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Greenwald on Awlaki’s killing: The ‘Constitution burned and stepped on’

Salon blogger and Constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald appeared on Democracy Now! Friday morning to voice his displeasure over the United States’ killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, a U.S. citizen who was considered a radical cleric for Al-Qaeda. Greenwald highlighted the criticism that President George W. Bush received from the…

Palin worries presidency might ‘shackle’ her

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hinted Tuesday that she might not run in 2012 because the presidency could be “too shackling.” “For logistical reasons, though, yes, certainly, decisions have to be made,” she told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “I’m going to keep repeating, though, Greta, through my…

Afghan transition begins with a whimper amid attack

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan began the long-publicized transition to control of its own security amid secrecy, not fanfare, on Sunday, a reminder of how tense the country is as foreign troops start to head home and violence spreads. Ministers flew to central Bamiyan province, one of the most peaceful places…

Texas considering Confederate flag license plate

Texas officials are in the process of deciding whether to offer a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag. The Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans designed the plate to honor Texans who fought in the Civil War, but the idea is offensive to many. “It brings back the anger from…

Obama: Signs Taliban may want a political settlement

FORT DRUM, New York — US President Barack Obama said Thursday there were signs that the Taliban may be interested in a political settlement critical to stabilizing Afghanistan after US troops come home. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meanwhile defended what she said was Washington’s “very preliminary outreach” to the…

White House sails past deadline for solar panel installation

Tuesday marked the first official day of summer in the Western hemisphere, but some environmental advocates saw June 21 as another milestone — a day after the deadline President Barack Obama’s administration had promised for the installation of a solar water-heating system on the roof of the White House. In…

United States ready to give asylum to alleged Libya rape victim

WASHINGTON — The United States is prepared to welcome a Libyan woman who accused soldiers loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi of raping her as long as she goes through the normal refugee process, a senior US official said Tuesday. The woman, Iman al-Obeidi, is currently at the emergency transit…

Battle lines drawn as Europe, developing world angle for IMF’s top post

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Battle lines were shaping up over the choice of a new leader for the International Monetary Fund on Friday as the Fund’s board searched for a successor to Dominique Strauss-Kahn. European nations have moved to keep their lock on the IMF’s top job after Strauss-Kahn said early…

More than 1,700 Taliban fighters join Afghan reintegration program

WASHINGTON — More than 1,700 former Taliban combatants have turned in their weapons to join a reintegration program started by the Afghan government nearly a year ago, the NATO general in charge of the program said Thursday. “So far we’ve got about 1,740 former fighters who have formally joined the…

Obama: Israel Palestinian talks ‘more vital than ever’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that political turmoil battering the Middle East made it “more vital than ever” that Israel and the Palestinians get back to the negotiating table. Despite a mood of deep pessimism surrounding Obama’s peace drive, in Israel, in Washington and in the Palestinian…

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