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Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers threaten to ‘undermine’ maid’s credibility

NEW YORK – Defense lawyers for Dominique Strauss-Kahn say they have information which could “gravely undermine” the credibility of the New York hotel maid accusing the former IMF chief of trying to rape her. The threat appeared in a long letter from attorneys William Taylor and Benjamin Brafman to Manhattan…

Libya’s Gaddafi offers ceasefire, but will not leave

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Saturday he was ready for a ceasefire and negotiations provided NATO ”stop its planes,” but he refused to give up power as rebels and Western powers demand. The rebels and NATO rejected Gaddafi’s offer, saying it lacked credibility. A spokesman for the insurgents said the…

Washington recognizes out-of-state same sex marriages

Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation Wednesday that allows married same sex couples moving to Washington to have access to the state’s domestic-partnership law. “The more states that do this, the more credibility we have of getting the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) repealed, because the individual states are saying we…

Palestinians aim to reboot UN anti-settlement campaign

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – The Palestinians aim to launch a new bid to clinch UN condemnation of Israeli settlement building, after Washington vetoed a Security Council motion, a senior official said on Saturday. Yasser Abed Rabbo, the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s secretary general, said Palestinian leaders had decided to make…

Egypt talks lacked credibility, opposition figure states

WASHINGTON – Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei slammed fledgling negotiations on Egypt’s future on Sunday and said he was not invited to the talks. The Nobel Peace laureate said weekend talks with Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman were managed by the same people who had ruled the country for 30…

Fmr. NYT editor: Fox running ‘propaganda campaign’ against Obama

A former executive editor of the New York Times has charged the president of Fox News, Roger Ailes, with “using the network to conduct a propaganda campaign against the Obama administration — a campaign without precedent in our modern political history.” “Through clever use of the Fox News Channel and…

Coulter’s latest ethnic slur: Biden ‘a drunken Irishman’

The eyes of Fox pundits Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity may not be smiling at Ann Coulter’s latest slur. In defending former Vice President Dick Cheney against criticism from current Vice President Joe Biden, the controversial conservative commentator fell back on an old ethnic stereotype: The drunken Irishman. “It almost…

Limbaugh: Obama will use Haiti to boost credibility with ‘dark-skinned’

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had his offensive moment, when a book revealed that he’d said then-Sen. Barack Obama had a good chance at the presidency because he was light-skinned. This week, it’s Rush Limbaugh’s turn. And Limbaugh can do laps around Harry Reid. “In the Haiti earthquake,…

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