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Joe Biden to visit China, Japan, Mongolia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to China later this month to help strengthen U.S. ties with Beijing in a trip that will also include stops in Japan and Mongolia, the White House said Thursday. “He will visit China at the invitation of Vice President Xi Jinping…

U.S. economy adds 117,000 jobs in July

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job growth accelerated more than expected in July as private employers stepped up hiring, a development that could ease fears the economy was sliding into a fresh recession. U.S. payrolls increased 117,000, the Labor Department said on Friday, above market expectations for an 85,000 gain. The…

Fannie Mae seeks $5.1 billion more from taxpayers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae said it would ask for an additional $5.1 billion from taxpayers as it continues to suffer losses on loans made prior to 2009. The largest U.S. residential mortgage funds provider on Friday also reported a second-quarter net loss attributable to common shareholders…

Veterans lack credentials, face tough job market

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Army officer Donna Bachler has not had a regular paycheck since she left active duty four years ago, even though she boasts the kind of skills employers vie for. Bachler, 30, helped run the Army’s postal service in Kuwait, tackling challenges such as how to crack…

Two border patrol agents accused of abusing suspects

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Two Border Patrol agents were indicted on Thursday on charges of forcing accused drug smugglers to eat marijuana and flee barefoot and nearly naked into the chilly Arizona desert. Dario Castillo, 23, and Ramon Zuniga, 29, were charged with five civil rights violations by a federal grand…

Jeremy Scahill: Bush administration authorized ‘sick torture tactics’

Jeremy Scahill, national security reporter for The Nation, appeared on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann Thursday night to discuss the latest revelations about waterboarding and other “water treatment” torture practices used by the Department of Defense. “What we are learning is more sick details of torture tactics that most…

Poll: Large majority disapprove of Congress but Americans split on Obama

Americans have a more positive view of President Barack Obama than Members of Congress after the contentious federal debt ceiling debate, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll released Thursday. Although Americans remain divided over Obama’s handling of the debt ceiling debate, he fared much better than Republicans and…

Lawrence O’Donnell applauds N.J. Gov. Chris Christie for defending Muslim judge

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell gave Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey a standing ovation on Thursday night for his impassioned defense of a Muslim judge. “Sharia law has nothing to do with this at all,” the governor said. “It’s crazy. It’s crazy. The guy’s an American citizen who has…

Soldier in Texas plot had bomb materials: court

WACO, Texas — A US soldier of Palestinian descent had collected everything he needed to build a bomb and attack the area around a sprawling Texas military base, FBI agents told a court Thursday. Army Private Naser Abdo, 21, had gathered gunpowder, clocks and pressure cookers to carry out a…

Polygamist Warren Jeffs guilty of child sex assault

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The leader of a polygamist sect, who made headlines in 2008 when police raided his Texas compound and took away over 450 children, was Thursday found guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls. Warren Jeffs, the spiritual leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of…

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