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US helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills 38 troops

Thirty-one US special forces died in Afghanistan when the Taliban shot down their helicopter, officials said Saturday, the deadliest incident for foreign troops in the decade-long war. The Americans were killed alongside seven Afghan soldiers during an anti-Taliban operation late Friday when a rocket fired by the insurgents struck their…

US Postal Service warns it could default

The US Postal Service warned on Friday that it could default on payments it owes the federal government, just days after the US government itself narrowly averted a default. The government’s mail service said it lost $3.1 billion in the period from April to June, blaming “the anemic state of…

Reporters say they were attacked by security guards at right-wing conference

Two reporters for ThinkProgress allege that they were “attacked by security guards for no apparent reason” on Thursday at a conference of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The guards told Scott Keyes and Lee Fang that they had to stop filming and leave the lobby area, but when…

Navy veteran and former contractor suing Rumfeld for alleged torture

Navy veteran and former contractor Donald Vance is suing former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld over the torture he alleges he suffered in Iraq when he was held by the U.S. military at Camp Cropper in Baghdad for 97 days. He says that when he went to Iraq in 2004,…

Navy veteran and former contractor suing Rumfeld for alleged torture

Navy veteran and former contractor Donald Vance is suing former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld over the torture he alleges he suffered in Iraq when he was held by the U.S. military at Camp Cropper in Baghdad for 97 days. He says that when he went to Iraq in 2004,…

Standard & Poor’s downgrades U.S. debt rating

Despite an earlier report from CNN that the Obama administration had successfully challenged the model used by Standard & Poor to justify downgrading the credit of the United States, the rating agency has gone ahead with the change, lowering the U.S. from AAA to AA+. A statement released by S&P…

U.S. said to be bracing for debt rating downgrade

Update: Rating agency said to be ‘reconsidering’ plan to lower U.S. debt rating According to ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper, an anonymous government official has told ABC News that the Obama administration is “expecting and preparing for” a downgrade of its debt rating from AAA to AA or AA+…

‘Rent Is Too Damn High’ candidate faces eviction from rent-controlled apartment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apparently, his rent is too damn low. Jimmy McMillan, the 2010 New York gubernatorial candidate who founded the Rent Is Too Damn High Party, says his landlord is trying to kick him out of his rent-controlled apartment in the trendy East Village of Manhattan in order…

Voter ID law to cost Wisconsin DMV an extra $6 million

Fiscal responsibility has been a battle cry for Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but his voter photo ID law is going to cost the state big bucks. After passing the new law, Walker had tried to close at least 10 Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices — allegedly in Democratic…

Kerry to the media: Stop giving equal time to every ‘absurd notion’

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) thinks the media made a big mistake by devoting equal time to every “absurd notion” during the debt ceiling debate. “And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely,” Kerry told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Friday. “The media in America has a bigger responsibility…

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