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Nuke at hearing made Senate realize ‘we’ve got a problem’

President Obama and Russian President Medvedev signed a new Strategic Arms Reduction Talks treaty in April that would reduce both countries’ nuclear arsenals by about a third, but Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney thinks this is a bad idea. Romney slammed the proposed treaty in a Washington Post editorial last…

Petraeus faces confirmation as Afghan war drags on

Update: Warns Afghan war ‘may get more intense’ The newly named US commander in Afghanistan told lawmakers on Tuesday that there were signs of progress in the war effort but warned of a “tough fight” ahead. The NATO-led force “has achieved progress in several locations” this year, including in the…

Petraeus passes out briefly while answering question from McCain on Hill

“General David Petraeus appeared to briefly pass out while giving testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday,” CBS News reports. Video of the incident showed Petraeus appear to struggle briefly before standing up and walking out of the hearing room. USA Today adds, “Petraeus slumped over in mid-sentence while answering a question…

Louisiana congressman breaks down at oil hearing

A Louisiana Democratic congressman teared up during a subcommittee hearing into the causes of the oil spill now threatening the Gulf of Mexico and was unable to finish his remarks. “Excuse me,” said Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA), before leaving the hearing. “I’m sick of it,” Melancon said in his opening…

‘Not the PGA’: House Democrats mock oil leak fix

House Democrats scolded oil company executives Wednesday over the Gulf Coast disaster, mocking their plan to stop the main leak by plugging it with garbage consisting partly of golf balls. “When we heard the best minds were on the case, we expected MIT and not the PGA,” said Rep. Edward…

Protesters chant ‘BP kills’ at oil spill hearing

At Congressional hearing, US senator likens oil spill to Titanic, Three Mile Island, and the ‘loss of the Challenger’ WASHINGTON (AFP) – Protesters called out “BP kills” and waved signs denouncing the British energy giant Tuesday as the US Congress opened its first hearing into the catastrophic oil spill in…

CIA used ‘fictional’ tale of US prison rape to intimidate teen terror suspect

A shocking yet “fictional” tale of prison rape by “black guys” and “big Nazis” in an American prison was used by a CIA interrogator to intimidate 15-year-old terrorism suspect Omar Khadr as he was held in a U.S.-operated prison in Afghanistan, according to testimony at a Thursday hearing. Washington Independent…

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