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Military veterans to get priority for police jobs under COPS grants

Military veterans to get priority for police jobs under COPS grants (via The Christian Science Monitor) Recent military veterans will have top priority for jobs under a federal program to put more police officers on patrol on America’s streets. Under the Justice Department’s COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program, 629…

FBI probe targets ‘Islamic extremists’ in U.S. Army

The FBI is investigating more than 100 suspected Islamic extremists in the US military, following the 2009 “lone wolf” attack by an alleged Al-Qaeda sympathizer that killed 13 people at a Texas army base, a news report said. About a dozen of the cases are considered “serious” threats involving suspects…

Romney, Obama battle in ‘live free or die’ New Hampshire

DURHAM, New Hampshire — Tiny New Hampshire has only four of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House, but late on November 6, small might be beautiful for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. With both campaigns predicting a cliffhanger election, even diminutive swing states can add up…

Prominent Americans urge Ecuador to accept Julian Assange’s asylum request

A letter signed by leading US figures in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s application for political asylum in Ecuador has been delivered to the country’s London embassy. Among those who signed the letter were Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky and Danny Glover. Other signatories included the author Naomi…

Palin: Everything I wrote about death panels was true

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the Democrat’s health care reform law, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to Facebook on Monday to resurrect her claim it created “death panels.” “I stand by everything I wrote in that warning to my fellow Americans because what was true…

Teen lesbian couple found shot in the head in Texas

Visitors to a public park in Portland, Texas were terrified on Saturday to find two teenage girls who had been shot in the head, according to MSNBC. Nineteen-year-old Mollie Judith Olgin was found dead on the scene and 18-year-old Mary Christine Chapa was rushed to the hospital. Chapa was in…

WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning wins battle over U.S. documents

FORT MEADE, Maryland — A US military judge ordered prosecutors Monday to share more documents with WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning after defense lawyers accused them of hiding information that could help their client’s case. For months, Manning’s defense team has demanded access to reports by government agencies, including the CIA,…

Illinois governor: ‘We’re closer every day’ to legalizing same sex marriage

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) at Chicago’s Pride Parade on Sunday expressed optimism at his state’s chances of allowing same sex couples to marry. “We’re moving forward,” he told ChicagoPride. “The key is to get a majority in both houses of the Legislature to get a bill on my desk…

Drone documents: Why the government won’t release them

The covert U.S. effort to strike terrorist leaders using drones has moved further out of the shadows this year — targeted killing has been mentioned by President Obama and defended in speeches by Attorney General Eric Holder and Obama counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. The White House recently declassified the fact…

Obama mocks Romney campaign over ‘outsourcing’ row

DURHAM, New Hampshire — President Barack Obama Monday mocked attempts by his rival Mitt Romney’s campaign to shrug off reports the Republican’s former firm helped ship US jobs to places like India and China. Obama launched a two-day campaign swing in the battleground state of New Hampshire, which is effectively…

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