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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…

Obama and Boehner tee off ‘golf summit’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A high-stakes golf match teed off Saturday outside Washington — not the nearby US Open, but a first-ever round between President Barack Obama and his most powerful Republican critic. While Obama and House speaker John Boehner are on par in their appreciation for birdies and bogeys, they…

Sanity break: Cat that barks like a dog — until someone notices

In Russia, even the cats suddenly shift gears when they realize Big Brother is watching. This one is barking out the window like a dog until it sees the camera. Then it’s all, “Meow. Yes, of course, meow, meow. I’m a cat, obviously, meow. Did you think something different? No…

Sanity break: Cat that barks like a dog — until someone notices

In Russia, even the cats suddenly shift gears when they realize Big Brother is watching. This one is barking out the window like a dog until it sees the camera. Then it’s all, “Meow. Yes, of course, meow, meow. I’m a cat, obviously, meow. Did you think something different? No…

LulzSec manifesto promises to continue ‘causing mayhem and chaos throughout the Internet’

WASHINGTON — Computer hackers who have hit the websites of the CIA, US Senate, Sony and others during a month-long rampage said Friday that they were staging the attacks for their own entertainment. “You find it funny to watch havoc unfold, and we find it funny to cause it,” the…

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