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Egypt cancels New Year’s Eve over Gaza ‘massacres’

CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt has cancelled official New Year’s Eve events in solidarity with the suffering of the Palestinians being “massacred” in Gaza, the state-owned Al-Ahram daily reported on Wednesday. “In solidarity with the painful events in the Palestinian territories and the massacres which Gazans are faced with … the…

Priest confesses to sexually abusing boy

The Baltimore Sun reported: “Parishioners at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Little Italy were informed at weekend Masses that their former pastor – who was removed suddenly more than a year ago – molested a 13-year-old boy in the late 1970s at a New York church. Michael Salerno, better known…

Still jobless Gonzales says he’s ‘casualty’ of the war on terror

The onetime Bush Attorney General admitted Tuesday that “skittish” law firms won’t hire him after his departure under fire from the Justice Department surrounding his role in the political firings of nine US Attorneys. He says he considers himself a victim of the “war on terror,” though his firing actually…

Facebook under fire for breastfeeding photo ban

CBS News’ Michelle Gielan reported that facebook users gathered at the company’s headquarters to protest a policy that bans pictures of breastfeeding. About 90,000 users have joined a Facebook group called “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene.” This video is from CBS’ The Early Show, broadcast Dec. 31, 2008. Download…

Blagojevich names Burris to Obama’s Senate seat

In a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced that he had chosen former Ill. Attorney General to take Barack Obama’s Senate seat. RAW STORY has more details here. This video is from CNN.com, broadcast Dec. 30, 2008. Download video via RawReplay.com…

Charity releases video of donkey abuse in Africa

ITN reported: “British charity The Brooke has made the film footage public to raise awareness of the plight of working donkeys in Ethiopia at a time when they appear in nativity scenes around the world.” “The beasts of burden are often left dehydrated, exhausted and ill after being weighed down…

Cynthia McKinney’s boat rammed by Israeli warship

A boat carry former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was struck by an Israeli patrol boat according to reports from witnesses and Israeli officials. CNN reported, “CNN Correspondent Karl Penhaul was aboard the 60-foot, Gibraltar-registered pleasure boat Dignity when the contact occurred. In a radio message, the Israelis accused the vessel of…

Bush aide: Katrina was ‘final nail in the coffin’

Vanity Fair has published a new article by Cullen Murphy and Todd S. Purdum that looks at interviews with key players in George W. Bush’s White House. Purdum appeared on MSNBC to talk about the Bush legacy. This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 29, 2008.…

Scholar: Toussie pardon ‘fishy’ and ‘incompetent’

President Bush granted a pardon to New York developer Isaac Toussie but then revoked it. Rachel Maddow is joined by George Washington University law school professor Paul Rothstein. This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast Dec. 29, 2008. Download video via RawReplay.com…

Bolton: U.S. should strike Iran now

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton believes that the U.S. should have already attacked Iran to prevent them from obtaining nuclear weapons. Partial transcript COLMES: If it were up to you would you go and take out Iran’s nuclear facilities right now? BOLTON: I would use military…

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