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Republicans look to snatch Democrat stronghold

Republicans hoped to score an upset win Tuesday in a special congressional election for a heavily Democratic area of New York, sending President Barack Obama an ominous message. The 9th Congressional district in New York City’s Queens and Brooklyn boroughs came open in June when the popular Democratic incumbent, Anthony…

U.S. lawmaker: China ‘drunk’ with economic might

WASHINGTON — China seeks to match US military might, hacks US government computers “daily,” and is “drunk with economic power,” a key US lawmaker warned Monday as he warned against new cuts at the Pentagon. “The fact is, China keeps our admirals up at night. And for good reason,” House…

Turkish PM saw Gaza raid as “grounds for war”

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan saw “grounds for war” with Israel last year after a deadly raid on a Turkish ship headed for Gaza, according to a transcript of a recent interview. State news agency Anatolia released late on Sunday what it said was an original Turkish-language…

Obama says Americans reject Tea Party ideas

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said the “vast majority” of Americans reject the ideas of archconservative Tea Party movement, in an interview broadcast Monday. “We’ve always had a anti-federal government bent in a chunk of our population. That’s nothing new,” Obama told NBC News, referring to the anti-federal nature of…

When did the Iraq invasion become inevitable?

I agree with most of this excellent post trying to put 9/11 into historical perspective by Erik and LGM, but one of his throwaway comments I have to quarrel with: Of course, 9/11 also led to the Iraq War, the use of torture, and other events….. Seriously, that's all I…

Tavis Smiley on Morning Joe: Bush ‘lied’ us into Iraq

In an explosive segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday morning, PBS host Tavis Smiley said that he believes the Bush administration “lied” the United States into war in Iraq. During a contentious debate with host Joe Scarborough, Smiley posed the question, “You’re saying thanks to President Bush for what exactly?”…

Tavis Smiley on Morning Joe: Bush ‘lied’ us into Iraq

In an explosive segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday morning, PBS host Tavis Smiley said that he believes the Bush administration “lied” the United States into war in Iraq. During a contentious debate with host Joe Scarborough, Smiley posed the question, “You’re saying thanks to President Bush for what exactly?”…

Obama: Hire skywriters to press Congress for jobs bill

In a speech in the White House Rose Garden Monday, President Barack Obama urged supporters to go all out in encouraging Congress to pass the American Jobs Act. “There are some in Washington who would rather settle our differences through politics and elections than try to resolve them now,” the…

Memo reveals Bush admin. push-back against Afghan rebuilding plans

An Oct.30, 2001 draft strategy memo (PDF), published this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, reveals that the Bush administration initially did not want to engage in rebuilding efforts in a post-Taliban Afghanistan, even as officials publicly said they would. The memo, obtained by George Washington University,…

Romney promises to outlaw union dues as political contributions

Speaking to reporters after touring a Boeing plant in South Carolina Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pledged to pursue legislation that would prohibit unions from contributing dues to political campaigns. “We have a very unusual circumstance in this country,” Romney said, “and that is that we allow union bosses…

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