Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Democrat strategists tell Obama to stop defending his economic record

That's the gist of a new memo from Democratic strategists Stan Greenberg and James Carville, who urge Mr. Obama to focus on the future - and what he will do to help the middle class going forward - rather than try to talk up what he's been doing for the past four years.

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Alex Collier: Alien Orbs in threes point to Archon's Symmerty Day 06-15-2012

According to Alex Collier our current time-space continuum has been artificially engineered by demonic interdimensional entities.

Mr. Collier further suggests that these aliens have selectively intervened in humanity's past and future to produce certain apocalyptical events. Alex Collier’s and other testimony suggests that 6-15-2012 or June 15, 2012 may be part of an alien timetable for a “New World Order”. Could that timetable be the outbreak of World War III?

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More Americans killed by bees and wasps or falling televisions than by terrorists

Fear, an emotion often only tenuously tethered to reality, arises from the belief that danger is near, whether it really is or not, and can be created and manipulated by those in power. Fear of terrorism is a case in point. Since the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government has stoked fears of terrorism, even as government statistics released last week demonstrate these fears are overblown.

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Putin will not permit social shocks to weaken Russia

President Vladimir Putin vowed on Tuesday not to let Russia be weakened by social shocks as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Moscow to protest his historic third term.

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Return to the days of Stalin: Russian police raid homes of opposition

Armed Russian police today raided the homes of anti-Putin activists today ahead of a mass demonstration in a major new crackdown on dissent.

The fresh wave of arrests was today compared with the days of Stalin by opponents on Russian language Twitter.

Hello1937 was trending on the social networking site - referring to the year 1937 which was seen as the worst for Stalin purges.

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US to deploy more than 3,000 troops to Africa

The Army Times confirms that the US military gave the go-ahead for the mass deployment last month and that roughly 3,000 soldiers will soon be sent overseas, with more troops expected to be dispatched during the duration of the program. Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, head of US Army Africa, says the initiative is part of a “regionally aligned force concept” that will allow American troops to forge relationships across Africa, where the US has not concentrated its soldiers among civilians to the same degree as other continents.

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28% of federal contract funds go to just 10 companies...all make weapons systems

If this is the age of budget cutbacks and government austerity, someone ought to tell the Pentagon and its weapons contractors, because they haven’t gotten the memo about shared sacrifice. According to a summary of the top federal contractors produced by the Federal Procurement Data System, the Defense Department gave out $372.8 billion (70%) of the $532.6 billion in government contract spending in fiscal year 2011, with just 10 arms makers accounting for 28% of all contracting dollars, up from 25% a year before, and the top 5 accounting for 20.8%.

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Half of prisoners still held in Guantánamo have actually been cleared for release

“Released” has become a meaningless word at Guantánamo Bay for nearly 90 detainees who continue to be held after the U.S. government said they could be freed.

President Barack Obama’s interagency Guantánamo Review Task Force approved the release of 126 prisoners in early 2010. Of this total, 87 have not been let out, remaining instead behind bars at the military detention facility along with another 82 detainees who received no official clearance for release.

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IDF suspends officer filmed firing live ammunition at Palestinian protesters

The incident took place in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh; Video appears to indicate that officer's life was not in danger.

An IDF officer was documented ten days ago hurling rocks and firing live ammunition at Palestinian demonstrators near the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. In the video, shot by village resident Bilel Tamimi, the officer is seen throwing rocks at two young Palestinian men who are also hurling rocks at him. Later the officer is seen firing in their direction.

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Imperial empire: Iran must not be allowed to fulfill imperialistic ambitions

President Shimon Peres denounced Iran in a meeting with U.S. military officials on Monday, warning against its "imperialistic ambitions based on religion."

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Florida will sue Obama administration over voter purge

During an appearance on Fox News Monday afternoon, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced that the state will sue the Department of Homeland Security to obtain access to a database that it believes will provide more accurate information on the citizenship status of Florida voters.

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If attacking rescuers and funerals is evil when others do it, why is it okay if it's done by the CIA?

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has revived controversial tactics in its drone war against Islamic militants, targeting funerals and rescuers of those hit in previous airstrikes.

These are the same tactics that have been condemned when they have been used by the Taliban and other militia. In December, for example, following a suicide bomber attack at a funeral in northeastern Afghanistan, the U.S. embassy in Kabul issued a statement that said that “This reprehensible attack on a funeral further illustrates that the Taliban and other insurgents are waging a murderous campaign against innocent Afghan civilians, including women and children.”

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Jordanian politician: US using Al-Qaeda to dominate region

"The US seeks to increase its military intervention and hegemony over the region by using the al-Qaeda in the Middle-East and changing conflicts to sectarian war," Secretary-General of Jordan's Democratic Party for People's Unity Saeed Ziyab told FNA on Tuesday.

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Lebanese expert: US fight against al-qaeda pretext for presence in region

"Washington intends to give assurance to its allies through its presence in the region," General Elyas Hana told FNA on Tuesday, adding that fighting the al-Qaeda is the best pretext for Washington to justify its military deployment in the region.

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Humans threaten Earth, just decades from doomsday - scientists

"Humans now dominate Earth, changing it in ways that threaten its ability to sustain us and other species," Nature quoted the report as saying.

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China urges EU to get firm grip on debt crisis

China urged Europe and the upcoming G20 summit to reach a "timely" and "decisive"consensus to prevent the European financial crisis from spreading, Vice-Minister of Finance Zhu Guangyao said on Monday.

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Americans saw wealth plummet 40 percent, government spending up 14%

The Federal Reserve said the median net worth of families plunged by 39 percent in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. That puts Americans roughly on par with where they were in 1992.

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State spending: Despite the deep recession and the slow recovery, annual state spending overall hasn't dropped once. In fact, by fiscal 2011, total outlays at the state level were 14% higher than they were in 2008, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. (See nearby chart.)

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Bill Gates wants 'Galvanic' bracelets that measure student engagement

In the ‘you-can’t-make-up-this-stuff’ category, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is spending about $1.1 million to develop a way to physiologically measure how engaged students are by their teachers’ lessons. This involves “galvanic skin response” bracelets that kids would wear so their engagement levels could be measured.

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80% of British people demand vote to quit EU

A new poll showed more than 80 per cent of voters are crying out for a referendum.

Nearly half of voters - 49 per cent - want their voices heard straight away, according to the survey.

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EU to limit movement of money, people

Olivier Bailly said Tuesday that, legally, limits could be imposed on movement of people and money across national borders within the EU if it's necessary to protect public order or public security — but not on economic grounds.

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North Dakota considers eliminating property tax

“I would like to be able to know that my home, no matter what happens to my income or my life, is not going to be taken away from me because I can’t pay a tax,” said Susan Beehler, one in a group of North Dakotans who have pressed for an amendment to the state’s Constitution to end the property tax. They argue that the tax is unpredictable, inconsistent, counter to the concept of property ownership and needless in a state that, thanks in part to wildly successful oil drilling, finds itself in the rare circumstance of carrying budget reserves.

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Bank of America pledges $50 billion to combat 'climate change,' after taking $45 billion in bailouts

The new set of goals will be effective on Jan. 1, following the anticipated completion of the bank's current 10-year pledge of $20 billion, which it said is four years ahead of schedule. "Environmental business delivers value to our clients, return for our shareholders, and helps strengthen the economy," said Chief Executive Brian Moynihan. "We met our prior goal in about half the time we set for ourselves, so more than doubling our target is ambitious but achievable."

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Indiana first state to allow citizens to shoot law enforcement officers

Police officers in Indiana are upset over a new law allowing residents to use deadly force against public servants, including law enforcement officers, who unlawfully enter their homes. It was signed by Republican Governor Mitch Daniels in March.

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China ready to impound EU planes in CO2 dispute

China will take swift counter-measures that could include impounding European aircraft if the EU punishes Chinese airlines for not complying with its scheme to curb carbon emissions.

"It's not about the money. It's an issue of sovereignty," said Paul Steele, IATA's director of aviation environment.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

School pulls 'God Bless the USA' at graduation, but Justin Bieber's 'Baby' is OK

A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.

Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.

Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Guilty until proven innocent: Police stop, handcuff every adult at intersection in search for bank robber

Police in Aurora, Colo., searching for suspected bank robbers stopped every car at an intersection, handcuffed all the adults and searched the cars, one of which they believed was carrying the suspect.

Police said they had received what they called a “reliable” tip that the culprit in an armed robbery at a Wells Fargo bank committed earlier was stopped at the red light.

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Attack on Iran will damage Israel, 'other countries' - Russian security chief

A possible Israeli strike against Iran could have “absolutely negative” consequences primarily for Israel itself and for many neighboring countries as well, says Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev.

The Russian security chief urged foreign partners to be more optimistic concerning the possibility of solving the Iranian nuclear problem through negotiation.

"It is also wrong to conclude that all opportunities and all the existing potential have been exhausted. It should be used as long as it may be productive. Talks should continue," Patrushev told the Rossiya-24 news channel.

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Secret mission accomplished: America's mysterious space plane to land after a YEAR in orbit - and no one knows what it did up there

The U.S Air Force’s highly secret unmanned space plane will land in June - ending a year-long mission in orbit.

The experimental Boeing X37-B has been circling Earth at 17,000 miles per hour and was due to land in California in December. It is now expected to land in mid to late June.

At launch, the space plane was accompanied by staff in biohazard suits, leading to speculation that there were radioactive components on board.

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Iran exporting products to over 100 countries despite sanctions

A senior Iranian economic official dismissed efficiency and effectiveness of the Western sanctions and restrictions against Iran, saying that the country has continued its strong presence in the international markets and is exporting goods and products to over 100 nations.

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New stealth destroyer really sucks - China mocks America's $7 billion navy acquisition

The US Navy is readying a $7 billion boat that can launch attacks faster than the speed of sound and is practically invisible to detection. Even with that hefty cost, however, China says it will only take a few fishing boats to blow up the DDG-1000.

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Syria expels U.S. ambassador, 16 other western diplomats

Syria labeled 17 diplomats, most of them American or European, as persona non grata in response to a mass expulsion of Syrian envoys by Western capitals last week.

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Israel airport security demands access to tourists' private email accounts

Israel's Shin Bet security service has been demanding access to personal email accounts of visiting tourists with Arab names, according to the testimony of three U.S. citizens who were interrogated at Ben Gurion Airport and subsequently refused entry into Israel in May.

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Western banks 'reaping billions from Colombian cocaine trade'

The vast profits made from drug production and trafficking are overwhelmingly reaped in rich "consuming" countries - principally across Europe and in the US - rather than war-torn "producing" nations such as Colombia and Mexico, new research has revealed. And its authors claim that financial regulators in the west are reluctant to go after western banks in pursuit of the massive amount of drug money being laundered through their systems.

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Romney strongly defended individual mandate in Massachusetts, emails show

When Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts and getting health reform passed there, emails demonstrate he strongly defended the individual mandate, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Why are state taxpayers subsidizing big budget film and TV shows?

State officials have been lining up like kids outside a theater box office, spending more than $1 billion to coax Hollywood to film movies and television shows in various states.

Forty-three states currently offer subsidies to production companies. Comparatively, only a handful of states were willing to do so back in 2002.

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New fines in place for cats and dogs that don't buckle up in New Jersey

Click it or ticket. It’s not just for people anymore — at least in the Garden State.

Police and animal control officers are authorized to cite drivers with unrestrained animals in the car. Yes, that includes the back of a pickup truck too. Violators can be fined $250 to $1,000 per offense.

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West's Syrian narrative based on "guy in British apartment"

The “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” has been cited by the Western media for over a year in nearly every report, regardless of which news agency, be it AFP, AP, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, BBC, or any of the largest Western newspapers. One would believe this to be a giant sprawling organization with hundreds of members working hard on the ground, documenting evidence in Syria with photographs and video, while coordinating with foreign press to transparently and objectively “observe” the “human rights” conditions in Syria, as well as demonstrate their methodologies. Surely that is the impression the Western media attempts to relay to its readers.

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School: Breathalyzer or no graduation

Seniors at St. Charles High School had to take a breathalyzer test at their graduation rehearsal on Friday.

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Berkeley mayor wants to ban sitting on sidewalks

Berkeley voters may be asked this November to consider a measure that would ban sitting on the city’s commercial sidewalks.

The plan was crafted by Mayor Tom Bates, who said the conflict between merchants and packs of young people has gotten out of hand, especially along Telegraph Avenue.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Global temperatures have been falling since 1999

Natural climate cycles have changed from their warming phase to cooling phase, and this means that contrary to popular belief the global temperature has been declining for more than 10 years, and will continue to decline for another 20 or so.

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Federal Law: All delegates are unbound

The Ron Paul Revolution is determined to find every federal source that states that all delegates will be unbound. Up to this point, they have managed to find a Republican Party rule that supports free agents, Rule 38. However, that was not enough to satisfy themselves.

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US satellite spy agency donates telescopes to NASA

The space agency confirmed Monday that it has received a pair of giant identical telescopes from the National Reconnaissance Office, which oversees the country's constellation of spy satellites. NASA says the spy agency built them and then decided it didn't need them. The transfer last summer was only recently declassified.

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Rubio: 'We need to begin to prepare people' for war with Iran

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), reportedly a frontrunner in Mitt Romney’s running mate selection process, last week during a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations hoped that he wouldn’t make news as calling for war with Iran. “I don’t want to come across as some sort of saber-rattling person,” Rubio said, claiming, “I am in line with what the administration has said.” The Florida Republican later added that he doesn’t “want the headlines from here to be, you know, Rubio says let’s hit them now.”

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Megaupload has no rights? US broke its own rules by going after Internet giant

Ira Rothken, the California-based attorney of both Megaupload.com and Dotcom, is calling for a US federal court in Virginia to dismiss the criminal case against the website. According to Rothken, the website’s Fifth Amendment rights were violated when the FBI ordered for Megaupload to be taken off the Internet earlier this year. As a result of the agency’s demands, Megaupload’s servers were seized and millions of files uploaded to the website — including those owned by paying subscribers — were made unavailable and are still inaccessible today. Now Rothken says that the prosecutors in the case failed to guarantee due process for his clients and is asking the court to dismiss the charges. Since Megaupload was hosted overseas, argues the site’s attorney, the Department of Justice has acted improperly in its attempts to prosecute.

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UK begins Syria invasion under Humanitarian pretext

According to a report published in Daily Star, British Special Forces would set up camps along Syria’s borders with Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon and that Special Air Service (SAS) troops and MI6 agents will help the rebels if civil war breaks out in the country.

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EPA using drones to spy on cattle ranchers in Nebraska and Iowa

Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency is using aerial drones to spy on farmers in Nebraska and Iowa. The surveillance came under scrutiny last week when Nebraska’s congressional delegation sent a joint letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

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U.S. Army Chief of Staff: Use army for domestic enforcement

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) proposes that the U.S. Army be used to plan, command, and carry out (with the help of civilian law enforcement) domestic police missions. So says a story appearing in the May/June issue of the influential organization’s official journal, Foreign Affairs. The article lacks a single reference to the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits such actions.

In an article penned by Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, the CFR would see the Army used to address “challenges in the United States itself” in order to keep the homeland safe from domestic disasters, including terrorist attacks. Odierno writes:
Where appropriate we will also dedicate active-duty forces, especially those with niche skills and equipment, to provide civilian officials with a robust set of reliable and rapid response options.
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Artist turns his dead cat into flying helicopter

Many animal lovers find it hard to part with their pets when they die.

So when cat Orville, named after the famous aviator Orville Wright, was run over by a car, his artist owner decided to turn him into a permanent piece of artwork as the ultimate tribute by transforming him into a flying helicopter.

Dutch artist Bart Jansen first stuffed Orville before teaming up with radio control helicopter flyer Arjen Beltman to build a specially-designed flying mechanism to attach to the cat.

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State GOP shouldn’t use tricks to defrock Ron Paul backers

Whether on the playground or in presidential politics, rules can’t be changed midway through the process just because they become inconvenient. But that’s what Massachusetts state Republican leaders are trying to do by invoking dubious technicalities to try to remove Ron Paul supporters who were chosen as delegates to the party’s national convention in Tampa.

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Ron Paul snatches half of Louisiana's delegates

Paul strategists say the Texas congressman, who is the lone remaining challenger to presumptive nominee Romney, captured 27 of the 46 delegates to which Louisiana is entitled.

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CFR member Fareed Zakaria: Starve the Syrians into compliance

Zakaria is a member of both the CFR and Rockefeller’s Trilateral Commission. He is also a Bilderberg attendee. In other words, his call for starving the Syrians into accepting the will of the United Nations and the globalist establishment is one of the options under consideration.

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Council on Foreign Relations proposes using army to enforce domestic law

The Council On Foreign Relations, the elite think tank long associated with globalist policy making and subversion of the principles of the US Constitution, has published an article that proposes using the army to plan and carry out domestic law enforcement missions in the US.

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Chicago cops threaten to revoke First Amendment rights from journalists

"Your First Amendment rights can be terminated," was the warning issued by a Chicago Police Department officer that was caught on video this March. Two staffers with a local NBC News affiliate were apprehended while on the scene outside of an area hospital to report on the death of a young girl when cops patrolling the premises insisted that journalists walk away from the building; members of the press had already been forced to retreat across the street from the facility when the altercation took place.

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After voters reject property tax increase, Oregon county releases prisoners

Elections have consequences, a truism demonstrated last week in Grants Pass, Oregon (pop.: 34,533), where dozens of inmates poured out of the Josephine County jail Wednesday, some running, yet none pursued by law enforcement because voters two weeks before had chosen their release over a tax increase.

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NASA: Clean-air regulations are melting the ice cap

New research from NASA suggests that the Arctic warming trend seen in recent decades has indeed resulted from human activities: but not, as is widely assumed at present, those leading to carbon dioxide emissions. Rather, Arctic warming has been caused in large part by laws introduced to improve air quality and fight acid rain.

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1930 photos show Greenland glaciers retreating faster than today

The photos in question were taken by the seventh Thule Expedition to Greenland led by Dr Knud Rasmussen in 1932. The explorers were equipped with a seaplane, which they used to take aerial snaps of glaciers along the Arctic island's coasts.

Taken together the pictures show clearly that glaciers in the region were melting even faster in the 1930s than they are today, according to Professor Jason Box, who works at the Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State uni.

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War in the White House: Eric Holder and David Axelrod near blows

Eric Holder, Barack Obama's attorney general and David Axelrod, his top political adviser had to be separated after squaring up during a furious row over attempts to impose White House operatives in the justice department.

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Israel fitting nuclear arms on German-supplied subs, yet wants to attack Iran

Israel is arming submarines supplied and largely financed byGermany with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, influential German news weekly Der Spiegel reports in its issue to be published on Monday.

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China expects respect after US naval shift

China has expressed mild concerns with the American plans to shift most of its warships to the Pacific region by 2020. Beijing called on to Washington to respect the interests of all sides in the Asia-Pacific, including that of China.

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U.S. to rebalance navy fleet towards China, Asia-Pacific

"By 2020, the navy will reposture its forces from today's roughly 50-50 percent split between the Pacific and the Atlantic to about a 60-40 split between those oceans," Panetta said at the 11th Asia Security Summit of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore.

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Video: Obama blames eurozone crisis for unemployment numbers

Obama blames Congress over unemployment numbers

President Barack Obama attempted to shift blame for a shock rise in America's unemployment on Saturday, attacking an obstructionist Congress for failing to pass job-creation measures.

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Neocon Rubio address Council on Foreign Relations, NWO

On Sunday at the Bilderberg protest, the Infowars team received a tip that Florida senator Marco Rubio, who is a possible Romney vice president selection, recently spoke before the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Nobel Peace Prize - Drone blitz on Pakistan enters third straight day

Rockets fired from a US drone killed between eight and 15 people in north-west Pakistan on Monday, officials have said in varying accounts. It is the third strike in as many days after attacks on Saturday and Sunday killed a total of 12 people.

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Energy Department criticized for...wasting energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) wastes too much energy, and could see great improvements at very little cost, according to an Inspector General report released May 25. DOE IG Gregory Friedman audited energy usage at the agency’s approximately 530 data centers and server rooms, which vary greatly in size and design. In fact, one of the key criticisms of the report is that DOE is not entirely sure how many data centers and server rooms it funds, and hence cannot develop plans to identify and consolidate operations that are redundant or that would operate more efficiently if brought under one roof.

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Seeds of doubt: Brazilian farmers sue Monsanto

The farmers claim that Monsanto unfairly collects exorbitant profits every year worldwide on royalties from “renewal” seed harvests. “Renewal” crops are those that have been planted using seed from the previous year’s harvest. While the practice of renewal farming is an ancient one, Monsanto disagrees, demanding royalties from any crop generation produced from its genetically-engineered seed. Because the engineered seed is patented, Monsanto not only charges an initial royalty on the sale of the crop produced, but a continuing 2 per cent royalty on every subsequent crop, even if the farmer is using a later generation of seed.

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More regulations please: Regulators ignored JPMorgan unit that lost billions

The preliminary answer appears to be a combination of deceit on the part of JPM and laxity on the part of the regulators. JPM’s chief investment office, which made the trades, actually has a mission of protecting the bank from the high risk activities of other units by engaging in lower risk trading, a practice known as hedging. In this sense, as the trades got riskier, the unit not only strayed from its stated purpose but acted counter to it. When rumors that the trades had begun to go south reached the senior New York Federal Reserve regulator at JPM, bank executives assured him there was no problem, and he apparently took the bankers at their word. Several weeks later, when JPM’s leadership belatedly admitted they had a huge problem on their hands, bank president Jamie Dimon still delayed telling regulators.

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House bid to merge DHS offices draws cautious praise

In a little-noticed section of the legislative report that accompanies the fiscal 2013 homeland security spending bill, the House Appropriations Committee calls on DHS officials to develop a plan to consolidate the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and the Office of Health Affairs.

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Israel, U.S. mulling further sanctions on Iran

Israel and the U.S. have been discussing a new series of sanctions to be imposed on Iran in the event that nuclear talks between six powers and Teheran on June 18 end in failure. Officials in Jerusalem and Washington have confirmed that these discussions about new sanctions are being held.

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US jobs report: A DISASTER

The US Department of Labor released employment statistics for the month of May on Friday, and almost every figure factored into their report suggests that the recent stabilization of the jobs market was only a momentary one. After the unemployment rate under the presidency of Barack Obama skyrocketed last June to its highest during his first term — 11.3 percent — numbers released since have led many to assume that the recession of yesteryear was finally behind the country for good.The report published by the Labor Department Friday, however, includes some not so optimistic information.

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Americans beg their King: Please, don't kill us with drones

Unlike the correspondence from 1860 that was signed off by a single person — an 11-year-old girl from upstate New York — over 1,000 Americans have already added their name to a petition posted on the Internet this week. Their plea may sound silly at first glance, but it’s authors appear to be anything other than serious about it: after a Tuesday morning article in the New York Times revealed US President Barack Obama’s authority to add and remove names from a roster of alleged enemies of the state to be executed without due process, 1,679 Americans have already asked that they be placed on a “do not kill” list.

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Euro zone crossroad: Further integration or breakup

“The euro zone is disintegrating and this has started to feed into institutional capital flight out of the euro zone,” said Jens Nordvig, a senior bond and currency specialist at Nomura in New York. “The crisis has reached a new level. Policy makers are realizing that there are only two options. Further integration or a breakup.”

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Bilderberg members label protesters "cockroaches"

Once again betraying their sneering arrogance towards the American people and the first amendment, Bilderberg members attending their annual confab in Chantilly Virginia this past weekend referred to protesters outside as “cockroaches,” according to one of the hotel employees at the Westfields Marriott.

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Jerusalem apartment housing migrants firebombed

An apartment housing 10 Eritreans has been firebombed in Jerusalem, against the backdrop of rising anti-migrant sentiment in Israel.

Four of the occupants were taken to hospital suffering burns and smoke inhalation. Graffiti sprayed on the walls of the building said: "Get out of the neighbourhood."

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Netanyahu orders swift deportation of 25,000 illegal African migrants

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered his ministers to accelerate efforts to deport citizens of South Sudan, the Ivory Coast, Ghana and Ethiopia who are living in Israel illegally on Sunday.

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Wiretapping doubles in Russia since 2007

Legal wiretaps have almost doubled in Russia over the past five years due to lack of external control over the secret services, according to official and publicly available statistics unearthed by a leading Russian security analyst.

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India plans to launch first military satellite

Indian forces are ready to launch the nation’s first military satellite, the Times of India reported on Monday.

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