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Iraq asks U.S. congressman to leave after he says they should ‘repay’ for war

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraqi authorities have asked for a US congressman to leave the country after he called for Baghdad to repay part of the money spent by Washington since the 2003 invasion, a spokesman said on Saturday. Republican representative Dana Rohrabacher’s remarks at a news conference in Baghdad stood…

U.S., Pakistan discuss future intelligence sharing

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – CIA chief Leon Panetta held talks with top Pakistani military and intelligence officials and discussed ways to strengthen future intelligence sharing, the Pakistani military said. The talks were held Friday amid a crisis in relations after the unilateral US raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The difficult…

U.S. foresees $46 billion in 2011 military sales

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States plans to export $46.1 billion in weapons this year, nearly doubling its 2010 figures, officials said. During the fiscal year 2011, which ends September 30, Washington expects the sales of equipment and military services through its Foreign Military Sales process to grow. About 79…

Gaddafi writes U.S. Congress a thank you note for chastising Obama on Libya

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Libya’s embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi appears to have written to the US Congress to praise its criticism of President Barack Obama over NATO raids on Libya, officials said Friday. In the letter seen by AFP, Kadhafi comments on growing debate in Congress over whether Obama has usurped…

Weiner exchanged private messages with 17-year-old Delaware girl

Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) confirmed that he had exchanged at least five private messages with a 17-year-old girl in Delaware this spring, The New York Times reported. Though copies of the messages were not provided, both a Weiner spokeswoman and an anonymous member of the girl’s family said that…

Study: Students who resist change see teachers as biased

It has become a truism among conservative activists that college professors typically have a liberal bias which causes them to give lower grades to students who express right-wing opinions. In 2005, for example, when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was a Minnesota state senator, she and another Republican legislator called for…

Deadly fungus strikes Joplin tornado victims

CHICAGO — The toll from the deadliest single tornado to strike the United States in six decades rose to 151, and eight hospitalized victims were infected with a rare and potentially deadly fungus kicked up by the storm, officials said Friday. The toll from the May 22 tornado which destroyed…

Gingrich gets 45-day extension on disclosing personal finances

Republican presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich has received a 45-day extension of the Federal Election Commission deadline for filing his personal financial disclosure form. This gives him until July 25 to submit the disclosure, which would normally have been due this Friday, 30 days after Gingrich announced his candidacy. According to…

Obama admin. allows Medicaid protections for same sex couples

The Obama administration on Friday issued a policy guidance memo that effectively gives same sex couples the same protections as straight couples under Medicaid, the public health program for poor Americans. While the memo does not carry the weight of law, it advises states that the administration does not consider…

‘The Wire’ creator to Holder: I’ll do another season if you end the drug war

WASHINGTON – The creator of the beloved and critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire offered Eric Holder a counter-offer in response to the U.S. Attorney General’s casual plea for another season of the show: I’ll do it if you end the war on drugs. “I want to speak directly to…

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