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Bush CIA Director wanted to use Blackwater ‘hit teams’ to kill bin Laden: report

Special report – The bin Laden kill plan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A pivotal moment in the long, tortuous quest to find Osama bin Laden came years before U.S. spy agencies discovered his hermetic compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In July 2007, then Senator Barack Obama’s top foreign policy advisers met in…

NASA postpones Endeavour launch again

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — NASA on Sunday delayed the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour until the end of the week at the earliest, after technical problems uncovered last week proved more complex than originally thought. In a new delay for the US space program’s penultimate shuttle launch after…

Confronted by seniors, GOP Rep. Berg denies he voted to scrap Medicare

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND) faced stern questions from his elderly constituents at a town hall meeting Tuesday evening, when he was confronted over his vote to replace Medicare with a voucher program. “I would like to know, did you vote to eliminate Medicare as it is today?” one…

Ontario judge strikes down marijuana laws

A Canadian court ruled the government has three months to revise its unconstitutional medical marijuana program before the drug will become effectively legal to possess and produce in the country. Ontario Superior Court Justice Donald Taliano ruled that Canada’s medical marijuana program is invalid because regulations made it too difficult…

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray arrested protesting budget restrictions

Police arrested D.C. Mayor Vince Gray and several D.C. Councilmembers on Capitol Hill Monday during a protest of the restrictions placed upon the district as part of the federal budget deal between House Republicans and President Barack Obama. Mayor Gray and over 200 protesters sat down the middle of Constitution…

Glenn Beck’s Fox News show ending ‘later this year’

Conservative conspiracy host Glenn Beck announced plans Wednesday to “transition off” his Fox News program in favor of a realigned agreement between Fox and his production company, Mercury Radio Arts. The deal will see Beck’s company designing unspecified new media for the Fox News Channel and other Fox online properties,…

Republicans vote to end Obama’s mortgage modification program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to kill President Barack Obama’s signature program to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. A bill to terminate the program was approved on a 252-170 vote. But the bill is unlikely to clear the Senate. It was the last in series…

Senator Lieberman: Iran seeks nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON – An influential US Senator said Wednesday after a closed-door, classified intelligence briefing on Iran that Tehran is working “seriously” to develop nuclear weapons. “I can’t say much in detail, but it’s pretty clear that they’re continuing to work seriously on a nuclear weapons program,” Independent Senator Joe Lieberman,…

US shuttle Discovery undocks from space lab

WASHINGTON — The US space shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station early Monday and started its trek back to Earth, winding up it final mission in orbit before retirement. The American shuttle, the first of the three-member fleet set to become a museum piece when the three-decade-long program…

Columbia University considers ending ban on military program

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