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Bill would turn legal drug-related activities overseas into U.S. crimes

The Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee has taken a giant step towards limiting the civil liberties of American citizens by approving a bill that, according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, “would make it a federal crime for U.S. residents to discuss or plan activities on foreign soil that, if carried out…

U.S. creates task force to prevent future WikiLeaks breaches

By Laura MacInnis and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday announced steps to clamp down on who can access classified information, seeking to avert another WikiLeaks-scale breach of military documents and diplomatic cables. The presidential order requires U.S. agencies to appoint senior people to prevent and…

Obama administrations seeks to overturn harsh Alabama immigration law

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday sought to repeal a harsh new Alabama law on immigration, setting up the latest clash between the White House and Republican state leaders over the thorny issue of undocumented migrants. The Justice Department urged the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to…

Perry: ‘Every human being is entitled to life’

Appearing at the Values Voter Summit Friday in Washington, D.C., Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, who has presided over 234 executions during his time as governor of Texas, declared “every human being is entitled to life.” “There are millions of Americans that are born into less than ideal circumstances,” Perry…

Mysterious virus infects America’s drone aircraft

An unknown virus has infected the control systems for the U.S. military’s fleet of Predator and Reaper drones, an exclusive report filed by Wired‘s Noah Shachtman revealed on Friday. While officials aren’t quite sure where the virus came from, it could be something as simple as common malware that’s lingered on…

Ex-CIA chief acknowledges open secret — drones

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday acknowledged what has long been an open secret — that the CIA deploys armed Predator drones to hunt down Islamist militants. The US government officially declines to admit to the spy agency’s drone strikes, but Panetta — who served as Central Intelligence Agency…

Tennessee woman released after 25 years on death row

NASHVILLE, Tenn (Reuters) – A Tennessee woman who sat on death row for a quarter-century for the killing of her husband was released from custody on Friday. Gaile Owens, 58, was greeted by a small group of friends and family when she was released from the Tennessee Prison for Women.…

Americans seethe as banks hit them with new fees

(Reuters) – Smoking outside a Bank of America branch in Chicago, restaurant worker Mike Dysangco complained about the “totally ridiculous” new banking fees. “The economy is not the greatest and they come up with these fees? Do you want our business or not?” asked the waiter who has an account…

Romney: God wants America to lead

Leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared Friday that God created America to lead the world, and accused President Barack Obama of deliberately weakening his nation. Romney sought to bolster his credentials to serve as commander-in-chief as new polls showed him back at the top of the Republican field and…

Forget 9-9-9, Santorum unveils 0-0-0 tax plan

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has fellow candidate Herman Cain’s number. At campaign stops across the country, Cain has been touting his “9-9-9″ tax plan. It calls for throwing out all existing tax policies and replacing them with a nine percent business flat tax, a nine percent individual flat tax,…

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