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CIA lawyer: Obama ‘endorsed’ nearly all Bush-era programs

In a preview of a forthcoming PBS Frontline documentary, John Rizzo, one of the top attorneys for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), claims that President Barack Obama has “endorsed” nearly all of the controversial Bush administration secret warfare programs. “I was part of the transition briefings of the incoming Obama…

House GOP seeks detailed report on bin Laden raid

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are hoping to require the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Department of Defense to submit a detailed report on how terrorist ringleader Osama bin Laden was found and eventually killed, mandating agencies turn over the classified information in exchange for their 2012 funding.…

New York Republican threatens to withhold hurricane relief from her own district

Freshman House Republican Nan Hayworth’s New York district was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Irene, but the congresswoman seems to be working against her own interests by holding disaster relief hostage in a effort to slash federal spending, according to a recent report. “We’re facing a natural disaster…

In 2001 speech, Perry praised Medicaid, urged study on providing health insurance to Mexicans

Someone warn the tea party: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the Republican Party’s frontrunner for the 2012 presidential nomination, didn’t always believe publicly-run health care programs run contrary to America’s founding document. In a mostly forgotten 2001 speech, the Texas governor had kind words for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance…

GOP in Giffords’ district holds raffle for Glock

The Republican Party in Arizona’s Pima County, which is represented by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), is in the midst of a fundraising raffle, $10 per entry. The prize: the same model of gun that delivered a near-fatal blast to the Democratic lawmaker’s skull outside a Tucson grocery store in January.…

Condoleezza Rice fires back at Cheney memoir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she resented what she viewed as an attack on her integrity by former Vice President Dick Cheney in his just-published memoir. Speaking in an interview with Reuters, Rice rejected Cheney’s contention that she misled President George W. Bush…

100-plus former Obama workers to protest tar sands pipeline at White House

Former staffers and volunteers who have worked under President Barack Obama will “lead more than 100 people in civil disobedience at the White House” Thursday in an the ongoing protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, according to a release from the group. Courtney Height, a former youth voting director for…

Almost 10 years on, 9/11 conspiracy theories abound

For some Americans, the deaths of nearly 3,000 people was not the scariest thing about 9/11. It was realizing who carried out the attacks: yes, the American government. Defying countless official and non-governmental enquiries, media reporting, and often common sense, a significant number of people fervently disbelieve that Osama bin…

Billing dispute reveals CIA torture flights

A billing dispute in New York has revealed details of secret CIA rendition flights that transported terror suspects around the world following the September 11 attacks, newspapers reported. The Washington Post, one of a handful of media outlets alerted to the public court documents by a London-based rights group, said…

Santorum: ‘I stand by’ my ‘man on dog’ comment

In an interview that aired on CNN Wednesday night, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told Piers Morgan that suggesting that his views on homosexuality were bigoted proved that the CNN host was the one who was bigoted against the Catholic Church. The former Pennsylvania senator began the interview by defending…

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