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Gulf oil spill ‘tiny’ compared to ‘very big ocean’: BP boss

BP chief executive Tony Hayward claims that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is relatively ‘tiny’ but admits that his job is at risk over the incident blamed on his company. Hayward told Friday’s Guardian newspaper that the leaked oil and the estimated 400,000 gallons of dispersant that BP had…

Pentagon says military response to cyber attack possible

The Pentagon would consider a military response in the case of a cyber attack against the United States, a US defense official said on Wednesday. Asked about the possibility of using military force after a cyber assault, James Miller, undersecretary of defense for policy, said: “Yes, we need to think…

White House offers detailed spill defense as Republicans begin to pounce

Politico doesn’t quote from ’6,300 word opus’ to balance GOP charges Obama’s Katrina? Stuff that, the White House is basically saying. The White House on Wednesday made a new attempt to blunt criticisms that it acted too slowly to stem the Gulf Coast oil spill, releasing a detailed 7,000-word summary…

Ex-MI6 boss slams United States for abandoning democratic principles in terror fight

Nigel Inkster, the former assistant head of the British spy service MI6, slammed the United States’ handling of its fight on terror, including what he called the “frenzied, alarmist response” to the recently foiled Christmas Day bomber. Writing in an article published in the International Institute for Strategic Studies journal…

ACLU publishes volumes of data on civilian casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan

The American Civil Liberties Union is publicizing its acquisition of a large volume of data relating to civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, which it has made available on its Web site. The files, obtained by Freedom of Information Act request, detail hundreds of cases in which families of the…

Subway riders question NYPD’s ‘ridiculous’ show of force

Some people in New York are wondering whether the presence of police officers toting machine guns through the city’s subway tunnels is really a necessary response to the subway bombings in Moscow on Monday. “I think it’s ridiculous,” Torey Deprisest, a tourist from Ohio, told the New York Post. “The…

Rove: Obama ‘let a cowboy president violate the Constitution’ in Honduras

There are some analogies one might expect Karl Rove to stay away from. But the former Bush adviser on Monday described the Honduran president in terms that may sound eerily familiar to some descriptions of his former boss. Appearing on ABC’s “Top Line,” Rove attacked the Obama administration over a…

Grayson goes for the jugular: ‘Alaskan chillbilly’ smartest GOP leader since W.

In a piquant fundraising email to supporters Sunday — hard-edged even for the Democrats’ newest quote machine — Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) went all out on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. His remarks, which came after Palin criticized him during a trip to Florida, are perhaps the sharpest attack made…

MSNBC host has ‘no response’ after White House spokesman suggests he lies

In 2009, Obama’s White House fought a much-publicized “war” with Fox News. In 2010, they might have a new opponent; but instead of battling conservatives who consider themselves “fair and balanced,” the White House press secretary took aim at the liberal host of a network widely perceived as “liberal-leaning.” Addressing…

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