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Daniel Ellsberg arrested at protest for Bradley Manning

Update: Ellsberg arrested twice in single weekend — watch footage from Sunday’s protest here Dozens of activists, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers on the Vietnam War, were arrested Sunday at a military base holding the US soldier suspected of leaking secret US cables, supporters said. “It was…

How much will the no-fly zone cost the US?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama’s decision to join Western intervention in Libya is raising concerns in the United States about the cost and duration of the military operation. Even if the U.S. role in Libya remains limited, as Obama has promised, the effort will add to record-high debt and deficits that have led…

Lieberman, McCain insist U.S. nuclear power is safe

While Japan is struggling to prevent a full-scale meltdown at their Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and John McCain (R-AZ) are insisting that nuclear power is safe in the U.S. This video is from CNN’s State of the Union, broadcast March 20, 2011.…

House to vote on ‘In God We Trust’ resolution

The US House of Representatives will have a chance to vote on a resolution to affirm the phrase “In God We Trust” as the nation’s official motto after it was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), the founder and chairman of the Congressional…

Bill Kristol calls for U.S. ground forces in Libya

The operation to create a no-fly zone in Libya has just begun, but already conservative Fox News pundit Bill Kristol is wishing the U.S. would send in ground troops “sooner rather than later.” U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday the “Odyssey Dawn” operation launched under a UN Security Council resolution…

GOP state lawmaker: America like Gaddafi because of abortion

A Republican state representative from Georgia compared access to legal abortions in the United States to the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi on his Facebook profile Saturday. Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin’s remark was first revealed by the liberal blog Georgia Politico. “This is nothing but pure evil,” Franklin…

Coast Guard investigating possible new Gulf spill

The Wall Street Journal and several other sources are reporting that the Coast Guard is investigating a 100-mile sheen of a substance that may be oil floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Reports began to come in on Saturday morning of a rainbow slick that began off…

Obama counterterrorism adviser slams congressional efforts to block Guantanamo’s closure

President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, delivered the administration’s most forceful public call to date for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center and the use of federal courts to try some detainees held there. Pointing the finger at Congress, he called legislative efforts to block prisoner transfers…

UCLA student quits over ‘appalling’ Japan YouTube rant

LOS ANGELES – A US student whose “appalling” anti-Asian and anti-Japanese rant went viral on YouTube announced she was quitting college, after receiving death threats. The University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) undergraduate said the video had led to “the harassment of my family … death threats and being…

San Francisco tries ‘get tough’ approach with homeless

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – San Francisco prides itself on helping the homeless, and it even created a special committee for grievances from those kicked out of shelters. But this month, it began a new experiment that treats the homeless more harshly than the city’s other policies. After lengthy training, police…

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