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John Kerry: Syria guilty of ‘a moral obscenity’

Washington warned Syria on Monday it would face action over the “moral obscenity” of a chemical weapons attack, as UN inspectors braved sniper fire to gather evidence about the incident. Speaking amid reports that Washington and its allies are preparing to launch a punitive cruise missile strike on Syrian targets,…

Sen. Patrick Leahy calls on Eric Holder to testify about federal marijuana policy

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will hold a hearing on the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws next month, and he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder will be there to testify. “It is important, especially at a time of budget constraints, to determine whether it is the…

Veterans memorial at center of church and state fight damaged by bomb

A veterans memorial involved in a dispute over the separation of church and state was vandalized with an improvised explosive device over the weekend. The Vietnam War Memorial in Mingus Park in Coos Bay, Oregon appears to have only suffered superficial damage from the blast. The memorial, which features a…

Five new J.D. Salinger books to be published?

A new documentary and biography claim that American author J.D Salinger, who died in 2010, left detailed instructions for at least five new books to be published after his death. The reclusive author of ‘Catcher in the Rye’ last published in 1965, and lived in seclusion in New Hampshire in…

Treasury chief: U.S. to hit debt ceiling in mid-October

The US will hit its statutory debt ceiling in mid-October, raising the chance that the government will be forced to default on its debts, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday. In a letter to Congress, Lew urged legislators to raise the limit from the current $16.7 trillion, saying to not…

War Powers Resolution gives Obama the power to attack Syria

US President Barack Obama has the authority to launch air strikes against Syria. But he has to notify lawmakers in Congress — a process which Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday has begun. “The administration is actively consulting with members of Congress, and we will continue to have these…

Happy National Dog Day: Joint task-force busts second largest dog-fighting ring in U.S. history

On National Dog Day, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced that they had assisted the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in rescuing 367 dogs in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi in what…

CIA documents show U.S. helped Iraq fight Iran despite chemical weapons use

The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would respond with chemical weapons, Foreign Policy magazine reported Monday. Citing declassified CIA documents and interviews with former officials, the magazine reviewed the US record as Washington weighs…

Turkey’s ‘Standing Man’ protester to win human rights award

Turkey’s “Standing Man”, a performance artist who became an icon of anti-government protests this year, will receive a major German human rights award next week, the jury said Monday. Erdem Gunduz, a 34-year-old dancer and choreographer, will be honoured for his “courageous commitment to freedom of expression and human rights”…

Ohio Attorney General: State secretly uploaded all drivers license photos into police database

At a press conference today, Attorney General Mike DeWine informed Ohio citizens that a powerful facial recognition system with access to driver’s licenses photographs and mug shots went live on June 2. In exactly what capacity it went live, however, isn’t entirely clear. Law enforcement officers and officials in DeWine’s…

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