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Asia moves to open its oil reserves

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian nations moved to release emergency oil stockpiles on Friday as part of a rare global coordinated action by consumer countries to prevent high energy prices from stunting a stuttering economic recovery. The move, led by Washington and criticized by the oil industry as an unnecessary distortion…

Jon Huntsman close to announcing presidential bid

WASHINGTON — Ex-US ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said on Sunday he is close to throwing his hat in the ring for the Republican presidential nomination, distancing himself from former boss Barack Obama. “We’re about a week and a half out,” he told CNN’s State of the Union, adding “we’re…

Chicago House Authority plans drug screenings for all residents

The Chicago Housing Authority has floated the idea of forcing all current and prospective residents of public housing property over the age of 18 to undergo mandatory drug testing. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the measure is among several proposed changes to CHA’s Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy. Under the…

U.S., U.K. plan trans-governmental national security group

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are to create a new joint forum to assess long-term threats to their national security, a British government source said Monday. The launch of the new national security strategy board is expected to be announced during U.S. President Barack Obama’s state visit to Britain, starting Tuesday. “The U.S.…

Santorum: Gays already have enough rights

Likely Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday that LGBT people don’t deserve equal rights. “You opposed gay marriage,” Wallace noted. “I did,” Santorum agreed. “You oppose civil unions, you want to reinstate ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Do you think gays have…

Half of households pay no income taxes, super rich see taxes fall

The Internal Revenue Service and the Tax Policy Center in Washington have some statistics that will likely make last-minute filers extra-irate today: The super-rich are paying less in income tax than they used to, and nearly half of all U.S. households don’t pay any income taxes at all. The IRS…

Conservative think-tank FOIAs Michigan labor profs

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a think tank backed by some big-name conservatives, has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to professors at labor-centric schools, asking to see any emails containing certain key words, Talking Points Memo reports. The subjects mostly relate to the Wisconsin union protests: “Scott…

Congressman targets federal funding for the war on drugs

Colorado Congressman Jared Polis has offered two amendments to the House continuing resolution that would eliminate much of the federal funding for the war on drugs in the United States. The House is currently debating HR 1, the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. The bill is needed to…

Senator Joe Lieberman announces plan to retire in 2012

Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut announced Wednesday he would retire from the Senate in 2012, ending a tenure that began in 1989. Lieberman, Connecticut’s state’s former Attorney General who rose to become the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nominee in 2000, spoke to reporters during a press conference and depicted…

Holbrooke’s last words: ‘You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan’

UPDATE: The Washington Post has elaborated on its report that veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke’s last words called for an end to the war in Afghanistan. According to the Post, Holbrooke was reportedly joking around with a doctor when he made the comment. As Dr. Jehan El-Bayoumi was attending to Holbrooke…

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