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Amid mounting pressures, some see potential for new Palestinian uprising

Amid mounting pressures, some see potential for new Palestinian uprising Less than a month before President Obama is to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah, raising hopes he will help bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the peace table, some see the West Bank heading in a very different direction. Many Palestinians…

Bob Woodward and the White House argue over the sequester

Why are Bob Woodward and the White House arguing over the sequester? The blame-game over who’s responsible for the “sequester” and its automatic spending cuts – which everyone agrees is a terrible way to run Washington’s business – finds journalistic icon and Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward at the center…

Supreme Court declines to hear case on corporate campaign contributions

Campaign finance: Supreme Court declines case on contributions by corporations The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a case testing whether a century-long ban on political contributions to candidates from corporations violates corporations’ freedom of speech. The action came without comment by the justices. At issue in…

Barack Obama: We can’t cut our way to prosperity

US President Barack Obama warned warring politicians Monday it was time to start governing as Washington headed into another manufactured crisis threatening the fragile economy. Obama told an annual meeting of state governors at the White House that huge budget cuts due to hit on March 1 would “slow our…

IKEA: No horsemeat in meatballs in U.S.

Ikea said Monday there was no horsemeat in its popular meatballs sold in the United States, after the Swedish furniture giant withdrew possibly horsemeat-tainted meatballs from stores in Europe. “All meatballs sold in our Ikea US stores are sourced from a US supplier,” the company said in a statement, after…

White House: Looming budget cuts mean ‘perfect storm’ of airport delays

The Obama administration warned Monday of a “perfect storm” of airport delays and less secure US borders when huge spending cuts hit this week, but a top Republican slammed White House “scare” tactics. Political acrimony escalated another notch ahead of $85 billion of cuts, known as the sequester, due to…

Critics rip Seth MacFarlane for ‘dull’ and ‘sexist’ jokes at the Oscars

Critics blasted Oscars host Seth MacFarlane on Monday for “crudely sexist antics” and peddling “offensive” Jewish stereotypes, as the Academy Awards post mortem got into full swing. Others said the “Family Guy” creator, brought in to appeal to younger viewers with edgy humor, was simply dull — while satirical website…

U.S. surprised by Afghanistan’s demand to withdraw special forces

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s demand that US special forces leave a flashpoint province came as a surprise to American commanders, who had no advance warning of the order, officials said Monday. It remained unclear what led Karzai to issue a blunt announcement that US special operations force would have two…

Anti-Defamation League slams Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Jews control Hollywood’ joke

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday blasted an Oscars sketch in which potty-mouthed film star bear Ted joked about Jews in Hollywood, calling it “offensive and not remotely funny.” The anti-Semitism watchdog said the sketch, at the 85th Academy Awards hosted by “Family Guy” and “Ted” creator Seth MacFarlane on…

Nobel prize for discovering DNA is up for auction

The Nobel prize awarded to Francis Crick in 1962 for discovering the structure of DNA has been put up for auction by his family along with one of his lab coats, his books and other memorabilia. It is believed to be the first Nobel prize placed at auction in more…

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