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No timeframe for US shift in Afghanistan: Panetta

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said Friday it was too early to say when US forces might pull back from combat operations in Afghanistan after the US Marine Corps commander suggested the move might come within a year for his forces. Panetta, speaking during a visit to Canada, said the United States and its allies were…

‘Super PAC man’ gobbles up regulators’ time, patience

by Kim Barker In the peculiar post-Citizens United world of political money, Josue Larose has assumed a new alter-ego: Super PAC man. Since the Supreme Court ruling paved the way for groups to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates, 240 so-called Super PACs have registeredwith the Federal Election Commission.…

Alleged White House shooter claims he’s Jesus

The man who is accused of firing an AK-47 at the White House last week believes President Barack Obama is the “Antichrist,” and he should know because he also claims to be Jesus. Following his capture in Pennsylvania this week, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was charged with attempting to assassinate the…

Organizers: 50,000 sign Walker recall petition in just 48 hours

A statewide vote on whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) should be recalled seems more likely today after organizers told The Associated Press that they had collected over 50,000 signatures after just 48 hours of campaigning. That’s well above the roughly 9,000 per day they’d need to reach the 540,000…

Bachmann: ‘Absurd’ to waterboard me to prove it’s not torture

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is pretty sure waterboarding isn’t torture — but she says it would be “absurd” to find out for herself. During a recent CBS/National Journal debate, the candidate enthusiastically said she supported the interrogation technique. “It was very effective,” she claimed. “It gained information for our…

Obama claims share of credit for huge Boeing deal

US President Barack Obama Friday claimed a share of the credit asBoeing sealed its largest-ever commercial aircraft order to build 230 jets worth $21.7 billion for Indonesia’s Lion Air. The deal, for 201 737 MAXs and 29 737-900 ERs, bolsteredObama’s strategic decision to orient the struggling US economy with booming markets in emerging Asia, which he…

Syracuse puts coach on leave over abuse probe

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A longtime assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University was put on administrative leave on Thursday after police reopened an investigation of alleged inappropriate behavior with a ball boy. Associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine, in his 35th season with Syracuse, was placed on leave “in light…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters march on Brooklyn Bridge after clashes

Updated with video, below… Thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched across the Brooklyn Bridge Thursday after earlier clashes with police led to over 200 arrests on the two-month anniversary of the anti-capitalist movement. The evening march, which took place without incident, was a show of force for the Occupy…

‘Occupy Chicago’ protest results in 46 arrests on major bridge

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hundreds of anti-Wall Street demonstrators marched in Chicago on Thursday, blocking traffic on a major downtown bridge to protest cuts to federal programs and a lack of jobs, and police arrested 46 people. Protesters from labor unions and community groups had gathered in a noisy but peaceful…

U.S. must safeguard military’s industrial base: Panetta

GROTON, Connecticut — Budget cuts must not be allowed to undermine the US military’s industrial base, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday during a visit to a shipyard that builds attack submarines. Panetta used his stop at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut to underline the importance of preserving…

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