Thursday, August 16, 2012

Taxpayers subsidize CEO pay, report says

The Institute for Policy Studies, a self-described "progressive multi-issue think tank," analyzed the link between tax loopholes and excessive executive compensation and concluded that the loopholes created an "uneven playing field" between large companies and small businesses and led to lost tax revenue.

The latest edition of the institute's annual Executive Excess compensation study found that in 2011, 26 CEOs received more in compensation than their companies paid in taxes, and that the four major tax loopholes contributing to excessive executive pay cost taxpayers about $14.4 billion a year.

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Billionaires Soros, Paulson bet big on GOLD

According to Bloomberg News, Paulson & Co. and Soros Fund Management bumped up exposure to SPDR Gold Trust to 21.8 million shares and 884,000 shares, respectively. Paulson & Co. now has 44 percent of its $24 billion fund exposed to bullion.

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All eyes are on Ron Paul this month

Republican Ron Paul has been snubbed by his own party by not given a slot to speak at the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida later this month. Paul is often on opposing sides of the Republican Party, however has garnered a large, committed following of supporters across the nation. The convention will determine who is the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States, and that person will be running against Barack Obama and Gary Johnson in the November 6, 2012 general election. Ron Paul is currently a member of Congress and is not running for his Texas district and has plans to retire should he not receive the party’s nomination.

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Big Pharma Pfizer facing possible fines over bribery claim

A lawyer in Beijing has called for the country's top prosecution authority to investigateallegations of bribery involving pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which has been found tohave made improper payments to medical workers and regulators in eight countries, including China.

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U.S. presidential polls 'one of the world's worst' - Russian election chief

Russia’s election chief Vladimir Churov called on Thursday the system of U.S. presidential elections “one of the worst in the world.”

“Presidential elections in the United States are one of the worst in in terms of organization,” Churov, who heads Russia's Central Election Commission, said. He was speaking during a visit to an educational camp in Russia’s central Lipetsk region.

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UK banks face Libor subpoenas from US regulators

There is fresh speculation that banks could face action from the US authorities for manipulating Libor, after reports that several banks are being required to co-operate with the New York regulators.

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Social Security Administration orders thousands of rounds of hollow point bullets

The SSA has published a solicitation on the FedBizOpps website specifically asking for ammo manufactures to provide them with a quote for a massive order of hollow point bullets. The administration is on the lookout for the most affordable lot of 174,000 .357 Duty Carry Sig 125 grain bonded JHP hollow point bullet ammunition, according to a synopsis that accompanies their solicitation for quotes, although the mission statement of the federal agency offers no indication of why they are wanting any ammo, let alone tens of thousands of rounds.

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Syrian rebels: Support us or we will join forces with al-Qaeda

The US spy chief has admitted Al-Qaeda might be behind recent suicide bombings in Syria. While rebels threaten they will have to make an alliance with jihadists if they don’t see more help from the West.

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South African police open fire on thousands of striking miners

At least 18 bodies were seen lying bloody and motionless on the ground after local police opened fire on striking miners, a South African news agency reports. Some of the protesters were allegedly armed with machetes and spears.

The incident is believed to have occurred after police, in the process of laying down barricades of barbed wire, were outflanked by a crowd of 3,000 demonstrators.

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Poll: Most Israelis oppose attack on Iran nuclear facilities

Survey conducted by Israel Democracy Institute and TAU Mediation and Conflict Resolution program finds only 27% of Jewish Israeli support strike, and most think it's unlikely Israel will soon attack.

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Hundreds of Israelis petition IDF pilots: Refuse orders to bomb Iran

More than 400 Israelis, including Tel Aviv University law professors Menachem Mautner and Chaim Gans, have recently signed an online petition calling on Israel Defense Forces pilots to refuse to obey if ordered to bomb Iran.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Khamenei: World in transition towards new balance of power

“The direction of the future world developments is … toward the transfer of the general powers and capabilities of some parts of world nations to other parts,” Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

“America’s unsuccessful leap for dominating this important and sensitive region, which became evident in the cases of Iraq and Afghanistan, is one of the other signs of the deep changes that the world is facing.”

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Biden on Romney 'They're going to put y'all back in chains'

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the—he said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules-unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains. He’s said he’s going to do nothing about stopping the practice of outsourcing…

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Paul Ryan sold shares on same day as private briefing of banking crisis

The congressman on Monday denied profiting from information gleaned from the meeting on 18 September 2008 when Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, then treasury secretary Hank Paulson and others outlined their fears for the banking sector. His office said he had no control over the trades.

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Lost Egyptian pyramid discovered with Google Earth

A groundbreaking discovery has been made by an American archaeologist who spotted what looks like two new pyramid sites in Egypt, with one site viewed on satellite being three times the size of Great Pyramid at Giza.

Angela Micol is based in North Carolina and has spent ten years scrutinizing Google Earth, hunting for ancient sites from space.

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UN calls on U.S. to halt biofuel production as drought devastates corn crop

With the drought of 2012 — already the worst in the U.S. since the 1950s — expected to cause dramatically smaller corn and soybean crops, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has called on the U.S. to suspend the use of corn in producing biofuels like ethanol in order to avert a food crisis. So far, however, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has rejected this suggestion, arguing that ethanol production supports many jobs and reduces the price of gasoline for Americans.

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WikiLeaks whistleblower calls for dismissal of charges against him for cruel and unusual detention

The attorney representing Private Bradley Manning has filed a motion calling for the military to dismiss all charges against his client, whose constitutional rights were violated during his pretrial confinement. Manning is accused of giving thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks, which released large portions of them on the Internet.

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Iran: Israeli threats of imminent strike are mere 'psychological warfare'

Speaking to semi-official Mehr news agency, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says Israel's 'warmongering remarks' may bring the destruction of its 'war machine.'

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Whistle-blower: Ill. state workers forced to attend Pelosi, Jesse Jackson Jr. event on taxpayer dime

Documents and a whistle-blower affidavit obtained by The Daily Caller charge that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., participated in an unethical — and possibly illegal — effort to force 76 employees of an Illinois state agency to engage in political activity on the taxpayers’ dime.

According to the whistle-blower, Rev. Jackson also encouraged the government employees to load first-generation and low-income college students up with student loan debt — because Democrats in Congress, he allegedly promised, would eventually pass laws to forgive that debt later. “[T]hose people will continue to vote Democratic,” Jackson Sr. said, according to the whistle-blower.

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Turkish politician: Iran only country uninfluenced by US

"The US has influence on all Islamic countries except for Iran," Head of Turkey's Saadat Party in Istanbul Salman Asmarar said on Tuesday, lamenting that his country which is a Muslim-majority state is now compliant on the US policies posing a danger to Iran, Syria and Iraq.

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'Black box' standards coming for cars

New federal standards for "black boxes" that record information leading up to auto accidents will will take effect Sept. 1, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ruled on Tuesday.

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National Weather Service follow DHS in huge ammo purchase

Why would the National Weather Service need to purchase large quantities of powerful ammo? That’s the question many are asking after the federal agency followed in the footsteps of the Department of Homeland Security in putting out a solicitation for 46,000 rounds of hollow point bullets.

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New U.S. sanctions on Iran are 'overt blackmail,' says Russia

Russia sharply criticized new U.S. sanctions against Iran on Monday, saying the measures to punish banks, insurance companies and shippers that help Iran sell its oil would harm Moscow's ties with Washington if Russian firms are affected.

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Document shows Council on Foreign Relations plan to limit U.S. sovereignty

On Sunday a news report published at the Examiner indicated that there are heightened suspicions that the U.S. government is essentially being held hostage by a powerful global consortium of politicians, government bureaucrats, large banking moguls, university professors, and members of the mainstream media.

The document in question is titled, "International Institutions and Global Governance Program, World Order in the 21st Century."

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Commander: Sanction boost Iranian nation's resistance

"Despite the high hopes of the hegemonic states, the US in particular, the scenario of sanctions and exertion of pressure on Iran has not only failed to yield a result but also acted as a factor which has boosted the Iranian nation's resistance and persistence against the enemies of the revolution and the Islamic ruling system," Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces for Basij and Defense Culture Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri said.

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Unemployment benefits go to millionaires because of a loophole in current law

People with incomes of $1 million or more are entitled to file and receive unemployment benefits — just like everyone else in the same situation. More than 2,800 millionaires were given unemployment benefits in 2008, and another 2,362 in 2009, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

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National guardsman gave Florida Nazi group combat training to prepare for 'race war'

A former US National Guardsman trained a white supremacist group on AK-47 assault rifle and fighting techniques, to help them prepare for an expected race war. The guardsman eventually became a white supremacist group member himself.

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CNN gives up on news; starts reality shows?

Anderson Cooper’s bedroom isn’t quite equipped with 24-hour infrared surveillance cameras just yet but that might not be too far away: CNN is seeking ideas for reality television programing amid their worst ratings in 20 years.

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Eric Holder investigates Romney donors while protecting Goldman Sachs

In yet another tyrannical, ultra-partisan abuse of power, Obama's Department of Justice has now added top Romney donor Sheldon Adelson to the hit list, launching a blatantly bogus "investigation" against him right before the political conventions...to threaten and intimidate others who might be considering getting in the way of Democrat power (and to associate Romney with corruption as incessantly as possible).

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Harry Reid promotes crony capitalism, with Chinese cronies

The Washington Free Beacon reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been working to secure sweetheart deals for Chinese green energy firms. Specifically, Reid reportedly has been pulling strings behind the scenes on behalf of ENN Mojave Energy, a Nevada subsidiary of the Chinese-owned ENN Group.

After more than two years of secret negotiations beginning in 2009, lawmakers in Clark County, Nevada agreed to sell 9,000 acres of public land to ENN for the bargain price of just $4.5 million ($500 per acre) in December 2011. The land had been previously appraised for between $30 million and $39 million.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

US Department of Justice letting Blackwater away with fine despite grave crimes

The US Department of Justice is letting a military contractor away with a fine despite it being charged with grave crimes. Scott Horton, contributing editor to Harper's Magazine, tells RT the US government has reasons to fear the firm going on trial.

Academi, the group formerly known as Blackwater, must now fork out US$7.5 million to avoid criminal prosecution - an amount which is unlikely to do it any harm.

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US attorneys refuse to assure judge that they are not already detaining citizens under NDAA

The US government seems determined to have the power to do away with due process and Americans’ right to a trial.

I am one of the lead plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit against the National Defense Authorization Act, which gives the President the power to hold any US citizen anywhere for as long as he wants, without charge or trial. In May, following a March hearing, Judge Katherine Forrest issued an injunction against it; this week, in a final hearing in New York City, US government lawyers essentially asserted even more extreme powers - the power to entirely disregard the Judge and the law. Indeed, on Monday, August 6, Obama’s lawyers filed an appeal to the injunction - a profoundly important development that as of this writing has been scarcely reported.

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Fast and Furious is about supplying cartels, not what you think it is

Zambada-Niebla claims that under a “divide and conquer” strategy, the U.S. helped finance and arm the Sinaloa Cartel through Operation Fast and Furious in exchange for information that allowed the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal agencies to take down rival drug cartels. The Sinaloa Cartel was allegedly permitted to traffic massive amounts of drugs across the U.S. border from 2004 to 2009 — during both Fast and Furious and Bush-era gunrunning operations — as long as the intel kept coming.

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5 issues that prove Ron Paul is ahead of his time

A few weeks ago, a speech Congressman Ron Paul gave on the House floor in 2002 resurfaced on the web and went viral. At that time, the Bush Administration was planning for war in Iraq and a "global war on terror," the PATRIOT Act had been passed, and the Federal Reserve had lowered interest rates near zero. In the speech, Paul clearly and consisely articulates the dangers of what the U.S. was embarking on and the results that would likely occur.

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Roseanne Barr running on socialist ticket

The 59-year-old former sitcom star, who lost her bid for the Green Party nomination, has been nominated by the Peace and Freedom Party, which describes itself as being "committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality."

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Monsanto genetically modified crops make the drought worse

As if farmers weren’t having enough troubles from the severe drought affecting much of the United States, agricultural-biotechnology giant Monsanto has added to the suffering through one its genetically engineered creations.

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Blackwater fined millions, given 3 years to prove it's reformed

The private security firm formerly known as Blackwater, which is now on its third corporate name, has agreed to pay the U.S. government $7.5 million to avoid going to trial on weapons-related and other charges.

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1873 dime brings $1.84M at auction

A one-of-a-kind, pristine-condition 1873 dime fetched $1.84 million in an auction Thursday night at the American Numismatic Association convention at the Convention Center.

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Israel to house African migrant children in prison, not in facility for minors

African children who arrived in Israel illegally will be housed in Givon Prison instead of the special facility for young migrants, after six boys escaped from that facility last week. The prison service says the move is temporary.

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Ahmadinejad blasts current world order

"Today the power, wealth and media in the world is owned and controlled by these minorities and they introduce themselves as benchmark for all values while considering freedom, justice and democracy as what they introduce to others. Any country or nation who defies them and wants to live independently is pressured by them," President Ahmadinejad underlined.

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Napolitano favored women pals for jobs: lawsuit

A veteran US law-enforcement official has filed a blockbuster discrimination lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, charging she pushed him aside to make way for a less-qualified woman who’s “enjoyed a long-standing relationship” with the anti-terror chief.

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Stratfor emails reveal secret, widespread TrapWire surveillance system

Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It’s part of a program called TrapWire and it's the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite from America’s intelligence community. The employee roster at Arbaxas reads like a who’s who of agents once with the Pentagon, CIA and other government entities according to their public LinkedIn profiles, and the corporation's ties are assumed to go deeper than even documented.

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Whose interests will money-backed US president protect?

As the U.S. presidential election draws near, both presidential candidates are lavishlythrowing more money into the race. With total spending on the 2012 presidential andcongressional races estimated to reach a record 5.8 billion U.S. dollars, people cannothelp wondering whose interests a money-backed president will protect during there cession.

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Portion of the Great Wall of China collapses after heavy rains

Days of heavy rain have badly damaged a section of the Great Wall of China. Local authorities are now trying to repair the collapsed area.

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Army spy blimp flies over civilian New Jersey

The Pentagon has successfully gotten its football field-size super-spy blimp up in the air and congrats, America — you’re in luck! The US Army has completed a test run of its Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle right here in the United States.

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Police strip search mom, "forcibly" pull tampon out of her for maybe rolling though stop sign

Last July, Leila Tarantino claims that she was pulled over by an officer with the Citrus County Sheriff's Department. In the suit, Tarantino says she came to a full stop and should have never been pulled over in the first place.

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Jobless claims data posted a day early

According to a Labor Department press release, the news announcing jobless claims data was placed in an automated software system on August 8 in preparation for being posted on the Internet on August 9. Two weeks ago, new testing procedures were implemented for the automated system.

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U.S. banks told to make plans for preventing collapse

U.S. regulators directed five of the country's biggest banks, including Bank of America Corp and Goldman Sachs Group Inc, to develop plans for staving off collapse if they faced serious problems, emphasizing that the banks could not count on government help.

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US will not prosecute Goldman Sachs, employees for Abacus deal

Neither Goldman Sachs Group Inc nor its employees will face U.S. criminal chargesrelated to trades they made during the financial crisis that were highlighted in a 2011 U.S. Senate report, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gary Harrington begins 30 day sentence for collection rain water on own property

Gary Harrington, the Oregon man convicted of collecting rainwater and snow runoff on his rural property surrendered Wednesday morning to begin serving his 30-day, jail sentence in Medford, Ore.

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Gallup poll shows most Americans like TSA???????????????????????????????

Despite recent negative press, a majority of Americans, 54%, think the U.S. Transportation Security Administration is doing either an excellent or a good job of handling security screening at airports. At the same time, 41% think TSA screening procedures are extremely or very effective at preventing acts of terrorism on U.S. airplanes, with most of the rest saying they are somewhat effective.

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Global arms market hits post-Cold War high point

Despite the gloomy world economy, Chinese observers have cast their sights to aprosperous global arms market, which has hit the post-Cold War peak in 2012according to a Russian report issued earlier this month.

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Who stands to benefit from an arms race in Asia?

The United States has conducted one joint military exercise after another in Asia-Pacific region especially in the waters near China since the beginning of 2012, makingpeople concerned about a "rainstorm" that may come to Asia-Pacific region.

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Wester-backed Syrian rebels withdraw fighters from 'main battle' in Aleppo

Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad have withdrawn all their main fighting units from their stronghold in the Salahedin area of Aleppo, after heavy shelling by government forces.

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Video: US flag dropped on cue during Star-Spangled Banner at Olympics

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

After six years of RomneyCare, Mass. imposes healthcare price controls

As surely as night follows day, one government intervention begets another. In Massachusetts, the 2006 healthcare reform law signed by then-Gov. Mitt Romney forced every Bay Stater to buy health insurance and every insurer to cover every applicant regardless of preexisting conditions. Not surprisingly, this created an increase in demand for medical care, driving prices and insurance premiums to the highest levels in the nation.

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Bernanke: Fed never influenced by politics

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. central bank is never swayed by political pressures and declared Europe needed its own version of the Fed.

"It really helps an economy to have a strong and independent central bank," Bernanke told public educators at the Fed town hall-style meeting in Washington and by video link to educators gathered at regional reserve banks.

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Medicaid providers receive billions in reimbursements despite owing back taxes

Tax cheats have been collecting billions of dollars from Medicaid as a result of the federal government’s failure to cut off contracts with medical providers owing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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$2 billion a year industry: Housing illegal immigrants

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), one of the nation’s largest private prison operators, was on the verge of going bankrupt 12 years ago. Today, CCA along with other companies are raking in federal tax dollars by housing thousands of illegal immigrants.

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Russia's first Borey class subs to be deployed in the Pacific

Russia’s first two Borey class strategic submarines will be ultimately deployed with the Pacific Fleet, First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Sukhorukov said on Wednesday.

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Iran condemns arming of Syrian rebels by foreign states

"The claim by some countries about support for democracy in Syria through the transfer of arms and terrorists into the country is nothing but a lie. Enemies are seeking their inauspicious goals in Syria," Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili said in a meeting with Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation Ali Heidar on Tuesday evening.

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Defected Syrian rebel reveals lies about unrest in Syria

"They transferred me to Lebanon and then forced me to appear before the camera and speak about the current events in Homs and give some reports from there, while I was in Lebanon," Sali Haza' al-Qabani told FNA on Tuesday.

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TSA harassment sends rape victim to emergency room

What would have likely been a routine flight out of a Florida airport this weekend ended with a woman being sent to the emergency room after TSA agents insisted on groping a traumatized rape victim in a security pat-down that put her in the hospital.

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Western-backed Syrian rebels attack Alawites, Christians - reports

"Armed men stormed the Jandar residential compound, firing indiscriminately and killing 16 Syrians, among them six Christians, six Alawites - including the compound director - and four Sunnis," said the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based NGO.

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Russia must help Syria if US supports rebels - Zhirinovsky

Vladimir Zhirinovsky has labeled calls by US senators demanding Barack Obama directly support the Syrian opposition “absolutely unacceptable,” saying his party would demand a Russian response.

In an op-ed piece that appeared this week in The Washington Post, three influential senators called on the Obama administration to “directly and openly provide robust assistance to the armed opposition, including weapons, intelligence and training.”

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FBI arrests Sikh temple shooter's ex-girlfriend

Authorities in Wisconsin have arrested the ex-girlfriend of the man believed responsible for Sunday’s shooting rampage at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee. Misty Cook was brought into custody on Tuesday night for illegal possession of a weapon.

Police were questioning Cook, 31, at her South Milwaukee home about her relationship with alleged shooter Wade Michael Page when they discovered a firearm on the property. Because Cook was convicted of fleeing and eluding a traffic officer in 2001 — a felony — it is illegal for her to own a gun.

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It's not too late for Ron Paul: Latest polls show Romney and Obama remain neck and neck, Obama leading in Virginia and Wisconsin

The new surveys, conducted jointly by Quinnipiac University, CBS News and The New York Times, says Obama lead Romney by four points, 49 percent to 45 percent in Virginia, and by six points, 51 percent to 45 percent, in Wisconsin. In Colorado, he trailed by five points, with 45 percent to Romney's 50 percent. In 2008, Obama won all three states.

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Twitter complies with court order, supplies information on user

Twitter has complied with a court order to provide the New York police department with information on a user who threatened to commit an Aurora-style attack at Mike Tyson's one-man show.

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Google censors Israeli left-wing campaign against tax breaks for multinational firms

Online search giant Google refused to run an ad campaign against the Finance Ministry's decision to grant huge tax breaks to large multinational companies led by the opposition left-wing party Meretz due to the sensitivity of the matter.

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Israel fears UN chief's visit to Iran will undermine efforts to thwart nuclear program

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has decided to participate in the upcoming summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) scheduled to take place in Tehran at the end of the month, according to well-placed sources in New York.

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Rare snowfall stuns much of South Africa

People slowly came outside despite the cold wind Tuesday across South Africa, pointed their mobile phone cameras to the sky and opened their mouths to taste a rare snowfall that fell on much of the country.

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Ready for a fat tax? Obesity increases driver's risk of being in car accident

A new study claims that obesity could not only increase a driver’s risk of being in a car accident, but also result in more severe injuries.

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Are you voting for Obama? YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE

The White House has hired an official videographer, but won't say how much it's costing taxpayers. Some think the product looks a lot like a political ad.

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Obama White House told GSA to 'stand-down' on Occupy protesters

Documents obtained by Judicial Watch confirm that somebody in the White House told officials with the General Services Administration (GSA) to "stand down" and not arrest Occupy Portland protestors who may have broken the law last year.

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For unpaid college loans, Feds dock Social Security

According to government data, compiled by the Treasury Department at the request of SmartMoney.com, the federal government is withholding money from a rapidly growing number of Social Security recipients who have fallen behind on federal student loans. From January through August 6, the government reduced the size of roughly 115,000 retirees' Social Security checks on those grounds. That's nearly double the pace of the department's enforcement in 2011; it's up from around 60,000 cases in all of 2007 and just 6 cases in 2000.

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Video: Democrat abortionist sees aborting 'ugly black babies' as a service to taxpayers

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Records of Dr. Ashutosh Virmani's donations to the Democratic party.

Video: Hillary Clinton dancing in Johannesburg

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Convoy of Turkish military forces briefly enters Syrian town of Jarablos

More than 100 Turkish troops armed with thermal rockets and sophisticated weaponry on Tuesday entered the town of Cerablos in the Kurdish region of Kobani.

The contingent of Turkish soldiers reportedly left for their bases after an hour.

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Stirring up trouble not a new trick of US

China has a clear knowledge as to which way it will choose. It will neither beinterrupted by Washington's resentment nor changed by U.S. attitude.
 
On Aug. 3, U.S. State Department denounced China for aggravating tensions overSouth China Sea in a declaration. It's not a new trick to antagonize China, butWashington had appeared too eager to use the trick recently.

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China lambasts US over South China Sea row

China's state-run media has lambasted the United States over its intervention in the South China Sea row, highlighting the alarming escalation of a long-running dispute.

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Nigeria church attack leaves at least 19 dead

Gunmen fired on worshippers in a church in central Nigeria, killing at least 19 people, including the pastor, and wounding others, the military has said.

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Rahm Emanuel was "super hot" for Solyndra deal

A report released Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee charges that “the Solyndra … event [at which President Obama appeared in person on May 26, 2010, to tout the company as the future of green energy] was the idea of… Rahm Emanuel,” then the White House chief of staff. The report also depicts Rahm as a key player in the effort to get Obama to the new Solyndra factory in Fremont, California, which was made possible by the loan.

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New ad ties Mitt Romney to cancer death

A new ad from a super PAC supporting President Obama ties former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to a family’s loss of health insurance and a woman’s subsequent death from cancer.

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Virginia won't further probe charges of illegal voter registeration

Virginia election officials decided Monday to not take action against a D.C. group that sent voter registration cards to dead people, children and pets and prompted calls for an investigation from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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Mom to serve community service for daughter's chalk art

A Richmond judge found enough evidence to convict a mom charged with vandalism, but delayed a final disposition until she performs community service.

29-year-old Susan Mortensen allowed her daughter to draw on a few rocks on Belle Isle with chalk. Now, she will have to serve 50 hours of community service in order for the judge to dismiss her charge.

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Harry Reid not releasing his own tax returns

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid again deflected questions Monday about releasing his tax returns, even as he continued to pound the demand for Mitt Romney to make more of his own public.

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Germany and Italy near blows over euro

“The tone of the debate has turned dangerous. We must be careful that Europe does not rip itself apart,” said German foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle. He himself fanned the flames over the weekend, saying he was “categorically” against further expansion of the EU rescue machinery or bond purchases by the European Central Bank. “I can’t imagine that a majority of the Bundestag will back unlimited debt liabilities,” he said.

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Harvard study concluded that fluoridated water is associated with lower IQs in children

Researchers at Harvard and in China have concluded that fluoride in water may impair children’s mental development.

After examining the results of 27 Chinese-based studies, experts from the Harvard School of Public Health and China Medical University in Shenyang found evidence that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children.

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Capitalism works, socialism and communism don't!

President Obama said the recession ended last year. In his mind and technically speaking it did, but where is the economic prosperity that normally follows? The President is a Progressive and the poor economy is the right choice for a Progressive, a poor economy breeds more poor people and allows Government to help. Progressives want everyone to turn to the Government for help. Progressives also hang their hat on a stupid, false economic theory, still taught in our schools, called Keynesian Economics but I call it VooDoo Economics. I came across an article that sums it up pretty good, the author is Peter Ferrara and his article is right here. enjoy.

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Democrat Shelley Berkley ethics probe could damage Harry Reid's Senate leadership

The House of Representatives Ethics Committee announced in July it was investigating Berkley, a seven-term congresswoman, over whether some of her actions as a legislator were meant to benefit her husband financially.

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UK-based bank denise US claims it moved $250bn of Iranian money

More than £11.5bn has been wiped from the stock market value of Standard Chartered bank since US allegations that the bank had illegally moved $250bn of Iranian money around the financial system.

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NATO air base employee arrested on spy charges

A civilian employee of a NATO airbase in western Germany has been arrested on charges of illegally gathering information with state secrets, the German Prosecutor General’s Office said on its website on Tuesday.

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Report: Cronyism, political donations likely behind Obama, Holder failure to charge any bankers after 2008 financial meltdown

A new report from the conservative Government Accountability Institute (GAI) finds that President Barack Obama’s and Attorney General Eric Holder’s failure to criminally charge any top Wall Street bankers is likely a result of cronyism inside the Department of Justice and political donations made to Obama’s campaign.

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Egypt general blames US, Israel for terrorist attack in Sinai

"The US and Israel want to show that the Sinai region's security is suffering a lack of instability to prepare the ground for their interference in the region," Major-General Seifeddin Al-Eizal told FNA on Tuesday.

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Thousands of postmasters take early retirement, buyouts

Postal Service spokesman Mark Saunders told the Federal Times that 3,776 postmasters had elected to leave at the end of July. An additional 95 plan to separate from the agency at the end of August, and another 233 will leave at the end of September. Saunders also said more postmasters could opt into the early retirement and buyout program in the coming weeks. The agency estimated that 7,400 total employees, including the postmasters, would take separation incentives granted in May.

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Egypt's Brotherhood says Mossad behind Sinai attack

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on its website that the attack on a police station in Sinai on Sunday in which 16 policemen were killed "can be attributed to Mossad" and was an attempt to thwart Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Congress proves Obama himself engineered Solyndra debacle

Though grudgingly provided and universally redacted, documents subpoenaed by Congress from the White House and the Office of Management and Budget now reveal that Barack Hussein Obama himself was responsible for manufacturing the loss of $535 million taxpayer dollars in the 2011 Solyndra bankruptcy.

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Police Taser deaf woman that called for help, lock her up for three days

KIRO TV’s investigative unit has discovered Tacoma police used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf woman after she called 911 for their help.

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Army colonel ignites firestorm with article on crushing a 'tea party insurgency'

A retired U.S. Army colonel who now teaches modern warfare to soldiers at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. has co-written an article with a Civil War expert that has ignited a firestorm today among those increasingly concerned about what some say is a distinct anti-civilian tone that has infected much of the military and Homeland Security since 2009.

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New regulations may bar migrants, Palestinians from filing lawsuits in Israeli courts

Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman has signed on regulations that require plaintiffs to cite their Israeli ID numbers or foreign passport numbers on the documents they file. Although the ministry said the cases of individuals such as migrant workers, Palestinian residents of the territories and stateless individuals who have no passport will be referred to a registrar or judge, civil rights activists say the new...

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Western-backed rebels kill family, hang little boy

According to a report by Iraq's Qanon news website, Iraqi human rights activists said that armed rebel groups attacked the house of a Shiite Iraqi family in the Seyede Zainab neighborhood in the capital city of Damascus, killed all members of the family and hanged the last one, a little child.

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Twitter impostor: Hacked Reuters account says Washington, al-Qaeda allied

Other posts reported that US President Barack Obama had signed executive orders ordering the declassification of classified information “that US never stopped funding Al Qaeda since 80's (sic)”. Another phony Obama EO reported by the imposter tweeter allegedly banned “any further investigation of 9/11”.

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Israel's envoy to U.S. jumps the gun, blames Iran for Egypt's Sinai attack

On his Twitter and Facebook accounts, Michael Oren points his finger at the Islamic Republic, despite the fact that Defense Minister Ehud Barak attributed the attack to an al-Qaida affiliate.

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Real US unemployment: More than 15%

While the official US unemployment rate lies just above 8 percent, real jobless rates are almost three times that high in some states, with the national “real” unemployment rate lying at 15 percent in July.

The US government’s official unemployment rate, now at 8.3 percent, only takes into consideration those who have no job and are looking for work. This number is called a “U-3” rate. It does not count those who have stopped looking for work or who are working part-time.

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Obama weighs executive-order option on cybersecurity bill

“In the wake of Congressional inaction and Republican stall tactics, unfortunately, we will continue to be hamstrung by outdated and inadequate statutory authorities that the legislation would have fixed," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in an emailed response to whether the president is considering a cybersecurity order.

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Obama has secret pact to aid Syrian rebels

Regardless of President Barack Obama’s public declarations that the U.S. will not provide arms to Syria’s rebels, the White House has approved a secret order authorizing support for those seeking to depose dictator Bashar al-Assad.

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OOPS! IRS lost more than $5B of taxpayers' money

The US International Revenue Service gave more than $5.2 billion to identity thieves in 2011, failing to detect as many as 1.5 million false tax returns.

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Handcuffed Arkansas man shot to death in the back of police car

A 21-year old man was fatally shot in the head while handcuffed in the back of a police car in Arkansas. The police claim it was a suicide but victim's family has a hard time believing it.

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Bankrupt US helps the Philippines improve its military capability

The US is helping the Philippines modernise and improve its military capability in the face of a growing confrontation with China over supremacy in the South China Sea, according to people familiar with defence and security policy in the Asian nation.

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Syrian Army discover mass grave, Western-backed rebels killing civilians

As the Syrian Army expelled rebel forces out of the capital of Damascus, soldiers discovered a mass grave of 20 corpses buried under rocks and other debris.

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Russia to set up naval infrastructure in Arctic

Russia will create several infrastructure hubs along the Northern Sea Route in the Arctic to be used as temporary stations for Russian warships and border guard vessels, Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev said on Monday.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

LIBOR: How big banks conspired to cheat the people

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney went to London to attend the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. But that wasn’t his real reason for the visit.

That same July 26 evening, he picked up as much as $1.1 million in campaign contributions from high-level officers of Barclays, a huge British bank.

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Obama appointees interfered with 2008 Black Panther voter intimidation case

Just when President Barack Obama thought the fuse on the Department of Justice-White House-Fast and Furious bomb had fizzled out, The Washington Examiner reported Monday that the 2008 New Black Panther-voter intimidation ordinance was just lobbed right into the middle of his reelection campaign.

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Court bucks judicial trend of approving big Pharma's anticompetitive generic drug deals

They cost consumers about $3 billion a year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) believes they are illegal, a bipartisan coalition of Senators has introduced legislation to abolish them, and President Barack Obama opposes them, but because federal judges are split on the issue, “pay-for-delay” agreements are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. Pay-for-delay refers to deals in which a drug manufacturer with a name-brand product funnels a share of its profits to another drug maker in return for its promise not to produce a generic equivalent.

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Homeland Security pulls back plans to screen chemical-plant workers for terrorist ties to "cut down on paperwork"

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has pulled its proposed plan to require screening of chemical-plant workers for terrorist ties, a move that followed complaints from industry opponents of the plan.

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US sanctions against bank 'target' china

Washington has attempted to put more pressure on China over the Iranian nuclearissue by placing sanctions on the country's Bank of Kunlun, with China expressing itsstrong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the measures on Wednesday.

The United States is unhappy about China's role in the Iran issue, because they do notthink China is putting enough pressure on the country, said Zhang Xiaodong, an experton Middle East studies with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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Arrival of Chinese fleet rattles EU

Recent visits by the Chinese fifth fleet to Mediterranean ports have left some Europeancommentators wondering if this is a sign of China's growing naval influence. Did theships have plans to link up with the Russian navy? Are such visits a forerunner of widerChinese intentions? The Global Times invited two experts to comment.

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China refutes U.S. criticism on its religious freedom

"The Chinese people are best qualified to judge China's religious situation,"spokesman Hong Lei said, urging the United States to discard prejudice, respect thefacts and view China's policy on religion and its religious freedom situation in anobjective and impartial way.

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IMF: US plunge from fiscal cliff would hit global economy hard

Political infighting over the "fiscal cliff" threatens to wipe out the US's fragile recovery with "very bad" consequences for the rest of the world, a senior International Monetary Fund economist warned Thursday.

Updating its annual report on the US economy, the IMF said the recovery remained "tepid", and risks to that recovery had intensified, "including from the worsening of the euro area debt crisis as well as the uncertainty over domestic fiscal plans."

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American philosopher: There is no downside for use of drones

He opposes capital punishment and Guantánamo Bay, calls the Iraq invasion unjust and scorns neo-conservative foreign policy hawks. "Whatever a neocon is, I'm the opposite."

"It's all upside. There's no downside. Both ethically and normatively, there's a tremendous value," he says. "You're not risking the pilot. The pilot is safe. And all the empirical evidence shows that drones tend to be more accurate. We need to shift the burden of the argument to the other side. Why not do this? The positive reasons are overwhelming at this point. This is the future of all air warfare. At least for the US."

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Defense Ministry expert predict 300 Israeli fatalities in war with Iran, Syria

Defense Ministry experts estimate that in a war with Iran and Hezbollah, some 200 Israeli civilians will die. If Syria joins the war as well, the number of fatalities could rise to 300.

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Former Mossad chief: Iran should be very fearful over next 12 weeks

Ephraim Halevy quoted by New York Times amid speculation of Israeli plans to attack Iran, and just following U.S. Defense Secretary's visit to Israel.

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Ex-Mossad chief: Israel has never been so close to attacking Iran

When a former Mossad chief like Ephraim Halevy is quoted saying that for next twelve weeks, 'if I were an Iranian, I would be very worried' about and Israeli strike, we should take him at his word. If he were Iranian, he would be very worried.

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World might lose patience with Israel within 10 years, says U.K. Ambassador

The British ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould said on Thursday that anyone who cares about Israel, should be concerned about the erosion of international support for the country.

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Video: Western-backed Syrian rebels execute prisoners

A video posted online appeared to show rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo executing loyalist prisoners.

The video, uploaded to YouTube late Wednesday, shows four men, some apparently injured, being pushed into a courtyard by a crowd of armed men amid chants of "Allahu Akbar," or "God is greatest." 

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Michael Moore: 'I wouldn't say I support' Obama'

Liberal stalwarts Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore said Wednesday they’re not thrilled with President Barack Obama’s performance but hope he gets four more years.

“I wouldn’t say I support him. I would say I will vote for him,” Moore said during a panel discussion with fellow Oscar winner Sarandon at the Traverse City Film Festival.

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Man gets DUI for floating down river on raft

A Juneau man faces a rare DUI charge for allegedly having a 0.313 breath-alcohol content as he floated through Fairbanks on an inflatable raft Sunday night.

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Dem Laura Richardson's ethics grilling didn't keep her from the ball field

She “repeatedly made complaints about its length and ultimately demanded that it end so she could participate in an annual Congressional softball game,” the report states. And although investigators suggested reconvening another day, the congresswoman was adamant that they finish up.

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Obama authorizes covert US support for Syrian rebels

US President Barack Obama has signed a secret order allowing the CIA and other American agencies to support rebels seeking to overthrow the Assad regime, a US government source told Reuters.

Obama reportedly gave the order, known as an intelligence “finding”, earlier this year. The presidential finding also provides for US collaboration with a secret command center operated by Turkey and its allies.

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Chinese teen kills nine in knife attack

A teenager has been arrested after killing nine people and wounding four others in a knife attack in northeast China, state media reported Thursday.

The 17-year-old, who was identified only by his surname Li, barged into the home of his girlfriend armed with a knife following an argument and killed two relatives of the girl, the Legal Daily said.

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Berkeley laser fires pulses hundreds of times more powerful than all the world's electric plants combined

Imagine a device capable of delivering more power than all of the world s electric plants. But this is not a prop for the next James Bond movie. A new laser at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was put through its paces July 20, delivering pulses with a petawatt of power once per second. A petawatt is 1015 watts, or 1,000,000,000,000,000 watts about 400 times as much as the combined instantaneous output of all the world s electric plants.

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House reprimands Dem Laura Richardson for ethics violations

The House Ethics Committee reported Wednesday that its investigation found Richardson violated House rules and other standards of conduct for using House resources for campaign and personal use.

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