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Rumsfeld memo dated June 2001 hinted that US troops were in danger

On June 18, 2001, then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sent out a brief memo quoting a former US Lt. General warning his troops that they may be in harms way. Rumsfeld’s memo, titled “Chesty Puller” — the nickname of Lt. Gen. Lewis Puller, a veteran of World War II and…

House to vote on stop-gap bill avoiding gov’t shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives is likely to pass yet another in a series of stopgap spending bills on Tuesday to keep the government running, as both Republicans and Democrats try to move on to address longer-term fiscal problems. “We hope this will be the last time we…

St. Paul hosts ‘World’s Worst Irish Tenor’ contest for 47th year

The restaurant Mancini’s in St. Paul played host last weekend to the “World’s Worst Irish Tenor” contest, celebrating 47 years of really terrible singing. One woman described the performances as so bad that “our eyes water.” Ouch. Watch the video, which first appeared at the Star Tribune on March 14,…

US Marine Corps buying 80 F-35C fighter jets

WASHINGTON – The US Marine Corps is buying 80 F-35C joint strike fighter planes, the Pentagon said, casting doubt on plans to buy a vertical-landing version still under development. A short take-off, vertical landing model the F-35B destined for the Navy has run into “considerable” development difficulties and has been…

Fewer Americans worry about climate change: poll

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans who are worried about global warming has fallen to nearly the historic low reached in 1998, a poll released Monday showed. Just 51 percent of Americans — or one percentage point more than in 1998 — said they worry a great deal or fair…

Wisconsin Democrats nearly halfway to recalling GOP state senators

Almost half of the signatures needed to recall key Republican Wisconsin state senators have been collected by the Wisconsin Democratic Party. Democrats have collected over 56,000 signatures supporting a recall of eight state senators who aligned themselves with Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial budget repair bill, The Washington Post reported.…

New York plans to revive waterfronts

NEW YORK – New York’s mayor on Monday unveiled a $3.3 billion plan to revitalize hundreds of miles of shoreline, expand ferry services and boost the shipping industry in the Big Apple. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan calls for the long-term development of industrial and tourist potential along the maze of…

US ill-prepared for emergency radiation: study

WASHINGTON – Most American states are not prepared to cope with a major nuclear radiation event, said a study published Monday that happened to coincide with a feared nuclear disaster in quake-hit Japan. The survey of state health departments was conducted in 2010 and found that almost half of the…

House and Senate Dems to introduce ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ repealing DOMA

WASHINGTON – A coalition of House and Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation designed to roll back the “Defense of Marriage Act” that outlaws same sex marriage. Though unlikely to pass the GOP-controlled House, the measure would highlight the political distance between Democrats and Republicans on this divisive issue. The…

NPR slams ‘inappropriately edited’ attack video

National Public Radio (NPR) is pushing back against video released last week that led to the resignation of their CEO. The video, created by conservative prankster James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas,” showed activists Shaughn Adeleye and Simon Templar posing as members of the fictional Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) and meeting…

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