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Lady Gaga, Bono to perform for Bill Clinton

NEW YORK — Activist rock stars including Lady Gaga and U2′s The Edge and Bono will give a concert next month celebrating global aid work by former US president Bill Clinton since he left the White House, organizers announced Tuesday. The music fest, including an acoustic performance by the U2…

U.S. keeps eight nations on religious freedom blacklist

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged governments Tuesday to do more to defend religious freedom as Washington released a report citing eight countries with troubling records on the issue. “We reaffirm the role that religious freedom and tolerance play in building stable and harmonious societies. Hatred and…

9/11 terror threat ‘ongoing’: U.S. security chief

WASHINGTON — The United States remains on alert for a possible terror attack, even though the 9/11 anniversary has come and gone without incident, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday. “We consider it as an ongoing threat,” Napolitano said, testifying before a congressional panel. Napolitano and FBI director Robert…

Ralph Nader: Americans ignore the cause of 9/11

After attending a 9/11 panel in northwest D.C. on Monday, Ralph Nader told The Nation‘s George Zornick that Americans had mostly ignored the reasons that the terrorist attacks occurred. “All we want to say is that it was a terrorist attack, it was evil, don’t talk about what caused it,”…

Poverty rate hits 15.1 percent, highest since 1993

WASHINGTON — The US poverty rate rose in 2010 to 15.1 percent, the highest since 1993, according to census data showing a record number of Americans classified as poor and highlighting a struggling economy after the end of the Great Recession. The Census Bureau report released Tuesday showed a sharp…

Republicans close ranks against Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top Republican foes in the US Congress closed ranks Tuesday to assail his $447 billion jobs plan, as startling new figures painted a bleak picture of US economic woes. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said his party has no greater goal that…

U.S. unable to account for 16,000 kilograms of exported enriched uranium

The United States could only account for 1,160 out of 17,500 kilograms of Highly-Enriched Uranium (HEU) — weapon-usable nuclear material — exported to 27 countries in response to a 1992 congressional mandate, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released last week. “The world today is dramatically different than…

Federal judge puts Carl Lewis back on NJ ballot

In a blow for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) administration, a federal appeals court Tuesday overturned Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s decision to remove nine-time Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis (D) from the ballot. Lewis announced in April his intention to seek office as a state Senator. Guadagno, in her…

Elizabeth Warren to enter Massachusetts Senate race Wednesday

Harvard professor and consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren will officially announce Wednesday morning that she will challenge Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in 2012 to reclaim the Senate seat for the Democrats, a senior Massachusetts Democratic Party official confirmed to Raw Story. Warren’s candidacy has been the subject of speculation for more…

U.S. to require bankruptcy plans from ‘too big to fail’ firms

WASHINGTON — US regulators approved Tuesday a rule requiring 37 large US and foreign financial institutions to submit plans to allow for their orderly dismantlement in case of bankruptcy. In the wake of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation rule, which regulates banks, has adopted the rule…

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