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Judge assigns anonymous jury for US student’s terrorism trial

A judge ruled Monday that an anonymous jury will hear the trial of an American student accused of lending support to al-Qaida in Afghanistan. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska said the seriousness of the conspiracy and material support for terrorism charges against Syed Hashmi, the allegation he has followers and…

Widely publicized 4/20 poll actually shows majority support for drug reforms

AT BOTTOM: California survey shows legalization winning out 56-42 percent As with many instances in politics, actuality can often be obscured behind the wrong frame: ask a question just the right way and results can be wildly tilted, one way or another. Take the case of an Associated Press/CNBC poll…

Showdown: Reid ‘dares’ GOP to block financial reform

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he plans to move forward with financial reform legislation despite there being no guarantee that he has the single Republican vote he needs to overcome a GOP filibuster. It’s a move that The Hill describes as “playing a game of chicken” with Senate Republicans.…

Kucinich: US drone attacks in Pakistan could ‘inspire radicalism’

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) forcefully criticized the United States’ drone strikes in Pakistan as inspiring the anti-American sentiments they seek to quell, touching upon a consequence of the policy rarely discussed in the media but well-recognized in the region. “I do not support the drone attacks,” Kucinich told…

GOP governor proclaims April ‘Abortion Recovery Month’

In a document affixed with Minnesota’s official seal and signed by Minnesota’s Secretary of State, Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has officially dubbed April “Abortion Recovery Month.” His proclamation hails the “culture of life and hope” and praises the state’s church-based abortion recovery programs as “offer[ing] support and recovery services to…

Lawsuit: Chiquita fruit company ‘funded death squads’ in Colombia

Fruit importer Chiquita Brands International “knowingly provided material support to a terrorist organization” by paying protection money and providing weapons to a Colombian rebel group, a lawsuit filed in a Florida court this week alleges. Three US citizens who survived a five-year hostage ordeal at the hands of Colombia’s notorious…

Petraeus: ‘Time has come’ to rethink ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

General David Petraeus, who as head of US Central Command runs the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has added his voice to a growing number of senior military leaders who have voiced support for an overhaul of the US military’s policy on gays. At a hearing of the Senate Armed…

Poll: Only four percent don’t want any health care reform

Americans and their lawmakers are dramatically out of sync on health care, with large majorities of people looking for bipartisan cooperation that’s nowhere in sight. A new Associated Press-GfK Poll finds a widespread hunger for improvements to the health care system, which suggests President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies…

Romney: Obama’s words support 9/11 truthers abroad

By speaking to Muslim countries, the president gives support to those who don’t believe the official account of 9/11, says former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. “I saw even Ahmadinejad is now saying 9/11 is a fabrication,” Romney told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. “These sorts of voices should not receive any…

‘Pro-military’ mom: Punish officers blamed for fatal ambush

Mission’s commanding officers ‘should be as far away from combat troops as humanly possible’ The mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Afghanistan last year says she can’t understand why the officers who failed to send in air support haven’t been removed from duty. “I’m still pro-military, but…

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