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US ‘desperately’ trying to keep Wikileaks from publishing US communications about Arab states

Philip Shenon, a former New York Times reporter now writing for Tina Brown’s The Daily Beast, alleged late Thursday that the Pentagon is “desperately” searching for the founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks, out of concern he is about to publish classified US State Department cables. Curiously, the piece cites…

NY Times: Supreme Court ‘keeping politics safe for the rich’

Wall Street Journal: “The order was short, swift, and largely flew under the radar” Last winter’s Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case, which lifted restrictions on corporate spending in elections, had been widely anticipated and aroused immediate outrage. It appears, however, that Citizens United was far from the…

Family asked to pay for car damage after dog run over and killed

OTTAWA — A car insurer has asked a Canadian family to pay for repairing a broken bumper after their dog was struck by the vehicle and died, local media said Thursday. The traffic accident occurred in March while Jake, a 12-year-old yellow Labrador, was out for his daily stroll around…

US troops won’t be used to stop illegal immigration: State Dept.

WASHINGTON — US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday. The clarification came after the Mexican government urged Washington not to use…

Arizona cracks down on teachers with heavy accents

Arizona has been under fire for a controversial anti-illegal immigrant law and now its Department of Education is embarking on a course of action that many critics also believe is being enforced in a discriminatory fashion. “The Arizona Department of Education recently began telling school districts that teachers whose spoken…

30,000 protest budget cuts in New Jersey

A crowd estimated at 30,000 to 35,000 people gathered Saturday near New Jersey’s Statehouse to protest Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed budget cuts. State police, who gave the crowd estimate, said no problems were reported. The crowd is believed to be one of the largest ever to protest in state history.…

NAACP president: Texas curriculum will turn world ‘upside down’ for kids

Previewing the tone of his testimony in Austin on Wednesday ahead of a crucial vote, NAACP president Ben Jealous forcefully condemned the influential Texas State Board of Education’s slew of pending revisions to history and social studies curriculum. The modified curriculum – approved in March on a party line vote…

Guns outlawed at NRA convention

“North Carolina State law prohibits the carrying of firearms in the Charlotte Convention Center, and the Time Warner Cable Arena,” the sign outside the convention hall reads. “In addition, the Rules and Regulations of the Charlotte Convention Center prohibit the carrying of firearms in the Center. Pursuant to Time Warner…

Chavez uses state funds to hire 200 staffers to manage Twitter account

CARACAS (AFP) – Just days after his new Twitter account became a must-read in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez said he was setting up a special office with 200 staff and public funds to handle requests supporters Tweet him. “I’ve created my own Chavezcandanga mission to answer (the messages) and we’re…

Clinton warns Pakistan of ‘very severe consequences’ if linked to terror plot

Pakistan faces “very severe consequences” if a terror plot like the failed Times Square bombing was traced to that country, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in remarks made public on Saturday. However Clinton also acknowledged Pakistan’s increased cooperation in the war on terror, but said the United States…

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