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Obama officials call for drones, military strikes in Yemen

Obama officials call for drones, military strikes in Yemen 24 Aug 2010 For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, CIA analysts see one of al-Qaeda's offshoots - rather than the core group now based in Pakistan Langley - as the most urgent threat to U.S. security, officials said. The sober new assessment of al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen has helped prompt senior Obama administration officials to call for an escalation of U.S. operations there - including a proposal to add armed CIA drones to a clandestine campaign of U.S. military strikes, the officials said. "We are looking to draw on all of the capabilities at our disposal," said a senior Obama administration official, who described plans for "a ramp-up over a period of months."

Democrats pick Meek in Fla.

Democrats pick Meek in Fla. 25 Aug 2010 In Florida, voters delivered a mixed verdict on the outsider versus establishment question. In the Democratic Senate primary, Rep. Kendrick Meek easily defeated billionaire businessman and political novice [and GOP mole] Jeff Greene. His victory set up a compelling three-way general election that includes Republican nominee [Teabagger] Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent.

Obama to appeal stemcell research ruling

Obama to appeal stemcell research ruling 25 Aug 2010  The US Justice Department said Tuesday it will appeal a judge's decision to block federal funding for stemcell research, risking an election year fight over hot button issues of science and religion. "I can confirm we plan to appeal," said Tracy Schmaller, a Justice Department spokesperson, adding that the department was "likely to file this week."

McCain wins Ariz. GOP primary

McCain wins Ariz. GOP primary 24 Aug 2010 Sen. John McCain held off a Republican primary challenge by conservative firebrand J.D. Hayworth in Arizona Tuesday, returns indicated. With votes still being counted late Tuesday, CNN projected McCain, the Republican nominee for president in 2008, won the GOP primary Tuesday as he seeks a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

US fires on civilian Bagram protest

US fires on civilian Bagram protest --Western military alliance claimed that soldiers had only fired 'warning shots' 24 Aug 2010 US troops fired on thousands of Afghan civilians as they protested outside the massive US military base at Bagram on Monday. A provincial police official said that at least one civilian was killed in the incident, but Nato asserted that no civilians had been killed or injured.

WikiLeaks says it will release CIA paper soon

WikiLeaks says it will release CIA paper soon 25 Aug 2010 WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower website that infuriated the Pentagon when it published thousands of classified military reports, said on Tuesday it will release another document soon. The group posted on its Twitter page: "WikiLeaks to release CIA paper tomorrow."

The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama

The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama By Jane Mayer 30 Aug 2010 The anti-government fervor infusing the 2010 elections represents a political triumph for the Kochs. By giving money to "educate," fund, and organize Tea Party protesters, they have helped turn their private agenda into a mass movement... A Republican campaign consultant who has done research on behalf of Charles and David Koch said of the Tea Party, "The Koch brothers gave the money that founded it. It’s like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and the frogs come out of the mud--and they’re our candidates!"

Australia warned WikiLeaks of 'dirty tricks'

Australia warned WikiLeaks of 'dirty tricks' 23 Aug 2010 Australian intelligence services had warned WikiLeaks of "dirty tricks" before Swedish authorities issued a short-lived arrest warrant for founder Julian Assange over a rape claim. "We were warned on the 11th (of August) by Australian intelligence that we should expect this sort of thing," Assange said in a telephone interview with broadcaster Al-Jazeera from a secret location in Sweden... "We were warned about dirty tricks and specifically that they would be of a type like this," the 39-year-old Australian said.

WikiLeaks founder hires star lawyer over Swedish claims

WikiLeaks founder hires star lawyer over Swedish claims 24 Aug 2010 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has hired one of Sweden's top defence lawyers ahead of a looming decision by prosecutors about whether he will face molestation charges, reports said Tuesday. Leif Silbersky, a high-profile attorney and co-author of a long line of crime novels, has been hired to epresent the 39-year-old Australian, the Aftonbladet daily reported on its website. "I can confirm that I will represent him," Silbersky told the paper.

Alabama Official Calls Feinberg a BP 'Corporate Shill,' WSJ Says

Alabama Official Calls Feinberg a BP 'Corporate Shill,' WSJ Says [At CLG, we just call him 'BP whore.'] 24 Aug 2010 Kenneth Feinberg, the U.S. government’s choice to run the BP Plc-funded Gulf Coast Claims Facility, was labeled a "corporate shill" of the U.K. company by Alabama’s Attorney General Tom King, the Wall Street Journal reported. Feinberg formally assumed his role as the facility’s administrator on Aug. 23; BP was handling damage claims on its own before his appointment... "Mr. Feinberg seems completely tone-deaf to the concerns of people living along the Gulf Coast," King said, while Feinberg said he "respectfully disagreed" with the criticism, the WSJ reported.

AK man who compiled hit list sentenced to 8 years in prison

AK man who compiled hit list sentenced to 8 years in prison --Length of Rockwood's sentence maximum penalty for crime 23 Aug 2010 A King Salmon man who compiled a hit list of targets he believed were enemies of Islam was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison. Paul Rockwood Jr., with his wife, Nadia Rockwood, faced counts of lying to FBI agent [the actual architects of the plan] when questioned about the list of 20 targets in May. They pleaded guilty to domestic terrorism last month, the first time such charges were brought in Alaska under the Patriot Act.

NORAD jets to train over central California

NORAD jets to train over central California 24 Aug 2010 The North American Aerospace Defense Command is conducting training flights over central California to practice interception and identification procedures. The exercise is scheduled Wednesday. Fighter jets will be tracking other aircraft playing the role of "tracks of interest."

Wal-Mart recalls 380,000 pounds of Listeria-tainted deli meat

Mega barf alert! Wal-Mart recalls 380,000 pounds of Listeria-tainted deli meat 24 Aug 2010 Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York, has recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday. The products were distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide, according to the USDA's website. The meats may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which was discovered in a retail sample collected by inspectors in Georgia.

US-led soldier dies in Afghanistan

US-led soldier dies in Afghanistan 24 Aug 2010 US-led soldier dies in Afghanistan 24 Aug 2010 A US-led soldier has been killed in fresh clashes in southern Afghanistan, a NATO statement says. NATO says the latest death brings to 12 the number of US-led troops killed in Afghanistan during the past three days. The statement did not reveal the nationally of the troop or the location of the incident.

Three US troops injured in Afghanistan

Three US troops injured in Afghanistan 24 Aug 2010 At least three American soldiers have been injured in an attack on a military convoy in southeastern Afghanistan amid a surge in Taliban attacks against foreign troops. According to Afghan officials, the incident took place in the central Afghan province of Logar on Tuesday morning, a Press TV correspondent reported. Provincial officials said the soldiers were injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the volatile region.

Pickens urged Bush to take Iraq's oil

Pickens urged Bush to take Iraq's oil 23 Aug 2010 As the last American combat troops left Iraq last week, oil-tycoon-turned-clean-energy-innovator T. Boone Pickens was at the American Renewable Energy Day conference in Aspen, lamenting that the U.S. didn’t take hold of the rich oil fields in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation before they left. Pickens at first elicited laughs from an audience at the Paepcke Auditorium on Saturday night, as he bluntly made the case for America’s right to Iraq’s oil. Those laughs subsided as he recalled how he personally lobbied Presidents [sic] George W. Bush and Barack Obama to seize Iraq’s natural resources... "It’s absolutely nuts to lose 5,000 people, have 31,000 injured, and spend a trillion dollars, and you didn’t even get the oil," Pickens said.

Thousands strain Fort Hood's mental health system

Thousands strain Fort Hood's mental health system --At Fort Hood, emotional problems among the soldiers threaten to overwhelm the system in place to help them. 23 Aug 2010 Nine months after an Army psychiatrist was charged with fatally shooting 13 soldiers and wounding 30, the nation's largest Army post can measure the toll of war in the more than 10,000 mental health evaluations, referrals or therapy sessions held every month. About every fourth soldier here, where 48,000 troops and their families are based, has been in counseling during the past year, according to the service's medical statistics.

US July Existing Home Sales Plunge 27.2% to 3.83M Rate

US July Existing Home Sales Plunge 27.2% to 3.83M Rate 24 Aug 2010 Existing home sales plunged to their lowest level in 15 years in July as inventories soared, painting a grim picture for the housing market absent government support in a stubbornly sluggish economy. Home resales dropped a record 27.2%--nearly twice as much as analysts had expected--to an annual rate of 3.83 million in July, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday. Meanwhile, inventories rose to 12.5 months from 8.9 months in June, pressuring already depressed home prices. Inventories are at their highest level in more than a decade.

Ramadan at Guantanamo Bay includes nightly force-feedings

Ramadan at Guantanamo Bay includes nightly force-feedings --At Guantánamo during Ramadan, guards strap hunger striker detainees into force-feeding chair at night 24 Aug 2010 Here's a new twist in the U.S. military's Islamic sensitivity effort in the prison camps for suspected terrorists at the Guantánamo Bay Navy base: Military medical staff are force-feeding a secret number of prisoners on hunger strike between dusk and dawn during the Muslim fasting holiday of Ramadan. The prison camps spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Bradley Fagan, says it is U.S. Southern Command policy to no longer reveal the exact number of detainees being shackled by guards into restraint chairs for twice daily feedings.

Afghans Say NATO Troops Killed 8 Civilians in Raid

Afghans Say NATO Troops Killed 8 Civilians in Raid 24 Aug 2010 Officials and residents of Baghlan Province, in northern Afghanistan, accused NATO troops on Monday of killing eight civilians during an early morning raid. Mohammed Ismail, the governor of the Talah wa Barfak District, said troops entered a district house at 2 a.m. and killed 8 civilians, injured 12 and took 9 prisoners.

Blackwater fined $42m for breaking US export, arms traffic laws

Blackwater fined $42m for breaking US export, arms traffic laws 24 Aug 2010 Private defence company Blackwater has been fined $42m (£27m) for violating US export and arms traffic laws. The nearly 300 breaches include the export of illegal weapons to Afghanistan and doing unauthorised business with Sudan. The alleged violations were revealed by the US State Department on Monday. The multi-million dollar settlement means that Blackwater, now known as XE Services, will be able to bid for government contracts.

Attacks in Baghdad kill 3, wound 20 people

Attacks in Baghdad kill 3, wound 20 people 23 Aug 2010 A spate of bombing attacks in Baghdad killed three people and wounded 20, police officials said Monday. In one of the bombings, Baghdad police said unknown attackers in a speeding car threw a grenade in the eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad around 6:30 a.m. Monday. The blast killed one policeman and wounded another, a city police official said.

Amid flooding, CIA resumes Pakistan drone campaign

Amid flooding, CIA resumes Pakistan drone campaign --Some fear the air strikes are coming at the worst possible moment 23 Aug 2010 After a little-noticed, weeks long disruption caused by the monsoons that devastated Pakistan, the CIA in recent days has picked up the pace of its missile strikes against Islamic militants civilians with back-to-back attacks against terror targets that have killed at least 11 people in the country’s northwest region. But the air strikes have raised fresh concerns among some Pakistani officials that the agency is resuming its lethal campaign at the worst possible moment, in the midst of a humanitarian crisis that has submerged one sixth of the country and left at least six million people homeless.

Some Doubt Intent of Accusations Against WikiLeaks Founder

Some Doubt Intent of Accusations Against WikiLeaks Founder 24 Aug 2010 Although Swedish prosecutors have yet to complete their review of sexual abuse accusations that two Stockholm women made last week against Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks Web site, those who say they have detailed knowledge of the case discount conspiracy theories linking it to efforts to discredit WikiLeaks. Mr. Assange had suggested over the weekend that the tortured sequence of events at the Stockholm prosecutor’s office had been prompted by the Pentagon as part of what he called a program of "dirty tricks to ruin us."

'US mafia-like groups funding Taliban, terrorists in Afghanistan'

'US mafia-like groups funding Taliban, terrorists in Afghanistan' 23 Aug 2010 Afghan President Hamid Karzai says private security firms are a source of corruption in his country as they have ties with Mafia-like groups funding the Taliban. "I am appealing to the US taxpayers not to allow their hard-earned money to be wasted on groups that are not only providing lots of inconveniences to the Afghan people, but actually are, God knows, in contact with Mafia-like groups and perhaps also funding militants and insurgents and terrorists through those firms," the Los Angles Times quoted Karzai as saying on Monday. The Afghan chief executive made the comments one day after he ordered all the foreign security firms to cease to operate by the end of 2010.

US court halts government funding of stem cell research

US court halts government funding of stem cell research 23 Aug 2010 A US court on Monday issued a temporary halt to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research which President Barack Obama had authorized, saying it involved the destruction of human embryos. US District Court Judge Royce [lunatic] Lamberth ruled in favor of a Christian group that opposes the research, issuing a temporary injunction that will allow plaintiffs to bring their lawsuit before the court.

Carville: A 'Triumvirate of Tea' Benefits From $300 Million From the Right

Carville: A 'Triumvirate of Tea' Benefits From $300 Million From the Right 23 Aug 2010 Conservative organizations, including American Crossroads headed by Bush White House aide Karl Rove, are spending an astounding $300 million to bolster the campaigns of Republican Senate hopefuls Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, Rand Paul, and others, according to longtime Democratic strategist James Carville. With that much money in play, Carville says Democratic control of the Senate is in doubt with this November's midterm elections... The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, engineered by the court's conservative bloc, has opened a potential floodgate of special-interest money in this year's elections because the ruling swept away decades of limits on corporate influence on elections.

Sweden to Probe Charges Against WikiLeaks' Assange

Sweden to Probe Charges Against WikiLeaks' Assange 23 Aug 2010 Swedish Chief Prosecutor Eva Finne will investigate the charges brought against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange this week, she said Monday. On Friday, the prosecution authority charged Mr. Assange with alleged rape and molestation, but dropped the rape charges the following day. It said it would decide this week whether to pursue the molestation case. The two cases originated in different areas of Sweden.

Two French troops killed in Afghanistan

Two French troops killed in Afghanistan 23 Aug 2010 An exchange of fire between French troops and Taliban raged near the Afghan capital amid a surge in militant attacks on foreign forces in the war-torn country. President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said the troops were fatally shot during a night operation in north-east of Kabul.

Congress begins investigating salmonella outbreak, egg recalls

Congress begins investigating salmonella outbreak, egg recalls 23 Aug 2010 The House Energy and Commerce Committee requested documents and information Monday from Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa related to the recent salmonella outbreak and egg recalls, according to a news release from the office of the committee's chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California. Waxman and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak, D-Michigan, sent letters to the two Iowa-based egg producers asking for details on the contamination of their egg products, including when government officials and customers of the affected egg products were first notified of the contamination.

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