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U.S. Congress freezes $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Key US lawmakers are blocking about $200 million in Palestinian aid in response to the territories’ UN statehood bid, congressional aides said Saturday. Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have frozen the funding “until the Palestinian statehood issue is sorted out,” one of…

U.S. Congress may approve limited force in Libya

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers will consider two bills authorizing limited military action in Libya over three months after Washington joined Western allies in an air war on Moamer Kadhafi’s regime. The bills were unveiled Tuesday night as President Barack Obama has come under fire from fellow Democrats and Republicans…

Obama ‘overruled lawyers’ in Libya war debate

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama overruled two senior government lawyers in deciding that he had the authority to continue US military operations in Libya without Congressional approval, The New York Times has reported. In reaching his conclusion Obama rejected the opinions of Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and…

Obama to nominate former energy executive for commerce secretary

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will Tuesday nominate businessman John Bryson as his pick for commerce secretary, in another sign of his wish to mend ties with the US private sector. Two White House officials confirmed on condition of anonymity that Obama would name Bryson, the former head of…

Gingrich once owed $500,000 to posh New York jeweler: report

According to a report by Politico’s Jake Sherman, in 2005 and 2006 former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) owed as much as $500,000 to New York-based jeweler Tiffany & Co. — and his spokesman won’t say why. Confronted with questions about the congressman’s less-than-conservative spending on jewelry, Gingrich press secretary…

Paul Ryan mulling Senate run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said on Sunday he would decide this week whether to run for the seat of Democratic Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin who is not seeking re-election. “I plan on making an announcement very quickly,” Ryan said on CNN’s “State of…

No resistance in ‘cold-blooded’ U.S. raid: Pakistan officials

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden and his comrades offered no resistance when killed by U.S. special forces in a Pakistani town, Pakistani security officials said on Thursday. U.S. accounts of what happened have changed throughout the week, and initial characterizations of a 40-minute gun battle have given way…

Feingold compares new Obama fundraising group to Karl Rove

WASHINGTON – Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) on Friday tore into Democrats for launching a new outside group to aid President Barack Obama’s re-election efforts in part by raising undisclosed funds. “Democrats who mirror the right-wing tactics of Karl Rove and David Koch do our nation no favors,” said Feingold,…

White House, BP tried to spin oil spill science, emails reveal

Emails obtained by activists with Greenpeace revealed Friday that even as BP dedicated funds to study the effects of last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it was also working behind the scenes to control the science studying its impact. According to The Guardian, one BP environmental expert,…

US Lawmakers trying to ban experiments on chimps

US lawmakers proposed bills Wednesday banning medical research on chimpanzees in the United States, the last major industrialized country to still use to the apes for experiments. “Scientists worldwide have halted chimpanzee experiments, because these intelligent creatures suffer immensely and are poor models for researching human diseases,” said Elizabeth Kucinich,…

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