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Obama defends drug war, suggests fewer incarcerations of nonviolent offenders

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Thursday said America’s long-running prohibition of drugs serves an important purpose, but advocated for “shifting resources” away from incarcerations of “nonviolent, first time drug offenders.” “I think this is an entirely legitimate topic for debate,” Obama said from the White House during an interview…

Exclusive: ‘Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit,’ Sanders tells Raw

Read part one of this interview, available here Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) slammed the “hypocrisy” of deficit hawks seeking to cut Social Security, arguing in a recent interview with Raw Story that the program is fully solvent for several decades and that diminishing its scope would drastically damage Democratic prospects.…

Schwarzenegger stepping down as California governor

LOS ANGELES – Arnold Schwarzenegger steps down as California “Governator” Monday, defending his record to the last — and keeping fans and others guessing about his next move. After seven years at the helm of the Golden State, the former champion body builder turned “Terminator” movie megastar and businessman is…

If imprisoned or killed, Assange reportedly prepared to out CIA-linked Arab leaders

Middle Eastern leaders who’ve become friendly with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) could face severe retribution from their local populations if WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is killed or jailed for a lengthy amount of time. That’s because, in a recent interview with Arabic news network Al Jazeera, Assange allegedly…

Barney Frank chastises conservative reporter on ‘don’t ask’ repeal

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) turned the tables on a conservative reporter asking the scariest question he could think of now that “don’t ask, don’t tell” is repealed. In an interview published by CNS News Wednesday, reporter Nicholas Ballasy tried to trap Frank by asking him about the dangers of gays…

Confirmed: WikiLeaks’ next target is Bank of America, Assange says

In little-noticed article, secrets proprietor says BofA may ‘suffer’ from leak, confirming earlier Raw Story exclusive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday the Swedish women who have accused him of sexual assault had got into a “tizzy” about the possibility they had caught a sexually transmitted disease from him. Assange…

Raw Story report confirmed: Bank of America is Wikileaks’ target

LONDON (AFP) – – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Tuesday the Swedish women who have accused him of sexual assault had got into a “tizzy” about the possibility they had caught a sexually transmitted disease from him. Assange told the BBC that one account of what happened in August —…

No ‘substantive’ damage from Wikileaks, Biden admits

WASHINGTON — US Vice President Joe Biden says there has been no “substantive” damage to US foreign policy from the WikiLeaks drama, despite embarrassment caused by thousands of leaked diplomatic cables. Biden commented on the fallout from the WikiLeaks campaign in an MSNBC interview broadcast on Thursday and recorded a…

‘Obama must answer’ for UN spying: Assange

President Barack Obama should resign if it can be shown that he approved spying by US diplomatic figures on UN officials, the founder of WikiLeaks said in an interview published Sunday. “The whole chain of command who was aware of this order, and approved it, must resign if the US…

Gen. Petraeus: Afghan victory not a ‘sure thing’

The commanding general of the war in Afghanistan says US victory in the region may not be a “sure thing” after all. “I don’t think there are any sure things in this kind of endeavor,” Gen. David Petraeus told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview published Monday morning. “And I…

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