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Chris Matthews: Sarah Palin is a ‘natural’ like Bill Clinton

MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews says Sarah Palin has similar political chops to one of America’s most popular politicians alive. “There’s one unlikely Democrat you might compare to Sarah Palin when it comes to being a natural: the generally incomparable Bill Clinton,” Matthews said on his show. “One clear similarity,” he…

CIA warned about informer who bombed Afghan base

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Jordan tried to warn the CIA about an informer who later attacked the spy agency’s base in Afghanistan last year, killing seven Americans, a US intelligence official said. Concerns about working with the informer had to be “weighed against the information he had already provided, and his…

Manufacturing’s decline threatens national security, House panel hears

US can’t produce enough ammo to supply police, troops: expert The hollowing-out of the US’s industrial base means the country is risking its national security by being dependent on foreign contractors, experts told a congressional panel Wednesday. The House National Security Oversight Subcommittee heard from a number of economists and…

Air Force sergeant with HIV charged with assault for sex

HIV-positive airman charged with aggravated assault in Kansas case linked to ‘swinger’ parties An airman in Kansas has been charged with assault and related crimes for having unprotected sex without telling his partners he was HIV positive, the Air Force said Tuesday. Tech. Sgt. David Gutierrez, 43, is accused of…

Suicide bomber kills 45 Sahwa militiamen in former Iraq hotspot

A suicide bomber targeting anti-Qaeda militiamen being paid their wages killed at least 45 people west of Baghdad on Sunday, in Iraq’s deadliest single attack in more than two months. Forty-five people were killed and 46 wounded in the 8:30 am (0530 GMT) bombing in the mainly Sunni Arab district…

NJ Naval base locked down due to ‘several simultaneous incidents’

Update: Lockdown lifted, CBS News reports FedEx driver taken into custody It appears that much ado about largely nothing led to a lockdown at a US military base Monday morning, and it took hours for authorities to specify what happened to the media, leading to a series of conflicting news…

Oops! MSNBC graphic suggests Taliban set fire to Bangkok

People watching MSNBC Wednesday morning could be forgiven for believing that the Taliban had invaded Bangkok. As NBC’s Ian Williams reported on violent protests in the capital city of Thailand, a graphic on the lower third of MSNBC’s screen read: “NEW TALIBAN ATTACKS, BANGKOK BURNS.” In truth, fires in the…

US denies links to captured Iran militant

WASHINGTON — Iranian allegations that a top Sunni militant had been to an American military base in Afghanistan prior to his capture are “totally bogus,” a senior US official said Tuesday. Iran hailed the arrest of Abdolmalek Rigi as a major blow to the US, saying he had travelled to…

Another Dem backs down: ‘Scale back’ our agenda

WASHINGTON — Succumbing to the insecurities weighing on Democrats after losing Ted Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts, another key Democratic senator says it’s time to take a step back and embark on a less ambitious agenda. “I think the President Is going to have to scale back his agenda after we…

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