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Boehner: Debt limit hike ‘needs to be done’ in June

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters that the U.S. debt limit must be increased in the month of June, warning that delay could negatively impact financial markets. “This really needs to be done over the next month if we are serious about no brinksmanship and no rattling…

Secret Obama report identified flash points in Arab world

From Thursday’s New York Times: “President Obama ordered his advisers last August to produce a secret report on unrest in the Arab world, which concluded that without sweeping political changes, countries from Bahrain to Yemen were ripe for popular revolt, administration officials said Wednesday. “Mr. Obama’s order, known as a…

Confirmed: WikiLeaks’ next target is Bank of America, Assange says

In little-noticed article, secrets proprietor says BofA may ‘suffer’ from leak, confirming earlier Raw Story exclusive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday the Swedish women who have accused him of sexual assault had got into a “tizzy” about the possibility they had caught a sexually transmitted disease from him. Assange…

Afghan president Hamid Karzai pardoned cops dealing heroin, cable reveals

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of numerous dangerous criminals and drug traffickers detained by US-led coalition forces, leaked American diplomatic cables revealed Tuesday. American officials said they repeatedly rebuked the president and Afghan attorney general Muhammad Ishaq Alko for authorising the release of detainees over a three-year…

Suspected rebels rape over 240 women in DR Congo: NGO

WALIKALE, DR Congo — Suspected rebels have raped at least 242 women within a few days in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s Nord-Kivu province, according to an American medical charity. Rapes and beatings took place at the end of July and the beginning of August and “242 women have…

Summer 2010 a record-breaking scorcher

New numbers confirm what the sweaty brows of Northeasterners have been saying for months: The summer of 2010 was a record-breaking scorcher. Preliminary figures provided by the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University on Friday show 28 cities from Washington, D.C., to Caribou, Maine, set record highs for average…

Odierno: Iraq’s military ‘ready to assume full operations’

The commander of US forces in Iraq said Sunday that Iraq’s military is ready to take over operations in the country. “We do believe they are ready to assume full operations in Iraq,” Gen. Ray Odierno told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour Sunday. “This is something we’ve been working for a very…

US lays out ‘static kill’ timeline, vows to have Gulf well sealed by mid-August

US officials laid out Monday a detailed timeline of how BP plans to permanently plug the Gulf of Mexico oil well, saying the all-important “static kill” would begin in one week’s time. By Saturday or Sunday at the latest, a final 2,000 feet (600 meters) of casing will be inserted…

CIA inspector general was ‘bothered’ by ‘excessive’ waterboarding

Last August, in response to an ACLU lawsuit, the Obama administration released a partially declassified 2004 report from the CIA’s Inspector General on that agency’s detention and interrogation programs. The report’s descriptions of the treatment of detainees were sufficiently shocking to prompt Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a prosecutor…

Exclusive: Fox-backed seniors group exposed as conservative front

Group’s founder formerly headed firm bankrolling Beck, Hannity projects WASHINGTON — The seniors group American Seniors Association (ASA) describes itself as a conservative alternative to the AARP and has attracted notable press coverage this year for its opposition to health care reform. A Raw Story investigation, however, reveals that the…

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