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Nixon ‘far worse’ than thought say Watergate reporters

Almost four decades after the infamous Watergate break-in, the reporters who broke the story have concluded that then-president Richard Nixon was “far worse” than they thought. Nixon resigned in August 1974 for his administration’s role in a June 17, 1972, burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate…

Man given George Zimmerman’s old phone number gets threats

A man assigned the old phone number of a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager is seeking compensation, after a rash of threatening calls. Junior Alexander Guy, 49, got his first cell phone last month. Immediately he was besieged by callers angry at George Zimmerman. “You murderer!” “You deserve…

U.S. welcomes Spain’s bank recapitalization action

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Saturday said he welcomed Spain’s Spain’s appeal to the eurozone for a 100-billion-euro ($125 billion) lifeline for its banks. “We welcome Spain’s action to recapitalize its banking system and the commitment by its European partners to provide support,” Geithner said in a brief statement. “These are important for the…

Krugman takes dig at Romney in Netroots Nation address

Paul Krugman addressed the Netroots Nation conference on Saturday morning and took a dig at the Republican nominee for president, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R). Talking Points Memo reports that while his speech was brief, it pulled no punches. The Nobel Laureate said that the current state of the…

Obama: Teachers not ‘doing fine’

Teachers not ‘doing fine’: Can Obama find his footing on recovery? (via The Christian Science Monitor) While downplaying a remark Friday that the US private sector is “doing fine,” President Obama nevertheless focused on stalwarts of the public sector – teachers – for his weekly Saturday address, saying Washington has…

Marco Rubio gets VP nod in conservative straw poll

Marco Rubio gets VP nod in conservative straw poll (via The Christian Science Monitor) The vice presidential chatter around Marco Rubio intensified Friday evening when the Florida senator won a straw poll intended to test conservative inclinations about the best choice to be presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s running…

Obama urges Europe to stabilize banks, ease austerity

US President Barack Obama urged European leaders to stabilize banks and to ease up on extreme austerity prgrammes. Speaking as European Union officials worked over the weekend on a huge rescue plan for Spain’s feeble banks, Obama said the ongoing weakness in the eurozone was a concern for the US…

Oregon tsunami wreck sightseers mull Japan ‘tragedy’

Sightseers flocking to see a tsunami-wrecked dock washed up on a US beach were urged Friday to reflect on the “tragedy” of last year’s killer quake and tidal wave in Japan. Local authorities in Oregon, where the 66-foot (20-meter) floating dock made landfall Tuesday after a 5,500 mile, 15-month trip…

AG Holder to investigate high profile leaks of classified national security info

US Attorney General Eric Holder appointed two prosecutors to lead a criminal investigation of high-profile leaks of classified national security secrets. The “highly-respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI,” Holder said in a statement. “I have notified members of Congress and plan…

Judge refuses to dismiss Bradley Manning charges

Bradley Manning has failed to persuade a military judge to throw out half of the counts against him in a pre-trial hearing before his court martial for allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of state secrets to WikiLeaks. Colonel Denise Lind, presiding over the proceedings at Fort Meade in Maryland, rejected…

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