Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Democrats use nursing homes to fight back against Pennsylvania voter ID law

So Democratic leaders in some counties, including Montgomery and Allegheny, decided to authorize the issuance of poll-ready identification cards through county-run nursing homes and colleges.

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FBI accused of hiring underage prostitutes to trap gun traffickers

While pursuing gun traffickers in the Philippines, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used underage prostitutes to ensnare his targets, according to court papers filed in Los Angeles and reported by TickleTheWire.com.

John Littrell, a public defender helping defendant Sergio Santiago Syjuco, wrote that an undercover FBI agent, using the alias Richard Han, spent thousands of taxpayer dollars on prostitutes in the Philippines.

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China issues white paper on Diaoyu Dao, asserting indisputable sovereignty

The Chinese government issued a white paper on Diaoyu Dao Tuesday, asserting its indisputable sovereignty over it and its affiliatedislands.

Diaoyu Dao and its affiliated islands are an inseparable part of the Chinese territory, itis China's inherent territory in all historical, geographical and legal terms, and Chinaenjoys indisputable sovereignty over Diaoyu Dao, the white paper says.

The white paper, titled "Diaoyu Dao, an Inherent Territory of China", was released bythe State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China.

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Japan uses water cannons against Taiwanese flotilla

Japan’s coastguard vessels have used water cannons in an effort to push the Taiwanese flotilla out of what Tokyo claims to be its territorial waters near the disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Taiwanese boats escorted by patrol ships have now reportedly left the disputed waters.

At least 40 Taiwanese ships breached Japan’s naval border early on Tuesday, the country’s coastguard said. The flotilla was met by Japanese patrol ships that used water cannons in order to stop the vessels from reaching the largest island in the area, Uotsuri-jima.

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Drone attacks in Pakistan are counterproductive, says report

The CIA's programme of "targeted" drone killings in Pakistan's tribal heartlands is politically counterproductive, kills large numbers of civilians and undermines respect for international law, according to a report by US academics.

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France set to ban the words 'mother' and 'father' from official documents

The move, which has outraged Catholics, means only the word "parents" would be used in identical marriage ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples.

The draft law states that "marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender".

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Madonna: Vote for the 'black Muslim in the White House'

On the heels of , today we have an odd "real" celebrity endorsement: at her D.C. stop on her MDNA Tour, Madonna told fans on Monday night to vote for "the Black Muslim in the White House" who's "fighting for gay rights." Here's footage of Madonna's "endorsement" (her Obama comments comes around the 1:50 mark)

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Army plans to buy battlefield radio that performed poorly in Pentagon tests

The Army is close to awarding General Dynamics Corp. a low rate production contract for a manpack radio to transmit broadband data on the battlefield, Nextgovhas learned.

The service’s plans to buy the radio continue despite a July report by J. Michael Gilmore, director of operational test and evaluation for the Defense Department, deeming it operationally ineffective and unsuitable.

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Poll confirms Obama's lead in crucial swing states

New poll results released Tuesday confirmed U.S. President Barack Obama's lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in crucial swing states of Ohio and Florida, as the two candidates prepare for their first debate next week.

According to a Washington Post poll, among likely voters, Obama is ahead of Romney in Ohio 52 percent to 44 percent. In Florida, the president holds a slight edge of 51 percent to 47 percent.

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US veto power used to serve Israeli interests: Analyst

During an interview with Press TV, Professor at the Notre Dame University, Eugene Dabbous criticized the flawed structure of the UNSC, saying the US is “using its veto to protect Israel”.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Increase spending, avoid cuts in 2013, "economists" advise Bernanke

According to a recent Economic Policy Survey, economists advise that the federal government should increase spending, or at least allow it to remain unchanged, in 2013. If you combine this with news from a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, U.S. manufacturing and reshoring, the sluggish economy might finally get moving. Small urban manufacturers can provide the key to this growth.

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Iran upholds right to 'self-defense'

Iran will defend itself against any potential attack, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview with CNN airing on Monday.

"Any nation has the right to, and will indeed, defend herself,” Ahmadinejad told CNN’s Piers Morgan on Sunday.

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Iran unveils radar-evading drone

Iranian researchers have designed and built a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the capacity of carrying 100 kg of cargo for 100 kilometers.

The new radar-evading drone, named Liko, is completely made by Iranian experts and is capable of non-stop flights for three hours.

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Iran test-fires highly advanced air defense shield

According to IRGC Air Defense Unit, the highly-advanced home-made Ra'd (Thunder) air defense system is equipped with 'Taer' (Bird) missiles, which can trace and hit targets 50km in distance and 75,000f in altitude.

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World War III may erupt if attacked by Israel - Iran

Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Aerospace Division of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) , warned on Sunday that an Israeli strike on Iran could trigger the World War III, Press TV reported.

"This war is likely to degenerate into the World War III," Hajizadeh said, adding that it means some countries might enter the war in favor of or against Iran.

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Iran cold launch pre-emptive Israel strike - commander

Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, made the comments to Iran's state-run Arabic language Al-Alam television.

"Iran will not start any war but it could launch a pre-emptive attack if it was sure that the enemies are putting the final touches to attack it," Al-Alam said, paraphrasing the military commander.

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Poland eyes $4 billion missile modernization program

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has submitted a defense bill to parliament designed to initiate the comprehensive modernization of the country’s missile defense system, the presidential staff said on Monday.

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China's first aircraft carrier platform delivered to Navy

China's first aircraft carrier, an overhauled former Soviet vessel, has been formally handed over to China's navy, local media reported on Monday.

The Admiral Kuznetsov class Varyag aircraft carrier was 70% complete when China bought it from Ukraine for $20 million in 1998. Before being sold, the ship was disarmed and its engines were removed.

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CBO: Electric cars are a waste of money

I’m not knocking electric cars, I’m knocking DC’s role in this industry. Washington has provided the loot necessary for research on battery design, it has committed to up to $25Bn of soft loans to the auto industry and it is subsidizing every electric car that is sold. Without the massive support from our “rich” Uncle Sam there would be no electric car industry in the USA. The question is, “Is this money well spent?"

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State Department attacks CNN for doing basic journalism

The shocking news should be that CNN is actually doing something called journalism?

Three days after Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, Libya, CNN found a seven-page handwritten journal he had written. That journal, found on the floor of what CNN called "the largely unsecured consulate compound where he was fatally wounded", contained obviously newsworthy information: specifically that "in the months leading up to his death, the late ambassador worried about what he called the security threats in Benghazi and a rise in Islamic extremism". CNN also reported that Stevens "mentioned his name was on an al Qaeda hit list".

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More Americans now commit suicide than are killed in car crashes

The results were compiled using National Center for Health Statistics data gathered from 2000 to 2009.

Researchers noted a 25 per cent decrease in fatal car accidents, medicalxpress.com reported, while deaths from falls rose 71 per cent, poisoning 128 per cent and from suicide 15 per cent.

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College administrators keep signs that falsely claim concealed firearms are illegal on campus

Administrators at a college in Colorado say they will not take down misleading signs that falsely claim carrying concealed firearms is illegal.

The “possession of firearms is prohibited on the Red Rocks Community College campus except for peace officers or those who have permission from the RRCC Chief of Police,” say the signs.

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Houston cop shoots, kills wheelchair-bound double amputee

A police officer in Houston has shot and killed a double amputee in a wheelchair after the man threatened his partner with what turned out to be a pen.

Another officer opened fire, saying was forced to take action, "fearing for his partner's safety and his own safety", after the man refused to calm down and remain still, police told AP.

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Obama administration threatens to pull plug on JPMorgan trading in energy market

Nearly three months after the U.S. government sued a reluctant JPMorgan Chase & Co. for documents during an investigation of allegations that it had manipulated California energy prices, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is threatening to suspend its energy trading unit from the state market.

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Hillary Clinton aide tells reporters to "fuck off" and "have a good life"

On Sunday morning, BuzzFeed correspondent Michael Hastings emailed Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton's longtime aide and personal spokesman at the State Department, asking a series of pointed questions about State's handling of the Benghazi fiasco, and Reines' over-the-top attack on CNN. The emails quickly got personal, with Reines calling Hastings an "unmitigated asshole" before an exchange of harsh words on both sides.

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PM, Reines, Philippe I wrote:

I now understand why the official investigation by the Department of the Defense as reported by The Army Times The Washington Post concluded beyond a doubt that you're an unmitigated asshole.

How's that for a non-bullshit response?

Now that we've gotten that out of our systems, have a good day.

And by good day, I mean Fuck Off

Hillary Clinton calls on elites to pay more tax in remarks seen as criticism of Romney

Hillary Clinton strayed into presidential politics on Monday with a call for the global elite to pay more taxes, a day after her husband re-ignited speculation she would seek the White House herself in 2016.

"One of the issues I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner, especially from elites around the world," Clinton said. "It is a fact that around the world the elites of every country are making money.

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Putin demands new plan for defense industry overhaul

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday urged the government to draft a new defense industry modernization program that includes increased private investment and improved social benefits for employees.

“This program must be tailored so that enterprises are modernized in parallel with the resolution of these social issues,” Putin said during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

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U.S. government wins Ig Nobel Prize for report about reports about reports

The mission of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is to audit federal programs and detail its findings in reports. Reports are everything to the GAO, so much so that sometimes reports are issued about (what else) reports, which are about more reports.

That’s why the GAO found itself the recipient of an Ig Nobel Prize this year. The congressional agency received the “Literature Prize” for its May 10, 2012, report for the Department of Defense (DOD): “Defense Management: Actions Needed to Evaluate the Impact of Efforts to Estimate Costs of Reports and Studies.”

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Health premiums to rise 3.4 percent in 2013

Premiums for nonpostal enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase an average of 3.4 percent in 2013, the Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday. The average health care premium increase for U.S. Postal Service employees for 2013 will be 3.8 percent.

Of that increase, government contributions will rise 3.3 percent, while participants will pay 3.7 percent more in 2013. In dollars, that means FEHB enrollees with self-only coverage will pay on average $2.75 more per biweekly pay period and enrollees with family coverage will pay an average of $6.39 extra per pay period. Changes in the enrollee share of premiums vary from plan to plan. The government pays on average about 70 percent of health benefits premiums.

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After withdraw of 'surge' troops, 68,000 American forces remain in the warzone

The last of the 33,000 'surge' troops ordered into Afghanistan by President Barack Obama more than three years ago have withdrawn from the country, returning the US presence to pre-surge levels.

The withdrawal, which leaves 68,000 American forces in the warzone, comes as the security transition to Afghan forces is in trouble, threatened by a spike in so-called "insider attacks" in which Afghan army and police troops, or insurgents dressed in their uniforms, have been attacking and killing US and Nato forces.

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Turkey jails 330 military officers for plotting coup

A Turkish court has convicted 330 former and current military officers of plotting a coup to overthrow prime minister Tayyip Erdogan's government.

The court earlier sentenced three former generals to life in prison, which was reduced to 20 years each because the coup plot was unsuccessful, and two serving and one former general to 18 years.

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French far-right leader demands ban on Muslim, Jewish headwear

France’s far-right leader and former presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen has called for a ban on wearing Muslim veils and Jewish skullcaps in public, leading to fears of an increase in religious tensions sparked by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

In an interview with French daily Le Monde, the former presidential hopeful said she would ban religious headgear “in stores, on public transport and on the streets,” as well as banning Halal and Kosher foods from schools.

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South Korea fires on North Korean fishing boats

South Korea's navy fired warning shots Friday toward North Korean fishing boats that crossed a disputed maritime boundary, but the shots didn't hit the fishing boats and the vessels retreated, a South Korean official said.

Fishing boats routinely jostle for position in the seafood-rich Yellow Sea waters claimed by both countries during crab-catching season, which is now in high gear. Three deadly naval clashes since 1999 have taken a few dozen lives. The disputed sea boundary is not clearly marked, and incursions by North Korean military and fishing boats are not unusual.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

UK police sexually abuse crime victims: Report

According to a study commissioned by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which investigates complaints against the police in England and Wales, 54 police officers sexually exploited or assaulted members of the public they were supposed to be helping between April 2009 and March 2011.

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The simple thing Ron Paul and Libertarians can teach Occupy Wall Street to help them succeed

It's that time of year again. Occupy Wall Street has returned to fill the streets of cities across the United States in protest of our favorite greedy, corrupt oligarchical class — the dreaded 1%. The movement has received criticism for lacking direction and has been marginalized by the corporate mainstream media who is just doing its job by not getting to the root cause of the angered masses. "This is a movement. It's only been a year," said protester Justin Stone Diaz of Brooklyn. "It's going to take many years for it to develop and figure out exactly who we are."

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Italy upholds conviction of 23 CIA agents for abduction of imam

Italy's top court Wednesday confirmed guilty verdicts against 23 CIA agents for the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian imam in Milan and ordered a re-trial for five Italian ex-spies accused of taking part.

The CIA agents were all being tried in absentia in one of the world's biggest court cases against the US "extraordinary rendition" programme to interrogate alleged Islamist militants after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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Belarus denise U.S. charges over Syria arms supplies

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry refuted on Thursday U.S accusations against a Belarus state-owned arms firm suspected of trying to supply munitions to the Syrian government.

The U.S. Treasury on Wednesday accused Belvneshpromservice of preparing to supply Syria with fuses for aerial bombs in March 2011 and slapped it with sanctions that “target the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters.”

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Russia demands access to U.S. ranch for kids

Moscow insists that the United States allows Russia's children rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov to visit a U.S. ranch where troubled adoptees from Russia have been sent, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

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France orders probe after rat study links GM corn, cancer

France's government on Wednesday asked a health watchdog to carry out a probe, possibly leading to EU suspension of a genetically-modified corn, after a study in rats linked the grain to cancer.

Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll, Ecology Minister Delphine Batho and Health and Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine said they had asked the National Agency for Health Safety (ANSES) to investigate the finding.

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Flashback: Rats fed lifetime of genetically modified corn grow horrifying tumors

Warnings ahead of Yom Kippur War did not reach prime minister, newly released papers show

Mossad had clues about the upcoming attack a week before outbreak but did not pass information along, declassified report says.

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Professor wants to reduce human population by 'controlling human fertility'

A professor at the University of California recently gave a middle school presentation in which he claimed the earth has “too many people” and proposed a reduction of the population through “vegetarianism” and “controlling human fertility.”

Professor Richard Cardullo, a professor of biology at the University of California - Riverside (UCR), told a group of seventh grade students that the environment’s well-being was in jeopardy “if we don’t do anything about population.”

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Internet giants unite to lobby Congress

The biggest names from Silicon Valley are flocking to Washington in order to make an impact on Capitol Hill. Under the name ‘The Internet Association,” Google, Facebook, Amazon and others have set up shop on K Street to lobby Congress.

The Internet Association officially got off the ground on Wednesday by announcing that after months of work, the coalition that includes employees from the Web’s biggest entities has entered the world of lobbying.

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Germany launches database of neo-Nazis

New national database will make it easier to track potentially violent neo-Nazis, replacing a system that had all but blocked different state and federal authorities from sharing information.

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Wall Street critic Tim Pawllenty to head Financial Services lobby

Tim Pawlenty, the former Republican governor of Minnesota who criticized Wall Street while running for president last year, is joining the Financial Services Roundtable as president and chief executive officer.

“Few industries have more impact on the entire economy -- and on the lives of average Americans -- than financial services,” Pawlenty said in the statement. “I look forward to working closely with decision makers from both parties on issues related to our nation’s banks, insurance companies and investment firms so that they can continue to provide fuel for America’s economic engine.”

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France bans protest over anti-islam movie

France on Thursday banned a demonstration to protest against the publication of the U.S. movie mocking the Prophet Mohammed that had triggered outrage across the Muslim world, local media reported.

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Rangel lobbies for disgraced nonprofit pal

The doors of uptown nonprofit Alianza Dominicana are shut, and dozens of clients a day are turned away from its empty, taxpayer-funded $30 million headquarters — yet Rep. Charles Rangel thinks the remedy is to reinstate its disgraced director.

Rangel has called everyone from Gov. Cuomo to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman seeking to have his ally and former campaign manager, Moises Perez, returned to the helm, sources told The Post.

Perez was accused by city investigators in 2010 of a “disturbing level” of self-dealing when he headed Alianza and was permanently booted from the social-services group in 2011 by Schneiderman.

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China has methods to deal with stealth aircraft

On the morning of Sept. 15, the first "Military Camp Opening Day" activity of Wuhanwas held in the Wuhan Air Force Command Center and the military exhibited toresidents hundreds of pieces of air force equipment in active service. When a residentasked whether the People's Liberation Army has methods to deal with stealth aircraft,the instructor of the activity from the military said that if enemy stealth aircraft dare toinvade China's territorial air space, they have ways to shoot them down.

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Actress Jessica Alba asks voters to pledge allegiance to Obama

The Obama campaign has launched its “For All” campaign, encouraging supporters to take pictures of themselves with their hands on their hearts and a note explaining why they support President Obama.

“Growing up, my classmates and I started every day with a ritual: We’d stand up, put our right hand over our hearts, and say the Pledge of Allegiance,” explains Alba. “To me, that gesture was a promise. A promise to be involved and engaged in this country’s future. A promise to work for liberty and justice — and for affordable education, health care, and equality — for all.”

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Napolitano: Executive order on cybersecurity is 'close to completion'

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday said the cybersecurity executive order that the White House is drafting is "close to completion."

At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, Napolitano said the executive order is "still being drafted in the inter-agency process" and "is close to completion depending on a few issues that need to be resolved at the highest levels."

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Americans waking up to 9/11 fraud as questions go mainstream

Questions about the truth of what really happened on 9/11 are slowly emerging from the shadows of alternative media, as mainstream America increasingly joins the chorus of those seeking answers.

Yesterday, on CNN, Jesse Ventura took the bold step of speaking out about the 9/11 fraud during a debate with Piers Morgan -- to which the audience's applause revealed a new acceptance of the 9/11 truth movement as an emerging mainstream voice.

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Police: Illicit drug use is a form of domestic terrorism

The Wilmington Police Department handles a wide variety of issues on a daily basis. But one of those issues has become too common in recent months, and it's something police are hoping to put a stop to.

“Illicit drug trafficking is a form of domestic terrorism to some extent,” said Wilmington Police Chief Michael Begonis. “It is preying on folks who are more susceptible and who need a better life. And it’s something that we need to deal with head on.”

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Shocking: Rats fed lifetime of genetically modified corn grow horrifying tumors, 70% of females die early

Eating genetically modified corn (GM corn) and consuming trace levels of Monsanto's Roundup chemical fertilizer caused rats to develop horrifying tumors, widespread organ damage, and premature death. That's the conclusion of a shocking new study that looked at the long-term effects of consuming Monsanto's genetically modified corn.

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UK man on trial for anti-war Facebook comment

In a scene reminiscent of the torture chapter in 1984 by George Orwell where the main character Winston is tortured into saying his torturer holding up four fingers is actually holding up five, because "the party" says four is five, Azhar Ahmed, a 20 year-old man from the UK, has been made to prostrate himself before a UK court for the "crime" of posting an anti-war facebook comment.

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Syrian army seizes US-made weapons from terrorists in Damascus

The Syrian Army forces discovered and seized a large cache of US-made weapons in Damascus after heavy clashes with armed groups, which led to the killing of over 100 terrorists.

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IDF begins live-fire war games

The Israeli Defense Force has begun surprise live-fire war games on the Golan Heights, bordering unstable Lebanon and Syria. Officially, the Israeli military is practicing combat readiness to repel possible sudden attack from Lebanon-based Hezbollah.

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Russia: USAid covertly influencing political processes

The Russian government has given the US agency for international development (USAid) until 1 October to cease all operations in the country. The agency helps fund a number of pro-democracy and human rights groups that have provoked the Kremlin's wrath amid an unprecedented opposition movement against the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

"This means attempts to exert influence, via the distribution of grants, upon political processes, including elections of various levels and institutions of civil society," it said.

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Russia lawmaker urges media to limit 'end of world' coverage

A lawmaker in Russia’s St. Petersburg said on Tuesday that media coverage of the possible end of the world in 2012 was contributing to a rise in suicides and crime and asked the city governor to outlaw the topic from local newspapers and television.

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Government subsidies to sugar industry add more than $2 billion a year to food prices

As a result of import tariffs and agricultural loans authorized by Congress, inflated sugar prices have forced Americans to spend $2.4 billion more each year on food containing the sweet ingredient, with sugar producers gaining $1.4 billion in benefits.

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Pakistan's Foreign Minister to speak at the Council on Foreign Relations

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar arrived here Tuesday afternoon for a four-day visit during which she will hold talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on steering forward Pakistan-US relationship wide-ranging areas.

Khar will also have the opportunity to elaborate Pakistan’s views on major regional and bilateral issues in a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Fake gold bars turn up in Manhattan

In jewelry stores on 47th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the important trust between merchants has been violated. A 10-ounce gold bar costing nearly $18,000 turned out to be a counterfeit.

The bar was filled with tungsten, which weighs nearly the same as gold but costs just over a dollar an ounce.

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Reporters haven't asked about Sebelius breaking law in W.H. briefings

Reporters covering the White House don’t seem to have many questions about Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was last week found in violation of federal law against engaging in political activity while on the job.

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Hyperactivity: Russia reveals mega-merger for hypersonic weapons production

The creation and production of hypersonic weapons has become a priority for Russia, the deputy PM in charge of the weapons industry announced, revealing the merger of two state companies.

Speaking at a press conference dedicated to Armorer’s Day, Dmitry Rogozin said that at first he plans to create a “super holding” out of the companies Tactical Rocket Weaponry and NPO Mashinostroyeniya (Research and Production Union of Machine-building).

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Canadian Foreign Affair minister highlights promoting homosexual rights to Council on Foreign Relations

The minister, speaking at a luncheon held by the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, said he is “aggressively” pursuing what he called Canada’s “principled, values-based” foreign policy.

As part of that effort, Baird said that he is working with western countries to promote homosexual rights in countries around the world where “violent mobs … seek to criminalize homosexuality,” and to make Canada a welcoming haven for homosexual refugees.

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Pentagon slams F-35 manufacturer

Speaking at the Air Force Association's annual conference outside of Washington, DC on Monday, Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan had harsh words to describe the bond between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin Corp, the DoD contractor that continues to encounter one roadblock after another as it works towards developing the military’s most advanced fighter jet ever.

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'US ambassador to Libya was shot like a dog' - Zyuganov

US authorities said the Twitter post by the leader of Russian communists in which he harshly commented on the US ambassador’s death at the hands of rioting mob in Libya would not be left without consequences.

Earlier this week Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF), said in his official Twitter feed that the US ambassador to Libya was “shot like a dog”, adding that the diplomat had reaped what he had sown.

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Hundreds of innocent Americans imprisoned in Nicaragua?

A United States citizen wrongly jailed for two years in a Nicaragua prison tells reporters that he has reason to believe that as many as hundreds of Americans remain locked up overseas on bogus charges.

In an interview with Reuters on Monday, 35-year-old Jason Puracal claims that many more Americans are being detained up in Nicaragua, where he had been held for two years after being wrongfully convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering. Puracal has just recently been freed after serving two years of what was originally a 22-year sentence, but others, he fears, aren’t as lucky.

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Google Street View camera captures thug pointing shotgun in Detroit

A Redditor published a screencap from a Google Maps street view camera today that shows a gaggle of young men and one woman hanging out on a front porch in Detroit. Innocent enough, except that one of the young men is holding what looks to be a shotgun. As the streetview camera drives off onto the next block, the kid aims the gun at the car.

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Student denied entry to Michelle Obama speech at university for wearing 'McCain' t-shirt

Matt Pesek, the student, said he had a ticket for the event but was pulled out of the line by an Obama staffer who said the speech was for supporters only.

“I was waiting in line wearing a ‘Gators for McCain’ shirt when a guy [representing the Obama campaign] comes up to me to just intimidate me,” Pesek told Campus Reform. “[He then] asks me for my ticket saying… this is an event with only Obama supporters.”

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Presidential Polls: Ron Paul was right all along, as new data shows Americans love free markets


With all the bad press and polling that the Romney campaign has gotten recently, here’s some data that may actually prove that he is saying something that people want to hear in election 2012.

A majority of Americans say the government is doing too much, doing too many things, and has become too hands-on for its own good. Alternatively, they believe free markets and individuals should instead take a greater role in solving our most pressing problems.

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DHS to purchase 200 million rounds

Following controversy over its purchase of around 1.2 billion bullets in the last six months alone, the Department of Homeland Security has put out a new solicitation for over 200 million more rounds of ammunition, some of which are designated to be used by snipers.

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Link to DHS solicitation

Video: Western-backed Syrian rebels mass executing Assad supporters (GRAPHIC)


A horrifying amateur video from Syria emerged online, showing an apparent mass execution of Assad supporters in Aleppo at the hands of rebels from the Free Syria Army.

The footage shows several bloodied men stripped down to their underwear being forced to kneel by a wall amidst a throng of excited, machine gun-touting men.

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International powers seem to be equally deadlocked along old Cold War lines, with Western powers backing the Syrian opposition, and Russia and China blocking any U.N.-mandated intervention aimed at dislodging Assad.

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Rumsfeld: Non-interventionist libertarians would make world 'less safe'

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld attacked libertarians on Wednesday, suggesting their anti-interventionist positions would result in a more a dangerous world if put into practice.

“I have no doubt that if the people of that persuasion who are against, who are non-interventionist if you will... if they prevail I think the world will be a less safe place,” Rumsfeld said in an exclusive interview with Campus Reform earlier this week.

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Op-Ed: False flag deception may trigger multi-front Iran war

Inundated by rumors, speculation and media frenzy of an imminent Israeli attack on Iran, the highly touted October surprise may keep the general public totally confused until the moment of attack. The EMP writer on the Iran debate.

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Obama: "I actually believe in redistribution"

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At an October 19, 1998 conference at Loyola University, Barack Obama spoke against "propaganda" that said government doesn't work and the need to "pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution." Source

DOJ 'collaborated' with Media Matters to 'quell' bad press on Fast and Furious

A left-leaning advocacy group has “collaborated” with the Justice Department’s communications staff to “quell” news stories critical of the agency and Attorney General Eric Holder over scandals including Operation Fast and Furious.

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Judge dismisses fatal hit-and-run charge against DNR officer

A judge dismissed a fatal hit-and-run charge against a Department of Natural Resources officer last week, citing insufficient probable cause to take the case to trial.

Jeffery Lewis Thomas, 44, of Mt. Pleasant, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death in mid-August, but on Sept. 10, the judge dismissed the case.

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Veteran Ontario Provincial Police charged with criminal harassment

A longtime Ontario Provincial Police officer has been charged with criminal harassment after a woman told detectives he just wouldn’t leave her alone, particularly on Valentine’s Day.

Const. Adrian Garner, a collision investigator, has been suspended from duty and will also face charges under the Police Services Act following an internal investigation that had detectives retracing allegations dating back to 2011.

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Berwick officer charged in drug evidence thefts

A former Berwick police officer regularly raided the department's evidence room to feed a heroin addiction, swiping hypodermic needles and hundreds of packets of the drug, investigators said.

The state Attorney General's Office charged the former officer, Christian Wilson, on Friday with four counts of theft and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Police officer charged with conspiracy to plant drugs, false arrest

A police officer with the Paterson Police Department was charged today with allegedly conspiring to plant drugs on an individual and falsely arresting the individual, United States Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Mahmoud Rabboh, 43, of Passaic County, a police officer with the Paterson Police Department, was charged by federal criminal complaint with conspiracy to violate civil rights and with deprivation of civil rights under color of law. Mahmoud Rabboh appeared this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court.

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Memphis officer charged with sex trafficking

Federal authorities have charged a Memphis police officer with sex trafficking, saying he made a deal while on duty to take prostitutes from the city to work at a party in Tunica, Miss.

An FBI affidavit filed Monday said 30-year-old Sean McWhirter took two women to a Tunica hotel room, where he was arrested Sunday night. It said McWhirter was at work in his patrol car three days earlier when he told a cooperating source he could arrange for women to attend the party and be paid for sex.

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UN Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy

I am not sure when subsequent generations, our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will no longer be permitted access in zones marked off-limits to human habitation and trespassing in accordance with the dictates of UN Agenda 21 and the now infamous Wildlands Project map.

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Where is Ron Paul? GALLUP: Obama 47%, Romney 46%

These are the results when registered voters are asked: "Suppose the presidential election were held today. If Barack Obama were the Democratic Party's candidate and Mitt Romney were the Republican Party's candidate, who would you vote for Barack Obama, the Democrat or Mitt Romney, the Republican?"

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Chinese general: Prepare for combat

China’s most powerful military leader, in an unusual public statement, last week ordered military forces to prepare for combat, as Chinese warships deployed to waters near disputed islands and anti-Japan protests throughout the country turned violent.

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Chinese defense chief wants peaceful resolution over Diaoyu Islands but warns of "further actions"

China's defense chief Liang Guanglie on Tuesday expressed the hope that the Diaoyu Islands issue with Japan will be peacefully resolved but he warned of "further actions."

After his talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in Beijing, Liang told reporters, "We pay close attention to the development of the (Diaoyu Islands) issue and we reserve the right to take further actions, but we hope the issue will be properly resolved through peaceful ways and negotiations."

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Pennsylvania set to execute prisoner who killed man who sexually abused him

Terrance “Terry” Williams faces execution next month in Pennsylvania for the murder of the man who sexually abused him when he was a teenager.

Supporters have pleaded with Republican Governor Tom Corbett to spare Williams, who was also sexually abused by a teacher and another boy when he was just six years old.

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'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker was a federal informant

Much remains unanswered about the US-made film that sparked riots across the Arab World, but more is unraveling by the day regarding the movie’s producer. Now it’s reported that the man behind 'Innocence of Muslims' was once a federal informant.

In the wake of a serious of violent outbursts that have targeted American facilities abroad and left at least 40 dead including one US ambassador, authorities and media outlets in the United States continue to comb through information about the film that’s considered the catalyst in the attacks, an anti-Islam flick branded overseas under the name ‘Innocence of Muslims.’ Less than a week after four Americans were killed at a US consulate in Benghazi, it’s now being revealed that the film’s producer, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, worked for the feds.

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US accused of creating three more computer super-viruses

Two independent teams of researchers studying the Flame computer virus believe that the maker of the malware — all but certain to be the United States — has architected three additional programs to conduct clandestine cyberwar or espionage.

Both Symantec Corp of the United States and Kaspersky Lab of Russia acknowledged on Monday that their research of Flame has led them to believe that whoever had a role in creating that virus has also put their efforts behind three other similar programs.

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Undercover police used smartphones to keep tabs on protests in Tampa

A network that allowed undercover police to use smartphones and tablets to monitor and communicate during protests at the Republican National Convention is giving new meaning to having “eyes on the ground.”

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NATO commits in partnering with Afghan forces: ISAF

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces denied reports that the military alliance has discontinued partnering operations with the Afghan forces in efforts to lower the risk of the insider attacks.

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IAEA ignores Iranian claim it has been infiltrated by terrorists, presses Islamic Republic on alleged bomb research

The UN nuclear agency pressed Iran on Tuesday to address concerns about suspected bomb research, saying it was ready for talks soon and avoiding any mention of Tehran’s allegation that “terrorists” may have infiltrated the Vienna-based watchdog.

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Ron Paul can still win!

At least three Republican electors (sic) say they may not support their party’s presidential ticket when the Electoral College meets in December to formally elect the next president, escalating tensions within the GOP and adding a fresh layer of intrigue to the final weeks of the White House race.

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Justice Dept. defends not prosecuting corporate leaders for white-collar crime

At a time when critics have accused the Obama administration of not being tougher on Wall Street, a top Department of Justice official publicly defended the increasing use of deferred-prosecution agreements for white-collar criminals. These agreements allow corporations and their executives who have committed fraud to avoid criminal charges in exchange for admitting wrongdoing and paying fines.

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Anti-Japanese fury erupts in China on invasion anniversary

The 81st anniversary of Imperial Japan's invasion of China has sparked a fresh wave of anti-Japanese protests. Relations between the Asian nations deteriorated after Japanese activists landed on disputed islands in the midst of a territorial row.

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Iran lunches overhauled heavy submarines

Tareq 901 submarine was launched in Iran's Southern port city of Bandar Abbas on Tuesday at the order of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Commander in Chief Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

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No proof for alleged military dimension of Iran's nuclear program: spokesman

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that there is no proof for the alleged military dimension of Iran's nuclear program.

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'Georgia gearing up for new war' - S. Ossetia leader

The president of South Ossetia has told the international intermediaries that the activity near his country’s border suggests that Georgia is readying for a new war.

Leonid Tibilov told the representatives of European Union, OSCE and United Nations that South Ossetian intelligence possessed serious information that the Georgian side was building fortifications and creating ammunition dumps in the villages near the border between the two countries. He added that such events invoked thoughts that Georgia plans a military action against the people of South Ossetia.

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Taliban in rags and sandals destroy $200M worth of Harrier jets at US camp

After Taliban gunmen destroyed eight Harrier jets at a US camp in Helmand Province, the US military has suffered its worst air loss in one day since the Vietnam War.

The Taliban attacked Camp Bastion, the main strategic base in southwestern Afghanistan, on Sept. 14, causing $200 million in damage in the single most destructive strike on a Western base during the war, according to military officials.

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Two unarmed policewomen gunned down, despite gun control laws

Two unarmed female police officers who were shot dead while on routine patrol today have been named.

Pc Fiona Bone, 32, and Pc Nicola Hughes, 26, were attending reports of a burglary on an estate in Hattersley, Tameside, Greater Manchester, when they were attacked with a gun and a grenade shortly before 11am.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Stripper mom busted after dropping 9k in food stamps on fake booty

Brenda Charlestain committed nearly $24,000 worth of food stamp fraud, prosecutors said she spent money on plastic surgery, an expensive car stereo system and a bright pink custom paint job for her 2008 Dodge Charger.

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White House demands military prisons for Americans under NDAA

The White House has asked the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals to place an emergency stay on a ruling made last week by a federal judge so that the president’s power to indefinitely detain Americans without charge is reaffirmed immediately.

On Wednesday, September 12, US District Court Judge Katherine Forrest made permanent a temporary injunction she issued in May that bars the federal government from abiding by the indefinite detention provision in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, or NDAA. Judge Forrest ruled that a clause that gives the government the power to arrest US citizens suspected of maintaining alliances with terrorists and hold them without due process violated the Constitution and that the White House would be stripped of that ability immediately.

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Russia revamps missile defenses around Moscow

Russia will reactivate mothballed ballistic missile silos around Moscow as part of deep modernization of a missile defense network protecting the Russian capital, former chief of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces, Col. Gen. (Ret) Viktor Yesin said on Monday.

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Pentagon demands return of equipment from Arizona sheriff

An Arizona sheriff trying to help out cash-strapped public safety agencies—or attempting to curry political favor in an election year—apparently ran afoul of Pentagon rules when he lent out surplus military equipment and supplies starting in 2010. Pinal County, Arizona, Sheriff Paul Babeu lent hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of Humvees, fire trucks, medical equipment and other supplies to Pinal County agencies, including rural volunteer fire departments and fire & rescue units. The Defense Department (DOD) ordered the sheriff to retrieve the items in May 2012.

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U.S. files trade case against China over cars

The United States on Monday filed a broad trade case against China at the World Trade Organization, alleging unfair subsidies for exports of cars and auto parts.

The case comes at a critical time in the United States presidential campaign, as auto manufacturing states in the upper Midwest like Michigan, Wisconsin and particularly Ohio have turned into crucial battlegrounds. But the case may not make any difference in terms of jobs for many months, as W.T.O. cases typically take a year and a half before a final decision is reached, and sometimes longer.

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China files WTO dispute against U.S. GPX bill

China filed a case against the United States Monday to the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on its amendment to the Tariff Act of 1930 (GPX bill), said China's permanent mission to the WTO.

China claimed the bill is inconsistent with the WTO rules on transparency and procedural justice, and requested consultations with United States.

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Panetta warns of war between China and Japan over disputed islands

Exchanging warnings but avoiding confrontations thus far, Chinese and Japanese ships have come within less than half a nautical mile of each other in an ongoing dispute over the sovereignty of contested islands.

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Halliburton loses radioactive rod in Texas desert

Halliburton has lost a seven-inch radioactive rod somewhere in the Texas desert. The National Guard has been called in to help to find the device, which employees of the controversial US oilfield services company lost a week ago.

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Western-backed Syrian rebels accused of war crimes

Human Rights Watch said it had documented more than a dozen executions by rebels in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo and the coastal region of Latakia. Three opposition leaders who were confronted with evidence of extrajudicial killings said the victims had deserved to die, HRW reported.

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Cairo: Some were paid to protest

Prime Minister Hesham Kandil said "a number" of those involved in the tense, sometimes violent protests, which began Tuesday, later confessed to getting paid to participate, according to the state-run Middle East News Agency. He noted, too, that some of the demonstrators were acting on their own and weren't paid to vent their anger against the United States over an inflammatory anti-Islam film that was privately produced in that country.

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US diplomats in Beirut burning classified material

Diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut have started to destroy classified material as a security precaution amid anti-American protests in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Video: US ambassador dragged from Benghazi consulate

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Friday, September 14, 2012

D.C. cops themselves arrested at a rate of more than 2 a month

Detective Richmond Phillips
was arrested in June 2011
and accused of killing his girlfriend.
More than 90 officers from the DC police force have been arrested over the past three and a half years, according to an investigation by Aubrey Whelan of the Washington Examiner.

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House overwhelmingly approves extension of warrantless wiretapping

Begun under President George W. Bush and maintained by President Barack Obama, the federal government’s warrantless wiretapping program would continue beyond this year under legislation approved overwhelmingly by the U.S. House.

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White House denies prior knowledge of Libyan attack

On Friday the White House denied rumors circulated in the media that the Barack Obama administration had “actionable intelligence” of the recent attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, which killed four American diplomats including the U.S. ambassador.

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Twitter complies with prosecutors to surrender Occupy activist's tweets

Twitter has relented in its fight with New York prosecutors to hand over three months worth of messages from an Occupy Wall Street protester ahead of the activist's criminal trial.

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Nine arrested as anti-GMO activists block Monsanto site in California

Nine anti-GMO protesters were arrested for blocking the gates to a large Monsanto seed plant in Southern California. The action aimed to draw attention to a November ballot initiative that would require labels on genetically modified food.

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European lawmakers 'meddling in Russia's internal affairs' - Foreign Minister

“We have read through the European Parliament’s latest resolution on Russia and unfortunately we have to say that the MEPs have once again failed to provide a balanced analysis of the situation in our country,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement released Friday. “The resolution seems to be based on unconfirmed and biased reports, which is further compounded by unfair ‘analysis.’”

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Video: Louisiana deputies punch, tase and handcuff man for video recording brother's arrest

Louisiana deputies dragged a man out of his home under questionable circumstances earlier this week, tasing and beating him, then turning on his brother for video recording the incident.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff deputies first blindsided Sean Warren with a sucker punch before tearing the cell phone camera out of his hands and smashing it to the ground.

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GOP elector and Ron Paul supporter won't vote for Romney and resigns

A Republican appointed to the Electoral College, Melinda Wadsley was expected to cast her vote for Mitt Romney if he won the state of Iowa in the presidential election.

Wadsley decided Thursday she couldn't in good conscience vote for Romney — she had backed Ron Paul during the GOP primary — and resigned to allow the Iowa GOP to choose someone else for that duty.

"I have always been a straight-ticket Republican, and for the first time in my life I am an undecided voter, therefore, I need to resign my position as a Republican presidential elector," Wadsley said in an email exchange with The Associated Press.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

U.S. consulate in Berlin evacuated for unknown substance

The consular section of the U.S. embassy in Berlin was partly evacuated for unknown substance on Thursday, a police spokesman confirmed to Xinhua.

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Chinese ships breach Japan's naval border

Six Chinese ships entered Japanese waters near a group of disputed islets claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo early on Friday, ignoring the Japanese coast guard's orders to vacate its territorial waters.

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China: These law enforcement and patrol activities are aimed to demonstrate China's jurisdiction over the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islets and ensure the country's maritime interests, according to a government statement.

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Revolt! Maryland residents are tearing down police cameras

Police in Palmer Park, Md., plan to deploy cameras to surveil the other other cameras in their district.

One man literally pulled out a pistol and used the camera for target practice. Police found another speed camera flipped over—leading police to believe a gang of people committed the crime, considering the weight of the camera. Then there was the camera set up on a stand, near FedEx Field. A man walked up to it, cut off one of the legs, and walked away.

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Cop drags woman, 77, from car after ID refusal

A local Texas police department is standing by an officer who dragged a 77-year-old grandmother out of her car for speeding after she repeatedly refused to provide her driver's license.

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Obama grows more reliant on big-money contributors

Kirk Wagar, a Florida lawyer who has raised more than $1 million for President Obama’s re-election bid, had his choice of rooms for the Democratic convention at Charlotte’s Ritz-Carlton or Westin hotels and nightly access to hospitality suites off the convention floor.

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Law enforcement confirms convicted fraudster behind anti-Muslim movie

During their investigation, the AP identified Nakoula as an ex-con who had been convicted of bank fraud. He described himself as a Coptic Christian and had connections with Morris Sadek, a conservative practicing member of the religion who had promoted "Innocence of Muslims,” in the days before the film is believed to have sparked outrage overseas.

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U.S. embassy staffer in Cairo ignored instructions not to release statement

A State Department official in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo ignored instructions not to release a statement on Tuesday denouncing religious intolerance, Foreign Policyreports.

The statement, which was an attempt to fend off protests against an anti-Islamic video created in the U.S., was released several hours before protests outside the embassy began, and has been used by Republicans to criticize the Obama administration for “apologizing” to the Arab world.

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Iran strike must be bigger than Afghan/Iraqi ops combined - report

Only a US operation bigger than the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan combined can stop Iran from its alleged pursuit of a nuclear bomb, a new military report said. Such action, however, risks igniting all-out war in the Middle East.

Amid escalating rhetoric from Israel and the US over military action against Iran, more than 30 former US diplomats, retired admirals and generals have assembled a report on the consequences of military action against Tehran. The study will be released on Thursday.

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Bush administration kidnapped Gaddafi opponents and returned them to Libya to be tortured

In its pursuit of potential terrorist threats, the Bush administration captured political opponents of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, tortured them and then sent them back to Libya where they were subjected to more torture.

In a new report based on Libyan government documents and interviews with rendition survivors, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the United States and some of its allies pursued Gaddafi’s critics.

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NY judge blocks law permitting indefinite detention

A US judge has blocked a military law that permitted indefinite detention of anyone without trial for aiding terrorism, declaring it unconstitutional. Journalists and activists claim the law impedes free speech, and could be used against them.

NY Federal District Judge Katherine Forrest said that the law affected anyone who provided so-called material support to organizations such as al-Qaeda or the Taliban. This definition includes text, video or speech that could be deemed favorable of such groups, written by anyone on US soil.

"First Amendment rights are guaranteed by the Constitution and cannot be legislated away," Forrest wrote in her 112 page opinion."This Court rejects the government's suggestion that American citizens can be placed in military detention indefinitely, for acts they could not predict might subject them to detention."

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Gay propaganda lawsuit against Madonna advances

A group of Russian activists resubmitted on Thursday lawsuits against U.S. pop diva Madonna and organizers of her St. Petersburg concert seeking $10.5 million in compensation for “moral damages,” a lawyer for the plaintiffs, Alexander Pochuyev, told RIA Novosti.

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Feds work a month less per year than private sector

Federal employees work about a month less per year than private sector workers, according to a report by conservative think tank Heritage Foundation.

The report found federal employees work on average of 38.7 hours a week, compared with 41.4 hours per week in the private sector. That difference adds up to 3.8 fewer weeks per year that feds work compared with private sector workers.

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Investigators: Kathleen Sebelius illegally campaigned on taxpayer's dime

Independent federal legal officials have concluded that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated federal law by conducting political activity “in an official capacity,” according to a statement released on Wednesday.

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Al Qaeda leader agrees with Obama on ousting Syria's Assad

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on all Muslims to back the rebels in Syria, saying the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad would bring them closer to the ultimate goal of defeating Israel, according to an audio recording posted on the Internet on Thursday.

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$86 million White House construction mystery

After nearly two years and $86 million worth of noisy and disruptive construction, the West Wing has emerged from its visual seclusion remarkably unchanged. And deep underground, whatever has been built there remains shrouded in mystery.

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More Americans opting out of banking system

In the aftermath of one of the worst recessions in history, more Americans have limited or no interaction with banks, instead relying on check cashers and payday lenders to manage their finances, according to a new federal report.

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Israeli immigration authorities jailed newborn baby in detention facility

Immigration authorities jailed a newborn baby at Saharonim prison last week. Following pressure, the authorities have promised to remove the Ivory Coast family of four, to the detention facility at Ben-Gurion International Airport until their deportation.

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Judge orders release of Palestinian after video proves soldiers used unreasonable force

A military court judge on Wednesday ordered the immediate and unconditional release of a Palestinian taken into custody about three weeks ago in Hebron by Israel Defense Forces soldiers, saying the soldiers, who dressed in civilian clothes, used unreasonable force and may have exceeded their authority.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

British schools put camera in bathrooms, lockers

At the King Ecgbert School in Sheffield, teens who go to the loo are never really alone - video cameras are inside all 12 bathrooms.

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China to further investigate GM rice case

China's Ministry of Health (MOH) has urged the ChineseCenter for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) to further investigate a caseinvolving genetically modified (GM) rice and publish the results in a timely manner, aspokesman for the MOH said.

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IRS: Agents won't be enforcers of Obamacare mandate

"IRS revenue agents will not be involved. There will not be audits," IRS Deputy Commissioner Steven Miller told a subcommittee of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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Bernanke expected to take further action on US economy as Fed meets

"We now anticipate an announcement of another round of quantitative easing at the FOMC meeting on Sept 13," UBS economists wrote in a note to clients this week. The bank is not alone. Paul Dales, senior US economist at Capital Economics, says QE3 is a "done deal". Bernanke himself gave clear signs that he is prepared to act at a speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last month.

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Six agencies to probe Suaram links with George Soros

Six government agencies have been tasked to investigate allegations that Suaram received funds from an American organisation linked to currency speculator George Soros.

"We will look into the status of Suaram which is not registered under the ROS as well as the allegations that it has been receiving foreign funds, whether it has breach the Companies Act 1965," said Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) chief executive officer Mohd Naim Daruwish.

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