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RAW Photos: Hurricane Irene devastates upstate NY

Despite major cities avoiding significant damage, the impact of Hurricane Irene was still felt very much across the Northeast region of the United States. Many areas are now experiencing major flooding, such as the upstate New York village of Scotia. Evacuations of some impacted areas continued Monday. Were you hit by Irene?…

U.S. to shed light on Guatemala syphilis experiment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. presidential commission will release on Monday its key findings on a government research project that deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates and mental patients with syphilis in the 1940s. The conclusions have consequences for U.S. diplomacy and will impact the ethical discussion surrounding how new drugs…

U.S. dismisses Georgian elections as illegitimate

The United States on Monday dismissed elections in Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia as illegitimate, and renewed support for what it called Georgia’s internationally-recognized borders. In polls on Saturday that were widely seen as illegitimate, Abkhazia elected Alexander Ankvaba, a top politician who advocates firm ties with Russia, as the…

Since 9/11, nearly half of all Pentagon contracts awarded without competition

Nearly half of the approximately $300 billion of taxpayer money the Department of Defense spent on projects in 2010 was awarded for no-bid contracts — some of which weren’t necessary, the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News reported on Monday. The cost of the non-competitive contracts the U.S. military has…

Obama names labor economist to top advisory post

President Barack Obama announced Monday that he would appoint Princeton professor Alan Krueger to lead the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Krueger, a labor economist and advocate of more direct government action to combat high unemployment, previously served in the Treasury Dept. during President Obama’s first two years, and…

NYC 9/11 memorial on-track for unveiling despite Hurricane Irene

The memorial built to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City remains on-schedule for dedication just shy of two weeks from now, despite Hurricane Irene’s impact on the East Coast. Prior to the storm, the memorial site’s location in lower Manhattan was pinpointed as a likely target for…

Huntsman, Fox host battle on climate change

GOP Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman appeared on Fox and Friends Monday morning and sparred with co-host Brian Kilmeade on climate change. When the former Utah governor defended the research on climate change, Kilmeade began to slam the scientists behind the studies by saying their findings were “surrounded by corruption.” Huntsman…

Huntsman, Fox host battle on climate change

GOP Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman appeared on Fox and Friends Monday morning and sparred with co-host Brian Kilmeade on climate change. When the former Utah governor defended the research on climate change, Kilmeade began to slam the scientists behind the studies by saying their findings were “surrounded by corruption.” Huntsman…

Bachmann: Hurricane is God’s warning about government spending

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told voters in Florida Sunday that Hurricane Irene and the recent East Coast earthquake were just God’s way of telling politicians to reign in government spending. “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” Bachmann said during…

Hurricane Irene rocks upstate New York

While most of New York City was unscathed by Hurricane Irene, the storm made a huge impact upstate in the Empire State. WATCH: Video from CBS-Albany on August 29, 2011.…

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