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Defense Secretary Gates tightens rules for media relations

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has tightened rules on media relations for the US military, only days after the top general in Afghanistan was sacked over disparaging comments he and aides made in an interview. In a three-page memo sent Friday to senior military and civilian Pentagon staff, Gates said he…

Dan Choi and James Pietrangelo subpeona the President: ‘we were following your orders’

Brass ones, I tell you. This is going to be interesting. The Politico has the PDF of the subpoena. Ben Smith: The gay soldiers arrested outside the White House protesting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will annouce today that they’re demanding that President Obama testify in their trial on minor civil…

The Two Greatest Sentences In Wingnut History

From Thomas Sowell (R-Kidneys): But the Constitution says that private property is not to be confiscated by the government without “due process of law.” Technically, it has not been confiscated by Barack Obama, but that is a distinction without a difference. Technically, you see, Mr. Smith did not murder the…

Kucinich calls for independent probe of Israeli raid

The full text of the letter from Rep. Dennis Kucinich to President Obama follows the AFP story below A US lawmaker called Friday for an independent probe into Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship and called for Washington to impose diplomatic and financial “consequences” on its ally. “The…

Oil still leaking after BP caps oil pipe

BP reported some oil was flowing up a pipe Friday from a cap it wrestled onto its broken Gulf of Mexico well but crude still spewed and it was unclear how much could be captured in the latest bid to tame the nation’s worst oil spill. President Barack Obama was…

BP wrestles cap over leak as Obama heads back to Gulf

BP engineers wrestled a cap over a ruptured well gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, as a “furious” President Barack Obama prepared to head back to the stricken coast Friday. Remote-controlled submarines installed the cap over the spewing pipe nearly a mile (1,600 meters) below the surface late Thursday,…

US declines to apportion blame after Israeli raid

WASHINGTON — The White House declined Tuesday to specifically condemn Israel for its raid on a humanitarian flotilla, but said it showed Middle East peace moves were now needed more than ever. Asked if President Barack Obama condemned Israel for the raid, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs stuck to the…

US eyes plan for unilateral military strike on Pakistan

US military planners are looking at options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan, for use if a successful attack on US soil is traced to Pakistani tribal areas, The Washington Post reported late Friday. US retaliation would be contemplated only under extreme circumstances, unnamed senior military officials told the Post.…

Obama’s call for Memorial Day: ‘Honor’ the troops ‘with deeds’

President Barack Obama paid tribute Saturday to US war veterans, saying the nation must honor their sacrifice not just with words, but with deeds. The president’s radio address was aired in advance of the commemoration on Monday of Memorial Day, a national holiday set aside to honor those who fought…

US fires head of agency that oversees oil drilling

Salazar tells NBC Birnbaum resigned MSNBC reports, The head of the troubled agency that oversees offshore drilling resigned under pressure Thursday, Democratic sources said, as President Barack Obama moved more aggressively to take charge of the Gulf oil spill. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar confirmed to NBC News that the head…

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