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McCain: Torture did not lead to bin Laden

Waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques didn’t provide the intelligence used to find Osama bin Laden, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) insists. In a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday, the former Republican presidential candidate said that bin Laden’s death shouldn’t be used to justify torture. Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey…

Study: Republican budget could leave 44 million more uninsured

WASHINGTON – The House-approved Republican budget could leave as many as 44 million more Americans without health insurance over ten years, according to a new nonpartisan report. The debate surrounding the blueprint has focused on the plan to replace Medicare with a system of subsidies to buy private insurance. But…

Catholic academics slam Boehner for ‘anti-life’ voting record

WASHINGTON – More than 80 Catholic professors decreed in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that his policies are “anti-life” and out of line with the teachings of the Church because they harm the “poor and vulnerable.” “Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of…

U.S. seized Osama bin Laden’s personal journal during raid, official says

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The treasure trove of intel obtained in the raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden included a handwritten journal containing his “operational ideas,” a US official said. Agents are studying the notebook for information on future Al-Qaeda plots, but the official described it as “just one…

Plot to attack New York City synagogues thwarted

Two Muslims of North African descent have been arrested for trying to buy guns and grenades to attack synagogues in Manhattan. The plan is not thought to be retaliation for Osama bin Laden’s killing because it was already underway at the time of his death. The men will be charged…

Former Colin Powell Chief of Staff: Bush didn’t want to get bin Laden

Former Colin Powell Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Wednesday that President George W. Bush wasn’t interested in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. “I don’t think they really wanted to get bin Laden,” Wilkerson said. “You could be very cynical and say he didn’t want to…

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul: ‘Right to health care’ is slavery

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul said during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing Wednesday that those who believe in a right to health care actually believe in slavery. “With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have realize what that implies,”…

Some Members of Congress to see bin Laden photos

WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency this week plans to show some lawmakers photos of a deceased Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed May 2 in a daring US raid, officials said. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, was to go to CIA…

Shareholders bash Bank of America management

NEW YORK — Shareholders and home loan customers ran roughshod over Bank of America’s management Wednesday, as its chief executive said it was still struggling with its mortgage portfolio in a deeply troubled housing market. “We are a much stronger company than last year,” CEO Brian Moynihan said at the…

Comcast-NBC hires FCC commissioner who voted for NBC merger

Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the two Republican Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission, is planning to resign and become a lobbyist for the cable giant Comcast-NBC Universal. Just four months after voting to approve the the controversial merger of Comcast and NBC, Baker announced Wednesday she will become senior…

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