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Manufacturing’s decline threatens national security, House panel hears

US can’t produce enough ammo to supply police, troops: expert The hollowing-out of the US’s industrial base means the country is risking its national security by being dependent on foreign contractors, experts told a congressional panel Wednesday. The House National Security Oversight Subcommittee heard from a number of economists and…

Angry lawmakers push Geithner to toughen up on China

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Thursday said it was “past time” for China to lift barriers to US exports, as he faced angry lawmakers’ demands for sanctions against Beijing. Geithner abandoned his previously restrained approach to bluntly warn China it must let the yuan rise in value against the…

Fox News uses map of 9/11 body parts to fight ‘ground zero mosque’

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has set what may be a new standard of shamelessness by marking the anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks with the publication of a map of human remains that appears to have been developed for the New York Fire Department in 2002 but was never…

NY mosque investor declines Donald Trump’s buyout offer

Powell: Build the NYC mosque Appearing on ABC’s The View, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said the proposed mosque near the World Trade Center site should go forward. “If you believe in our system and if you understand why we [have Muslim prayer space] at the Pentagon and Walter…

AP fact check: Islam ‘already part of WTC neighborhood’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New York imam and his proposed mosque near ground zero are being demonized by political candidates – mostly Republicans – despite the fact that Islam is already very much a part of the World Trade Center neighborhood. And that Muslims pray inside the Pentagon, too, less…

House rejects bill to aid sick 9/11 responders

As aid bill for sick 9/11 responders fails, court settlement may be workers’ only option. A bill that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to people sickened by World Trade Center dust fell short in the House on Thursday, raising the possibility that the bulk of compensation…

Trade war? Bill would ban government from buying Chinese

WASHINGTON — The US government would be barred from buying any Chinese goods or services under legislation unveiled Friday by US senators angry at Beijing’s policy of buying only from domestic sources. The prohibition would last until China, a World Trade Organization (WTO) member for nearly 10 years, signs on…

Senate aide says cap and trade dead, scaled-back bill likely

WASHINGTON – Comprehensive energy legislation is likely off the table after the departure of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a Senate Democratic aide said Wednesday evening, but the chamber can still pass a “scaled back” bill that boosts clean energy. “I just can’t see where we’d get 60 votes for a…

Forensic experts to reexamine WTC rubble

New York forensic experts will start a major new search Monday through debris from the World Trade Center for remains of people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack, officials said. About 844 cubic yards (645 cubic meters) of material recovered from the reconstruction site at Ground Zero will be combed…

Rahm Emanuel’s brother lobbies for ‘three strikes’ law against downloaders

The brother of the White House chief of staff is engaged in a campaign to have a “three-strikes” law against illegal file-sharers passed in the United States. Modeled on a similar law enacted recently in France, a “three strikes” law would force Internet service providers to cut off Internet access…

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