mar 2008 A pair of twin polar bear cubs ventured out into the world for the first time on Tuesday. The cubs made their first steps in daylight at the Vienna Zoo after three months of being sheltered by their mother in a protected cubbyhole in the polar bear enclosure.

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Iran, Iraq sign seven pacts 04 Mar 2008 Tehran and Baghdad signed seven cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding on Monday in Baghdad during Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Iraq. The Iranian president started a landmark two-day visit to Iraq on Sunday which ended on Monday.

Iran calls on US to quit Iraq 03 Mar 2008 The Iranian president, on a landmark visit to neighbouring Iraq, has called for US troops' withdrawal from the war-torn nation, saying that the country will "live in peace" without them. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the call on Monday while signing seven pacts with Iraq in the areas of trade, industry and transport.

Ahmadinejad welcomed heartily in Iraq --Unlike Mr. Bush's cloak-and-dagger visits here -- fly-in trips to heavily guarded U.S. military bases that only last a few hours, often with no advance notice given to even the Iraqi government -- Mr. Ahmadinejad's schedule was announced days earlier. 02 Mar 2008 It's a damning indication of how poorly things have gone for the United States during its five-year misadventure in Iraq that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can drive in broad daylight though this war-ravaged city and spend the night at the presidential palace, but George W. Bush can't. Mr. Ahmadinejad was greeted with lavish ceremony yesterday as he became the first Iranian President to visit Baghdad, a trip some said reflected Iran's great and growing power in Iraq and how severely the U.S. effort to remake Iraq into a Western-friendly democracy has gone awry. Nearly 4,000 American soldiers have died since the war began in 2003, but Iraq's U.S.-backed government warmly welcomed Washington's No. 1 enemy with flowers and a band. [LOL! Gee, remember when Dick Cheney said we'd be being greeted with 'flowers' after 'liberating' Iraq? Well, looks like he was half-right --someone *was* greeted with flowers! --Lori Price]

UN votes to sanction Iran for a 3rd time 03 Mar 2008 The Security Council on Monday adopted its third resolution imposing sanctions on Iran for its refusal to cease enriching uranium, an activity that Western nations believe is designed to build nuclear weapons.

Iran Nuke Laptop Data Came from Terror Group 29 Feb 2008 The George W. Bush administration has long pushed the "laptop documents" -- 1,000 pages of technical documents supposedly from a stolen Iranian laptop -- as hard evidence of Iranian intentions to build a nuclear weapon. But those documents have long been regarded with great suspicion by U.S. and foreign analysts. German officials have identified the source of the laptop documents in November 2004 as the Mujahideen e Khalq (MEK), which along with its political arm, the National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), is listed by the U.S. State Department as a terrorist organisation. There are some indications, moreover, that the MEK obtained the documents not from an Iranian source but from Israel's Mossad.

Iraq al-Qaida fight to take months [Yup, right until the November 'elections.'] 03 Mar 2008 It will take months more of fighting to drive 'al-Qaida insurgents' from Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the third largest in the nation, a top U.S. commander in the region said Monday.

Dozens die in Baghdad bombings 03 Mar 2008 At least 25 people have been killed in two bombings in Baghdad despite increased security across the capital for the landmark visit of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president.

Prince Harry's tour a 'PR exercise' 03 Mar 2008 Prince Harry today spent his first full day back in Britain after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, amid claims that media coverage had been "propaganda" and overlooked a failed military strategy. The renowned publicist Max Clifford told The Guardian he believed the deployment was a "total, superficial, PR exercise" aimed at "rebranding'' Harry - who has a reputation as a wayward party animal - in a more positive light.

US Soldier throws puppy off cliff --Posted by trav10852 02 Mar 2008 (video) [? Even if the video is a 'fake' or no animals were actually harmed, *why* are US soldiers pretending to hurl a dog off a cliff?]

Embattled Veterans Official Resigns Post 29 Feb 2008 Another high-ranking George W. Bush administration official has resigned. The Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Benefits Daniel Cooper quit Thursday amid mounting criticism over a backlog of disability claims for injured veterans that runs six months long and an appearance he made in a fundraising video for an evangelical Christian organisation where he said Bible study was more important than doing his job.

China and US Nuclear Talks Lead to New Military Hotline 01 Mar 2008 China and the United States have agreed to deepen a dialogue on nuclear and Asian security issues following the end of high-level talks in Beijing this week, the US defence department said Saturday. One agreement that was reached will establish a telephone hotline between the two armies, which is expected to be operational in about a month, said David Sedney, deputy assistant secretary of defence for East Asia. The new hotline will be China's first direct military telephone link with another country. "The purpose is to address emergency, crisis or important issues that need immediate communication," said Sedney, adding that the line would have come useful amid tensions between Beijing and Washington last year.

Minister: US 'behind lawlessness and terrorism' in Pakistan 03 Mar 2008 The US embassy on Sunday expressed grave concern over the statement of caretaker Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz claiming that the US was behind lawlessness and terrorism in Pakistan.

Who is behind the terrorism? (Daily Times) 03 Mar 2008 The caretaker interior minister, Lieutenant General (Retd) Hamid Nawaz Khan, has done the predictable thing that he learned in PMA by saying on Saturday that India, Afghanistan and the United States had a hand in the terrorism in Pakistan... [He asserts] that the Taliban-Al Qaeda offensive in Afghanistan had gone down in the same measure as incidents of terrorism had gone up in Pakistan. He said suicide-bombings and other acts of organised violence needed big funding and this could come only from states unfriendly towards Pakistan.

US embassy angrily reacts to Pakistan interior minister's remarks [LOL!] 02 Mar 2008 The US Embassy Sunday described as 'untrue' recent claims made by Pakistan's interior minister concerning the United States that 'the U.S, India and Afghanistan' are involved in suicide attacks in Pakistan. The interior minister reportedly told an Arab TV channel that the United States is among other foreign countries behind the blasts.

Suicide blasts claim 85 lives in Pakistan 03 Mar 2008 AT least 85 people have been killed in a series of suicide bombings in northwestern Pakistan since Friday.

US launches missile strike in Somalia 03 Mar 2008 Two U.S. missiles hit a house in southern Somalia on Monday, according to local officials, in an attack Washington said was directed at "known terrorists". A man in Kismayu, who said the house that was hit belonged to him, told Reuters in Kismayu his daughter was among the wounded and four of his cows had also been killed in the attack. [The "known terrorists"are Bush and Cheney, carrying out war crimes all over the world. Too bad people didn't return fire.]

US says al Qaeda was target of Somalia air strike [But, the actual target was houses and cows.] 03 Mar 2008 The U.S. military targeted "a known al Qaeda terrorist" in an attack early on Monday in southern Somalia, the Pentagon said. It was the fourth U.S. air strike on Somalia in 14 months.

US helps to kill guerilla leader 03 Mar 2008 Ecuador and Venezuela yesterday warned Colombia against any further cross-border raids after US-backed troops killed a senior commander of Colombia's largest rebel army in an air-and-ground attack. Raul Reyes, the spokesman of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and considered as a successor to the group's leader, died in combat across the border in neighbouring Ecuador.

Ecuador says sends 3,200 troops to frontier 03 Mar 2008 Ecuador has sent 3,200 soldiers to the border province of Sucumbios after a diplomatic spat with Colombia over a Colombian US military raid that killed a rebel leader inside Ecuadorean territory, a military official said on Monday.

Olmert: We'll continue Gaza ops until terrorism stops 03 Mar 2008 "We will have no choice but to continue [IDF] action until terrorism stops," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday during a special Knesset session to mark the visit of Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom.

Sarkozy and Mandelson 'strike a deal to get top EU job for Blair' 02 Mar 2008 Nicolas Sarkozy is backing Tony Blair's campaign to become the first President of Europe in return for the way Peter Mandelson secretly helped him win the French Presidency, it was claimed last night. The suggestion of a secret EU Presidency deal between the three men will enrage Gordon Brown, who has always blamed Mr Mandelson for the way Mr Blair pipped him to the post of Labour leader in 1994.

Pentagon to Test Invisible Gases In Crystal City --Test dubbed 'Urban Shield: Crystal City Urban Transport Study' 01 Mar 2008 (VA) The Pentagon is scheduled to release odorless, invisible and 'harmless' gases into Crystal City Thursday to test how quickly they spread through buildings, officials said. The data will help the Pentagon and Arlington shape their lockdown policies for [Bush's] chemical and biological attacks or accidents, and will also help them determine the most effective locations for sensors.

David Hicks receives job offers 03 Mar 2008 'Convicted' terrorism supporter David Hicks is starting to receive offers of jobs from people willing to employ him, entrepreneur Dick Smith says.

'9/11 attacks made up,' says French best actress Oscar-winner 03 Mar 2008 Actress Marion Cotillard sparked a political row yesterday after accusing America of fabricating the 9/11 attacks. "I think we're lied to about a number of things," Cotillard said, singling out the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center as an example of the US making up horror stories for political ends.

Court may consider broadcast decency rules --Issue of 'fleeting expletives' comes before justices 03 Mar 2008 The Supreme Court this week may reopen for the first time in more than 30 years the debate over what qualifies as an "indecent" broadcast.

Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court - Now What? By David Kirby 25 Feb 2008 After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims... The claim, one of 4,900 autism cases currently pending in Federal "Vaccine Court," was conceded by US Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler and other Justice Department officials, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, the "defendant" in all Vaccine Court cases.

Diebold Receives a Takeover Offer 03 Mar 2008 The United Technologies Corporation made public on Sunday an unsolicited $3 billion bid for Diebold, one of the largest makers of automated teller machines and 'voting' machines. United Technologies, which first approached Diebold two years ago, initially made the offer in private on Friday.

Bears make mark on March --Nasdaq Composite closes at lowest level since October 2006 03 Mar 2008 U.S. stock indexes on Monday ended mostly lower, with the Nasdaq Composite closing at its lowest level in 16 months, after a report showed surprising weakness in commercial construction, the latest economic cloud. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 7.49 points to 12,258.90. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 12.88 points to 2,258.60, its lowest close since Oct. 3, 2006.

Clinton to Press Ahead After Primaries 03 Mar 2008 Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested Monday she'll press on with the campaign after Tuesday's crucial primaries, arguing that momentum is on her side despite 11 straight losses to rival Sen. Barack Obama. "I'm just getting warmed up," Clinton told reporters, looking ahead to a busy day of campaign events in Ohio and Texas where polls show a close race ahead of Tuesday's primaries.

Clinton gains in Ohio, Texas polls 03 Mar 2008 The latest round of polls out today suggest that Hillary Clinton might have some momentum heading into Tuesday's crucial contests in Ohio and Texas. The Ohio surveys, which were all completed Sunday, indicate that Barack Obama is no longer closing the gap and that Clinton might have rebuilt a double-digit lead.

Clinton maintaining lead in latest Ohio polls 03 Mar 2008 New polls released on the eve of the Ohio presidential primary show Hillary Rodham Clinton still leading Barack Obama among the state’s Democratic voters.

Trial begins of former Chicago Obama fundraiser 03 Mar 2008 A friend and fundraiser to U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama went on trial on Monday in a case that has directed scrutiny at the often corrupt political culture of the candidate's adopted home state.

Canada says didn't misrepresent Obama over NAFTA 03 Mar 2008 Canada on Monday denied it had tried to sway the U.S. presidential election by misrepresenting Democratic candidate Barack Obama with the suggestion that he didn't really believe his criticisms of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Obama Adviser Denies Trade Remarks 03 Mar 2008 Barack Obama's senior economic policy adviser said Sunday that Canadian government officials wrote an inaccurate portrayal of his private discussion on the campaign's trade policy in a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

Okla., Texas Snow to Follow Twisters, Hail --Freezing Rain, Flooding Expected For Ohio's Primary 03 Mar 2008 Snow was expected Monday across Oklahoma and Texas after a weekend of tornadoes and hail. The National Weather Service posted a snow and blowing snow advisory for parts of Oklahoma, where 3 to 6 inches of snow were possible in eastern sections Monday.

Rare frogs bred in New Zealand 03 Mar 2008 A rare and threatened species of tiny frog has been found breeding in a New Zealand animal park, meaning its future may now be more secure, researchers said Monday. The 13 finger nail-sized Maud Island froglets were discovered clinging to the backs of full-grown male frogs at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in the capital Wellington, said researcher Kerri Lukis.

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MPs warn against US attack on Iran 02 Mar 2008 A military strike against Iran is unlikely to succeed and could provoke a violent backlash across the region, MPs have warned. The Commons foreign affairs committee urged the Government to use its influence with Washington to persuade the US administration to "engage" diplomatically with the Iranians over their nuclear programme.

MPs urging direct US-Iran talks 02 Feb 2008 The UK government should persuade the US administration to engage in direct talks with Iran over its controversial nuclear programme, MPs have said.

Ahmadinejad in Iraq on landmark visit 03 Mar 2008 Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Baghdad on Sunday on a key visit that aims to lay the foundation for a special relationship between the neighbours. Mr. Ahmadinejad’s host, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has described the visit as "historic." Mr. Ahmadinejad is the first Iranian President to step on Iraqi soil since Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution.

Iranian President in landmark trip to Iraq 01 Mar 2008 Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday as he began a two-day visit to Iraq that his trip opened a new page in relations between the two former foes that fought a vicious war in the 1980s. The leader also used his historic trip to fire a fresh salvo at US President [sic] George W. Bush by saying the "Iraqi nation does not want the US." [Thanks to Bush, no one does.]

Iraq does not like America, says Iran's Ahmadinejad 02 Mar 2008 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that Iraq "does not want" the United States and dismissed President [sic] George W. Bush's charge that Tehran supports militants in Iraq.

Lebanon PM denies warship request 01 Mar 2008 Fouad Siniora, the prime minister of Lebanon, has denied asking the US for the warship USS Cole and two support ships to take up positions off the coast of Lebanon, amid the ongoing political deadlock in the country. He reportedly summoned the US ambassador on Friday to explain the decision. Siniora said: "We did not request any warships from any party."

Saudis urged to leave Lebanon 01 Mar 2008 The Saudi Arabian embassy in Beirut has called on its nationals to leave Lebanon a day after a US warship was positioned off the country's coast. The embassy on Saturday sent SMS messages to Saudis living in Lebanon urging them to leave the country as soon as possible, Al Jazeera's correspondent said.

No date for clearing al Qaeda from Mosul - US 02 Mar 2008 The U.S. military said on Sunday it did not know when it would clear al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] fighters from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the 'Sunni Islamist group's' last urban stronghold in Iraq.

U.S. troop decision in Iraq late summer: official 29 Feb 2008 The top U.S. commander in Iraq will likely take four to six weeks after a reduction in U.S. troop levels ends in mid-July before deciding if more can go home, a senior administration official said on Friday.

Grim reminder of reality as RAF man dies in Basra 02 Mar 2008 A British airman was killed in a rocket attack on the military base at Basra airport in southern Iraq on Friday night, the Ministry of Defence confirmed yesterday.

Iraqi court tosses American's conviction 29 Feb 2008 An American held in Iraq by the U.S. military has had his conviction and death sentence overturned by an Iraqi court, the man's American lawyer said Friday. Mohammad Munaf was convicted in 2006 on charges he helped in the 2005 kidnapping of three Romanian journalists in Baghdad.

Senator Clinton Cosponsors Legislation to Ban Use of Private Security Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan (clinton.senate.gov) 28 Feb 2008 Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that she has cosponsored legislation to ban the use of Blackwater and other private mercenary firms in Iraq... It also includes a whistleblower clause to protect contract personnel who uncover contract violations, criminal actions, or human rights abuses.

British island 'used by US for rendition' --Indian Ocean atoll Diego Garcia was used to hold US suspects, UN special rapporteur on torture, claims 02 Feb 2008 Britain's denials that its territories have been used for 'extraordinary rendition' were dramatically undermined last night after the United Nations claimed that Diego Garcia has been used as a detention centre to hold US suspects.

2nd mobile phone tower destroyed in S Afghanistan 02 Mar 2008 Following Taliban outfit's threat to target mobile phone companies' towers in Taliban-held areas, the second boasting tower of ROSHAN mobile phone firm was destroyed in Afghanistan's troubled Helmand province, locals said. "Taliban [US] destroyed the boasting tower of ROSHAN company in Sangin district Saturday night and since then there is no telephone facilities," an elder of the district told Xinhua but refused to be identified.

'Harry's War': The ugly truth --Afghanistan veteran, Leo Docherty, criticises the British military campaign in Helmand province, where the Prince served until his tour of duty was cut short... 02 Mar 2008 The fighting rages still and opium production has soared to new heights. Overwhelming firepower (the kind that Harry co-ordinates) cannot resolve the fact that the British campaign in Helmand is illogical; we are trying to fight our way to winning hearts and minds and losing the trust of the population in doing so. Scores of civilians have been killed by British ordnance in Helmand. In 2007, at least 6,000 people died in the conflict across Afghanistan, of which approximately 1,400 were civilians.

Thousands of Jordanians hold anti-Israel march 02 Mar 2008 Crying for revenge with suicide attacks, thousands of Jordanians marched in the capital of the pro-U.S. kingdom on Sunday to protest against Israel's Gaza offensive that had killed more than 100 Palestinians.

Israel Bombs Hamas Prime Minister's Office in Gaza 02 Mar 2008 Israel is expanding a military offensive in Gaza as the Palestinian death toll continues to climb. Israeli aircraft fired missiles at the office of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City, escalating an offensive aimed at halting Palestinian rocket attacks.

Israel continues Gaza offensive 02 Mar 2008 Israel has rejected growing international criticism of its crackdown on Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, pushing forward with an offensive that has killed more than 100 Palestinians, including dozens of civilians, in recent days.

Israeli army gives rocket safety tips on Internet 02 Mar 2008 Avi B. wanted to know if he could receive a warning via a text message on his cell phone of an impending rocket attack on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip... Those were just some of the questions Israelis participating in an Internet chat on Sunday on Israel's popular YNet news Web site posed to Lieutenant-Colonel Ariella Ben-Avraham, a spokeswoman for the army's Home Command.

Chavez sends tanks to Colombia border in dispute 02 Mar 2008 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez moved tanks to the Colombian border and mobilized fighter jets on Sunday, warning Bogota could spark a war after its troops struck inside another of its neighbors, Ecuador.

Chavez orders troops to Colombian border --Venezuelan leader warns neighbor's action against rebels could lead to war 02 Mar 2008 President Hugo Chavez on Sunday ordered 10 battalions of troops to the border with Colombia after Colombia's military killed a top rebel leader.

40 die in NWest Pakistan suicide bombing 02 Mar 2008 A suicide bomber blew himself up Sunday at a large meeting called by tribal elders pushing for peace in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 100, witnesses and officials said.

Bhutto's death: two charged in terrorism court 03 Mar 2008 Two men accused in the assassination of the former prime minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto have appeared in a special terrorism court. Wearing black hoods and with hands in cuffs, Sher Zaman, 32, and Aitzaz Shah, 15, were led into court on Saturday morning. The public and news media were barred from the proceedings, but lawyers at the court familiar with the case said the two were formally charged.

'Everybody in the country' has had their phone calls 'combed through, and lots of people will be outraged.' Bush Moves to Shield Telecommunications Firms 02 Feb 2008 ...[I]n the bitter Washington dispute over whether to give the companies legal immunity, there is one thing on which both sides agree: If the lawsuits go forward, sensitive details about the scope and methods of the Bush administration's surveillance efforts could be divulged for the first time.The various plaintiffs... are seeking to prove that the Bush administration engaged in illegal massive surveillance of Americans' e-mails and phone calls after before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and to show that major phone companies illegally aided the surveillance, including the disclosure of customers' call records. If the cases are allowed to proceed, plaintiffs' attorneys say, the courts could review, in secret if necessary, any government authorizations for the surveillance.

Indemnification... By Kevin Drum 02 Mar 2008 As we all know, the Bush adminstration is hellbent on passing a law granting telecom companies retroactive immunity for any surveillance laws they may have broken in the aftermath of 9/11. But... the telecom companies themselves don't really seem to be fighting all that hard on behalf of this legislation. Why? ...[T]he reason the telcos don't care all that much about the lawsuits being pursued against them is because they almost certainly signed indemnification agreements with the feds back in 2001. Such agreements would force the federal government to pay any legal judgments awarded in suits against the telcos... Rather, it's the Bush administration that wants immunity, and they want it because they're trying to keep the scope of their wiretapping programs secret.

Barnstorming Obama plans to pick Republicans for cabinet 02 Feb 2008 Obama is hoping to appoint cross-party figures to his cabinet such as Chuck Hagel, the Republican senator for Nebraska and an opponent of the Iraq war, and Richard Lugar, leader of the Republicans on the Senate foreign relations committee. Senior advisers confirmed that Hagel, a highly decorated Vietnam war veteran and one of McCain’s closest friends in the Senate, was considered an ideal candidate for defence secretary. Some regard the outspoken Republican as a possible vice-presidential nominee although that might be regarded as a "stretch".

As Developer Heads to Trial, Questions Linger Over a Deal With Obama 02 Mar 2008 Nearly three years later, fallout from Barack Obama’s relationship with Tony Rezko, who raised more than $150,000 for Mr. Obama’s campaigns, continue to dog Mr. Obama on the presidential campaign trail. That distraction promises to linger as Mr. Rezko goes on trial on corruption charges starting Monday.

Dead Heats In Ohio and Texas 02 Mar 2008 Two new polls show that Tuesday's pivotal Clinton-Obama contests in Ohio and Texas are essentially deadlocked. According to an MSNBC/McClatchy/Mason-Dixon survey in Texas, Obama is ahead of Clinton, 46%-45%, although that lead is within the poll's 4% margin of error. In Ohio, per a new Cleveland Plain Dealer/Mason-Dixon poll, it's Clinton 47%, Obama 43% -- also within the survey's 4% margin of error.

Clinton Tax Returns to Be Released April 15 02 Feb 2008 Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., is poised to release her tax returns "on or around April 15," Clinton's communications director Howard Wolfson said in an exclusive "This Week" debate Sunday morning with David Axelrod, senior campaign adviser to her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

Oil price surges to all-time high 01 Mar 2008 Crude oil has surged for a fourth day as the feeble dollar and lacklustre stock markets increased the appeal of commodities for investors. Oil and gold prices surged to record highs yesterday as the dollar fell to close to its lowest level ever against the euro.

Ga. House OKs seizing vehicles from illegal immigrants 28 Feb 2008 A bill that would allow police to seize cars from illegal immigrants was approved by the House Thursday. Bill sponsor Rep. James Mills (R-Gainesville) repeatedly told House members Thursday the measure would protect Georgia citizens from the "epidemic" of illegal immigration.

Activists Bare Teeth Over Foreclosures --In Fight Against Foreclosures, Ornery Activists Tackle Countrywide, Nation's Biggest Lender 01 Mar 2008 Folks on Humphrey Hill Drive were still waking up on the icy Saturday morning the shark hunters came to town. They rounded the suburban traffic circle in a pair of rented school buses after a half-hour ride from far more modest neighborhoods, rumbling to a stop at the Garmone family's driveway. Forty-two caffeinated Clevelanders piled out, their leaders carrying bullhorns.

US military declares war on feral pigs at Fort Benning 29 Feb 2008 Major Bobby Toon is known as the Pig Czar at Fort Benning, Georgia. He's in charge of ridding the 75,000-hectare base of its unwanted guests: an estimated 6,000 feral pigs that roam freely. Since July, more than 900 pigs have been killed and Toon says he has personally "brought down" 68 of the animals. About 2,000 people have been authorized to hunt the animals and the base is offering a $40 bounty for every pig tail that's brought in.

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US Vets to Testify About War Crimes They Committed or Witnessed 28 Feb 2008 U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are planning to descend on Washington from Mar. 13-16 to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in those countries. "The war in Iraq is not covered to its potential because of how dangerous it is for reporters to cover it," said Liam Madden, a former Marine and member of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War. [Let's get the betting pool going on what will dominate the mainstream media March 13-16. I am thinking six school lockdowns, an explosion/shootup of an Illinois shopping mall, the release of a new 'bin Laden' videotape or the 'killing' of the 548th 'al-Qaeda number two' in the 'restive Anbar province.' --LRP]

Bush: No Promises On Troop Withdrawals --Declines to Repeat Administration Promises of Bringing U.S Troops From Iraq Before Term's End 01 Mar 2008 President [sic] Bush declined Saturday to repeat promises made by others in his administration that more U.S. troops will return home from Iraq than scheduled before he leaves office.

U.S. troop decision in Iraq late summer: official 01 Mar 2008 The top U.S. commander in Iraq will likely take four to six weeks after a reduction in U.S. troop levels ends in mid-July before deciding if more can go home [before the 2008 'elections'], a senior administration official said on Friday.

General: Turkish Pullout Had Been Planned 01 Mar 2008 Turkey's top general [Gen. Yasar Buyukanit] said the country's troop withdrawal from Iraq had nothing to do with U.S. calls to keep the cross-border campaign against Kurdish rebels as short as possible, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Iraq casualties rise again after 'Qaeda' bombs 01 Mar 2008 Violent civilian deaths in Iraq rose 36 percent in February from the previous month after a series of large-scale bombings blamed on al Qaeda [Blackwater], Iraqi government figures showed on Saturday.

FBI Interviews Iraqi Witnesses of Blackwater Shooting 01 Mar 2008 The Justice Department appears to be gathering testimony from Iraqi witnesses for a possible trial of Blackwater Worldwide security guards mercenaries over a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.

Iraq war 'caused slowdown in the US' 28 Feb 2008 The Iraq war has cost the US 50-60 times more than the Bush administration predicted and was a central cause of the sub-prime banking crisis threatening the world economy, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. The former World Bank vice-president yesterday said the war had, so far, cost the US something like $US3trillion ($3.3 trillion) compared with the $US50-$US60-billion predicted in 2003.

White House blocks inquiry into construction of $736m embassy in Iraq 29 Feb 2008 The Bush administration is blocking an inquiry into the delay-plagued construction of the $736m US embassy in Baghdad, a senior Democrat in Congress said today... In addition, two US state department employees who worked on the embassy project are now under criminal investigation.

At new U.S. Embassy in Iraq, even kitchens are fire hazards 29 Feb 2008 None of the 26 buildings in the new $740 million U.S. Embassy complex in Baghdad is ready to be occupied. Fire alarms intended to safeguard more than 1,000 U.S. government employees aren't working. Kitchens in some of the buildings are fire hazards.

Iran offers Iraq $1 bln loan before Ahmadinejad visit 01 Mar 2008 Iran is offering a $1 billion loan to Iraq for projects to be handled by Iranian firms, an Iranian official said on Friday, two days before a landmark visit by Iran's president to Baghdad.

U.N. council vote on Iran sanctions delayed again 29 Feb 2008 France and Britain have again delayed a U.N. Security Council vote on a third round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program in an effort to win over skeptics, diplomats said on Friday.

Palestinians' bloodiest day, Israel kills 60 in Gaza 01 Mar 2008 Israeli forces killed 60 people in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, the bloodiest day for Palestinians since an uprising against Israeli occupation began in 2000.

Israeli minister warns of Palestinian 'holocaust' 29 Feb 2008 An Israeli minister today warned of increasingly bitter conflict in the Gaza Strip, saying the Palestinians could bring on themselves [?] what he called a "holocaust".

Mission accomplished! Afghanistan supplies over ninety percent of opium 01 Mar 2008 According to the US State Department, Afghanistan is responsible for the supply of ninety three percent of opium to world markets. A new report has been issued which urges the government of Afghanistan to take action against growers who are supplying more opium than ever before.

Bush to call for more NATO troops in Afghanistan [Gotta protect that opium supply] 02 Mar 2008 U.S. President [sic] George W. Bush said Saturday he will reiterate his call for NATO members to contribute more forces to the mission in Afghanistan at a summit in Bucharest, Romania in April.

U.S. Plan Widens Role in Training Pakistani Forces 02 Mar 2008 The United States military is developing a plan to send about 100 American 'trainers' to work with a Pakistani paramilitary force, American defense officials said. A 40-page classified plan now under review at the United States Central Command to help train the Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force of about 85,000 members recruited from ethnic groups on the border, would significantly increase the size and scope of the American training role in the country.

Bush to veto anti-torture bill next week 29 Feb 2008 Congress recently passed the Intelligence Authorization Act, which contained a provision creating a single interrogation standard for the U.S. government that bans the use of waterboarding. CQ reports that President [sic] Bush will veto the bill next week: "The president’s expected to veto it next week," said Emily Lawrimore, a spokeswoman for the White House.

Australia to sign torture treaty that Howard spurned 01 Mar 2008 Australia is set to seize back the moral high ground against the use of torture by ratifying an international treaty snubbed by the Howard government. The Herald understands the Rudd Government is also considering introducing laws making torture an offence for the first time under the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

Hicks living in Sydney: police 02 Mar 2008 Australian Federal Police have confirmed that 'convicted' terrorism supporter David Hicks is in Sydney. A spokesman for the AFP says the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner has complied with all the conditions of his control order in travelling from his home state of South Australia to New South Wales.

Surveillance ads under fire --Nationwide TV campaign touting anti-terror measure to U.S. House is described by critics as inaccurate 01 Mar 2008 A nationwide TV ad campaign urging Arizona Congressman Harry Mitchell and the U.S. House to pass a surveillance law has come under fire from critics, who describe the ad as inaccurate "fear-mongering."

Labour MPs revolt over 42 day detention --Guardian survey finds strong resistance to bill extending terror custody powers 01 Mar 2008 Gordon Brown is facing the threat of his first defeat in the Commons since taking over as prime minister, after a Guardian survey found strong - and growing - opposition among Labour MPs to the government's plans to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days.

Police trying to figure out Las Vegas motel toxin mystery 02 Mar 2008 Investigators were still trying to figure out a mystery about how a rare, deadly poison was brought to a motel in Las Vegas, about 260 miles (416 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles, authorities said on Saturday. Adding to the mystery, police said firearms and an "anarchist type textbook" were found in the same room where the ricin was discovered two days later.

Police detain youth after lockdown of Pasadena high school 29 Feb 2008 Police detained a youth today during a daylong lockdown and search of a high school following a report of a person walking with a handgun on the campus, police said. The juvenile, placed in handcuffs, was a "person of interest," said police Lt. Tom Pederson. Others, including the student who initiated the report, were also being questioned, he said.

Ship built with WTC steel christened 01 Mar 2008 The USS New York, an amphibious assault ship built with scrap steel from the ruins of the World Trade Center, was christened Saturday as a source of strength and inspiration for the nation coverup of the crime scene.

Marion Cotillard's 9/11 'conspiracy' theory 01 Mar 2008 Oscar-winning Marion Cotillard was facing embarrasment [?] with her new American public last night after it emerged that she doubted the official account of the September 11 attacks. Referring to the two passenger jets flown into the World Trade Centre, Miss Cotillard said: "We see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes, are they burned? There was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, which burned for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there [New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed." [Exactly.]

Attorney general declines to investigate Bush advisers 29 Feb 2008 U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday said he will not ask a federal grand jury to investigate whether two top Bush administration officials [White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers] should be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

Optical Scanner to Be Replaced After Failing Test 01 Mar 2008 (OH) Cuyahoga County Board of Elections officials said an optical scanner that failed has been removed from the election and a replacement and a back-up scanner is on the way. The replacement scanner will undergo the same rigorous testing prior to being used March 4. All the scanners underwent a test on Friday.

Meet Tim Russert By Jamison Foser 29 Feb 2008 During this week's Democratic presidential debate, [Tim] Russert didn't ask a single question about global warming, continuing his longstanding habit of all but ignoring the topic. He didn't ask a single question about the mortgage crisis... He didn't ask a single question about executive power, the Constitution, torture, wiretapping, or other civil-liberties concerns. But that shouldn't come as a surprise; of all the questions he has asked while moderating presidential debates during this campaign, only one has dealt with any of those topics. He has, however, asked Dennis Kucinich what he felt compelled to insist was a "serious question" -- whether Kucinich has seen a UFO. And he has asked about John Edwards' expensive haircut.

Child Poverty By Hillary Clinton 28 Feb 2008 In my 35 years as an advocate for children and families, I have never met a child without potential. But I've met plenty of children growing up in extraordinary hardship and lacking the basic tools they need to succeed. Even in the United States, the wealthiest nation in the world, 13 million children still live in poverty and 5 million live in extreme poverty... This is not just an economic problem. It's a moral outrage.

Big Dig fraud equals $300K 01 Mar 2008 (MA) A Big Dig contractor and one of its managers pleaded guilty Friday to fraud on accusations of overbilling the project by $300,000. McCourt Construction Co. and Ryan McCourt, who handled billing for the company, admitted to charges including defrauding the massive construction project by falsely categorizing apprentice ironworkers as higher-paid journeymen, which inflated the bill for their work.

Soaring Food Prices Putting U.S. Emergency Aid in Peril --Supplies and Recipients Likely to Be Reduced 01 Mar 2008 The U.S. government's humanitarian relief agency will significantly scale back emergency food aid to some of the world's poorest countries this year because of soaring global food prices, and the U.S. Agency for International Development is drafting plans to reduce the number of recipient nations, the amount of food provided to them, or both, officials at the agency said.

Bird flu discovered in dead goose 29 Feb 2008 (UK) A dead goose has tested positive for the highly virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu, government scientists have said.

Baby polar bear unveiled in Germany 29 Feb 2008 A third zoo in Germany has announced the birth of a polar bear cub. The furry ball of white is named Wilbaer. Little Wilbaer has an advantage over the two other famous polar bear cubs, Knut and Flocke -- his mother, Corinna, hasn't abadoned him.

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Afghanistan mission close to failing - US --Karzai controls about 30% of Afghanistan: Mike McConnell 29 Feb 2008 After six years of US-led military support and billions of pounds in aid, security in Afghanistan is "deteriorating" and President Hamid Karzai's government controls less than a third of the country, America's top intelligence official has admitted.

Iraq commander seeks pause in troop cuts 29 Feb 2008 The top U.S. commander in Iraq will ask President [sic] Bush to wait until as late as September [before the 'elections'] to decide when to bring home more troops than already scheduled, a senior administration official said Friday.

Turkey pulls troops out of northern Iraq 01 Mar 2008 Turkey has pulled out of northern Iraq after a week-long offensive against Kurdish rebels. The Turkish army claimed to have killed 240 Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) members with the loss of 27 of its own troops.

'Chemical Ali' to be executed within 30 days, Iraq confirms 01 Mar 2008 Ali Hassan al-Majid, the notorious 'Chemical Ali,' who orchestrated the [US-backed] mass murder of Kurdish civilians in the 1980s, is to be hanged, the Iraqi government confirmed yesterday.

Prince returning from Afghan tour 01 Mar 2008 Prince Harry is on his way back to the UK after a news leak led to him being withdrawn 10 weeks into a deployment to the front line in Afghanistan. The 23-year-old left on a flight on Friday evening amid concerns he would be a Taleban target if he stayed.

Court gags ex-SAS man who made torture claims 29 Feb 2008 A former SAS soldier was served with a high court order yesterday preventing him from making fresh disclosures about how hundreds of Iraqis and Afghans captured by British and American special forces were rendered to prisons where they faced torture. Ben Griffin could be jailed if he makes further disclosures about how people seized by special forces were allegedly mistreated and ended up in secret prisons in breach of the Geneva conventions and international law. Griffin left the British army in 2005 after three months in Baghdad, saying he disagreed with the "illegal" tactics of US troops.

Rudd to sign anti-torture treaty 01 Mar 2008 Australia is set to ratify the international treaty against torture that was snubbed by the former Howard government. The Rudd Government is also reportedly considering introducing laws to make torture an offence for the first time under the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

DoD Mandatory Anthrax Vaccine Ruling to be Appealed --Judge Dismisses Suit Against Pentagon's Vaccination Policy 01 Mar 2008 An attorney for six Defense Department employees said yesterday that they will appeal a federal judge's dismissal of their lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's policy of compulsory anthrax vaccinations for certain troops.

Chevron happy in Venezuela, says it's there for the 'long term' 29 Feb 2008 Chevron Corp. sees its oil business with Venezuela as a "long-term" relationship, a top executive of the oil giant said Thursday, adding that Chevron plans to comply with new contractual terms for its projects in the Orinoco Belt.

Experts Warn of Robotic Terrorism 28 Feb 2008 Military experts have warned that [US] terrorists could use unmanned drones in aerial attacks, saying robotics offered a frighteningly easy way to evade security.

Feds appeal sentences of Padilla, 2 others 29 Feb 2008 Federal prosecutors in Miami have appealed the sentences of Jose Padilla and two other men convicted of conspiring to provide "material support" for the global terrorist group al Qaeda [al-CIAduh]. Prosecutors announced Friday the filing of their appellate notice with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the closely watched terrorism case.

Ricin Found in Las Vegas Hotel Room; Man in Hospital 29 Feb 2008 Las Vegas police found vials of the deadly toxin ricin and its key ingredient yesterday in a local hotel room, almost two weeks after its occupant was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

Police state USA: Students forced to put their hands on their heads and march single file, as police search for alleged weapon --SWAT team at Blair High School in Pasadena 29 Feb 2008

Student with [alleged] handgun sought at Pasadena school --Police say they've swept three-fourths of the Blair International Baccalaureate School campus, which has been in lockdown since this morning. 29 Feb 2008 Pasadena police were searching Blair International Baccalaureate School hours after the school was locked down this morning after a student reported seeing another pupil with a weapon on campus. The incident began shortly before 9:30 a.m. when a student told a teacher that a classmate may have brought a handgun to school, Pasadena police Lt. Tom Pederson said.

Judge rethinks prior restraint on Wikileaks site 29 Feb 2008 The whistleblower site Wikileaks.org may resume its U.S. operation following a hearing in California federal court today, where Judge Jeffrey S. White dissolved a previous order that required the site to be taken offline and indicated he would not approve a second order prohibiting the site's publication.

CLG: 'D.C. Madam' trial scheduled for April 7 --Full jury trial is scheduled to take place on April 7th, in Federal District Court, in Washington, D.C. By Lori Price 28 Feb 2008 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the 'DC Madam,' told Citizens for Legitimate Government Thursday, "In many respects, I can't wait to get into court and get this monkey off my back. This case has gone on far too long." Ms. Palfrey also told CLG that her former counsel, Preston Burton, has been reassigned as her CJA attorney.

Mukasey refuses probe of Bush aides 29 Feb 2008 Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to refer the House's contempt citations against two of President [sic] Bush's top aides [White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former presidential counsel Harriet Miers] to a federal grand jury.

Committee authorizes subpoena for Blackwell 26 Feb 2008 On a party line vote, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee today approved giving its chairman the authority to subpoena former Republican Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to testify about the 2004 election coup d'etat.

Bush Aide Resigns Over Plagiarism 01 Mar 2008 A longtime aide to President [sic] Bush who wrote occasional guest columns for his hometown newspaper resigned on Friday evening after admitting that he had repeatedly plagiarized from other writers.

Senior White House aide admits plagiarism 29 Feb 2008 A senior White House official admitted Friday that he copied large sections of another writer's work for an essay appearing in a Fort Wayne, Indiana, newspaper. In an e-mail to The News-Sentinel, Tim Goeglein, special assistant to the pResident [a lying sack of sh*t in his own right] and deputy director of public liaison, apologizes, saying, "It is true. I am entirely at fault. It was wrong of me. There are no excuses."

Clinton may challenge Texas vote rules 29 Feb 2008 Hillary Clinton's campaign has raised the possibility of a challenge to Texas' primary and caucus rules just days before the contest, drawing a warning against legal action from the state's Democratic Party.

Texas Republicans cross over to vote for Obama --True support combines with stop-Clinton sentiment in next week's primary 29 Feb 2008 As many as a tenth of the Texans voting in the Democratic contests could be Republicans, and overwhelmingly they favor Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, the polls show.

Reformer: Trial Will Reveal 'Cesspool' of Obama's Allies --Trial for Indicted Fundraiser Tony Rezko Set for Monday 29 Feb 2008 With the corruption trial of one of Sen. Barack Obama's longtime friends and supporters set to begin Monday in Chicago, Ill., reform watchdogs say it will reveal the "cesspool" of Illinois politics in which Obama came of age and has said little about in his campaign for president.

Human error cited in Fla. power failure 29 Feb 2008 A power failure that plunged large parts of Florida into the dark this week was caused primarily by human error, the state's largest electric company said Friday.

Pharmaterrorists' killings on the rise: Kids vaccine linked to fever, seizures 28 Feb 2008 Children suffered higher rates of fever-related convulsions when they got a Merck & Co. combination vaccine instead of two separate shots, according to a new study presented Wednesday. [See: FDA ties pneumonia deaths to infant vaccine 15 Feb 2008; CDC says influenza B strain doesn't match vaccine 08 Feb 2008 and French judges open manslaughter probe over vaccinations -source 01 Feb 2008.]

RFID may track, 'safeguard' global blood supply --University researchers looking to use technology to safely track supplies vein-to-vein 28 Feb 2008 Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are hoping to use radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to create a way to better track blood supplies around the world.

USDA Rejects 'Downer' Cow Ban --Agribusiness Secretary Finds Existing Meat-Processing Rules Adequate 29 Feb 2008 Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer told Congress yesterday that he would not endorse an outright ban on "downer" cows entering the food supply or back stiffer penalties for regulatory violations by meat-processing plants in the wake of the largest beef recall in the nation's history. [Hopefully, Bush and Cheney will gobble up that diseased dead cow.]

$4 gasoline? It's news to Bush --When asked about the possibility of the price going that high, president says, 'That's interesting, I hadn't heard that.' 29 Feb 2008 The prospect of sharply higher fuel prices, including $4-a-gallon gasoline, may not have made it into Oval Office briefing books, perhaps explaining why President [sic] Bush was surprised Thursday when a reporter mentioned what energy analysts are saying could happen soon in many parts of the country. "Wait, what did you just say? You're predicting $4-a-gallon gasoline?" Bush responded to a reporter who said some analysts expect prices to soon climb that high. "That's interesting. I hadn't heard that. . . . I know it's high now."

Oil tops $103 a barrel after pipeline mishap 28 Feb 2008 Crude oil futures hit a record high above $103 per barrel in electronic trading Friday amid reports Ecuador's state-run oil company, Petroecuador, suspended operations at a key export pipeline after a landslide damaged infrastructure.

Republicans Block Consideration of Housing Relief Package in Senate 29 Feb 2008 Senate Republicans yesterday blocked consideration of a bill designed to prop up the struggling housing industry. The mortgage industry has waged a stiff lobbying campaign against the bankruptcy provision.

U.S. banking sector headed for meltdown, official says --Banks face massive loan losses because of defaults on debts and housing-price slide 27 Feb 2008 The U.S. banking sector is headed for a credit downturn that will be "the worst in generations," featuring widespread defaults on a range of debts and a national housing price slide not seen since the Great Depression, one of the most influential analysts on Wall Street says.

Mine Water Poses Danger of a Toxic Gusher 28 Feb 2008 (CO) This month, Lake County commissioners declared a state of emergency over concerns that rising levels of contaminated water could burst from the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel and flood the town... The aging tunnel, which stretches 2.1 miles, has become dammed by debris. The debris is holding back more than a billion gallons of water, much of it tainted with toxic levels of cadmium, zinc and manganese. [Bush is waiting for the toxic water to gush, so that he can send Halliburton, KBR and Blackwater in for the 'cleanup.' Dollars to doughnuts, Bush already has the no-bid contract signed, sealed and delivered - much like the New Orleans contracts with same, after he blew the levies. --LRP]

Congressional panel calls for release of CDC report about the Great Lakes --Congress begins probe of CDC 29 Feb 2008 A congressional committee said Thursday that it was investigating why the Centers for Disease Control has declined to release a report about health problems near contaminated sites around the Great Lakes.

Alaska town sues 24 energy companies on climate change 27 Feb 2008 An Alaskan village north of the Arctic Circle has filed suit in a U.S. District Court against 24 energy companies, in an attempt to link erosion damage from global warming to the defendants' actions.

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ACLU: 900,000 Names on U.S. Terror Watch Lists 27 Feb 2008 The FBI now keeps a list of over 900,000 names belonging to known or suspected terrorists, the American Civil Liberties Union said today. Last September, the ACLU notes, the Department of Justice's Inspector General reported the FBI watch list was at 700,000 names, and growing at 20,000 names per month.

Karzai Controls 30 Percent of Afghanistan 28 Feb 2008 The Afghan government under President Hamid Karzai controls just 30 percent of the country, the top U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday.

70 Percent of Afghanistan Still Lawless --Top Intelligence Officials Say U.S.-Backed Government Controls Just 30 Percent of Country 28 Feb 2008 More than six years after the United States invaded to establish a stable central regime in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai's government in Kabul controls just 30 percent of the country, says the top U.S. intelligence official.

Senate shelves Iraq U.S. troop withdrawal bill 28 Feb 2008 A liberal [!] Democrat's attempt to impose quick U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq collapsed in the U.S. Senate, as expected, but leaders on Thursday insisted they will retool legislation and force votes in coming months. The Senate spent much of this week debating a plan by Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin to begin withdrawing most American troops from Iraq by July.

U.S. policy suffers setback as Iraq rejects election bill [Yeah, there are no elections in the US, either.] 27 Feb 2008 Iraq's presidential council rejected a plan for new provincial elections and sent the bill back to parliament Wednesday for reworking, a major setback to U.S.-backed efforts to 'promote' national reconciliation.

Turkey resists pressure to end northern Iraq offensive 28 Feb 2008 Turkey has said it had "no timetable" to withdraw troops fighting Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq, resisting pressure from the US and other allies to end the offensive quickly.

Iraq journalist union head dies after gun attack 27 Feb 2008 The head of Iraq's biggest journalist organization died on Wednesday, colleagues said, four days after being seriously wounded by [Blackwater] gunmen who opened fire on his car in Baghdad. Shihab al-Tamimi, 74, was an independent journalist working for many local newspapers. He was known for his outspoken views against the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the continued presence of U.S. troops on Iraqi soil.

State Dept. orders another review of troubled Baghdad embassy 27 Feb 2008 The State Department's new embassy construction chief [Richard Shinnick] has rejected his predecessor's certification that the $740 million new U.S. embassy in Baghdad is "substantially completed" and has instead begun a top-to-bottom review of the troubled project.

Concerns widen on waits for Iraq gear 28 Feb 2008 Four U.S. senators have asked the Defense Department for a sweeping review of the Pentagon's failures to quickly get troops in Iraq "the best possible equipment," including armored vehicles that protect against some of the most lethal types of roadside bombs.

Pentagon to Probe Delays of Gear to Iraq 27 Feb 2008 An investigation into allegations the Marine Corps delayed sending blast-resistant trucks to Iraq also will examine whether the Marines were negligent in delivering a laser to divert drivers and people from checkpoints and convoys, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.

'It's a group of ships that will operate in the vicinity there for a while.' US Sending 3 Warships to Eastern Med 28 Feb 2008 The U.S. Navy is sending three warships to the eastern Mediterranean Sea in a show of strength during a period of tensions with Syria and political uncertainty in Lebanon... Another military officer, speaking on condition of anonymity because full details about the ship movements are not yet public, said a Navy destroyer, the USS Cole, was headed for patrol in the eastern Mediterranean and that the USS Nassau, an amphibious warship, would be joining it shortly. The officer said a third ship would go later, but he did not identify it. [Bush is trolling for WWIII.]

USS Cole 'ordered to position off Lebanese coast' 29 Feb 2008 A US Navy warship has been ordered to take up station off Lebanon's coast as a "show of support" as the standoff between Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's government and the opposition continues, the Reuters news agency quoted an official in Washington as saying on Thursday.

Oil ends at new high of $102.59; natural gas surges 28 Feb 2008 Crude-oil futures rallied nearly $3 to a record closing level of $102.59 a barrel Thursday, as investors' voracious appetite for oil Exxon Mobil's greed shows no sign of abating. Crude oil for April delivery gained $2.95 to end at $102.59 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. This is a record closing level for a front-month contract.

Prince Harry secretly serving in Afghanistan 28 Feb 2008 Prince Harry has been secretly serving on the front line in Afghanistan with British troops since December, it emerged today. The 23-year-old, who is third in line to the throne, has spent the past 10 weeks as a forward air controller (FAC) in the dangerous southern province of Helmand, guiding fighter jets towards suspected Taliban targets.

Missile hits house in Pakistani area 'known' for Qaeda --Ten *suspected* militants killed [Sounds like another run-o'-the-mill US war crime to me.] 28 Feb 2008 A missile today struck a house in a Pakistani region 'known' as being a haven for Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh], killing 10 suspected militants, intelligence officials and residents said. The attack took place near Kaloosha village in the South Waziristan tribal region on the Afghan border. A security official said he believed that the missile was fired by US forces who are operating in neighboring Afghanistan and that the house hit belonged to a Pashtun tribesman, Sher Mohammad Malikkheil, also known as Sheroo... "Ten people, most of them believed to be of Arab origin, were killed and seven wounded," said an intelligence official, who declined to be identified. He said it was not known whether any top militant leaders were among the dead.

The Torture Playlist 22 Feb 2008 Music has been used in American military prisons and on bases to induce sleep deprivation, "prolong capture shock," disorient detainees during interrogations--and also drown out screams. Based on a leaked interrogation log, news reports, and the accounts of soldiers and prisoners, here are some of the songs that guards and interrogators chose.

Pelosi wants Bush aides investigated 28 Feb 2008 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked the Justice Department on Thursday to open a grand jury investigation into whether President [sic] Bush's chief of staff and former counsel should be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

Bush, Congress Wrangle Over Domestic Spying 27 Feb 2008 Former senior intelligence officials are disputing claims by the George W. Bush administration that the failure of Congress to pass a new foreign surveillance law is jeopardising the country's national security.

U.S. incarcerates more than any other nation: report 28 Feb 2008 The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world and for the first time in the nation's history, more than one in every 100 American adults is confined in a prison or jail, according to a report released on Thursday.

Report: 1 in every 99 Americans behind bars 28 Feb 2008 For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population and urging states to rein in corrections costs with alternative sentencing programs.

Terrorism accused innocent until proven guilty: defence 28 Feb 2008 Defence lawyers representing 12 Melbourne men charged with forming a terrorist organisation have urged the jury to remember the presumption of innocence. The 12 men are standing trial in the Victorian Supreme Court, charged with a total of 27 terrorism offences.

New strategy to stem flow of terror recruits --Areas profiled for extremist risk --Action in state schools and prisons 28 Feb 2008 Senior police officers have drawn up a radical strategy to stop British Muslims turning to violence which will see every area of the country mapped for its potential to produce extremists and supporters for al-Qaida [al-CIAduh]. The 40-page document, marked restricted, was approved by a top-level police 'counter'-terrorism committee on Monday, and is expected to be formally adopted within weeks. The Association of Chief Police Officers hopes it will help to stop al-Qaida's ideas gaining hold in primary schools, colleges, the internet and prisons.

Moussaoui says secrecy undermined his defense 26 Feb 2008 Attorneys urged 'convicted' 9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui not to plead guilty to terrorism charges. They just couldn't tell him why. In newly filed court documents with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., Moussaoui argues that court-imposed secrecy undermined his ability to present an adequate defense. His new attorneys say Moussaoui's guilty plea should be thrown out and a new trial should be convened.

Lisa Beamer By Amanda 27 Feb 2008 It appears that the poor widow of flight 93 hero Todd Beamer has turned a personal tragedy into a financial windfall. Lisa Beamer recently purchased a newly constructed second home for 1.99 million dollars.

Bloomberg won't run for president 27 Feb 2008 After two years of playing coy about his presidential ambitions, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared in a newspaper editorial Wednesday that he will not run for president as an 'independent.'

McCain's Canal Zone Birth Prompts Queries About Whether That Rules Him Out 28 Feb 2008 John McCain’s likely nomination as the Republican candidate for president and the happenstance of his birth in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 are reviving a musty debate that has surfaced periodically since the founders first set quill to parchment and declared that only a "natural-born citizen" can hold the nation’s highest office. Mr. McCain was born on a military installation in the Canal Zone, where his mother and father, a Navy officer, were stationed.

Obama Criticizes Bush, McCain on Economy 28 Feb 2008 Democratic candidate Barack Obama said Thursday the economy is "on the brink of a recession" and blamed economic policies espoused by President [sic] Bush and Republican presidential contender John McCain.

Canadian Embassy: Report On Obama and NAFTA Is False By Greg Sargent 28 Feb 2008 Roy Norton, the minister of public affairs for the Canadian embassy, is flatly denying that any Obama campaign official spoke to the Canadian ambassador in recent days or told him that Obama's anti-NAFTA stump speech is merely "campaign rhetoric." "No, none," Norton told me when I asked him if Michael Wilson, Canada's ambassador to the U.S., had spoken to any Obama advisers recently. He added: "Neither before the Ohio debate nor since has any presidential campaign called Ambassador Wilson about NAFTA."

Obama's Mercenary Position By Jeremy Scahill 27 Feb 2008 A senior foreign policy adviser to leading Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has told The Nation that if elected Obama will not "rule out" using private security companies like Blackwater Worldwide in Iraq. The adviser also said that Obama does not plan to sign on to legislation that seeks to ban the use of these forces in US war zones by January 2009, when a new President will be sworn in.

Clinton Raised More Than $35 Million in February 28 Feb 2008 Hillary Clinton raised more than $35 million in February in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, more than twice her total for the previous month, her campaign said. "We have the resources to play in the big states coming up and states beyond," said Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe.

Craig Accepting Applications for Summer Interns --Deadline Quickly Approaching (craig.senate.gov) 26 Feb 2008 Idaho Senator Larry Craig is currently seeking intern applications for the summer term, which runs from May to August. The application deadline is March 15, however if more time is needed for the application process, please contact Senator Craig's office for an extension. Craig offers paid internships within the Washington, D.C., office.

FBI: Scruggs Paid 2 Men to Persuade AG 28 Feb 2008 A prominent attorney embroiled in a judicial bribery case paid two associates $500,000 to convince Mississippi's Attorney General not to file criminal charges against an insurance company, according to court records. Plaintiffs lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, who sued State Farm Fire and Casualty Cos. soon after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was afraid the company "was not going to settle the civil cases" if the attorney general's office filed criminal charges, according to an FBI report filed Monday in the bribery case.

Comcast Accused of Packing FCC Hearing 27 Feb 2008 Cable giant Comcast was accused Tuesday of hiring people off the street in Boston to pack an FCC hearing on Internet neutrality at Harvard University on Monday. Among other things, the commission was looking into charges that Comcast routinely slows down or blocks access to peer-to-peer networks. Critics of the cable provider posted pictures on the Internet of the alleged seat-fillers sleeping during the hearing.

FBI begins perjury investigation of Clemens --7-time Cy Young winner suspected of lying under oath to House committee 28 Feb 2008 The FBI has opened an investigation into whether baseball great Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied taking steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs.

Firefighters put out huge blaze after explosion at gas terminal 28 Feb 2008 Fire crews have put out what was described as a "very large-scale incident" at one of the UK's largest gas terminals. Numerous crews were called to the Shell UK Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk at 5.45pm after a blast at a water treatment plant.

Explosion Rocks Illinois Shopping Mall --At Least 9 Injured; Authorities Believe Gas Leak Caused Blast 28 Feb 2008 An explosion possibly caused by a gas leak ripped through a suburban Chicago shopping plaza Thursday, injuring at least nine people and rattling nearby buildings, fire officials said. Eight people were taken to a hospital, none with life-threatening injuries, and another was treated at the scene, Deputy Fire Chief Dan Young said.

All Kids Must Get Flu Vaccine, Panel Says 288 Feb 2008 All U.S. children aged from six months up to 18 should be immunized every year 'against' influenza, a panel of federal vaccine advisers said on Wednesday. Five companies pharma-terrorists now make flu vaccine for the U.S. market -- Sanofi Pasteur, Australia's CSL Ltd, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Novartis AG and nasal spray maker MedImmune, recently acquired by AstraZeneca Plc. [See: FDA ties pneumonia deaths to infant vaccine 15 Feb 2008; CDC says influenza B strain doesn't match vaccine 08 Feb 2008 and French judges open manslaughter probe over vaccinations -source 01 Feb 2008.]

US Government Asks Court to Seal Vaccine Records (Reuters) 26 Nov 2002 Attorneys for the Bush Administration asked a federal court on Monday to order that documents on hundreds of cases of autism allegedly caused by childhood vaccines be kept from the public. Department of Justice lawyers asked a special master in the US Court of Federal Claims to seal the documents...

House OKs new taxes on big oil companies --Bush expected to veto, if legislation passes Congress 27 Feb 2008 The House approved $18 billion in new taxes on the largest oil companies Wednesday as Democrats cited record oil prices and rising gasoline costs in a time of economic troubles. Senate Democratic leaders said they would put the bill on a fast track and try to avoid a Republican filibuster.

Exxon Mobil appeals $2.5 bln Valdez oil spill award 27 Feb 2008 Exxon Mobil Corp urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn the $2.5 billion in punitive damages for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska. The 90 minutes of arguments before the high court occurred just several weeks after the huge Texas-based oil company reported the highest-ever quarterly profit for a U.S. company of $11.7 billion.

Storm-plagued village sues energy companies 26 Feb 2008 The eroding village of Kivalina in the Northwest Arctic is suing Exxon Mobil and 23 other energy companies for damage related to global warming.

Dollar hits new low as Fed signals rate cut 27 Feb 2008 The dollar fell to a fresh record low against the euro on Wednesday as Ben Bernanke signalled that the Federal Reserve is likely to cut interest rates again next month.

Mold threatens Miami courthouse 27 Feb 2008 A federal judge [U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno] has closed portions of Miami's historic downtown courthouse after a report identified widespread mold infestation and ongoing water leaks, with one part of the basement termed "disgusting" by inspectors.

Welcome Wilbaer: Stuttgart zoo announces birth of polar bear cub 28 Feb 2008 First Knut and Flocke, now Wilbaer. A German zoo has announced that one of its polar bears gave birth to a male cub on Dec. 10. Germany's latest high-profile bear arrival follows Berlin zoo star Knut and Nuremberg celebrity Flocke.

Polar Bear Back on Display at N.C. Zoo 27 Feb 2008 Wilhelm the polar bear is back on view at the North Carolina Zoo. The bear was off the exhibit during construction that is part of a larger project for the adjacent sea lion exhibit.

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Generals to quit if US strikes Iran 26 Feb 2008 Some senior US military commanders are prepared to resign if President [sic] Bush orders a military strike against Iran, a new report says. "There are four or five generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran," The Sunday Times quoted Monday a source with close ties to British intelligence.

Up to 70% of US aid to Pakistan 'misspent' 27 Feb 2008 America's massive military aid package to Pakistan has come under scrutiny after allegations that as much as 70% of $5.4bn in assistance has been misspent. Since 2002, the US has paid the operating costs of Pakistan's military operations in the tribal belt along the Afghan border, where Taliban and al-Qaida fighters are sheltering. Pakistan provides over 100,000 troops and directs the fight; the US foots the bill for food, fuel, ammunition and maintenance. The cash payments [bribes] -- averaging $80m a month -- have been a cornerstone of US support for President Pervez Musharraf.

Iraq's Presidential Council Rejects Provincial Election Law 28 Feb 2008 Iraq's presidential council has rejected a law setting up provincial elections and returned the measure to Parliament for further discussion. [LOL! Looks like the surge sucks, six ways to Sunday.]

More troops for Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Department says --An Army general warns of strain on deployed troops. 26 Feb 2008 The Defense Department says it needs more troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. But an Army general warns that troops already in the fight are under too much strain... The Defense Department announced that by July 2008, it will have more troops on the ground in Iraq than when the "surge was announced last January, while troop levels in Afghanistan will be at their highest since 2001, the Associated Press reports.

Senate Advances Bill to Cut War Funding 26 Feb 2008 Senate Republicans agreed Tuesday to advance a bill that would cut off money for Iraq, saying the additional debating time would allow them to tout "progress" [LOL!] there. "Americans need to start taking care of Americans," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said. "We cannot spend a half billion dollars every day in Iraq."

Roadside bomb kills Shiite pilgrim in Baghdad 27 Feb 2008 A roadside bomb detonated near a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims in southeastern Baghdad on Wednesday morning, killing one and wounding two others, an Interior Ministry source said.

Marines halt study critical of MRAP program 26 Feb 2008 The Marine Corps has ordered a civilian scientist to stop work on a report critical of its efforts to obtain new armored vehicles, saying he exceeded his authority, a Marine official said Tuesday. Franz Gayl, a retired Marine officer and civilian science adviser, alleged in a Jan. 22 report that "gross mismanagement" of the program to quickly field Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles had resulted in the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of Marines in Iraq.

Governor tells Pentagon to return Guard gear 26 Feb 2008 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told Bush administration officials Monday that he is tired of the Pentagon treating the California National Guard like a stepchild by using its equipment in Iraq and Afghanistan without returning or replacing it.

Killer robots could pose latest militant threat 27 Feb 2008 Killer robots could become the weapon of choice for militants, a British expert said on Wednesday. Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield said he believed falling costs would soon make robots a realistic option for extremist groups [such as the Pentagon].

Israel destroys Hamas interior office in Gaza 28 Feb 2008 Israeli Apache attack helicopter gunship destroyed by three air-to-ground missiles the building of the interior ministry in the deposed Hamas government in Gaza City, witnesses said.

Former SAS man condemns British role in torture tactics 26 Feb 2008 Hundreds of Iraqis and Afghans captured by British and American special forces were rendered to prisons where they faced torture, a former SAS soldier said yesterday. Ben Griffin said individuals detained by SAS troops in a joint UK-US special forces taskforce had ended up in interrogation centres in Iraq, including the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, and in Afghanistan, as well as Guantánamo Bay.

Journalist for CTV labelled 'unlawful enemy combatant' by U.S. military 27 Feb 2008 The U.S. military has designated a journalist employed by CTV in Afghanistan as an unlawful enemy combatant. A military spokesman told the Associated Press that a review board has determined Jawed Ahmad, an Afghan national, is a danger to foreign troops and the Afghan government.

Mukasey tours Guantanamo Bay [F*ck the tour - put him in there!] 27 Feb 2008 Attorney General Michael Mukasey met briefly Wednesday with government prosecutors at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the U.S. prepares its case against six al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] suspects accused of being responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

World lawyers urge Guantanamo closure 26 Feb 2008 Lawyers' organizations from around the world have sent a letter to US and Canadian leaders urging the closure of the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the repatriation of a Canadian suspect. The letter was released Monday and signed by 34 bar association leaders.

Pentagon OKs charges against Guantanamo prisoner 26 Feb 2008 The Pentagon on Tuesday approved war crimes charges against a Yemeni Guantanamo prisoner it says was a "media director" for al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] leader Osama bin Laden.

Major US groups file motion on behalf of Wikileaks users 27 Feb 2008 The anonymous internet phenomenon Wikileaks.org today won two influential allies in its fight against a US court order shutting down the website. Wikileaks disclosed secret documents on Guantanamo Bay, Northern Rock and other controversial issues before a Swiss bank won a legal injunction that blocked its US server last week.

Building Sealed In Radioactive Alert 27 Feb 2008 A language school in Edinburgh has been sealed off after suspected radioactive packages were found inside. Emergency services have placed a cordon around the Regent Language Training School after the discovery of three small packages that may contain radioactive material. Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to the incident at around 7pm and have launched a joint operation with police.

Suspected radioactive packages found in Scottish building 27 Feb 2008 Authorities sealed off a building in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday night after finding three packages inside that might contain radioactive material, an official said.

Florida power blackout remains a puzzle --Sporadic outages Tuesday spanned 300 miles of peninsula --Glitch cut electricity to millions, causing traffic snarls, hospitals to scramble 27 Feb 2008 Power executives were still in the dark Wednesday about how a glitch at a substation triggered a blackout that cut power to millions across south Florida. The president of Florida Power & Light was puzzled by how the blackout happened, saying an equipment malfunction at an electrical substation should not have caused the outages. None of the events should "have caused the kind of widespread outage that we saw," FPL President Armando Olivera said.

Gordon Brown faces defeat on 42-day anti-terror law 27 Feb 0208 Gordon Brown faces the first major defeat of his premiership as ministers and security chiefs admitted last night that they were losing the battle to detain terror suspects without charge for 42 days.

Home secretary makes concession in terror detention row 26 Feb 2008 Jacqui Smith is to offer a concession to backbench Labour MPs in an attempt to avoid a damaging rebellion against the government's plans to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days.

Runway protesters take to roof of parliament 27 Feb 2008 Protesters demonstrating against plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport today staged a demonstration on the roof of the Houses of Parliament. The breach will come as an embarrassment to the government as security has supposedly been tightened in recent years in response to the terrorist threat and past incursions.

Home Office Laptop 'Bought On Ebay' 27 Feb 2008 Sky sources understand that counter terrorism police are investigating the discovery of a Home Office laptop and encrypted data disc.

GOP Halts Effort to Retrieve White House E-Mails 27 Feb 2008 After promising last year to search its computers for tens of thousands of e-mails sent by White House officials, the Republican National Committee has informed a House committee that it no longer plans to retrieve the communications by restoring computer backup tapes, the panel's chairman said yesterday. The move increases the likelihood that an untold number of RNC e-mails dealing with official White House business during the first term of the Bush administration -- including many sent or received by former presidential adviser Karl Rove -- will never be recovered, said House Democrats and public records advocates.

WHY do the DemocRATs allow the GOP to choose their candidate?!? 'Let's get rid of Clinton once and for all.' In Democratic primary, expect a GOP turnout --Perhaps fueled by Clinton dislike, many Republicans to vote for Obama 27 Feb 2008 According to polling, as well as anecdotal evidence, an unusually large number of Republicans and independents may cast their votes in the Democratic contest next week, a prospect that could tip the outcome of what polls show is now a tight race. Such defections could also affect the many local and state legislative primaries around the state... Dot Berkner, a Republican, said she will check the polls right before the primary, and if Clinton is ahead, she will vote in the Democratic primary. "I don't want her in the final choice," said Berkner, who added she will vote for McCain in the general election.

McCain fortune traced to organized crime --Mob figures later implicated in Arizona savings and loan scandal 26 Feb 2008 John McCain's personal fortune traces back to organized crime in Arizona, through his father-in-law, according to a report published by a multi-news agency team called Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc.

Loans Could Paint McCain Into Corner 27 Feb 2008 Sen. John McCain's campaign and a Bethesda bank strongly defended $4 million in loans yesterday, as Democrats questioned their legality and said that the way they were secured requires the Arizona Republican to abide by federal spending restrictions.

Napolitano says indicted Rep. Renzi should resign 27 Feb 2008 Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano (D) says Congressman Rick Renzi (R) should resign from office. Napolitano notes that Renzi stopped serving on committees while under investigation, and she says the new indictment will be a further distraction

Tribes express gratitude for gift of winter warmth 07 Feb 2008 Venezuelan-owned CITGO Petroleum, and its partnership with Citizens Energy Corp., this year alone funneled $21 million in heating assistance into 220 tribal communities in 13 states.

Drug giants warned: Tell the truth on medicines --After antidepressant treatments are discredited, fears grow that other products may be ineffective 27 Feb 2008 The pharmaceutical industry came under assault from senior figures in medical research yesterday over its practice of withholding information to protect profits, exposing patients to drugs which could be useless or harmful.

Spending on health to rise dramatically 26 Feb 2008 By 2017, total health care spending will double to more than $4 trillion a year, accounting for one of every $5 the nation spends, the federal government projects.

European commission fines Microsoft record £680m 27 Feb 2008 The EU today imposed a record €899m (£680m) fine on Microsoft for charging "unreasonable" prices to rivals for access to its dominant software. The fine, the largest imposed on a single company, brings the total levied on the world's leading software group close to €1.7bn in the past four years.

Humane Society sues USDA over downer cow rules after beef recall 27 Feb 2008 The Humane Society sued the federal government Wednesday over what it said is a legal loophole that allows sick or crippled cattle, called "downers," into the food supply. A U.S. Department of Agriculture rule change made in July allows some downer cows into the food supply, the Humane Society of the United States alleges in its lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

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