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Donald Trump: GOP has ‘death wish’ in messing with Medicare

Real estate mogul Donald Trump, who flirted with a run for the GOP presidential nomination, says Republicans must have a “death wish” in continuing to push their plan to replace Medicare with a voucher system. “It almost seems as though the Republicans have a death wish,” Trump said in a…

Key Dem Senator: Obama ‘snookered’ by GOP into talking deficit over jobs

WASHINGTON – Urging the administration to enact new measures to lower the unemployment rate, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) said President Barack Obama got “snookered” by Republicans into prioritizing deficits over jobs. “I am concerned about the Obama administration’s approach on this,” Harkin, the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and…

Father: TSA agents harassed my special needs son

Dr. David Mandy says his family was on the way to Disney World when Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents in Detroit harassed his mentally challenged son. “I realize they’re trying to keep people safe, but come on, does he look like a terrorist?” Mandy asked KSAZ. Drew Mandy, who was…

U.S. denies Clinton seeking to be World Bank chief

WASHINGTON — Top US administration officials Thursday vehemently denied a report by the Reuters news agency that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in talks to become the next head of the World Bank. “It’s 100 percent untrue, Reuters is wrong,” Philippe Reines, a close advisor to Clinton, told AFP.…

NATO shortcomings ‘could jeopardise Libya mission’

BRUSSELS (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned on Friday that military shortcomings among NATO members could jeopardise the alliance’s air war in Libya. With half of the countries in the 28-member alliance not participating in the Libya campaign, Gates said it reflected a worrisome lack of military assets.…

Romney won’t participate in Iowa test vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will not participate in a key test of strength in the early voting state of Iowa in August, his campaign said on Thursday. Romney is the front-runner in some polls for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He made the strategic decision…

Chicago man guilty of aiding Pakistan militant group

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. jury Thursday found a Pakistani-born Chicago businessman guilty of providing support to an Islamic militant group responsible for the 2008 assault on Mumbai but not guilty of taking part in the attack. In a mixed verdict, the jury also found Tahawwur Rana, 50, a former…

U.S. nuclear regulator withheld information: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. nuclear safety regulator did not break the law when he stopped a review of a proposed Nevada burial site for radioactive waste, but he “strategically” kept information from his fellow commissioners, the Wall Street Journal said, citing a report from the agency’s internal watchdog. The confidential report…

NSA whistle-blower Thomas Drake to plead guilty in plea deal

WASHINGTON — An ex-senior official in the top secret US National Security Agency will plead guilty to exceeding authorized use of a computer in a classified information leak case, court papers have shown. Thomas Drake, 54, had been accused of leaking classified information to a newspaper reporter and was charged…

Bradley Manning activist subpoenaed in WikiLeaks investigation

A computer expert and vocal supporter of the Army private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks has been served a subpoena compelling his testimony in the Grand Jury investigation of the leaked documents. Salon’s Glenn Greenwald reported that activist David House, one of the founders of the Bradley Manning…

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