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  • Obama agenda marches on despite controversies

    05/18/2013 3:06:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/18/13 | David Espo | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite Democratic fears, predictions of the demise of President Barack Obama's agenda appear exaggerated after a week of cascading controversies, political triage by the administration and party leaders in Congress and lack of evidence to date of wrongdoing close to the Oval Office. "Absolutely not," Steven Miller, the recently resigned acting head of the Internal Revenue Service, responded Friday when asked if he had any contact with the White House about targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status for special treatment. "The president's re-election campaign?" persisted Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. "No," said Miller.
  • Despite sequester, Obama to designate five national monuments

    03/22/2013 6:21:53 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/22/13 | Susan Crabtree
    ven as President Obama highlights impending cuts to national parks because of the sequester, he plans to use his power as president to designate five new national monuments Monday, according to an administration official. The new monuments will be: the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington State; the First State National Monument in Delaware and Pennsylvania; the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio and a monument commemorating Harriet Tubman and her role in helping black slaves reach freedom through the the Underground Railway in Maryland.
  • Clinton says U.S. must embrace Arab Spring despite dangers

    10/12/2012 9:04:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/12/12 | Andrew Quinn | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States must look past the violence and extremism that has erupted after the "Arab Spring" revolutions and boost support for the region's young democracies to forge long-term security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday. Clinton, seeking to reinforce the Obama administration's Middle East policy following a wave of anti-American violence and last month's deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, said Washington cannot be deterred by "the violent acts of a small number of extremists." "We recognize that these transitions are not America's to manage, and certainly not ours to win...
  • Second Greek bailout in reach despite funding gaps

    02/20/2012 1:39:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/20/12 | Luke Baker and Jan Strupczewski - Reuters
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers inched towards approving a second bailout for debt-laden Greece on Monday that would resolve Athens' immediate repayment needs but seems unlikely to revive the nation's shattered economy. Agreement on a 130-billion-euro rescue package on strict conditions would draw a line under months of uncertainty that has shaken the currency bloc, and avert imminent bankrupcty. As the ministers met, officials were struggling to make the numbers add up. EU sources said they had to cut a further 6 billion euros, via various means, to make the financing work, and private investors might have to...
  • BBC News: Markets fall despite Obama speech

    08/08/2011 2:41:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 8, 2011
    The main US share index, the Dow Jones, has closed down 5.6%, despite US President Barack Obama moving to try to reassure investors. In his first public reaction to Standard & Poor's downgrading the US, President Obama said markets continued to regard US government debt as being the highest possible grade. Yet despite his comments, the Nasdaq index fell even further, losing 6.9%. Prior to President Obama's speech, the Dow had only been 2.5% lower. He called on both Republicans and Democrats on Capital Hill to avoid party-political positioning over the issue. "It is not a lack of plans or...
  • Obama signing statement: despite law, I can do what I want on czars

    04/15/2011 4:04:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/15/11 | Jonathan Strong
    In marked contrast to vows as a candidate not to use presidential signing statements as “an end run around Congress,” President Obama released a statement on the just-signed spending bill saying despite the law’s restrictions on “czars,” he will “construe” the law not to interfere with “presidential prerogatives.” The move is an aggressive power play by Obama to gain an added advantage from the deal struck a week ago between the president, Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to narrowly avert government shutdown. The legislation prohibits government money being spent on four Obama “czars,”...
  • Catholic Church in Malaysia grows, despite Islamic pressure

    08/17/2010 3:02:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/17/2010 | Jeremy Lin
    Kota Kinabalu (AsiaNews) - Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah, is growing where the faithful are now more than 180 thousand, nearly 10% of the population. Sabah is one of 13 states of Malaysia and is situated in the northern part of Borneo.Many churches have increased the number of Sunday Masses, to cope with the influx of the faithful. The church of Stella Maris, for example, decided to celebrate on Sunday a third function in Bahasa Melayu, the local language, along with two others in English.Leonard Chin, faithful of the parish, told AsiaNews that "the...
  • Bear that bit hiker euthanized despite Facebook opposition

    05/21/2010 5:30:13 AM PDT · by don-o · 25 replies · 484+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | May 21, 2010 | Nash Armstrong
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials euthanized a 60-pound female black bear Thursday afternoon that attacked a hiker and ended up becoming an Internet cause celebre. Wildlife biologists determined the young bear that park rangers captured May 13 bit the foot of an unidentified man who got too close with a camera as he was hiking along the popular Laurel Falls Trail the day before. Park spokeswoman Nancy Gray said park policy dictates that all animals who attack humans must be euthanized. The bear was put down "in a humane manner," according to a National Park Service news release Thursday.
  • Despite plan, not a single fire boom on hand on Gulf Coast at time of oil spill

    05/03/2010 3:19:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies · 1,060+ views
    al.com ^ | 5/3/10 | Ben Raines
    If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land. The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand. burn2.jpgView full size(AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Sawyer)This April 28, 2010 image made from video released by the Deepwater Horizon Response Unified Command, shows an in situ burn in the Gulf of Mexico, in response to the oil spill after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. The "In-Situ Burn"...
  • Despite deep chill, global warming is still a peril: scientists

    01/07/2009 1:47:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 1,086+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/07/09 | Jerome Cartillier
    PARIS (AFP) – A cold front is sweeping across Europe after gripping swathes of North America last month, but the deep freeze does not mean the threat of global warming has abated, caution scientists. "The major trend is unmistakably one of warming," Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), told AFP. "If we look at the trajectory over the last 160 years, it overlays a large natural variability, and that's what causes confusion." The cooler weather that was a hallmark of 2008 can be explained partly by La Nina, a reversal of the phenomenon by which warm...
  • World's poorest increase despite growth: UNCTAD

    07/17/2008 12:26:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 79+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/08 | Reuters
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Record growth in the world's poorest countries has failed to prevent an increase in their total numbers of poor people, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on Thursday. Recent rising food costs threaten to undercut what modest progress has been achieved, while three quarters of people living in least developed countries (LDCs) still survive on less than $2 a day, it said in a report. Income under $2 a day does not allow most people to meet basic needs for food, water, shelter, health or education, the Least Developed Countries Report 2008 noted. The...
  • UC Execs Still Getting Perks Despite Criticism

    05/25/2007 3:12:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 413+ views
    ap on cbs5.com ^ | 5/25/07 | AP
    (AP) OAKLAND University of California executives are still getting additional compensation despite withering criticism from lawmakers and others. Officials of the 10-campus system came under fire when it was revealed they had quietly been paying executives millions above their reported salaries. Since then, administrators have overhauled their system to make sure the decisions are made publicly and with the proper authority, but they haven't stopped the extra compensation. UC officials say they have to make the exceptions to stay competitive in the job market. In the 15 months following the revelations, first reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, more than...
  • Welfare state growing despite overhauls

    02/25/2007 1:56:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 854+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/07 | Stephen Ohlemacher - ap
    WASHINGTON - The welfare state is bigger than ever despite a decade of policies designed to wean poor people from public aid. The number of families receiving cash benefits from welfare has plummeted since the government imposed time limits on the payments a decade ago. But other programs for the poor, including Medicaid, food stamps and disability benefits, are bursting with new enrollees. The result, according to an Associated Press analysis: Nearly one in six people rely on some form of public assistance, a larger share than at any time since the government started measuring two decades ago. Critics of...
  • House GOP shut out despite promises

    01/27/2007 9:56:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 74 replies · 1,177+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/27/07 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON - It was 2004 and Democrats were into their 10th year as the minority party in the House when they proposed a bill of rights to ensure their participation in the democratic process. The GOP ignored them. Now Republicans, newly demoted to the minority, say they are the ones suffering abuse despite repeated Democratic promises that theirs would be a more open, democratic and inclusive rule. "It seems," said Republican leader John Boehner (news, bio, voting record), R-Ohio, "over the last three weeks that the more we reach out and offer our hand of bipartisanship, (the more) it is...
  • Veterans Day parade ready to roll, despite some complaints

    11/07/2006 4:55:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 416+ views
    SIERRA VISTA ? Nearly four-dozen entries are scheduled to take part in the Veterans Day Parade in this community, which is home to an active-duty Army post and to a number of military retirees. For the first time, the parade's grand marshal is a woman veteran ? retired Army Col. Virginia Gannon. She was named to the honorary position ? the eighth grand marshal ? by Sierra Vista Mayor Thomas Hessler. "Sierra Vista is a better place because of people like Virginia Gannon," Hessler said. "She is one of those rare and special people who make a difference every day."...
  • Iraq Making Progress Despite Violence, U.S. General Says

    10/24/2006 5:27:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 213+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2006 – Iraq continues to make meaningful progress despite a recent spike of violence in Baghdad and some other parts of the country, the senior U.S. troop commander in Iraq said today. “The Baghdad security plan continues to have a dampening effect on sectarian violence,” Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told reporters at a Baghdad news conference. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad accompanied Casey at the briefing. U.S., coalition and Iraqi troops continue to work aggressively to further reduce violence in the capital and elsewhere in Iraq, Casey said. Extra U.S. troops dispatched to Baghdad...
  • Mystery Of The Missing Heat: Upper Ocean Has Cooled Slightly In Recent Years . . .

    09/29/2006 3:19:10 PM PDT · by blam · 52 replies · 1,512+ views
    Science News ^ | 9-30-2006 | Sid Perkins
    Mystery of the Missing Heat: Upper ocean has cooled slightly in recent years, despite warming climate Sid Perkins Between 2003 and 2005, the top layers of the world's oceans cooled slightly, but scientists aren't sure where the heat went. According to climate data gathered worldwide, 2003, 2004, and 2005 are three of the five warmest years since reliable record keeping of global air temperatures began more than a century ago. However, oceanographic surveys suggest that on average, the upper 750 meters of the world's ice-free oceans cooled about 0.03°C during that 3-year period. This cooling reverses an oceanic-warming trend observed...
  • Military’s Gas Gauge Reads ‘Full,’ Despite Prudhoe Bay Leak

    08/18/2006 4:16:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 309+ views
    FORT BELVOIR, Va., Aug. 18, 2006 – There’s plenty of fuel available to fill the tanks of U.S. military vehicles and aircraft despite widely reported accounts of a commercial oil pipeline rupture in Alaska, a senior Defense Department logistician said here yesterday. “We’re in good shape all the time. We have significant fuel reserves. If fuel became locally unavailable, … we could move fuel from elsewhere in the United States to cover DoD’s requirements,” John S. Bartenhagen Jr., Defense Energy Support Center deputy director for operations, said. The center buys fuel for defense department needs. It is a component...
  • Global warming puts 12 US parks at risk (Despite those leftist dictators, rest of planet good to go)

    07/25/2006 8:03:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies · 607+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/06 | Deborah Zabarenko
    Global warming puts 12 US parks at riskreport By Deborah Zabarenko Tue Jul 25, 3:51 PM ET Grizzly bear cubs in Yellowstone National Park. Global warming puts 12 of the most famous U.S. national parks at risk, environmentalists said on Tuesday, conjuring up visions of Glacier National Park without glaciers and Yellowstone without grizzly bears. (National Park Service/Reuters) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global warming puts 12 of the most famous U.S. national parks at risk, environmentalists said on Tuesday, conjuring up visions of Glacier National Park without glaciers and Yellowstone Park without grizzly bears. All 12 parks are located in the...
  • Iraqi soldiers’ progress steady despite logistical challenges

    07/24/2006 4:26:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 192+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin and Capt. Mike Alvarez
    CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq (July 24, 2006) -- Iraqi Army officers serving alongside Marines on this U.S. military air base in Al Anbar province are learning how to plan their own missions – a critical step to independent operations for Iraqi Security Forces, according to Marine officials here. Iraqi leadership within the 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division – one of two Iraqi brigades based in the province – are learning how to evaluate intelligence, organize information and conduct well-thought mission-planning briefs. “These guys have to be able to communicate … and support their battalions, and provide command and control...
  • Despite Ceasefire Talk, Five Kassams Explode in and Near Sderot (Video link)

    06/15/2006 3:37:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 209+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Jun 15, '06 | Hillel Fendel
    After a day of near quiet, a wave of five Kassam rockets was launched at Israel from northern Gaza Thursday morning. An Arutz Sheva TV was on the scene - live. Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal called on the government to resign in light of its failure to protect the city's residents. Visiting MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) decried the fact that while Sderot residents are suffering the consequences of the last withdrawal, "Olmert is abroad, declaring that the next withdrawal is a fait accompli." An Arutz Sheva English TV crew was in Sderot filming a live shoot of the hunger...
  • Combat veteran reenlistments still high despite war

    05/19/2006 5:39:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 319+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Brian A. Tuthill
    MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (May 19, 2006) -- What makes a first-term Marine with two combat tours, nearing the end of his four years in the Marine Corps, want to reenlist? This is a question many career planners aboard the Combat Center face daily when dealing with Marines nearing their end of active service date as they tailor both that question and incentives to each Marine. Their mission is to retain these combat veterans and other experienced Marines despite the possibility of deployments and hardships while a conflict overseas continues. Yet they still meet their...
  • CA: Fierce budget parley likely despite more cash on hand

    04/20/2006 9:24:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 281+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 4/20/06 | John Howard
    The Capitol's state-budget dance has begun, and the governor hopes that this year it will be a quick two-step. First, resolve the bonds to face voters in November. Then, flush with new money from a strong economy, approve a 2006-2007 spending plan of perhaps $127 billion. Above all, keep the bonds and budget separate. "That's because the budget bill is a leverage point that the Legislature can use against the governor on the bonds. It gives the Legislature control because of the timing," says Bill Leonard, a Republican and former legislative leader who served in both the Assembly and the...
  • Muhammad Gitmo Proceedings Begin Despite Defense Boycott

    04/07/2006 5:32:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 239+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, April 7, 2006 – The military commissions proceedings for suspected terrorist Binyam Ahmed Muhammad began dramatically here yesterday, with the defense team essentially boycotting the proceedings and Muhammad requesting to represent himself. At the start of the proceeding, Muhammad was joined at the defense table only by his detailed defense counsel, Air Force Maj. Yvonne Bradley. Muhammad's two civilian attorneys, Clive Stafford Smith and Joseph Margulies, were in the commissions room but did not sit at the table. Bradley refused to give a reason the civilian attorneys were not at the table and, in fact,...
  • CA: Record campaign spending predicted in 2006, despite new limits

    03/07/2006 10:02:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 218+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/7/06 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    With new restrictions on political giving, this was supposed to be a challenging year for candidates to round up cash in the race for governor. But with the contest barely under way, some experts already predict that the 2006 campaign will set a record for statewide political spending. Even with first-time caps on donations, the combined $130 million spent by then-Gov. Gray Davis and other candidates for governor in 2002 is almost certain to be eclipsed. Davis' campaign spent a state record $78 million that year, and some say that figure might be toppled, too. "All the factors, all the...
  • Marine Continues To March Forward Despite Loss of Left Leg (MEGA TISSUE ALERT!!!)

    03/06/2006 3:59:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 636+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2006 – Cpl. Jordan S. Pierson, 22, is an unquestionably loyal and determined Marine. Despite the loss of his left leg due to combat injuries sustained in Iraq Dec. 7, Pierson is set upon returning to active duty. As first lady Laura Bush looks on, President Bush hugs Candace Pierson of Auburndale, Fla., after her son, Marine Cpl. Jordan S. Pierson, was presented the Purple Heart for injuries suffered while serving in Iraq. The ceremony took place Dec. 21, 2005, at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Also in the room are Cpl. Pierson's...
  • Iraqi Security Forces Show Unity Despite Sectarian Violence

    02/27/2006 4:26:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 247+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2006 – Iraq's security forces are providing a model of unity for their countrymen, working together to maintain security in the face of sectarian violence, a U.S. spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq told reporters in Baghdad this weekend. Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch called the days following the Feb. 22 bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra a "difficult ... and confusing time" for Iraq, but said officials see no indication that a civil war is imminent. "There have been pockets of violence, but we don't see that as a precursor to civil war," he told reporters...
  • West Bank's Jewish Population Swells Despite Expulsion

    02/09/2006 3:57:46 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies · 306+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Feb 07, '06 | Staff
    Despite the forced removal of 10,000 residents, the construction of the Partition Wall and ongoing terror attacks, the number of Jews living in Yesha (Judea and Samaria) increased in 2005. According to figures released by the Peace Now group and confirmed by the Central Bureau of Statistics, 12,000 new residents moved into Judea and Samaria, resulting in a net population growth following the expulsion of close to 10,000 people from communities in Gaza and northern Samaria. The number of Jews living in Judea and Samaria, not counting eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods, is 250,000. The report also says that the natural growth...
  • Dog Deaths Surpass 100 Despite Toxic Pet Food Recall

    01/06/2006 9:58:51 PM PST · by crushelits · 107 replies · 5,029+ views
    yahoo ^ | Friday January 6, 2006 | LiveScience Staff
    Dog Deaths Surpass 100 Despite Toxic Pet Food Recall At least 100 dogs in the United States have been killed in recent weeks by toxic pet food despite a recall of the products, scientists said today.Some 19 brands of Diamond, Country Value and Professional dog foods have been recalled. But many pet owners are not aware of the recall, researchers at Cornell University said Friday.Dogs have refused to eat the food and, in some cases, their owners have enticed them with gravy and other lures without knowing they were killing the animals."Entire kennels have been wiped out, and because of...
  • US image problem persists among Muslims in Asia despite tsunami aid

    12/17/2005 2:46:05 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 55 replies · 941+ views
    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia : The image of the United States in tsunami-hit parts of Asia may have enjoyed a boost thanks to its massive aid donations, but one year on, residents say US policy speaks louder than dollars. The US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, along with Washington's pro-Israeli stance, have incensed Muslims across the region, and no amount of aid -- even in tsunami-ravaged Indonesia -- has soothed their anger. "I don't like the leader of the American people. I don't mind the people, I just don't like their leader," says Yan, a 35-year-old Acehnese dried fish trader who...
  • Despite domestic waves, Iran will keep its president

    12/09/2005 8:40:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 251+ views
    CSM on yahoo ^ | 12/9/05 | Abbas William Samii - CSM
    BEIRUT, LEBANON - Tehran and Iranian opposition websites in recent weeks are rife with rumors that the regime is about to replace ultraconservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Such allegations feature claims that the new president was rebuffed when he tried to meet with regime stalwarts, such as the head of the country's wealthiest religious foundation, and when he sought guidance from leading mainstream clerics. Contributing to the speculation on official displeasure with Mr. Ahmadinejad was Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's grant of executive branch oversight powers in October to the Expediency Council, a state agency headed by Ayatollah Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, who...
  • Despite Media Battle, Terrorists Fail to Stop Progress in Iraq

    10/31/2005 4:08:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 456+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Oct 31, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2005 – Despite a desperate media battle in Iraq, terrorists are failing to stop Iraqis from advancing on the political and security fronts, a senior military official in Baghdad told reporters Oct. 30. "To the terrorists, the media is a vital force multiplier," said Air Force Brig. Gen. Donald Alston, director of strategic communications for Multinational Force Iraq during a briefing at the Combined Press Information Center in Baghdad. That's why terrorists targeted Baghdad's Palestine Hotel, a base for many media outlets, during an Oct. 24 car bombing, Alston said. He called the bombing a signature al...
  • News Analysis: End strength up despite recruiting shortfall (GO ARMY!)

    10/26/2005 5:52:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 326+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Oct 26, 2005 | Bill Yamanaka
    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 26, 2005) -- There are those who might focus on the fact that the Army missed its self-imposed recruiting goals in fiscal year 2005, yet ignore the fact that the total end strength and capabilities of the Army are what matter most. The men and women of the Army clearly derive a great deal of satisfaction from their decision to serve our nation as evidenced by the fact the Army exceeded its re-enlistment goals across the board. “America’s Army remains the pre-eminent land force in the world today,” said Secretary of the Army Francis Harvey....
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton vows to fight on, despite defeat of 'Katrina Commission' bill

    09/14/2005 2:26:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 52 replies · 1,315+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/14/05
    Clinton vows to fight on, despite defeat of 'Katrina Commission' bill 2 hours, 23 minutes ago WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Senator Hillary Clinton vowed to continue to fight for a "Katrina Commission" probing the federal government's sluggish early response to last month's massive hurricane -- even after the defeat of a bill she authored to create such a panel. "I called for an independent Katrina Commission because it is simply not appropriate for government to investigate itself," said Clinton, whose bill was defeated by a party-line vote of 44 to 54. "If we are truly going to provide the people...
  • Bush: Troops Need Support Despite Political Debate

    08/31/2005 7:30:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 228+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 31, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2005 – Debate about policy decisions and his approval rating as president are not reflections on the value of the service military members are providing every day, President Bush said in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 30. After speaking at a ceremony commemorating the Allied victory over Japan 60 years ago, the president and first lady Laura Bush sat down to an interview with the Pentagon Channel and discussed the importance of support for the troops, regardless of what people may think of his politics. "There's a difference between whether or not people support the decisions I have...
  • Despite Insurgent Efforts, Progress on Iraqi Constitution Continues

    08/25/2005 4:38:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 340+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 25, 2005 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2005 – Insurgents continued their attempts to derail the democratic process and discredit the Iraqi government this week, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said during a briefing from Baghdad, Iraq, today. "They continue to target the innocent men, women and children of Iraq with horrific acts of violence," Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch said. "Insurgents conducted a complex attack (Aug. 24) against civilians and Iraqi police officers, resulting in the unfortunate death 13 police officers and 27 innocent civilians." Insurgents entered a home in western Iraq, killed the five occupants, and then blew up the home,...
  • Israel Set to Withdraw from Key Cities Despite Terror Upsurge

    03/08/2005 10:01:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 337+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | Mar 07, '05 | staff
    Despite an upsurge in the frequency and severity of terrorist attacks, the IDF is going ahead with plans to transfer control of five key cities in Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz is scheduled to meet with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in the next few days in order to coordinate the IDF withdrawal. The withdrawal, agreed upon at the Sharon-Abbas summit in Sharm El-Sheik, has been held up due to a terrorist attack on a Tel Aviv night club on February 25, which killed five and wounded 50. The suicide bomber came from Tulkarem, one...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger predicts 30 percent increase in state's costs despite reforms

    01/13/2005 6:35:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 384+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/13/05 | Steve Lawrence - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's workers' compensation costs are going down, but you wouldn't know it by looking at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget proposals. They include big increases in the state's own workers' comp costs. The Republican governor's budget predicts the state's cost of dealing with job-related injuries and illnesses among its employees will jump 30 percent over two fiscal years - despite much-touted changes Schwarznegger pushed through the Legislature last April. Jim Zelinski, a spokesman for the State Compensation Insurance Fund, a quasi-governmental agency that administers the state's workers' compensation program, said savings from the 2004 legislation and cost-cutting bills...
  • CA: Perata planning agenda despite FBI investigation (PeRataGate)

    12/06/2004 6:36:55 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 304+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/6/04 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross - SF Chronicle
    He may be under the cloud of an FBI investigation, but incoming state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata is not being at all shy about his feelings regarding Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, his fellow Democrats or his plans for this year's legislative session. We sat down for an interview with Perata on the eve of the Oakland Democrat's ascension to what is often described as the state's second-most- powerful job. Some of the highlights: M&R: One recent poll commissioned by your own caucus showed that Gov. Schwarzenegger's popularity is still at a sky-high 62 percent among voters. Perata: That's right....
  • This Election Was All About De Spite of the Socialist Left, Democrat Party

    11/02/2004 11:15:46 PM PST · by DoughtyOne · 9 replies · 240+ views
    My own thoughts... | 11/02/04 | DoughtyOne
    Despite the leftist television media... Despite the leftist print media... Despite the leftist radio presentations... Despite leftist books directed at conservatives... Despite fraudulent productions like Michael Moore's propaganda shirade... Despite Hollywierd's "movie stars" using their stardom... Despite countless media presentations that slam conservative values non-stop overtly... Despite countless media presentations that slam conservative values non-stop covertly... Depsite MTV's full court press to propagandize our children... Despite Soros' millions... Despite Chinese Communist funding... Despite the teacher's unions and extreme propaganda k-12... Despite the univerities being overrun part and parcel over 90% by communists... Despite the labor unions and their tens of...
  • Good, despite themselves (GOP playing politics with Sandy Berger situation?)

    08/06/2004 3:00:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies · 699+ views
    Journal-Advocate ^ | 8/05/04 | DONALD KAUL
    Good, despite themselves Article Last Updated: Thursday, August 05, 2004 - 12:54:17 PM MST By DONALD KAUL, Retired Washington columnist, Des Moines Register The Democratic National Convention got off to a rip-roaring start last week with its parade of Golden Oldies - President Jimmy, Uncrowned Prince Al and, of course, Big Bill. Taken together, their speeches constituted the best first day of a political convention in memory. The trio managed to offer a scathing critique of the Bush Administration's preemptive-war strategy, as well as his reverse Robin Hood economic policies, without getting too personal about the president himself (although Jimmy...
  • Despite Bugs, Rovers Still Explore Mars

    08/04/2004 7:46:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 674+ views
    PASADENA, Calif. - Both of NASA (news - web sites)'s aging Mars rovers have been experiencing problems but continue to explore opposite sides of the Red Planet, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Wednesday. A semiconductor component aboard the Spirit rover did not power up while commands were being executed on Aug. 1, affecting the ability to use its three spectrometer instruments. Engineers believe the problem likely involves the timing of instruction signals reaching the component, called a gate array, within microseconds of each other. If that is confirmed, the likely solution would be to insert a delay between the signals,...
  • (President) Bush Claims Progress Despite Iraq Violence

    06/16/2004 11:06:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 164+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/16/04 | Tom Raum - AP
    MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - President Bush (news - web sites) gave a pep talk on Wednesday to U.S. forces in Afghanistan (news - web sites) and Iraq (news - web sites), claiming steady progress toward democracy in both countries despite a surge in violence in Iraq. "The future of a free Iraq is now coming into view," Bush told several thousand troops in a giant hangar at this waterfront Tampa, Fla., air base that is home to the U.S. Central Command. "A democratic free Iraq is on the way." His remarks were beamed to troops in Iraq and...
  • Rice: Nation Ill-Prepared Despite Threats

    04/08/2004 8:21:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 136+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/8/04 | Hope Yen - AP
    WASHINGTON - National security adviser Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) testified Thursday "there was no silver bullet that could have prevented" the Sept. 11, 2001 terror strikes, conceding the United States was ill-prepared despite a threat two decades in the making. President Bush (news - web sites) "understood the threat, and he understood its importance," in advance, she told a national commission in implicit rejection of claims made last month by former terrorism aide Richard Clarke. Rice said the president came into office determined to develop a "more robust" policy to combat al-Qaida. "He made clear to me that...
  • UCSF exec gets big raise despite university system's budget troubles

    11/25/2003 3:32:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 198+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/25/03 | AP - San Francisco
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Despite chronic budget troubles, University of California officials have approved a $27,300 pay raise for a UC San Francisco executive.</p> <p>The 12.9 percent hike for Bruce Spaulding, vice chancellor at UCSF, was approved by UC President Robert Dynes and Board of Regents' chairman John Moores.</p>
  • CA: 33,000 hired -- despite freeze

    11/21/2003 9:35:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 168+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/21/03 | John Hill
    <p>Despite a hiring freeze imposed as California plunged into an unprecedented fiscal crisis, the state has hired more than 33,000 workers in the past two years, according to new figures compiled by the state Controller's Office.</p> <p>The numbers suggest the challenge faced by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- who ordered his own hiring freeze Thursday -- in trimming the state payroll.</p>
  • CA: Despite Davis' words, state's lights could still go out again

    08/25/2003 10:16:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 200+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/25/03 | Dan Walters
    <p>There were a number of head-shaking oddities in Gov. Gray Davis' statewide televised speech last week -- the one in which he more or less, sort of, kind of shouldered some responsibility for some of California's recent woes.</p> <p>One of them was Davis' attempt to take credit for California's not having power blackouts when Eastern states were going dark.</p>
  • SARS Still Spreading In China Despite Controls, Says WHO

    04/28/2003 4:26:41 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 4-29-2003 | Jeremy Laurance
    Sars still spreading in China despite controls, says WHO By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor 29 April 2003 The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome has peaked in most hot spots for the disease but is getting worse in China, the World Health Organisation said yesterday. The WHO declared Vietnam the first country to contain Sars and said Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong appeared to be winning the battle against the disease. But it said China was still not providing full information about its cases. It was also revealed yesterday that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta...
  • Al-Qa'ida Still A Threat Despite Loss Of Key Men

    09/14/2002 3:39:50 PM PDT · by blam · 296+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-15-2002 | Andrew Buncombe
    Al-Qa'ida still a threat despite loss of key men By Andrew Buncombe, in Washington 15 September 2002 The capture of Ramzi Binalshibh was last night hailed as a coup for the US and a serious strike at the heart of the al-Qa'ida leadership. Experts say Mr Binalshibh is the second-most important al-Qa'ida figure to have been seized since the attacks of 11 September, of which he was allegedly a key plotter and in which he intended to take part. A year after the attacks on New York and Washington, the terror organisation has been reorganising and plotting further atrocities. US...
  • US Determined To Oust Saddam Despite Iraq Offer

    08/03/2002 1:53:40 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 235+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 8-3-2002 | Randal Mikkelsen
    U.S. Determined to Oust Saddam Despite Iraqi Offer Sat Aug 3, 4:19 PM ET By Randall Mikkelsen KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (Reuters) - The United States said on Saturday Iraq's invitation for talks with U.N. arms inspectors would not sway its determination to topple Iraqi President Saddam Hussein , despite Baghdad's insistence that the offer was genuine. "That's our policy, it has not changed," said U.S. National Security Council spokesman Sean McCormack, reiterating Washington's often-stated goal of ousting Saddam. President Bush accuses Saddam of being a menace to the region and said this week he was "looking at all options, the use...