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  • Upcoming Elections New Bump lists

    02/11/2002 5:54:13 PM PST · by Free the USA · 13 replies · 140+ views
    Free the USA | 2-11-2002
    Upcoming Elections New Bump lists With the control of both the US Senate and House of Representatives up for grabs it is time to start planning where we can make a difference and assure GOP control. With that in mind I have created Two new bump lists; one for US Senate and House of Representatives elections and one for some of the preliminary maneuvers by potential 2004 Presidential candidates. Election US Congress Articles dealing with upcoming US Senate and House of Representatives elections. Polls, re-districting, match-ups, candidates, debates, primaries, campaign rallies, raising money, election results, etc. Election President Article dealing ...
  • "COALITION BUILDING" SHOULD NOT TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER STOPPING TERRORIST FUNDING

    09/25/2001 10:48:57 AM PDT · by Free the USA · 1 replies · 187+ views
    Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman. ^ | 9-25-01 | Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9/25/2001 Press Office 202-646-5172 MORE ACTION NEEDED TO STOP TERRORIST FUNDING "COALITION BUILDING" SHOULD NOT TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER STOPPING TERRORIST FUNDING IRS ADMITS U.S. GROUPS MAY BE FUNNELING MONEY TO TERRORISTS (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest law firm that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, today pointed out that the Bush Administration did not include any groups in the United States were on the list of terrorist-affiliated organizations whose assets were frozen yesterday by President George W. Bush. Federal grand jury investigations and published reports in The New York Times have linked a variety ...
  • Commentary: The best democracies money can buy

    01/04/2001 9:57:19 PM PST · by Free the USA · 20+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 18:39 (ET) | By MARTIN WALKER
    Commentary: The best democracies money can buy Thursday, 4 January 2001 18:39 (ET) Commentary: The best democracies money can buy By MARTIN WALKER Washington, Jan 4 (UPI) -- Campaign finance reform is back on the agenda in the U.S. Senate, where Republican Sen. John McCain has vowed to re-introduce his bill "to clean up our democracy" in the new Senate later this month. But around the world, democracies are grappling with the problem of paying for political parties and campaigns, without opening their systems to the charge of becoming "the best democracy money can buy." British Prime Minister Tony ...
  • Social groups gird to fight cabinet picks

    01/04/2001 9:45:48 PM PST · by Free the USA · 9+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 18:00 (ET) | By KATHY GAMBRELL
    Social groups gird to fight cabinet picks Thursday, 4 January 2001 18:00 (ET) Social groups gird to fight cabinet picks By KATHY GAMBRELL WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, (UPI) -- Attorney-general nominee John Ashcroft is a Republican anti-abortion extremist with a poor record on civil rights, according to a report released Thursday by the People for the American Way, one of many groups vowing to derail his Senate confirmation and that of two other cabinet nominees. "The issue is John Ashcroft's lack of sensitivity and concern about the rights of women and minorities, as well as his ideological rigidity, all qualities ...
  • Pollster lauds finance reform

    01/04/2001 9:43:00 PM PST · by Free the USA · 18+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 18:18 (ET) | By MARK PROTHERO
    Pollster lauds finance reform Thursday, 4 January 2001 18:18 (ET) Pollster lauds finance reform By MARK PROTHERO WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- A pollster told the GOP Senate caucus Thursday that the public wants a reform of the campaign finance system, an issue that even reformers admit most Republicans strongly oppose. In a closed meeting with the 50 Republican members of the Senate, pollster John Zogby told the lawmakers that while campaign finance reform does not poll particularly well with voters, that is because of the cynical view that reforming the current system is impossible, not because the American ...
  • Guess who's watching

    01/04/2001 9:39:23 PM PST · by Free the USA · 6+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 22:37 (ET) | By LOU MARANO
    Guess who's watching Thursday, 4 January 2001 22:37 (ET) Guess who's watching By LOU MARANO WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, (UPI) -- Driving eastbound on I-66 toward Washington one misty evening some months ago, this motorist saw a chunk of metal in his path too late for a safe lane change. The impact shredded a front tire, and the car was steered to the shoulder on a rim. In what seemed a matter of seconds, a friendly man in an official Virginia vehicle pulled up to render assistance. Happenstance? No. This is the modern world, where video cameras monitor many of ...
  • Report says Ted Turner to launch anti-nuclear group

    01/04/2001 9:34:48 PM PST · by Free the USA · 160+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 5 January 2001 0:22 (ET)
    Report says Ted Turner to launch anti-nuclear group Friday, 5 January 2001 0:22 (ET) Report says Ted Turner to launch anti-nuclear group ATLANTA, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Billionaire Ted Turner has decided to create a charitable group dedicated to reducing the threat posed by nuclear weapons and other means of mass destruction, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday. The newspaper said Turner will supply "significant resources" to finance the organization. Former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia, former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will serve as the organization's chief executive officer and Turner will be a co-chairman, the ...
  • Commentary: Repeal mandatory minimums

    01/04/2001 5:32:46 PM PST · by Free the USA · 13+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 15:26 (ET) | By LOU MARANO
    Commentary: Repeal mandatory minimums Thursday, 4 January 2001 15:26 (ET) Commentary: Repeal mandatory minimums By LOU MARANO First of two parts: Bush's political opportunity WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- If President-elect Bush wants to do something for blacks while standing up for conservative principles, he could champion the repeal of federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws in the 107th Congress. The injustice of these laws is legendary. They force judges to impose unconscionably long prison sentences on low-level, nonviolent drug offenders while allowing drug kingpins to cop their pleas. They shift sentencing discretion from judges to prosecutors. They hurt minorities ...
  • Utah questions Census numbers

    01/04/2001 5:27:25 PM PST · by Free the USA · 9+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 14:44 (ET) | By PETER ROFF
    Utah questions Census numbers Thursday, 4 January 2001 14:44 (ET) Utah questions Census numbers By PETER ROFF WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Officials in Utah are exploring ways to alter how the Census Bureau counts Americans residing overseas after the release of the figures from Census 2000, according to a report in Utah's Deseret News. The reason: Not counting Mormon missionaries overseas may have cost the state an additional seat in Congress. The Deseret News is owned by the Church of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormon church. According to the numbers released by the bureau, Utah missed having one congressional ...
  • The Emerging Agenda: The abortion battle

    01/04/2001 5:22:42 PM PST · by Free the USA · 143+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 13:51 (ET) | By PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst
    The Emerging Agenda: The abortion battle Thursday, 4 January 2001 13:51 (ET) The Emerging Agenda: The abortion battle By PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- This is the second in a series by United Press International reporters that will look at the policies, people and politics likely to define the next four years. Abortion policy is one area where a significant difference will be seen between the Clinton and Bush administrations, and will be a contentious issue in Cabinet confirmation hearings, judicial appointments and regulatory matters. UPI National Political Analyst Peter Roff looks at ...
  • Study shows 10-year jump in U.S. immigrantion

    01/04/2001 5:17:34 PM PST · by Free the USA · 16+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 13:50 (ET) | By KATHY GAMBRELL, Washington Reporter
    Study shows 10-year jump in U.S. immigrantion Thursday, 4 January 2001 13:50 (ET) Study shows 10-year jump in U.S. immigrantion By KATHY GAMBRELL, Washington Reporter WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, (UPI) -- An analysis of population data by the Center for Immigration Studies showed a 43 percent increase in the number of foreign-born residents living in the United States since 1990, the highest number of immigrants living within its borders in the nation's history. The study, "Immigrants in the United States 2000: A Snapshot of America's Foreign Born Population" stated that 28.4 million immigrants reside in the United State, a 43 ...
  • December job cuts 6,685 a day

    01/04/2001 5:03:12 PM PST · by Free the USA · 11+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 11:39 (ET) | By AL SWANSON
    December job cuts 6,685 a day Thursday, 4 January 2001 11:39 (ET) December job cuts 6,685 a day By AL SWANSON CHICAGO, Jan. 4 (UPI) - The dot.com meltdown and slower than anticipated Christmas sales prompted U.S. employers to hand out 133,713 pink slips last month -- an average of 836 lost jobs for each hour of the regular workweek. Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an international outplacement firm that tracks job losses on a daily basis, Thursday said 30 percent of December's layoffs were in the retail sector. Retailers cut 94,354 jobs last month compared to 64,190 a year ...
  • Diversity push bumped

    01/04/2001 4:47:31 PM PST · by Free the USA · 18+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 10:25 (ET)
    Diversity push bumped Thursday, 4 January 2001 10:25 (ET) Diversity push bumped TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Officials in this mostly white northern Michigan town wanted to fight the rising number of hate crimes against blacks, Jews and gays with a rainbow bumper sticker declaring, "We are Traverse City." But then special interest groups and lawyers got involved, scuttling the project this week and leaving the community more divided. The plan was to paste the colorful bumper stickers on city vehicles but conservatives claimed the rainbow pattern actually promoted the gay lifestyle and city attorneys said the ...
  • Clintons collected $8 million for legal fund

    01/03/2001 9:50:04 PM PST · by Free the USA · 82+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Thursday, 4 January 2001 1:24 (ET)
    Clintons collected $8 million for legal fund Thursday, 4 January 2001 1:24 (ET) Clintons collected $8 million for legal fund NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- In addition to an array of celebrities who have given money and added star-power, retirees, teachers, nurses, librarians, social workers and the disabled contributed to the legal defense fund of President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Although the Clintons have spent more than $4 million on two homes in Westchester County and in Washington, D.C. many of the have-nots contacted by the New York Daily News did not seem to mind. ...
  • Ice sheet little threat to sea level

    01/03/2001 8:11:25 PM PST · by Free the USA · 4+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Wednesday, 3 January 2001 23:09 (ET)
    Ice sheet little threat to sea level Wednesday, 3 January 2001 23:09 (ET) Ice sheet little threat to sea level GREENBELT, Md. Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Environmentalists are worried that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is melting but Robert Binschaldler, a glaciologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., believes that that is not the case. "Our previous best estimates that the ice sheet was adding 1 millimeter per year to global sea level are almost certainly too high," Binschaldler said adding that the ice sheet "appears to be in a stage of near-zero retreat now." The ...
  • Profile of the week: Osama bin Laden

    01/03/2001 8:08:27 PM PST · by Free the USA · 18+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Wednesday, 3 January 2001 19:59 (ET) | By ANWAR IQBAL
    Profile of the week: Osama bin Laden Wednesday, 3 January 2001 19:59 (ET) Profile of the week: Osama bin Laden By ANWAR IQBAL SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- On the first encounter, Osama bin Laden appears quiet, emaciated and even a little shy. During interviews, he takes time to warm up and needs some probing to speak his mind. Those unaware of his background, may find it difficult to believe that this tall, shy man is accused of killing hundreds in terrorist attacks planned and orchestrated by him and his Al-Quaida group of Arab and Muslim militants. But ...
  • Clinton names nine in recess appointments

    01/03/2001 8:04:55 PM PST · by Free the USA · 3+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Wednesday, 3 January 2001 18:52 (ET) | By KATHY GAMBRELL
    Clinton names nine in recess appointments Wednesday, 3 January 2001 18:52 (ET) Clinton names nine in recess appointments By KATHY GAMBRELL WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, (UPI) -- President Bill Clinton named a Michigan attorney to serve as a commissioner on the United States International Trade Commission in one of nine recess appointments announced late Wednesday. Dennis Martin Devaney, who formerly served as attorney for the Federal Labor Relations Authority and as a member of the National Labor Relations Board, was appointed to the panel which analyzes international trade issues and determines whether American companies are entitled to relief in disputes ...
  • Analysis: U.S. cyber-security lacks core organization

    01/03/2001 2:00:03 PM PST · by Free the USA · 24+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Wednesday, 3 January 2001 13:50 (ET) | By MICHAEL KIRKLAND
    Analysis: U.S. cyber-security lacks core organization Wednesday, 3 January 2001 13:50 (ET) Analysis: U.S. cyber-security lacks core organization By MICHAEL KIRKLAND WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Despite repeated warnings from both inside and outside the federal government, the United States still does not have any organization with both the mission and the ability to coordinate the overall defense of the country's vital electronic infrastructure. Despite the increasing reliance of commerce and such essential services as power, communications, transportation and government on networked computers, U.S. cyber-security lacks a central structure that could bring together the private and public sectors in ...
  • Democrats ask Bush to collaborate on issues

    01/03/2001 1:57:19 PM PST · by Free the USA · 16+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Wednesday, 3 January 2001 17:13 (ET) | By MARK BENJAMIN
    Democrats ask Bush to collaborate on issues Wednesday, 3 January 2001 17:13 (ET) Democrats ask Bush to collaborate on issues By MARK BENJAMIN WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A powerful group of moderate House and Senate Democrats said Wednesday that they would appeal to President-elect George Bush for cooperation on a series of education, tax and trade priorities similar to his own. These "New Democrats," lead in part by former vice presidential candidate and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) met on Wednesday and have drafted a letter to Bush emphasizing their shared priorities. "There are areas of significant overlap from ...
  • Commentary: For Electoral College reform

    01/03/2001 1:53:45 PM PST · by Free the USA · 20+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Wednesday, 3 January 2001 17:15 (ET) | By PATRICK REDDY, United Press International
    Commentary: For Electoral College reform Wednesday, 3 January 2001 17:15 (ET) Commentary: For Electoral College reform By PATRICK REDDY, United Press International "The Electoral College is a highly imperfect method of electing the president of the United States. At best it distorts campaign strategy and poorly represents the popular will. At worst it can create political and constitutional crisis in determining who should be president.... It is all too likely that the election of 2000, or one in the future, will finally provide the American public with indisputable evidence of the failings of the electoral college as a means ...
  • U.S. says Arafat accepts "parameters" of deal

    01/03/2001 11:55:44 AM PST · by Free the USA · 12+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Wednesday, 3 January 2001 15:33 (ET) | By ELI J. LAKE and KATHY GAMBRELL
    U.S. says Arafat accepts "parameters" of deal Wednesday, 3 January 2001 15:33 (ET) U.S. says Arafat accepts "parameters" of deal By ELI J. LAKE and KATHY GAMBRELL WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. officials said Wednesday that Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat had accepted in principle the "parameters" for further negotiations on a Middle East peace deal, with some reservations. Arafat met twice Tuesday with President Clinton. But other sources in Arafat's inner circle deny that their leader accepted anything. Palestinian Authority Planning Minister Nabil Shaath told United Press International over the telephone from Cairo, Egypt, that Arafat would make ...
  • Hillary Clinton: First to be sworn in

    01/02/2001 10:13:16 PM PST · by Free the USA · 105+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Wednesday, 3 January 2001 1:53 (ET)
    Hillary Clinton: First to be sworn in Wednesday, 3 January 2001 1:53 (ET) Hillary Clinton: First to be sworn in NEW YORK, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Ever since Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton won a seat in the U.S. Senate representing New York, she said she will neither seek nor expect any special treatment. But at her swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, she'll jump to the head of the line. Security concerns of having President Bill Clinton attend his spouse's swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill propelled Hillary Clinton from 97th place to number one, jumping ahead of the other newly-elected Senators ...
  • Attorney General criticizes peace talks

    01/01/2001 6:01:56 PM PST · by Free the USA · 12+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Monday, 1 January 2001 18:56 (ET) | By JOSHUA BRILLIANT
    Attorney General criticizes peace talks Monday, 1 January 2001 18:56 (ET) Attorney General criticizes peace talks By JOSHUA BRILLIANT TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Israel's Attorney General Eliakim Rubinstein criticized Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Monday for continuing peace talks with the Palestinians even though Barak lost his majority in parliament, resigned, and is seeking a new mandate. Israeli attorney generals are government appointees but they are expected to be independent minded. Rubinstein had outlined his reservations before the cabinet. He then wrote Barak a detailed letter that was leaked Monday, playing into the hands of the ...
  • German women will take up combat roles

    01/01/2001 5:57:31 PM PST · by Free the USA · 14+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Monday, 1 January 2001 16:50 (ET) | By DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN
    German women will take up combat roles Monday, 1 January 2001 16:50 (ET) German women will take up combat roles By DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN LUXEMBOURG, Jan 1 (UPI) -- The New Year is bringing a new era for women in Germany's military where combat roles will now be allowed for females. Starting this week women volunteers will no longer be limited to medical or musical units. Instead, they can serve in any career field. Germany's military opened its ranks because of a ruling by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg one year ago. The court upheld a complaint by ...
  • California cops wary of new drug law

    01/01/2001 5:50:59 PM PST · by Free the USA · 15+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Monday, 1 January 2001 15:26 (ET)
    California cops wary of new drug law Monday, 1 January 2001 15:26 (ET) California cops wary of new drug law LOS ANGELES, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Undercover narcotics officers vow to continue working the mean streets of California as usual in 2001 despite a new state law that may keep many of the people they arrest out of jail. Proposition 36, approved by the state's voters in November, mandates drug treatment rather than jail for defendants charged with simple drug possession. The aim is to get small-time users into treatment so they may kick their budding habit before it ...
  • NATO troops being tested for cancer

    01/01/2001 11:34:20 AM PST · by Free the USA · 18+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Monday, 1 January 2001 2:01 (ET)
    NATO troops being tested for cancer Monday, 1 January 2001 2:01 (ET) NATO troops being tested for cancer Washington, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- NATO armies have begun testing soldiers for cancer following a number of deaths allegedly linked to the use of depleted uranium ammunition by U.S. pilots in Kosovo, the British Guardian newspaper reported Monday. France, Spain, Belgium and Portugal are studying the health of soldiers who served in Kosovo in order to test for radiation. Italy's military prosecutor is examining five deaths which some scientists link to ammunition used during the 1999 bombing of Serbian military targets ...
  • Israel to sign criminal court treaty

    01/01/2001 11:30:50 AM PST · by Free the USA · 90+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Sunday, 31 December 2000 21:51 (ET)
    Israel to sign criminal court treaty Sunday, 31 December 2000 21:51 (ET) Israel to sign criminal court treaty TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The Israeli government Sunday decided to sign the International Criminal Court Treaty, reversing an earlier decision not to do so. A statement the Prime Minister's Office issued late Sunday night said that a ministerial committee, headed by Prime Minister Ehud Barak, authorized Israel's ambassador at the United Nations to sign the paper "following clear legal clarifications that the signing would not harm the interests of Israel." The Haaretz newspaper said the army and the ...
  • Taiwan: No problem with one China

    12/31/2000 1:12:58 PM PST · by Free the USA · 11+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Sunday, 31 December 2000 16:08 (ET)
    Taiwan: No problem with one China Sunday, 31 December 2000 16:08 (ET) Taiwan: No problem with one China TAIPEI, Taiwan, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian said Sunday he was willing to accept the one China principle, which has been a bone of contention between the island and mainland China. "One China has never been a question under the Constitution of the Republic of China," Chen said in a televised speech on New Year's Eve. Taiwan's government refers to itself as the Republic of China, while mainland China, which considers Taiwan a renegade province, is known as ...
  • Report: Flaws in Cal print files

    12/31/2000 1:08:10 PM PST · by Free the USA · 29+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Sunday, 31 December 2000 16:17 (ET)
    Report: Flaws in Cal print files Sunday, 31 December 2000 16:17 (ET) Report: Flaws in Cal print files LOS ANGELES, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- An estimated half of the roughly 70 million digitized thumbprints contained in a database maintained by California's Department of Motor Vehicles are distorted to the point that they are of little use to law enforcement investigators, it was reported Sunday. The Orange County Register reported that the problem is extensive enough that it would take millions of dollars and as many as four years to correct the glitches and purge the bad prints from the ...
  • Social justice groups gear up for demonstrations

    12/31/2000 1:04:47 PM PST · by Free the USA · 11+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Sunday, 31 December 2000 14:01 (ET) | By KATHY GAMBRELL, Washington reporter
    Social justice groups gear up for demonstrations Sunday, 31 December 2000 14:01 (ET) Social justice groups gear up for demonstrations By KATHY GAMBRELL, Washington reporter WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, (UPI) -- Organizers of inauguration day protests are calling the day President-elect George W. Bush takes his oath of office "I-20", and are hoping to draw hundreds of thousands of demonstrators from around the country to trek to Washington for a mass demonstration. "There is an enormous amount of spontaneous organizing going on all over," said Brian Becker, co-director of New York-based International Action Center. Becker said that while large organizations ...
  • Commentary: Money changes everything

    12/31/2000 9:26:08 AM PST · by Free the USA · 8+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Sunday, 31 December 2000 13:09 (ET) | By JAMES CHAPIN, UPI Political Analyst
    Commentary: Money changes everything Sunday, 31 December 2000 13:09 (ET) Commentary: Money changes everything By JAMES CHAPIN, UPI Political Analyst WASHINGTON, Dec. 31st (UPI) - Immediately upon Al Gore's concession to George W. Bush, Bill Clinton moved with astonishing speed to make Terry McAuliffe, "his best friend and wallet," as New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd calls him, the new head of the Democratic National Committee. Although McAuliffe protested that it was not a "coronation," black and Hispanic leaders protested and are running a symbolic protest candidate, former Mayor Maynard Jackson of Atlanta, who argued, "I don't think we ...
  • Peacekeeper illnesses spark depleted uranium tests

    12/30/2000 7:37:44 PM PST · by Free the USA · 152+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Saturday, 30 December 2000 21:39 (ET)
    Peacekeeper illnesses spark depleted uranium tests Saturday, 30 December 2000 21:39 (ET) Peacekeeper illnesses spark depleted uranium tests LONDON, Dec. 31 (UPI) - Thousands of European troops who have served with NATO forces in Kosovo are to undergo medical tests for radiation exposure following incidences of cancer deaths and disclosure that some U.S. forces during the conflict used depleted uranium munitions, it was reported Sunday. France, Italy and Belgium are to begin the medical screenings this week, The Sunday Telegraph said, and Portugal and pain will follow suit. Portugal also plans to send a team of scientists to Kosovo ...
  • Commentary: Putin's Lucky Year

    12/30/2000 3:44:00 PM PST · by Free the USA · 10+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Saturday, 30 December 2000 19:28 (ET) | BY ARIEL COHEN
    Commentary: Putin's Lucky Year Saturday, 30 December 2000 19:28 (ET) Commentary: Putin's Lucky Year BY ARIEL COHEN WASHINGTON, December 30 (UPI) -- A year ago, Vladimir Putin emerged on the Russian and world scene amid the flames of the Chechen war. This "little victorious war" had roots in some real Islamic extremism, but primarily it was engineered to secure Putin's election as Russian president. One year later, many Russians are happier with their president than with Boris Yeltsin, his predecessor, and Russia is being taken more seriously around the world. Is this just Putin's luck or are there larger ...
  • Pakistan goes to polls; women to share power

    12/30/2000 3:38:19 PM PST · by Free the USA · 31+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Saturday, 30 December 2000 18:35 (ET)
    Pakistan goes to polls; women to share power Saturday, 30 December 2000 18:35 (ET) Pakistan goes to polls; women to share power ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- For the first time since the military takeover more than a year ago, Pakistanis are preparing to go to the polls Sunday to elect local government representatives. The polls, however, are also unique because the military government has reserved 33 percent seats for women, which has never been done in the region before. During the first phase, elections will be held in the three districts of Sindh province in the south, ...
  • Norton seen as ANWR expert

    12/30/2000 3:31:53 PM PST · by Free the USA · 18+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Saturday, 30 December 2000 18:24 (ET)
    Norton seen as ANWR expert Saturday, 30 December 2000 18:24 (ET) Norton seen as ANWR expert ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Advocates of development in Alaska generally see Colorado Attorney General Gale Norton, President-elect George W. Bush's pick as secretary of the interior, as a knowledgeable friend who will play a key role in the potential battle looming over oil exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve. The Anchorage Daily News said Saturday that reaction to Norton's nomination has generally been mixed, with environmentalist wary and pro-development forces pleased. "Based on the information at hand, she looks like ...
  • Russian lawmaker sues foreign tobacco companies

    12/30/2000 12:37:01 PM PST · by Free the USA · 10+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Saturday, 30 December 2000 15:15 (ET)
    Russian lawmaker sues foreign tobacco companies Saturday, 30 December 2000 15:15 (ET) Russian lawmaker sues foreign tobacco companies MOSCOW, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- An ultra-nationalist lawmaker in Russia's State Duma has filed a lawsuit against Philip Morris and British American Tobacco, accusing them of violating Russian consumer laws, Moscow's Sevodnya daily newspaper reported Saturday. Alexei Mitrofanov, a deputy from the camp of flamboyant nationalist leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, said the two companies had failed to indicate on the cigarette packs the country of origin, although "their cigarettes are being produced either in Russia or in third countries." Mitrofanov branded that ...
  • PG&E says gas supply in doubt

    12/30/2000 12:27:11 PM PST · by Free the USA · 8+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Saturday, 30 December 2000 14:31 (ET)
    PG&E says gas supply in doubt Saturday, 30 December 2000 14:31 (ET) PG&E says gas supply in doubt SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Between 15 and 20 natural gas suppliers have started refusing to sell their ethereal wares to Pacific Gas & Electric Company due to uncertainty over the financial health of California's utilities, PG&E confirmed. In a statement issued Friday night, PG&E said it had secured enough gas to last its Northern California customers through January, however the rest of the winter remained in doubt. PG&E, which along with Southern California Edison, has been clamoring for permission ...
  • US wont answer Palestinian questions

    12/30/2000 7:51:08 AM PST · by Free the USA · 6+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Saturday, 30 December 2000 10:35 (ET) | By SAUD ABU RAMADAN
    US wont answer Palestinian questions Saturday, 30 December 2000 10:35 (ET) US wont answer Palestinian questions By SAUD ABU RAMADAN GAZA, Dec. 30 (UPI) - Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said Saturday that the United States refused to respond with clarifications the Palestinians had asked for few days ago concerning the US proposals. Erekat told reporters that the United States had first asked the Palestinian authority to respond to the proposals before US responds to the clarifications the Palestinian authority had asked for. "How can we accept the US proposals before we receive the (clarifications) and before seeing the ...
  • General Dynamics offers Russia arms contract

    12/29/2000 9:00:26 PM PST · by Free the USA · 15+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Saturday, 30 December 2000 0:34 (ET)
    General Dynamics offers Russia arms contract Saturday, 30 December 2000 0:34 (ET) General Dynamics offers Russia arms contract MOSCOW, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A U.S. defense contractor, General Dynamics, has offered Moscow an unprecedented contract to produce high-technology armor for U.S. tanks, the Russian Itar-Tass news service reported Friday. The contract would pay for what is known as active armor for 3,000 Abrams tanks as well as other platforms, according to sources identified as both military and diplomatic. The two types of armor, called "Arena" and "Canopy," would have be tested at U.S. firing ranges, a requirement that has ...
  • Commentary: Next Pentagon chief a supporter of Iraqi resistance

    12/29/2000 7:37:24 PM PST · by Free the USA · 9+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 23:23 (ET) | By ELI J. LAKE
    Commentary: Next Pentagon chief a supporter of Iraqi resistance Friday, 29 December 2000 23:23 (ET) Commentary: Next Pentagon chief a supporter of Iraqi resistance By ELI J. LAKE WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI)-With the appointment of Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, President-elect George W. Bush has done the Iraqi resistance a great service. On Thursday Bush gave the keys to the Pentagon to an ardent supporter of the Iraqi National Congress, the umbrella group for the panoply of Iraq's at times disunited rebels, many of whom live in exile, but who strongly believe that American training and weapons are ...
  • City struggles with legacy of communist past

    12/29/2000 5:14:43 PM PST · by Free the USA · 16+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 20:28 (ET) | By ERIC JOHNSON
    City struggles with legacy of communist past Friday, 29 December 2000 20:28 (ET) City struggles with legacy of communist past By ERIC JOHNSON MOST, Czech Republic, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Mayor Jiri Sulc shakes his head in disbelief when discussing the recent election of communists in the mining-and-factory region that includes Most, in northern Czech Republic. "Communists destroyed everything" when they completely razed the historic, 13th-century community in the 1960s and rebuilt Most as a model of socialist efficiency -- a city of featureless, concrete high-rises, Sulc said. . Today, communism's legacy haunts Most. The city's 70,000 residents struggle ...
  • Comentary: Time for Arafat to go?

    12/29/2000 5:11:58 PM PST · by Free the USA · 13+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 20:58 (ET) | By CLAUDE SALHANI
    Comentary: Time for Arafat to go? Friday, 29 December 2000 20:58 (ET) Comentary: Time for Arafat to go? By CLAUDE SALHANI WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The charismatic leader of the Palestinian authority has been unable to make the transition from guerrilla fighter to statesman. As fighting in the second intifada continues unabated into its fourth month, the time may have come for Yasser Arafat to step down and ride off into the political sunset. For decades, as the undisputed commander of Palestinian forces in exile, Arafat successfully kept the cause of his people on the front burner of ...
  • Nude dancing cruises end

    12/29/2000 5:06:19 PM PST · by Free the USA · 17+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 20:39 (ET)
    Nude dancing cruises end Friday, 29 December 2000 20:39 (ET) Nude dancing cruises end PORT CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Officials at the Port Canaveral Port Authority were pleased to learn Friday there will be no more cruises for a ship that featured nude dancers as entertainment. The Canaveral Star's berth at the port is empty after creditors repossessed the ship. Court documents indicate the operators of the cruises were $950,000 in arrears on payments for the ship. The company's office has been closed. Port Authority officials had been trying to evict the Canaveral Star since shortly after ...
  • Media gets vote recount in Nassau County

    12/29/2000 4:43:56 PM PST · by Free the USA · 5+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 20:35 (ET)
    Media gets vote recount in Nassau County Friday, 29 December 2000 20:35 (ET) Media gets vote recount in Nassau County FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Another inspection of the presidential election ballots in Nassau County, Fla., has been completed Friday at the request of five major newspapers, including the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. Elections workers held up each ballot as Republican and Democratic observers looked on. The procedure was used to separate out the 195 undervotes, in which no candidate was selected, the 1,386 overvotes, where more than one candidate ...
  • Immigrants overcome historic barriers

    12/29/2000 3:56:20 PM PST · by Free the USA · 12+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 19:15 (ET) | By ANWAR IQBAL
    Immigrants overcome historic barriers Friday, 29 December 2000 19:15 (ET) Immigrants overcome historic barriers By ANWAR IQBAL SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Thousands of miles from the land where their faiths started, immigrant adherents of Christianity, Islam and Judaism in North America say their adopted home provides them with a unique opportunity to understand each other and put aside age-old animosities. This year, Christmas, Eid ul Fitr -- the end of Ramadan celebration -- and Hanukah were all in the same week ,which happens once in only 33 years. Taking advantage of this coincidence, Palestinian Christians and Muslims ...
  • Bush appointment roundup

    12/29/2000 3:09:49 PM PST · by Free the USA · 111+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 18:45 (ET)
    Bush appointment roundup Friday, 29 December 2000 18:45 (ET) Bush appointment roundup WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- President-elect George W. Bush packed four more into his Cabinet Friday, appointing heads of Health and Human Services, the Education Department, the Interior Department and the Veterans Affairs agency for his incoming administration. For secretary of education, Bush picked Houston Superintendent of Schools Rod Paige, 67, who would be the first black to head the agency. Paige worked on behalf of the presidential campaigns for both Bush and the president-elect's father, former President George Bush. Bush handed the Interior Department to Colorado ...
  • The New Tools of Russian Power: Oil and Gas Pipelines

    12/29/2000 1:47:07 PM PST · by Free the USA · 166+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 17:39 (ET) | BY ARIEL COHEN
    The New Tools of Russian Power: Oil and Gas Pipelines Friday, 29 December 2000 17:39 (ET) The New Tools of Russian Power: Oil and Gas Pipelines BY ARIEL COHEN WASHINGTON, December 29 (UPI) -- President Vladimir Putin is increasingly relying on oil and gas pipelines in his dealings with his neighbors who need them. Putin is achieving his stated goal, making Russia the predominant Eurasian power. The Newly Independent States (NIS, a.k.a. former Soviet republics) are paying attention as Moscow pulls their energy leash. This is the newest development in the geopolitics and geo-economics of Eurasia, to which policy ...
  • Clintons seal deal on Washington home

    12/29/2000 12:53:17 PM PST · by Free the USA · 13+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 16:46 (ET)
    Clintons seal deal on Washington home Friday, 29 December 2000 16:46 (ET) Clintons seal deal on Washington home WASHINGTON, Dec. 29, (UPI) -- President Bill Clinton and Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., on Friday sealed the deal on a Washington home located a few blocks away from the vice president's residence. The five-bedroom home which Hillary Clinton plans to use while Congress is in session is on Whitehaven Street near the U.S. Naval Observatory. The house was built in 1951, sits on 1/3 acre and measures about 5,550 square feet. The Clintons are purchasing the home for $2.8 million ...
  • Where have all the GOP celebrities gone?

    12/29/2000 12:21:44 PM PST · by Free the USA · 22+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 16:09 (ET) | By STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent
    Where have all the GOP celebrities gone? Friday, 29 December 2000 16:09 (ET) Where have all the GOP celebrities gone? By STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Where have all the Republican celebrities gone? Granted, there were never all that many in the first place. Yet, even the enormously unglamorous Richard Nixon could put together a higher wattage stable of celebrity supporters than George W. Bush, who often seemed stuck with the likes of Bo Derek. While Nixon backers Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Wilt Chamberlain might not have been all that hip ...
  • Official says many uncounted votes in Ga.

    12/29/2000 12:19:41 PM PST · by Free the USA · 185+ views
    UPI via VNY ^ | Friday, 29 December 2000 16:11 (ET)
    Official says many uncounted votes in Ga. Friday, 29 December 2000 16:11 (ET) Official says many uncounted votes in Ga. ATLANTA, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Georgia had almost twice the national rate of ballots that did not include a valid vote in the November presidential race, Secretary of State Cathy Cox said Friday. About 3 1/2 percent of those who cast ballots in November failed to vote for president or made errors that caused their presidential vote not to be counted. -- Copyright 2000 by United Press International. All rights reserved. --