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Marine general: Obama’s Afghan pullout deadline helps the Taliban

President Barack Obama’s July 2011 date to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan has given a morale boost to Taliban insurgents, who believe they can wait out NATO forces, the top U.S. Marine said on Tuesday. But retiring General James Conway said he believed Marines would not be in a position…

Capitol cops: OK to hang senators in effigy, just don’t beat them

Free speech sometimes has strange limitations. “The Capitol Police are fairly jaded about protests, but they get a bit more careful when it comes to pretending to hang a member of Congress,” Ambreen Ali noted at Congress.org on Friday. As anti-abortion protesters gathered outside the Senate Thursday, a dozen police…

AZ ‘politician turned sheriff’ calls US government ‘our enemy’

Republican appeared in McCain ad, has Reagan poster on the wall, Palin book on coffee table; Apologized last month for interview on ‘pro-white’ radio show “You’ve probably seen him by now, in one of numerous TV interviews or walking with Sen. John McCain along the U.S.-Mexico border fence in the…

Petraeus: ‘Fight hard’ in Afghanistan but ‘be a good guest’

WASHINGTON — A new set of Afghan counterinsurgency guidelines issued by General David Petraeus includes the instruction to “be a good guest” but urges troops to “fight hard” and get tough on corruption. The three-page manifesto, dated July 27 and issued in Kabul, is a blueprint for the behavior of…

Hit list draws fire in wake of leaked US documents

Military’s hit list of enemy militants: Reality of Afghanistan conflict or war crime? When it comes to war, killing the enemy is an accepted fact. Even amid the sensation of the WikiLeaks.org revelations, that stark reality lies at the core of new charges that some American military commando operations may…

Coast Guard bans reporters from oil cleanup sites

Anderson Cooper: ‘We are not the enemy here’ Journalists who come too close to oil spill clean-up efforts without permission could find themselves facing a $40,000 fine and even one to five years in prison under a new rule instituted by the Coast Guard late last week. It’s a move…

Former Israeli intelligence chief calls for preemptive strike on Iran

Israel should launch a pre-emptive strike to prevent arch-foe Iran from going nuclear, a former head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency said on Monday. “I am of the opinion that, since there is an ongoing war, since the threat is permanent, since the intention of the enemy in this case…

Lewis Black: Beck uses more swastikas than the History Channel

“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Claude Rains’ Captain Renault declared in Casablanca just before collecting his winnings. Critics say controversial talk show host Glenn Beck is acting in a similar fashion. Recently, Glenn Beck has claimed to be outraged that a new Arizona…

Holder: Osama bin Laden will never be taken alive

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden will never face trial in the United States because he will not be captured alive, Attorney General Eric Holder told lawmakers on Tuesday. During a heated exchange with Republican congressmen, Holder predicted that “we will be reading Miranda rights to the corpse…

Grayson goes for the jugular: ‘Alaskan chillbilly’ smartest GOP leader since W.

In a piquant fundraising email to supporters Sunday — hard-edged even for the Democrats’ newest quote machine — Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) went all out on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. His remarks, which came after Palin criticized him during a trip to Florida, are perhaps the sharpest attack made…

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