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Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus Approved

Bachmann's Tea Party Caucus Approved 19 Jul 2010 A House committee has approved Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's proposal to create an official House Tea Party Caucus. Bachmann announced via Twitter [LOL] that the Committee on House Administration approved her request. The new caucus, Bachmann announced last week, will focus on "fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution, and limited government." [Really? These hypocritical dirt-bags didn't give a *damn* about same when George W. Bush was torching the Constitution and blowing through the 236 billion dollar Clinton budget surplus. But then, Bush wasn't black. Sorry, but I can't see any other reason why the teabagging didn't begin under Bush. --LRP]

U.S. Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down Drones

U.S. Navy Successfully Uses Laser to Shoot Down Drones 20 Jul 2010 The U.S. Navy has used a a laser weapon to shoot down four unmanned aerial vehicles in a test. The successful test of the Laser Weapon System off the coast of California was announced during the Farnborough International Air Show, which is taking place this week in England. The technology, jointly developed with Raytheon, used industrial strength lasers, is more than just your run-of-the-mill PR exercise. In its write-up of the technology, Scientific American correctly notes that the shoot-down of the drones over water constitutes an advance over previous Raytheon tests which focused on static targets.

MSNBC: 'This just in. Lindsay Lohan has a new mug shot.'

Lindsay Lohan: Weapon of Mass Distraction 20 Jul 2010 The talking head on MSNBC just announced: 'This just in. Lindsay Lohan has a new mug shot.' Notice that images of wildlife poisoned in the BP-Halliburton oil volcano have entirely vanished from the media landscape? --LRP

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Extension of Benefits for the Jobless Clears Senate Hurdle

Senate vote ends GOP filibuster of extended jobless benefits --A final Senate vote could come before the end of the day, and approval in the House is expected Wednesday. 20 Jul 2010 The U.S. Senate voted on Tuesday 60-40 to end a Republican-led filibuster of legislation that would extend unemployment benefits for an estimated 2.5 million Americans. The procedural move sets the stage for a final Senate vote, possibly later Tuesday, and approval in the House on Wednesday. The Senate had failed to pass the extension on three previous attempts since June. The seating of Carte Goodwin as the new Democratic senator from West Virginia just before the vote supplied the necessary votes to overcome a key procedural hurdle.

Turtle Eggs Saved From Oil Hatch

Turtle Eggs Saved From Oil Hatch (AP) 14 Jul 2010 The first sea turtle hatchlings whose eggs were evacuated from the Gulf Coast oil spill to Florida's Kennedy Space Center have been released into the Atlantic Ocean. (Video)

Elderly and Disabled Put at Risk by Cuts in Home Care

Elderly and Disabled Put at Risk by Cuts in Home Care 21 Jul 2010  As states face severe budget shortfalls, many have cut home-care services for the elderly or the disabled, programs that have been shown to save states money in the long run because they keep people out of nursing homes. Since the start of the recession, at least 25 states and the District of Columbia have curtailed programs that include meal deliveries, housekeeping aid and assistance for family caregivers, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a research organization. [Meanwhile: US to give another $1.5 billion to Pakistan for energy, health, counterterrorism projects 18 Jul 2010.]

Plane carrying U.N. secretary-general diverted by rocket attack in Kabul

Plane carrying U.N. secretary-general diverted by rocket attack in Kabul --Swedish foreign minister is also aboard the aircraft. 20 Jul 2010 A plane carrying U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was forced to divert less than a mile from Kabul when the airport came under rocket fire. The website of the Local, an English-language Swedish newspaper, said the aircraft went to Bagram air base instead. Ban and Bildt were later taken to an international conference on Afghanistan by helicopter. Danish Foreign Minister Lene Espersen was also delayed by the assault.

US, Israel near F-35 fighter jet deal

US, Israel near F-35 fighter jet deal 20 Jul 2010 The US is close to reaching a deal on the sale of the F-35 fighter jet to Israel as part of Washington's policy to arm Tel Aviv with cutting-edge weapons. Lockheed Martin Corp says it plans to sell 19 of the warplanes, worth about 3 billion dollars, to Tel Aviv. The Pentagon initially approved the sale of 25 fighter jets to Israel, with an option for 50 more in coming years.

No quick exit for troops in Afghanistan, Nato head says

'International forces won't leave.' No quick exit for troops in Afghanistan, Nato head says --Kabul conference told that coalition troops will remain even after full transition to Afghan-led security 20 Jul 2010 There will be no quick exit for international forces from Afghanistan, the secretary general of Nato warned this morning at a high-level conference in Kabul. Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the meeting of foreign ministers that coalition troops would stay in the country even after Afghan troops had taken complete control of security. He said that when the full transition finally happened, "international forces won't leave, they will simply move into a supportive role".

Explosions rock Afghan capital

Explosions rock Afghan capital 20 Jul 2010 Blasts have rocked Kabul hours before a major international meeting to be attend by UN chief Ban Ki-moon and near 40 foreign ministers starts in Afghan capital. According to witnesses, an explosion was heard Tuesday morning in the northern outskirts of Kabul, dpa news agency reported. At least four other explosions were also heard near the city's international airport on Monday night, but there were no reports of casualties.

Workers angry over decision to subtract "cleanup pay" from claims

Workers angry over decision to subtract "cleanup pay" from claims --Feinberg to fishermen: "Don’t blame the spill—life is unfair!" By Tom Eley and Josué Olmos 19 Jul 2010 Gulf fishermen have reacted in anger to a decision made Friday by Obama’s appointee to oversee the "independent" claims escrow account funded by BP. Millionaire lawyer Kenneth Feinberg announced that he would subtract from any damage award the fishermen ultimately receive from BP money they have been paid for participating in the Vessels of Opportunity (VoO) cleanup program.

Conscientious objector Yonatan Shapira questioned by Shin Bet

Conscientious objector Yonatan Shapira questioned by Shin Bet 20 Jul 2010 The Shin Bet security service on Sunday questioned a conscientious objector about his activity in an Israeli group that supports sanctions against Israel as part of its struggle against the occupation. Yonatan Shapira, 38, a non-active Israel Air Force pilot who authored the "pilots' letter" of 2003, signed by 27 IAF pilots who said they would refuse to fly over the occupied territories, said he was instructed not to disclose any details from the interview. Shapira told the agent he publishes everything regarding his anti-occupation activity and intended to publish this interview as well as any future ones in full detail, he told Haaretz.

1 million vaccine doses sent to Strategic National Stockpile for smallpox bioterror attack on U.S.

1 million vaccine doses sent to Strategic National Stockpile for smallpox bioterror attack on U.S. --Under the BARDA contract, Bavarian Nordic will deliver 20 million doses of IMVAMUNE® to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile, with an option for 60 million more doses. 13 Jul 2010  Bavarian Nordic A/S announced today that it has delivered 1 million doses of its smallpox vaccine IMVAMUNE® to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile for use in the event of a smallpox bioterrorism attack on the U.S. IMVAMUNE® is the first vaccine successfully developed under Project BioShield, a U.S. program created by Congress in 2004 to develop and purchase medicines and vaccines to protect the American public from [US lab-created] bioterrorism attacks. IMVAMUNE® was clinically developed and manufactured under contracts with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH). [Again, we'll make it clear: We will refuse and resist any deadly, mercury and squalene-laden vaccines manufactured by and for US pharmaterrorists, created along with their pandemic false flags as weapons of mass distraction from the BP-Halliburton oil volcano and the AfPak/Iraq wars.  --LRP]

NYC Heads to Hottest July Ever, Taxing Power Grid

NYC Heads to Hottest July Ever, Taxing Power Grid 19 Jul 2010 If it feels hotter than it’s ever been in New York, that’s because it is. New York’s Central Park is heading toward its warmest July on record after two heat waves this month, the National Weather Service reported. Extreme heat pushes aging power systems to their limits, increasing the odds of breakdown, according to grid monitors. A heat advisory was issued for New York City today, where the temperature in Central Park was 90 at 3 p.m. after three straight days above 90, according to the weather service.

US military build-up in Kandahar will bolster Taliban, warns security monitor

US military build-up in Kandahar will bolster Taliban, warns security monitor --Nato's counterinsurgency tactic shows no signs of success, says Afghanistan NGO Security Office 18 Jul 2010 The US military build-up in Kandahar is likely to further strengthen the hold of the Taliban over the vital southern Afghanistan city, a highly respected security organisation said today in a bleak report warning of record Taliban violence and rising civilian deaths across the country. The report by the Afghanistan NGO Security Office, which monitors trends in violence on behalf of aid organisations, said Nato's counter-insurgency strategy was not showing any signs of succeeding amid rising violence, the unchecked establishment of local militias and a huge increase in attacks on private development workers across the country. It revealed that June marked a record for Taliban attacks – up 51% on the previous year to 1,319 operations.

BP to Drill 80-100 New Oil Wells In Iraq's Rumaila -Exec

BP to Drill 80-100 New Oil Wells In Iraq's Rumaila -Exec 19 Jul 2010 British oil major BP PLC and partners China National Petroleum Corp. and Iraq's state-run South Oil Co. expect to issue tenders to drill between 80 and 100 wells in the immense Rumaila oil field this year and next year, a company executive said Monday. Earlier this year, BP awarded three deals valued at at least $500 million to drill 49 wells as part of the program to develop Iraq's largest-producing oil field, which could become the world's second-largest.

Halliburton profit soars 83% in Q2

Halliburton profit soars 83% in Q2 --Before the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20, Halliburton was hired by BP to seal the Macondo well before it blew up. 19 Jul 2010 US oil giant Halliburton says its second-quarter profit has jumped 83 percent, despite because of the company's involvement in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill volcano. The news caused Halliburton shares to soar 5 percent to $28.89 in Wall Street pre-opening trade on Monday, the Associated Press reported. The oil giant's net income for the April-June period was $480 million up from $262 million one year ago.

Top Secret America: A hidden world, growing beyond control

Top Secret America: A hidden world, growing beyond control --Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States. By Dana Priest and William M. Arkin 19 Jul 2010 The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work. These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight.

'US attack on Iran a matter of time'

'US attack on Iran a matter of time' 11 Jul 2010 Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says the US compelled the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against Iran in order to weaken the country and lay the ground for a military attack. "The world is made to believe once again the lie that Israel's existence is being threatened by a nuclear armed Iran," Mohamad said at the opening of the Breaking the Gaza Siege summit in Kuala Lumpur. He went on to add that these sanctions were adopted despite the fact that Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had repeatedly stated that there is no evidence of Iran pursuing military nuclear program.

'Whale' superskimmer drops out of Gulf oil spill response

'Whale' superskimmer drops out of Gulf oil spill response 17 Jul 2010 The Coast Guard said “thanks, but no thanks” to the superskimmer "A Whale" Friday, as the 1,100 foot-long converted iron ore freighter failed to make a sizeable dent in the Gulf oil spill during a 24-hour testing period. Brought to the Gulf by Taiwanese shipping magnate Nobu Su to help sop up the vast blanket of oil covering parts of the Gulf, the massive A Whale held a tantalizing promise for Americans frustrated by the slow pace of the spill clean-up. In reality, the A Whale gathered a "negligible" amount of oil over a 24-hour period while nearly 600 smaller skimmers sucked up 25,551 barrels of oily water and recovered 12,800 barrels near the source of the spill.

Taliban claim raid on US patrol killed 12

Taliban claim raid on US patrol killed 12 18 Jul 2010 The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack near the heavily fortified US-run Bagram Airbse, saying the incident killed 12 American troops. The attack took place on Sunday when an American military patrol was targeted near Bagram Airbase in north of the Afghan capital Kabul. Afghan authorities said only the vehicle was damaged in the incident... A spokesman for the Taliban, however, said twelve US troops were killed in the attack.

Poll puts blame on Bush for problems

Poll puts blame on Bush for problems --Americans say former president is responsible for deficit, Afghan war 18 Jul 2010 Democrats, facing a U.S. electorate angry about the economy and other issues, still have one political asset: George W. Bush. The former Republican president [sic] is blamed more than President Barack Obama for the budget deficit, unemployment and illegal immigration, according to a Bloomberg National Poll conducted July 9-12. 60 percent say Bush is primarily responsible for the current situation in Afghanistan. Just 10 percent point to Obama...

Official: Seep, possible methane found near BP's blown out oil well

Official: Seep, possible methane found near BP's blown out oil well  --The official said BP is not complying with the government's demand for more monitoring. 18 Jul 2010 A federal official said Sunday that scientists are concerned about a seep and possible methane seen near BP's busted oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. Both could be signs there are leaks in the well that's been capped for three days. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because an announcement about the next steps had not yet been made. The official is familiar with the spill oversight but would not clarify what is seeping near the well.

List sends chill through Utah's Latino community

List sends chill through Utah's Latino community --An anonymous letter naming 1,300 purported illegal immigrants sparks investigations and a wave of worry. 16 Jul 2010 Since the distribution of an anonymous letter this week containing the names, addresses and other personal data of more than 1,300 Utah residents said to be undocumented immigrants, Tony Yapias' phone has not stopped ringing. "I have one phone line; I've already missed 60 calls now, and there are 72 messages," said Yapias, director of the advocacy group Proyecto Latino de Utah. "People wanting to know if they're on the list. Should they move to another state? Should they leave the country? Horrified, scared, whatever language you can put on it."

Testing the Water - News 5 Investigates

Testing the Water - News 5 Investigates 18 Jul 2010 (Mobile, AL) News Five collected samples of water and sand from Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Katrina Key and Dauphin Island. The amount of oil and petroleum on Alabama's beach should be undetectable, according to Bob Naman, an analytical chemist with nearly thirty years of experience. Naman says at most he would expect our samples to contain 5 parts per million of oil, but to his surprise, the samples we collected tested much higher. From 16 ppm to 221 ppm, our results are concerning. Even more disturbing is what happened to a sample collected from the Dauphin Island Marina near oil containment boom.

Iraq wants oil companies to develop 11 fields

Iraq wants oil companies to develop 11 fields 18 Jul 2010 Iraq's oil minister is calling on international oil companies that won contracts to develop 11 oil and gas fields to show they are able to meet their obligations. But Hussain al-Shahristani also stressed on Sunday that the oil companies will have Iraq's full backing in overcoming the numerous obstacles they will face as they develop the fields to which they won rights during two earlier oil licensing rounds. Al-Shahristani told international oil company representatives at a conference that implementing the contracts on time and under budget was the country's "highest national priority." [Notice the US-installed oil puppet hasn't been killed in any of the countless 'suicide' bombings? Blackwater took care of that maggot, just like the Ministry of Oil was guarded from day one when the US invaded. But the National Museum of Iraq wasn't guarded, ensuring US barbarians could steal priceless 5,000 year-old-artifacts and destroy Iraq's cultural history.  --LRP]

BP to Up Iraq Rumaila Field Output By 100000 B/D Early 2011 - Exec

Mission accomplished! BP to Up Iraq Rumaila Field Output By 100000 B/D Early 2011 - Exec 18 Jul 2010 U.K. oil major BP PLC, along with its partner China National Petroleum Corp., plans to increase production from Iraq's Rumaila oil field by more than 100,000 barrels a day at the beginning of next year, a BP executive said Sunday. "Initial production of the field will go up by 10% (at the) beginning of 2011," Michael Townshend, president of BP Iraq, told a two-day symposium held by the Iraqi oil ministry in Baghdad to discuss the co-ordination and implementation of the country's oil expansion plans.

At least 48 dead as Iraq is rocked by suicide bombing

At least 48 dead as Iraq is rocked by suicide bombing 19 Jul 2010 At least 48 people were killed in suicide bombings targeting anti-Al Qaeda militia in Iraq yesterday. Up to 45 were killed and 40 wounded when a bomber struck as men queued to receive pay at a military base south west of Baghdad. It was unclear how many of the dead were soldiers and whether civilian accountants handing out pay were among them.

British troops could be pulled out of Afghanistan within four years, says Liam Fox

British troops could be pulled out of Afghanistan within four years, says Liam Fox --Britain is to boost its £500million aid budget for Afghanistan by 40 percent 19 Jul 2010 British troops could be out of front-line combat in Afghanistan well before David Cameron's deadline of 2015, the Defence Secretary hinted yesterday. As the Ministry of Defence confirmed four soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Friday, Liam Fox said an exit around the time of the next election was a 'conservative' estimate -  suggesting the Government is considering an even earlier handover to Afghan forces.

Engineers detect seepage near BP oil well

Engineers detect seepage near BP oil well --U.S. concerned over seep detected near BP well 18 Jul 2010 Engineers monitoring BP Plc's damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico detected seepage on the ocean floor that could mean problems with the cap that has stopped oil from gushing into the water, the U.S. government's top oil spill official said on Sunday. Oil gushed from the deep-sea Macondo well for nearly three months until the new cap was put in place last week.

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