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Texas man gets 20 years in jail for al Qaeda links

CHICAGO — A Texas man was sentenced to 20 years in jail Thursday for seeking out Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and offering his services to perform “violent jihad,” prosecutors said. Barry Walter Bujol Jr, 30, was caught in a sting using a confidential informant after law enforcement thrice thwarted…

U.S. soldier convicted in base attack plot

CHICAGO — A US soldier who fled his post as a Muslim conscientious objector was convicted Thursday of plotting an attack on a Texas military base, prosecutors said. Naser Jason Abdo, 22, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison over the plot to attack soldiers and their families at…

New Jersey attorney general: NYPD surveillance of Muslims was legal

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa concluded on Thursday that the New York City police did not violate New Jersey laws when they controversially conducted surveillance of Muslim communities, according to the Associated Press. According to reports, the NYPD has been conducting surveillance of Muslim communities in a number…

Obama picks new U.S. nuclear chief

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated a new chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, after the former head Gregory Jaczko resigned after months of personnel controversy. Obama picked Allison Macfarlane, an academic expert on nuclear power who is currently a professor at George Mason University, to serve…

U.S. hits India pipe firm with steep dumping duties

WASHINGTON — The US government hit a major Indian steel pipe exporter with anti-dumping duties of more than 48 percent, in a move that follows nearly 300 percent anti-subsidy duties on Indian pipe set in March. The Commerce Department set the duties on circular welded carbon-quality steel welded pipe from…

Propaganda firm owner admits smear campaign against U.S. journalists

The co-owner of a U.S. defense contractor that specializes in Information Operations admitted on Thursday to trying to discredit two USA Today journalists with an online smear campaign. “I take full responsibility for having some of the discussion forums opened and reproducing their previously published USA TODAY articles on them,”…

CNN host probes Tony Perkins: ‘Why do homosexuals bother you so much?’

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins found himself in an awkward situation on Thursday when one CNN host insisted he explain why “homosexuals bother you so much.” When Perkins agreed to appear on CNN to hype his press conference supporting the Defense of Marriage Act, he probably didn’t expect host…

Amazon becomes 18th company to split with ALEC

Amazon.com, the massive online retailer, has become the 18th company to leave the controversial legislative group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), according to Think Progress. In spite of pressure from right-wing websites like Michelle Malkin.com, Breitbart.com and Newsbusters, the company has joined other organizations like PepsiCo, State Farm Insurance…

Romney ‘play by the rules’ ad attacks Obama on China policy

Mitt Romney fired a fresh jab at President Barack Obama Thursday over his China policy, in a new web video vowing to make China “play by the rules” of global trade on his first day in the White House. The Republican presidential candidate sought to play on anti-China sentiment among…

New U.S. unemployment claims down this week

New claims for US unemployment benefits fell last week in a fresh sign that the ailing job market is slowly recovering, official data showed Thursday. Initial jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 370,000 in the week ending May 19, the Labor Department said. The prior week’s number was revised upward…

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