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U.S. unable to account for 16,000 kilograms of exported enriched uranium

The United States could only account for 1,160 out of 17,500 kilograms of Highly-Enriched Uranium (HEU) — weapon-usable nuclear material — exported to 27 countries in response to a 1992 congressional mandate, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last week. “The world today is dramatically different than…

Federal judge puts Carl Lewis back on NJ ballot

In a blow for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) administration, a federal appeals court Tuesday overturned Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s decision to remove nine-time Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis (D) from the ballot. Lewis announced in April his intention to seek office as a state Senator. Guadagno, in her…

Elizabeth Warren to enter Massachusetts Senate race Wednesday

Harvard professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren will officially announce Wednesday morning that she will challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in 2012 to reclaim the Senate seat for the Democrats, a senior Massachusetts Democratic Party official confirmed to Raw Story. Warren’s candidacy has been the subject of speculation for more…

U.S. to require bankruptcy plans from ‘too big to fail’ firms

WASHINGTON — US regulators approved Tuesday a rule requiring 37 large US and foreign financial institutions to submit plans to allow for their orderly dismantlement in case of bankruptcy. In the wake of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation rule, which regulates banks, has adopted the rule…

Key Republican blasts Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top critic in the US Senate on Tuesday blasted the White House’s new $447 billion blueprint for battling high unemployment as “more of a reelection plan than a jobs plan.” Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also rejected Obama’s call for raising taxes on the…

CIA opens probe into work with New York police

WASHINGTON — The CIA has opened an internal investigation into whether the agency broke a ban against domestic spying in its work with New York City police, top officials said Tuesday. Newly appointed CIA director David Petraeus, who took over the spy agency this month, said the probe by the…

WATCH LIVE: Obama talks jobs in Ohio

President Barack Obama was scheduled to talk about his jobs plan in Columbus, Ohio Tuesday. Watch this live video from MSNBC, broadcast Aug. 13, 2011. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

5 most shocking Census facts about growing poverty in the U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau released their annual report on poverty Tuesday, outlining the dramatic decline in income and employment in the U.S. The report, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010” (PDF), immediately made waves upon its release. Below are the five most shocking new realities…

Pa. judge rules health insurance mandate ‘unconstitutional’

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that the mandate to purchase health insurance in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. According to the Associated Press, Judge Christopher Conner in Harrisburg ruled that the mandate was an unconstitutional extension from the federal government under the Commerce Cause. “The nation undoubtably faces a…

Chomsky: Ron Paul is right about al Qaeda

Appearing on Democracy Now! on Tuesday, U.S. scholar and MIT professor Noam Chomsky responded to comments made by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) during Monday’s tea party debate, suggesting Paul had said nothing controversial at all, despite the audience’s negative reaction. He agreed with Paul’s assessment about al Qaeda’s stated motives…

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