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U.S. blame game ‘self-defeating’: Pakistani PM

The Pakistani Prime Minister Saturday rejected US allegations linking Islamabad with the Haqqani terror network, saying the “blame game is self-defeating”. Yousuf Raza Gilani said such accusations would only benefit the militants, and added that they showed US policy in Afghanistan was in “disarray”. “We strongly reject assertions of complicity…

U.S. hikers freed by Iran to arrive home on Sunday

The two US hikers Iran recently released after holding in jail for more than two years are scheduled to arrive home on Sunday, a family spokeswoman told AFP. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, both 29, plan to leave Oman on Saturday and are “expected to arrive on US soil tomorrow,”…

Fox analyst: ‘I really don’t see the downside’ to gov’t shutdown

Just a few weeks after advocating for the minimum wage to be eliminated, Fox business analyst Gary B. Smith added to his highlight reel of eyebrow raising statements Saturday afternoon. On Fox’s Bulls & Bears, Smith displayed total apathy when asked whether he was concerned over the government possibly shutting…

Fox analyst: ‘I really don’t see the downside’ to gov’t shutdown

Just a few weeks after advocating for the minimum wage to be eliminated, Fox business analyst Gary B. Smith added to his highlight reel of eyebrow raising statements Saturday afternoon. On Fox’s Bulls & Bears, Smith displayed total apathy when asked whether he was concerned over the government possibly shutting…

VT Gov on Tea Party: They want to spend more overseas than here

Vermont governor Peter Shumlin (D) appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show Friday evening to express his concern over the possible government shutdown over FEMA funds. “Congress is scaring me to death,” Shumlin said. “You know, the fact that we’re at a point in this country where we could get hit…

VT Gov on Tea Party: They want to spend more overseas than here

Vermont governor Peter Shumlin (D) appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show Friday evening to express his concern over the possible government shutdown over FEMA funds. “Congress is scaring me to death,” Shumlin said. “You know, the fact that we’re at a point in this country where we could get hit…

Jail or church? Some Alabama offenders will get to choose

MOBILE, Ala (Reuters) – Starting on Monday, nonviolent offenders in Bay Minette, Alabama, will get to choose whether to serve their sentence in a jail cell or a church pew. Municipal Judge Bayless E. Biles is launching “Operation Restore Our Community,” intended to function not only as a diversion program…

Muslim students get probation for disrupting Israeli ambassador’s speech

SANTA ANA, Calif (Reuters) – Ten Muslim college students in California were convicted and sentenced to probation on Friday for disrupting a speech at their university by Israel’s ambassador to the United States. The students, whose case touched off a furor over free speech rights at the University of California…

Feinstein campaign sues bank, ex-treasurer over missing funds

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Senator Dianne Feinstein’s campaign sued its former treasurer and the First California Bank on Friday, seeking the return of millions of dollars in missing funds the campaign believes were embezzled. Campaign officials said the action came after the bank failed to provide the campaign access to…

Maher, Moore defend Tony Bennett’s 9/11 comments

Two people who aren’t afraid to agree with Tony Bennett’s controversial comments about 9/11 are Bill Maher and Michael Moore. Harking back on their own experiences of getting condemned for provocative statements, both Maher and Moore defended the singer’s 9/11 comments on Real Time Friday evening. In reaction to panel…

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