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Spitzer to Obama: Support Occupy Wall Street

Former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer (D) told Current TV’s Keith Olbermann that the Occupy Wall Street protests should be a sign to President Barack Obama. “What the NYPD did with the arrest of 700 protesters on Brooklyn Bridge was the single best public relations for the protesters because suddenly…

Secret panel can put Americans on ‘kill list’ without any oversight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials. There is no public record of the operations or decisions of the panel, which is…

Georgia blames immigration law for farm losses

ATLANTA, Georgia — Leaders of Georgia’s vital farming industry blamed Wednesday a draconian new immigration law for labor shortages estimated to have cost the southern US state at least $75 million. A study by the University of Georgia’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development found Tuesday that peak harvest employment…

‘Occupy Los Angeles’ protest gets official support from city

Protesters who have gathered in front of City Hall in Los Angeles to show solidarity with the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters in lower Manhattan received 100 rain ponchos from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday morning. The “occupation” began on Saturday, when more than 750 people marched from Pershing Square to…

Green groups sue to stop Keystone oil pipeline work

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Environmental groups sued the U.S. government on Wednesday to stop “illegal construction” on a controversial pipeline that would weave through the center of the United States to bring Canadian oil sands crude direct to Texas refineries. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Western Nebraska Resources Council and…

Sarah Palin won’t run for president in 2012

After months of speculation, ABC News’ Polson Kanneth has learned that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will not run for President of the United States in 2012. Palin made the announcement in a letter to supporters Wednesday night. “After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will…

Labor unions join ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest for huge march

NEW YORK — Thousands of anti-corporate demonstrators and union members poured through New York’s financial district Wednesday to protest inequality in the US economy. The ranks of the more than two weeks-long sit-in protest in New York swelled hugely ahead of the start of the march as US labor unions…

Republican star Rubio rules out vice president bid

WASHINGTON — Up-and-coming Republican Senator Marco Rubio on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of running as a vice-presidential candidate in 2012, scotching widespread speculation he will appear on the ticket. Despite being near the top of any list of potential running mates for the eventual Republican nominee, 40-year-old Rubio said…

Court battle over U.S. drug war ‘top secret’ data

CHICAGO — The US government Wednesday denied it was hampering the case of an alleged senior member of the Sinaloa cartel by refusing to hand over top secret data on the American fight against drug-trafficking. Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, son of one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug kingpins, is on trial in…

U.S. expects record number of deportations in 2011

WASHINGTON — The United States this year will deport a record number of undocumented aliens who are convicted criminals, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday. Last year the US government deported a record 390,000 undocumented aliens, including 195,000 with a criminal background, and were even higher in the next…

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