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Oil rises as traders await US jobs report

World oil prices rose Friday on nervous trade ahead of a closely-watched US jobs report to be released later in the day, analysts said. New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for delivery in March, gained 65 cents to $97.01 a barrel. Brent North Sea crude for March…

Panetta says Israel ‘could strike’ Iran in spring

BRUSSELS — US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a “strong likelihood” that Israel will strike Iran’s nuclear installations this spring, the Washington Post said Thursday in an editorial. When asked about the opinion piece by reporters travelling with him to a NATO meeting in Brussels, Panetta brushed it…

Senate passes STOCK Act to end congressional insider trading

In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the Senate voted 93 to 3 on Thursday to approve the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, legislation that prohibits lawmakers and their staff from trading stocks based on information they learn during congressional briefings and related work. Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Richard…

ACLU urges Senate to support ban on racial profiling

The American Civil Liberties Union has called on the U.S. Senate to pass legislation that would prohibit local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from racially profiling suspected criminals. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act in 2011, but the bill has not yet been taken up…

Obama, foes in military spending cut fight

WASHINGTON — The White House and its Republican foes clashed Thursday over a law requiring steep cuts to military spending after a congressional “SuperCommittee” failed to agree on long-range deficit reduction. Republicans have stepped up election-year pressure on President Barack Obama to help them roll back the measure, warning that…

Trump gives glitzy backing to frontrunner Romney

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Real estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump threw his weight behind Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney on Thursday, in a glitzy boost for the former Massachusetts governor’s White House hopes. In typical Trump style, he had kept poll-watchers guessing until the last moment; as late…

NYPD proposed spying on Muslims based solely on their religion

The New York Police Department proposed spying on more than a dozen Shia mosques despite any evidence of wrongdoing, secret police documents obtained by the Associated Press revealed. The May 2006 NYPD intelligence report, titled “US-Iran Conflict: The Threat to New York City,” recommended targeting a dozen mosques based solely…

Komen Foundation ousted their Democratic lobbyist just before hiring Karen Handel

It wasn’t until 2008 that the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)3, founded the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Advocacy Alliance, a 501(c)4 non-profit that, under IRS rules, can spend unlimited donor funds on lobbying. It’s that arm of the Komen Foundation that former Secretary of State…

Yemenis protest Saleh presence in U.S.

NEW YORK — Activists protested Thursday outside the luxury New York hotel where they believe Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh is staying while seeking medical treatment. The Yemeni leader’s whereabouts have not been confirmed since he arrived in the United States Saturday on a chartered flight. US authorities let…

U.S. lawmakers call for hearings on military hazing

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers Thursday called for congressional hearings into hazing in the US military while urging an end to “institutional” abuse that has led to suicides among soldiers. Representative Judy Chu, whose Marine nephew, Lance Corporal Harry Lew, committed suicide in Afghanistan last year some 20 minutes after enduring severe…

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