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New Orleans police face trial in post-Katrina killings

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Five New Orleans police officers accused of indiscriminately shooting people in the chaos unleashed by Hurricane Katrina face a high-profile trial in the coming week. The deadly 2005 shooting on the Danziger Bridge and resulting cover-up came to epitomize the city’s failure to protect its…

Axelrod: GOP candidate Jon Huntsman was ‘effusive’ about Obama

Former Republican Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said last week that Barack Obama had “failed” as president. But Obama’s chief campaign strategist says that Huntsman sang the president’s praises in private while serving as the ambassador to China. “It was a little surprising to me because when we were in Shanghai…

Stewart tells Chris Wallace that Fox News is like ‘ideological regimes’

Chris Wallace says he just doesn’t understand the difference between Fox News’ activism and the type of material presented by Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart. Stewart tried to spell out the differences Sunday when he appeared on the conservative network but Wallace just didn’t seem to get it. Wallace accused Stewart…

Springsteen sideman Clarence Clemons dead at 69

Longtime Bruce Springsteen friend, collaborator, and E. Street Band member Clarence Clemons has passed away at the age of 69 after suffering a stroke on June 12. Rolling Stone magazine reports that the saxophonist’s condition had seemed stable after two brain surgeries in the wake of the stroke, but his…

Sen. Al Franken: Congress must vote on Libya

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said that congressional approval would be needed to authorize continued U.S. military intervention in Libya. “The War Powers Act should be enforced,” Franken told Talking Points Memo after giving a speech at Netroots Nation in his home state of Minnesota. “We’re going to have to vote.”…

Van Jones at Netroots Nation: ‘We are the deep patriots, they are the cheap patriots’

Environmental activist Van Jones, a former advisor to President Barack Obama, rallied the crowd with a keynote speech Saturday afternoon at the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis. “I’m sick of us getting kicked around, folks. I’m sick and tired of it,” he told the crowd. Jones accused banks and oil…

WATCH LIVE: Van Jones keynote speech at Netroots Nation

Van Jones, environmental activist and former advisor to President Barack Obama, is delivering the Saturday afternoon keynote at the Netroots Nation conference. The speech is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. ET. Watch it live with Raw Story, courtesy of Free Speech TV. freespeechtv on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free…

U.S. extends National Guard stay on Mexico border

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The 1,200 National Guard soldiers deployed to the US border with Mexico last year will remain on their jobs until late September, a US official said Friday. The administration has now “extended the temporary deployment of National Guard personnel… through September 30, 2011,” Department of Homeland Security…

Iraq PM seeks US expertise in rebuilding work

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told visiting US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Saturday that Baghdad wants American companies to work on reconstruction projects in Iraq, the premier’s office said. “Iraq is planning to improve roads, seaports and airports, and make use of the experience by American companies…

Obama ‘overruled lawyers’ in Libya war debate

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama overruled two senior government lawyers in deciding that he had the authority to continue US military operations in Libya without Congressional approval, The New York Times has reported. In reaching his conclusion Obama rejected the opinions of Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and…

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