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Two border patrol agents accused of abusing suspects

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Two Border Patrol agents were indicted on Thursday on charges of forcing accused drug smugglers to eat marijuana and flee barefoot and nearly naked into the chilly Arizona desert. Dario Castillo, 23, and Ramon Zuniga, 29, were charged with five civil rights violations by a federal grand…

Jeremy Scahill: Bush administration authorized ‘sick torture tactics’

Jeremy Scahill, national security reporter for The Nation, appeared on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann Thursday night to discuss the latest revelations about waterboarding and other “water treatment” torture practices used by the Department of Defense. “What we are learning is more sick details of torture tactics that most…

Poll: Large majority disapprove of Congress but Americans split on Obama

Americans have a more positive view of President Barack Obama than Members of Congress after the contentious federal debt ceiling debate, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll released Thursday. Although Americans remain divided over Obama’s handling of the debt ceiling debate, he fared much better than Republicans and…

Lawrence O’Donnell applauds N.J. Gov. Chris Christie for defending Muslim judge

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell gave Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey a standing ovation on Thursday night for his impassioned defense of a Muslim judge. “Sharia law has nothing to do with this at all,” the governor said. “It’s crazy. It’s crazy. The guy’s an American citizen who has…

Soldier in Texas plot had bomb materials: court

WACO, Texas — A US soldier of Palestinian descent had collected everything he needed to build a bomb and attack the area around a sprawling Texas military base, FBI agents told a court Thursday. Army Private Naser Abdo, 21, had gathered gunpowder, clocks and pressure cookers to carry out a…

Polygamist Warren Jeffs guilty of child sex assault

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The leader of a polygamist sect, who made headlines in 2008 when police raided his Texas compound and took away over 450 children, was Thursday found guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls. Warren Jeffs, the spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of…

Twin Towers replacement ‘vast improvement’

NEW YORK — The gleaming World Trade Center rising from Ground Zero in New York will be more sophisticated and impressive than the destroyed Twin Towers it replaces, project leaders said Thursday. “When the buildings are built we will look back at them and say these are a vast improvement…

Justice Department: State employees can legally implement medical marijuana programs

The Department of Justice filed on legal brief on Monday that indicated the federal government would not prosecute state employees for implementing state medical marijuana programs, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. The brief asks for a lawsuit filed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) to be thrown out. The…

Ron Paul: ‘Super Congress’ created by debt deal is ‘monstrous’

Thursday on the Fox Business Network, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) described the 12 member bipartisan special joint committee of Congress created by the Budget Control Act of 2011 as “unconstitutional” and “monstrous.” “It looks to me like with this ‘Super Congress’ and committee, if we don’t vote for what they…

Geithner undecided on staying at Treasury

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has not yet decided whether to step down, the White House said Thursday, amid fresh indications the top economic pointman is under rising pressure to stay. Geithner, who has led President Barack Obama’s bid to revive the US economy from a deep recession, has…

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