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British artist Lucian Freud dies aged 88

LONDON — Realist painter Lucian Freud, grandson of the inventor of modern psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud and widely seen as Britain’s top contemporary artist, has died in London aged 88, his lawyer said Thursday. Freud was known for his signature nudes and self-portraits such as the powerful 1993 work of himself…

U.S. military prepared to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon will announce on Friday that the military is ready to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces, the last major hurdle to formally ending the policy, U.S. officials said on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity. President Barack Obama last year…

Musharraf thinks Rick Perry will run for president

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he thinks Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry will run for President of the United States. The two men met in Austin last week to discuss the deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan. “You came away from that meeting thinking…

Four indicted on helping wealthy U.S. taxpayers hide assets

WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department Thursday charged three former Credit Suisse bankers and a Swiss trust company founder with helping wealthy Americans evade US taxes by keeping money in secret Swiss bank accounts. The indictment did not mention Credit Suisse by name, since it was the individual bankers, not…

Obama’s birthday wish is for a ‘debt ceiling deal’

ASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, who will turn 50 on August 4, said Thursday that for his birthday present, he would like an increase in the US debt ceiling. Obama joked in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) that he would like “a debt ceiling deal” for his birthday.…

ACLU demands Rick Perry disclose public resources used for Christian prayer event

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas has filed open records requests asking Governor Rick Perry and other officials to disclose the amount of government resources being used to promote a planned evangelical Christian prayer rally in Houston. “We are concerned that Gov. Perry is using public office to endorse…

Cornel West: Obama ‘an extension of the corporate state’

It is absurd to call President Barack Obama a “socialist” when he is “very much an extension of the corporate state that has been squeezing out the juices of our democracy,” according to Princeton professor and famed black intellectual Cornel West. West, who had been a supporter of Obama, called…

Microsoft profit soars on record revenue

SAN FRANCISCO — US technology giant Microsoft said Thursday its annual profit soared on record revenue thanks in part to hot demand for its Xbox 360 videogame console gear and online network. Microsoft reported its net income surged 23 percent to $23.15 billion on record high revenue of $69.94 billion…

House panel votes to bar foreign climate change funding

WASHINGTON — A panel of the US Congress on Thursday moved to bar foreign assistance related to climate change, defying President Barack Obama’s calls to contribute as part of an international accord. On a party line vote, the Republican-led House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to ban funding in next year’s…

Wisconsin lawmaker calls Republicans shameful, spineless, repugnant and immoral

Wisconsin Democratic Assemblywoman Tamara Grigsby blasted her Republican colleagues on Wednesday for putting n jeopardy legislation to extend unemployment benefits by 13 weeks. “Not only is that shameful, not only is that spineless, not only is that repugnant, but it’s immoral,” she said. “And it’s not nice.” “We kick and…

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