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Strauss-Kahn lawyers to meet prosecution: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York prosecutors are scheduled to meet with the lawyers for former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Wednesday to discuss whether the sexual assault case against him can be resolved through a dismissal or a plea agreement, The New York Times reported. The next scheduled court appearance…

Binational same sex couple relieved at deportation cancellation

by On Top Magazine Gay couple Josh Vandiver and Henry Velandia say they’re relieved that a federal immigration judge has canceled Velandia’s deportation. The New Jersey couple on Wednesday was informed that Velandia’s deportation proceedings had been closed. Velandia, a citizen of Venezuela who immigrated to the United States in…

Obama ‘overruled lawyers’ in Libya war debate

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama overruled two senior government lawyers in deciding that he had the authority to continue US military operations in Libya without Congressional approval, The New York Times has reported. In reaching his conclusion Obama rejected the opinions of Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and…

Judge strikes down ban on corporate campaign donations

A federal judge has struck down a 1905 law which prevented corporations from making direct donations to political campaigns. Although the case is likely to wind up in the Supreme Court, there is already speculation that it could completely upend a campaign funding system already in disarray as a result…

U.S. denies considering tougher visas for Chinese officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department denied a newspaper report on Wednesday that Washington could respond to a series of Chinese diplomatic snubs by making it more difficult for senior Chinese officials to secure visas. “The U.S. has not contemplated, nor is it considering any changes to our visa policies in China,” State…

Over 100,000 paid subscribers for NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — The New York Times Co. said Thursday it has signed up more than 100,000 paid subscribers for NYTimes.com since it began charging for full access to the newspaper’s website three weeks ago. The Times Co., reporting its first quarter results, also said net profit plunged 57.6 percent during…

Ex-State Department spokesman: WikiLeaks, New York Times did the same thing

The former Obama administration official who criticized the military’s treatment of Bradley Manning is now casting doubt on the potential that WikiLeaks will be prosecuted. Former U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told Salon’s Justin Elliot that prosecution would be difficult because “it is hard to distinguish what WikiLeaks did…

NY Times begins charging online readers

WASHINGTON – The New York Times began charging online readers Monday for full access to its website and dangled a heavily discounted introductory offer intended to lure its first digital subscribers. The Times is offering its three digital subscription plans for the same price of 99 cents for the first…

Former Obama spox Gibbs in talks with Facebook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook, the social networking giant, is seeking to hire former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for a senior post, The New York Times reported. The newspaper reported on its website late on Sunday that Facebook is looking at Gibbs, once one of President Barack Obama’s closest aides, to help manage communications in advance of…

Missing NY Times journalists found, will be released by Libya

WASHINGTON — Four New York Times journalists missing in Libya since Tuesday were captured by government forces and will be released on Friday, the newspaper said. “Missing NYT reporters found and to be released on Friday,” Times spokesman Robert Christie said in a message on his Twitter feed. The New…

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