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Judge tosses targeted-killing case against US

Judge throws out case aimed at preventing US killing of anti-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit aimed at preventing the United States from targeting U.S.-born anti-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki for death. U.S. District Judge John Bates said in a written opinion that al-Awlaki’s…

Powerful Republican suggests to colleagues he’d shoot at Obama

‘Put anything in my scope and I will shoot it,’ GOP Rep. says of Obama Administration The former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee may have just destroyed his chances to lead that committee again — if close attention is paid to a slideshow he’s circulating to his…

US warns of likely harm from WikiLeaks release

Administration warns Congress pending WikiLeaks release will damage foreign relations The Obama administration said Wednesday it has alerted Congress and begun notifying foreign governments that the WikiLeaks website is preparing to release sensitive U.S. diplomatic files that could damage U.S. relations with friends and allies across the globe. “These revelations…

Russian arms suspect to appear in NYC court

Russian arms trafficking suspect called ‘Merchant of Death’ in NY, charged with terror support A Russian labeled the “Merchant of Death” by those who claim he fueled some of the world’s deadly Third World conflicts over the last decade with powerful weapons has arrived in the United States. He faces…

Kucinich to force Congress to vote on withdrawing from Afghanistan after news Obama will extend war to 2014

President Obama said he would begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in 2011. Now, the Administration says 2011 is still in play, but has begun floating the year 2014 as a more “reasonable” date for the war’s end. One Congressional Democrat is not happy. Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) blasted President Barack…

Obama Administration files to keep gay military ban in place

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Obama administration asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to let the Pentagon reinstate its ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military while it appeals a lower-court ruling declaring the policy unconstitutional. The request for an emergency stay was filed with…

Obama Administration seeks to keep ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ in force

BREAKING AP 12:01 PM ET: “WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to immediately suspend a judge’s ruling that overturned the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays. “The administration says it wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San…

The lesser of two evils is not a winning strategy

Even though we’re being encouraged to pretend that Robert Gibbs’ bullshit about the “professional left” and cable news wasn’t an attempt to shame the netroots and especially the folks at MSNBC for their refusal to be Fox News-style sycophants, Rachel Maddow isn’t buying it. And her revenge is spending half…

Administration sees $8B Medicare savings in 2011

The new health overhaul law is starting to produce savings for Medicare and will eventually add more than a decade of solvency to the program’s trust fund, the Obama administration said in an upbeat report released Monday. Medicare will save about $8 billion by the end of next year, and…

Official: ‘Severe threat’ as China oil spill grows

China’s largest reported oil spill more than doubled in size to 165 sq. miles (430 sq. kilometers) by Wednesday, forcing nearby beaches to close and prompting one official to warn of a “severe threat” to sea life and water quality. The oil slick started spreading five days ago when a…

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