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Rangel stepping down from tax-writing chairmanship

Powered by Mochila Rangel tells Pelosi he’s ready to step down from Ways & Means chairmanship during ethics probe LARRY MARGASAK AP News Mar 03, 2010 09:25 EST Rep. Charles Rangel announced Wednesday he will temporarily step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, saying he…

Blackwater used South Park character as alias to procure US weapons

The US Army’s lax supervision was cited in a Senate investigation of controversial private security firm Blackwater, which allowed employees to use weapons without authorization in Afghanistan. At the outset of a months-long probe, the Senate Armed Service Committee found several cases of “reckless” use of weapons by personnel from…

US Army’s lax supervision cited in Senate’s Blackwater probe

The US Army’s lax supervision was cited in a Senate investigation of controversial private security firm Blackwater, which allowed employees to use weapons without authorization in Afghanistan. At the outset of a months-long probe, the Senate Armed Service Committee found several cases of “reckless” use of weapons by personnel from…

As Blair blasts Iraq ‘conspiracy’ hunt, British officials eye Bush, aides

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wants the public to believe that his motives in helping the United States invade Iraq were completely pure. The reasons for an inquiry into his government’s actions, he argued during a recent interview, stem merely from an “obsession” to uncover a grand “conspiracy” to…

House panel asks Paulson to testify in AIG probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A House panel slated to look into the collapse and bailout of insurer American International Group has widened its probe, adding former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to its list of invited witnesses.…

Moyers: Wall Street riding a ‘surging ocean of greed’

Banks, bailouts and billions of dollars were center stage in the most recent episode of Bill Moyers Journal, in which the host interviewed two journalists to find out how things got so bad for Americans and so good for the country's biggest banks.…

In time for the holidays, Palin resurrects ‘death panels’ claim

Fmr. Alaska governor bans bloggers who wrote unfavorably about her from book-signing Days after she was named in PolitiFact’s 2009 “Lie of the Year,” for propagating the “death panels” rumour about health care reform, Sarah Palin was at it again on Tuesday, tweeting questions that implied that “death panels” will…

Colbert: Beck ‘raised the stupid bar and now it’s nearly inapproachable’

Stephen Colbert explained why it’s so difficult to mock Fox News’ newest celebrity at the Second City 50th anniversary event in Chicago last weekend. Colbert told a panel that Glenn Beck “raised the stupid bar and now it’s nearly inapproachable.” The Atlantic‘s Jim Warren was there. As for Glenn Beck,…

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