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Official: ‘Severe threat’ as China oil spill grows

China’s largest reported oil spill more than doubled in size to 165 sq. miles (430 sq. kilometers) by Wednesday, forcing nearby beaches to close and prompting one official to warn of a “severe threat” to sea life and water quality. The oil slick started spreading five days ago when a…

New US security policy dumps Bush anti-terror doctrine

President Barack Obama on Thursday rejected George W. Bush’s doctrine that made a “war on terror” the driving force of US power, framing a pragmatic foreign policy for a world bristling with threats. Under a new national security strategy, Obama also steps back from the former president’s concept of pre-emptive…

Arizona Rep gets bomb threat for opposing immigrant crackdown

After Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) called for a boycott of his own state should the GOP’s immigrant crackdown bill become law, an unnamed individual allegedly threatened on Friday to blow up his Tucson office and murder his staff, according to published reports. In response, Grijalva announced the closure of his…

Pakistan war games show of force for India: analysts

KHAIRPUR TAMEWALI, Pakistan — Pakistan is flexing its military might near the Indian border in massive war games analysts say are aimed at putting on a show of force for its nuclear-armed rival. All branches of the military are taking part in the exercises named “New Resolve”, which despite the…

McCain ad: Opponent believes in vampires, fears alien invasion

A new tongue-in-cheek ad from John McCain’s Senate campaign has the Arizona lawmaker’s leading Republican primary opponent, J.D. Hayworth, declaring that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, believing that vampires are real and preparing for an alien invasion. “I’m J.D. Hayworth and I’m running for US Senate to take…

Kristol: ‘Better’ for US to attack Iran than if Israel did

The Obama administration should be seriously considering a strike on Iran, according to neoconservative Fox News contributor Bill Kristol. An Israeli Deputy Defense Minister said last week that he expected Israel would have to attack Iran within a year. Kristol believes it would be better for the US to attack…

Limbaugh ‘leaving the country’ if health reform passes

Updates: Limbaugh clarifies threat; Directs racist ‘Massa’ quip at NY governor For years, promises to leave the United States in the wake of an undesirable political development have been the domain of liberals. Celebrities such as Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon all at some point suggested they would…

Grayson takes on corporate campaign spending

Florida House Rep. says imminent SCOTUS decision ‘a potential threat to our democracy’ Responding to a Supreme Court case that could result in most of the US’s restrictions on campaign spending being tossed off the books, US House Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) has introduced a series of bills that would…

Gambler sentenced over threat against top racehorse

A British gambler was given a suspended jail sentence Monday for threatening to kill a top racehorse. Andrew Rodgerson, 26, sent text messages and emails to his owners threatening to kill the thoroughbred, Conduit, if he ran in a valuable race at Ascot after he forgot to place a bet…

General McChrystal: ‘We are going to win’ in Afghanistan

In a New Year’s Day interview, the commander of NATO coalition forces in Afghanistan offered an optimistic message about the chances for military success prior to a planned drawdown of US combat forces beginning in July 2011. “I believe that over the next year to 18 months that we’re going…

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