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Colbert defends Perry: ‘Until recently Camp David only admitted white presidents’

Rushing to the defense of Rick Perry, Stephen Colbert said Monday evening that the controversial hunting camp rock story was “much ado about nothing.” While letting a Herman Cain soundbite say the word “N—er head” instead of himself, the Comedy Central host mentioned how, “Many presidents have vacationed at questionably…

New evidence could clear 14-year-old executed by South Carolina

Over 67 years after 14-year-old George Junius Stinney Jr. was put to death by the state of South Carolina, he may soon be cleared of the crime that people familiar with the case say he never could have committed. A lawyer and an activist both told Raw Story recently that…

Pentagon: 24,000 files stolen from defense contractor

WASHINGTON — A foreign intelligence service stole 24,000 computer files in March from a defense contractor developing systems for the US military, a top Pentagon official said Thursday. “This was significant,” Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn told reporters. “I don’t think it set us back in terms of the development…

U.S. defense contractor pleads guilty to illegal exports to China

WASHINGTON — A US defense contractor pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge of conspiring to illegally export US Defense Department weapons plans to China, in an apparent money-saving scheme, the Justice Department said. From 2004 to 2009 the New Jersey-based Swiss Technology had contracts with the Defense Department to…

Assange’s lawyer: Accusers may feel sex was ‘disturbing,’ ‘disrespectful’

WikiLeaks founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange has been fighting a long legal battle regarding multiple rape allegations against him in Sweden, but his lawyer conceded Tuesday that he didn’t want to “challenge whether [the accusers] felt Assange’s conduct was disrespectful, discourteous, disturbing or even pushing at the boundaries of what…

Pentagon suspends ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

The Pentagon said Friday that it would abide by a federal appeals court ruling and halt the separations of all troops under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy, according to Army Times. The department also said it would immediately begin accepting applications from gay and lesbian recruits. A federal…

U.S. defense contractor pays $7.5 million to settle Kabul brothel row

WASHINGTON — An American firm providing security at the US embassy in Afghanistan has paid $7.5 million to settle claims its guards visited brothels in Kabul with the knowledge of company officials, the Justice Department said Thursday. Armor Group North America Inc. (AGNA) and its affiliates made the payout ostensibly…

Alleged Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan could face death penalty

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A US Army psychiatrist charged with the Fort Hood shooting rampage will face a military trial and a potential death sentence if he is found guilty, a top general said Wednesday. Major Nidal Hasan is accused of opening fire at the Texas army base on November…

Senate Armed Services Committee nixes ‘worldwide war’ legislation

The version of the National Defense Authorization Act recently passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee omitted a controversial provision that would have authorized the United States to use military force in any part of the world that was suspected to contain terrorists, including within the U.S. itself. According to…

Roger Clemens perjury trial begins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The perjury trial of Roger Clemens begins on Wednesday with the selection of 12 jurors charged with deciding if the former baseball star lied when he said he never took drugs to boost his pitching as he aged. Clemens, 48, was indicted a year ago on charges he…

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