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City attorney, Pulitzer-winning Seattle paper call for marijuana legalization

Last year, many hopeful drug reform advocates expected California to be the first state to officially overturn the prohibition of marijuana. But after Prop. 19′s failure on the state-wide ballot at the end of 2010, few would have expected the next major push for reform would come from Washington. Yet,…

NY Times dishes on ‘manipulative, volatile’ Assange

WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resembles a character from a detective novel and is “elusive, manipulative and volatile,” the executive editor of The New York Times says in an upcoming book. “Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy,” a digital book featuring an introduction by Times executive editor Bill…

Reporter behind WMD claims calls Assange ‘bad journalist’

A former New York Times reporter assailed for her incorrect reports about Iraq’s purported weapons of mass destruction is criticizing Julian Assange for being a “bad journalist.” Judith Miller took on the WikiLeaks founder during an appearance on Fox News Watch Saturday, arguing that Assange was a bad journalist “because…

LA Times slams ‘unacceptable level of bias’ at Fox News

The second largest newspaper in the US devoted text on Friday to admonishing the partisan Fox News network for bias in its hard news programs. After a series of leaked memos revealed that one Fox News boss tried to “slant” the news, The Los Angeles Times suggested that the conservative…

Media outlets may be probed over WikiLeaks stories, Sen. Lieberman claims

Can the US government prosecute media outlets that reported on the WikiLeaks cables? According to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), the answer is maybe. Following the release of thousands of documents by government watchdog WikiLeaks, Lieberman told the The New York Times that he wanted to use “all legal means” against…

Members abandoning Iraqi Awakening Councils, joining Al Qaeda: report

Possibly hundreds of members of Iraq’s Awakening Councils, a group affiliated with the US military, have switched their loyalty to Al-Qaeda, The New York Times reported Sunday. Citing unnamed Iraqi government officials, current and former members of the Awakening and insurgents, the newspaper said that although there were no firm…

Woodward book says aides doubt Obama’s Afghan strategy

US official confirms CIA has 3,000-man ‘covert army’ in Afghanistan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Members of President Barack Obama’s national security team have waged an internal battle over Afghan policy that has been marked by bitter infighting, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward. Although many of the internal…

Revealed: After Baghdad massacre, Blackwater split into 30 shell companies

The security company Blackwater Worldwide formed a network of 30 shell companies and subsidiaries to try to get millions of dollars in government business after the company faced strong criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, The New York Times reported Friday. The newspaper said that it was unclear how many…

BP ultimatum: Let us drill or funds will dry up

Oil giant BP is telling lawmakers that if it isn’t allowed to get new offshore drilling permits in the Gulf, it will not be able to afford to pay for the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the New York Times reported in its Friday edition. The Times…

Cancer specialists who treated Lockerbie bomber weren’t consulted on his release

Four British cancer specialists who were closely involved in the Lockerbie bomber’s treatment have said they were not consulted before his release, a report said Sunday. One of the experts said he was “surprised” that his advice was not sought before Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi was freed in August last…

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