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Kerry blames ‘out of touch’ voters for Democrats’ troubles

It’s not our fault; it’s yours. That’s what Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) told reporters after touring a facility in Boston Friday. His comments were picked up Saturday by the conservative-leaning Boston Herald. “We have an electorate that doesn’t always pay that much attention to what’s going on so people are…

Gulf claims chief takes credit for rule that protects BP from spill lawsuits

The new administrator for damage claims from Gulf oil spill victims said Sunday it was his idea, not BP’s, to require that anyone who receives a final settlement from the $20 billion compensation fund give up the right to sue the oil giant. But Ken Feinberg told reporters that he…

Moscow chokes under ‘worst smog in living memory’ as fires threaten city

Thousands of air travellers were stranded Sunday as Moscow choked in the worst smog in living memory from spreading wildfires that threatened a second Russian nuclear facility. Iconic buildings like the Kremlin towers and the city’s wedding-cake Stalin-era skyscrapers were obscured by the acrid smoke, while Saint Petersburg and neighbouring…

Report: Toronto police rough up journalists, arrest peaceful protesters at G20

UPDATE: TORONTO — More than 500 people have been arrested in Toronto after a night of rioting that saw police cars burned in the financial district and storefront windows broken as leaders of the world’s largest economies gathered in the city for the G20 summit. As clashes between police and…

Pentagon expanding Guantánamo-like prison in Afghanistan

As President Barack Obama prepares to shutter the infamous US prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he appears to be supporting the expansion of another secretive prison in Afghanistan — at a pricetag of some $10 to $25 million. In a little-noticed filing Wednesday, the US Army announced it is soliciting…

Republicans unite to halt trials of alleged 9/11 plotters

US lawmakers Tuesday unveiled plans to block public funding for US-based trials involving Guantanamo detainees who are accused of plotting the September 11, 2001 attacks. Republican lawmakers Frank Wolf and Lindsey Graham joined forces to introduce legislation which “would explicitly block this dangerous and wasteful trial from any domestic civilian…

Los Alamos nuke lab blew up building with cannon: report

‘I have no idea why they have a gun like this,’ watchdog investigator says Researchers at the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory in New Mexico accidentally blew up a building with a “Civil-war-like” cannon earlier this month, raising further fears about the safety of the facility that has seen more than…

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