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U.S. announces charges against five 9/11 terror suspects

WASHINGTON — US military prosecutors at Guantanamo were expected to file fresh charges on Tuesday against the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four alleged co-conspirators. The recommendations, which must still be approved by a military tribunal official, set the stage for the high-profile Al-Qaeda suspects to…

Supreme Court rules John Ashcroft did not misuse power to arrest terror witness

The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously threw out a lawsuit accusing former Attorney General John Ashcroft of misusing his power by jailing a supposed terrorism witness in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In the case Ashcroft v. al Kidd, the highest court in the nation ruled (PDF)…

Florida to require drug testing for all welfare recipients

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) signed legislation into law on Tuesday that requires anyone applying for temporary government assistance to pay for and undergo drug screening. Under the new law, applicants for the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program who test positive for illegal drug use won’t be eligible…

New York state sues feds over fracking study

New York state has filed a lawsuit alleging that regulators did not fully conduct an environmental impact study on the Delaware River Basin before authorizing energy companies to begin drilling for gas using a technique called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Fracking involves injecting a mixture of water and chemicals deep…

Terrorists planned to kill Lockheed Martin CEO as response to drone bombings

CHICAGO (AFP) – A Pakistini-based branch of Al-Qaeda was hatching a plot to kill the head of US defense group Lockheed Martin, self-confessed terrorist David Coleman Headley testified in a US court Tuesday. “There was a plan to kill him because he was making drones,” Headley testified during the Chicago…

Breitbart: Weiner having relationships with ‘girls that are quite young’

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart appeared on CNN Tuesday where he implied Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) had been engaged in inappropriate relationships with multiple young women. Breitbart said that Dan Wolfe, the source for a lewd picture that allegedly appeared on Weiner’s Twitter account, had been tracking the congressman. “I don’t…

Obama to nominate former energy executive for commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will Tuesday nominate businessman John Bryson as his pick for commerce secretary, in another sign of his wish to mend ties with the US private sector. Two White House officials confirmed on condition of anonymity that Obama would name Bryson, the former head of…

Kloppenburg concedes Wisconsin court race

Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg conceded defeat in the dramatic Wisconsin judiciary race that has stretched on since the April 5 election, saying that she would not ask for another recount, but that there was evidence of “significant and widespread errors and anomalies.” Republican David Prosser, who has held the seat on…

Retired GOP senator goes to work for Goldman Sachs

WASHINGTON – Former Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, who retired this January, has been hired as an international adviser to Goldman Sachs. “Judd Gregg’s experience and insight will contribute significantly to our firm and our continuing focus on supporting economic growth,” said Goldman’s chairman and CEO Lloyd Blankfein…

Mitt Romney: Obama failed

Former Massachusetts Gov. and GOP 2012 contender Mitt Romney told NBC in an interview that President Barack Obama is “the most ineffective president I’ve ever seen” and that if he had to grade him, “he’s failed.” An interview that aired on “Today” Tuesday morning showed Romney criticizing Obama, and saying…

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