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  • Japan: North Korea launches 'missile'

    02/06/2016 5:03:40 PM PST · by Nextrush · 104 replies
    NHK World ^ | 2/6/2016 | NHK
    The Japanese government says North Korea launched what's widely believed to be a long-range ballistic missile on Sunday. The government said the missile was launched at 9:31 AM Japan time from the western coast of North Korea toward the direction of Okinawa Prefecture.
  • Net Neutrality Launches under FCC’s ‘Ministry of Innovation’

    06/16/2015 11:41:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/16/15 | Chriss W. Street
    The media silence was deafening on Friday as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched “Net Neutrality” regulations–possibly the most far-reaching and intrusive regulatory action of the 21st century. When Breitbart News published “Everybody Equal, But Google Much More Equal” in February, revealing how the FCC’s Democratic majority gave Google the “heads up” on the secret regulations and allowed executives to tweak the deal, there was a huge uproar. But now that the Internet is under the FCC’s “Ministry of Innovation,” the media seem to have moved on. As Seton Motley noted at RedState, there was no mention in the tech...
  • Judge launches special inquiry into missing IRS emails and Lerner hard drive

    08/14/2014 8:38:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8/14/14 | William A. Jacobson
    Insufficient IRS explanations cause Judge to order sworn answers from IRS about Lois Lerner’s hard drive and emails. Judicial Watch has sued over missing IRS emails in the federal district court in D.C., pursuant to its FOIA request for such documents.The IRS was ordered to provide explanations as to missing emails, particularly Lois Lerner.The IRS provided explanations, but those were not good enough for the Judge, who launched his own inquiry into the matter, as Judicial Watch explained in a statement posted on its website: Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement in response to today’s order...
  • John Kerry launches global effort to save world´s oceans ´under siege´

    06/11/2014 9:06:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Guardian ^ | 6/11/14 | Suzanne Goldenber
    The US secretary of state, John Kerry, launched a new global effort on Wednesday to save oceans “under siege” from over-fishing, plastic pollution and climate change. Kerry said he hoped to build momentum for the protection effort at a two-day summit at the State Department next week. The 16-17 June gathering will for the first time bring together world leaders, business executives, scientists, and environmental activists in an attempt to deal with major threats to oceans. “Increasingly, the ocean is threatened,” Kerry told a small group of reporters at the State Department. “The world´s oceans, as vast as
  • W.H. 'would not be surprised' if North Korea launches missile

    04/05/2013 12:38:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 107 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/5/13 | DONOVAN SLACK
    White House press secretary Jay Carney said Friday that the administration wouldn't be surprised if North Korea followed through on threats to launch a missle. "We've obviously seen the reports that North Korea may be making preparations to launch a missile. We're monitoring this situation cclosely, and we would not be surprised to see them take such an action," Carney said during a press briefing. "We have seen them launch missiles in the past and the United Nations Security Council has repeatedly condemned them as violations of the North’s obligations under numerous Security Council resolutions, and it would fit their...
  • North Korea launches rocket in defiance of critics

    12/11/2012 5:24:42 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    North Korea launches rocket in defiance of critics 8:07pm EST SEOUL (Reuters) - Isolated and impoverished North Korea launched its second long- range rocket of 2012 on Wednesday in what it said was a bid to put a satellite into space. The North launched the rocket close to the first anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong-il and as elections loom in South Korea and Japan. The launch, reported by South Korean media, was confirmed by South Korea's Defense Ministry. Pyongyang says it is entitled to launch a satellite into space but critics say the rocket development is...
  • Obama campaign launches ‘Rabbis for Obama’ (Gallup has it 68% to 25% among Jewish voters)

    08/21/2012 1:56:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 86 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 8/21/12 | Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News | The Ticket
    President Barack Obama's reelection campaign unveiled "Rabbis for Obama"—a group of more than 600 rabbis from across the country—at a time when Republicans are hoping to erode the Democrat's wide lead among Jewish voters. "Their ringing endorsement of President Obama speaks volumes about the president's deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel and his dedication to a policy agenda that represents the values of the overwhelming majority of the American Jewish community," Ira Forman, the campaign's Jewish Outreach Director, said in a statement. The announcement came with a state-by-state list of the rabbis backing Obama, who leads...
  • BREAKING NEWS: North Korea launches rocket, South Korean news agency Yonhap reports

    04/12/2012 4:04:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 96 replies
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  • Planned Parenthood Launches TV Ad Campaign To Defend Obama’s Attack On Catholics…

    02/02/2012 6:15:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 2/2/12 | zip
    Planned Parenthood Launches TV Ad Campaign To Defend Obama’s Attack On Catholics… Payback for all support (and taxpayer cash) Obama has bestowed on Planned Parenthood. Via LifeNews: The Planned Parenthood abortion business is defending President Barack Obama’s decision to put in place a mandate forcing religious employers to pay for insurance coverage for their employees that covers birth control or drugs that may cause abortions. The Obama Administration issued a statement re-iterating the “contraceptive mandate” requiring all insurance providers cover the full range of FDA-approved drugs and devices would remain intact. This mandate, issued in August, includes drugs that work...
  • Viasat broadband 'super-satellite' launches

    10/19/2011 5:54:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/19/11 | BBC
    One of the most powerful satellites ever built has headed into orbit on a Russian Proton rocket. The Viasat-1 spacecraft will deliver broadband services to customers in the US and Canada. With a total data throughput of some 140 Gbps, the satellite has more capacity than all other communication satellites over North America combined. Viasat-1 left Earth from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The lift-off for its carrier Proton rocket occurred at 00:48 local time (18:48 GMT). The flight was due to last more than nine hours, and two hours in all was reported to be well. Viasat-1 will be...
  • Obama Launches Twitter War on GOP

    10/04/2011 11:27:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox ^ | 10/4/11 | Devin Dwyer, ABC News
    President Obama’s re-election team is attempting to mobilize grassroots support for his jobs bill on Twitter, as he pitches the plan in Dallas today. The new initiative, which the Obama campaign calls “Tweet for Jobs,” features an interactive website that helps users send messages directly to Republican members of Congress by simply entering their zip code and picking from a list of pre-scripted tweets.
  • LA Times: With approval rating at new low, Obama launches three-day bus blitz

    08/15/2011 5:36:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 15, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Peter Nicholas
    Minneapolis — Burdened by sagging poll numbers, hamstrung by poor economic news, and trapped in Washington for much of the summer because of the debt ceiling fight, President Obama will seek to reverse his recent fortunes by hitting the open road. Obama Monday will embark on a three-state, five-town bus tour deep in the heart of the American Midwest. The campaign-style swing comes at a time when a new Gallup Poll shows the president sliding below a 40 % approval rating for the first time. The White House maintains the president will confine his remarks to the economy and will...
  • Spanish gym launches nudist workout sessions to win back business (no pictures please)

    04/26/2011 2:14:13 PM PDT · by steveo · 25 replies · 2+ views ^ | 04/26/2011 | NewsCore
    A STRUGGLING gym in northern Spain hopes to entice new customers by offering nudist workout sessions, making it the first in the country to target naturists looking to get into shape. Liberal-minded customers in the northern town of Arrigorriaga are invited to burn calories in the buff at Easy Gym, which provides towels for comfort and to "prevent slippage on the equipment." "We knew we had to innovate because we were losing clients," said Easy Gym owner Merche Laseca. "Times are hard. There is a crisis. I need the money. I am not a nudist myself, but I don't mind...
  • Judiciary Committee Launches Probe of Kagan’s Involvement in Obamacare

    07/06/2011 8:18:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 7/6/11 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The House Judiciary Committee is launching an investigation to probe the involvement that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan had in “health care legislation or litigation” when she was serving as President Barack Obama’s solicitor general and was responsible for defending the administration’s position in federal court cases. The investigation will look at whether Kagan is required by law to recuse herself from judging cases challenging President Obama’s health-care law and whether her answers to questions posed by the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation process were accurate.
  • Bachmann Launches Presidential Campaign

    06/27/2011 9:05:43 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 241 replies
    Fox News ^ | 27 June 2011 | Staff
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, stressing her Iowa roots and appealing directly to Tea Party voters, came out swinging Monday as she formally launched her campaign for president. Buoyed by a strong showing in several recent polls, the Minnesota congresswoman cast her campaign as the voice for "constitutional conservatives" looking for a government that lives within its means while giving the private sector the room to grow. She launched a broadside against President Obama for racking up too much debt while stimulating too little job growth and vowed to make him a "one-term president." "We cannot afford four more years of Barack...
  • FBI Launches investigation of Gulen and his movement

    03/24/2011 10:22:56 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 3/24/11 | Dr. Paul L. Williams
    Fethullah Gulen, dubbed “the most dangerous Islamist on planet earth,” is now under investigation by the F.B.I. for his network of charter schools throughout the country. The 140-plus charter schools, according to a newly released federal document, may serve as madrassahs where students are “brain-washed” to serve as proponents of the New Islamic World Order that Gulen purportedly seeks to create. The Gulen schools, which have been established in nearly every state in the union, bear
  • Russia launches universal ID and payment card.

    02/28/2011 9:07:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies ^ | 2/28/11 | staff
    Imagine a piece of plastic that gets you a doctor's appointment, pays your bills, allows you to rent a car or buy a plane ticket and even get Moscow registration faster than the sham ads in the Moscow metro. President Dmitry Medvedev promised Monday that three years from now all Russians will have this magic card. He gave the government till May to make final calculations of the funds necessary to introduce the universal electronic card, or UEC, for all citizens and urged banks to not take advantage of card users at the meeting of the commission on modernization and...
  • Manhattan DA launches criminal probe of pro-choice group's spending (NARAL looted for luxuries)

    02/17/2011 3:16:12 AM PST · by Liz · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/16/11 | BRENDAN SCOTT, NY Post correspondent
    ...........a bombshell audit found an ex-NARAL President siphoned off more than $100,000 for meals, high-end clothing, a Hamptons rental, and $100,000 to chauffeur her kids to school. The allegations against the Dem-leaning charity have far-reaching political implications for state AG Eric Schneiderman.... whose office regulates charities, and who received NARAL's endorsement. His father, Irwin Schneiderman, was NARAL’s treasurer during the audit period.
  • Obama launches new fight over nominees

    01/27/2011 8:29:24 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 11 replies ^ | 01/27/11 09:44 AM ET | Kevin Bogardus
    President Obama has triggered a new fight with Republicans by re-nominating two controversial officials to key administration posts. Obama on Wednesday re-nominated former labor lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board, and Donald Berwick to serve as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • J Street Launches Campaign Against Ros-Lehtinen

    01/19/2011 3:46:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    commentary mag ^ | 1/19/11 | Alana Goodman
    J Street is calling on Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to return campaign contributions that she received from Irving Moskowitz, the financier behind the new construction at the Shepherd’s Hotel site. Yes, the George Soros–funded J Street is criticizing someone for taking money from a controversial philanthropist. This is too easy: With the two-state solution hanging by a thread, what a terrible signal it sends for an American political leader to be so cozy with a far-right political funder whose actions undermine the foreign policy of the United States and makes a two-state solution harder to achieve. Ros-Lehtinen, the new Republican chair...
  • Planned Parenthood Launches ‘Social Change Initiative’ to Teach Parents How to Educate Children ...

    01/03/2011 4:47:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 1/3/11 | Penny Starr
    The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is signaling its intention to dominate the national sex education agenda. Specifically, Planned Parenthood's Web site announced the group is preparing to launch a nationwide “social change initiative” to end the “stigma and shame about sex” in American culture. The project aims to teach parents and caregivers how to educate children about sex -- from birth. And it recommends telling teenagers about masturbation, oral sex and “where to go for help to prepare to be sexually active.”
  • Mrs. Obama launches new lodging for vets' families

    12/02/2010 11:50:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    aol news ^ | 12/2/10 | Associated Press, by David Dishneau,
    BETHESDA, Md. -First lady Michelle Obama has helped open three new residences for families of ailing U.S. soldiers and veterans in Maryland. Obama cut the red ribbon Thursday for the Fisher Houses at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. She was flanked by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Ken Fisher of the Fisher House Foundation. Obama says the homes provide a comfortable place for families who have made a sacrifice for their country. The residences will provide free lodging for the families of as many as 60 sick and injured service members. The Rockville-based foundation has built dozens of...
  • Launches Improved Pro-Life News Web Site

    10/26/2010 2:33:13 PM PDT · by julieee ^ | October 26, 2010 | Steven Ertelt Launches Improved Pro-Life News Web Site Washington, DC ( --, the premier pro-life news service on the Internet has officially launched our new, improved web site featuring a revised look and design and a slate of new features.
  • Soros group launches attack on poll watchers Jackson Lee accused of threatening observers ..

    10/25/2010 8:45:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    wnd ^ | 10/25/10 | Bob Unruh
    A George Soros-funded organization, aided by Texas U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Democrat, apparently is trying to chase volunteer observers from precinct polling locations across Harris County, Texas, after the watchers found election judges and clerks allegedly voting for citizens who were undecided. "Only a week into early voting, volunteer poll-watchers also are being verbally and physically harassed by people loitering at the polls with no intention to vote at the time, including a man identified as a reverend and Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who was seen inside the polling location electioneering and threatening to turn a poll-watcher's...
  • Gov't launches plan to help "underwater" borrowers

    09/07/2010 9:41:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/7/10 | Alan Zibel - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is trying to jump-start its sputtering attempts to tackle the foreclosure crisis with an effort to assist homeowners who owe more on their properties than their homes are worth. The Federal Housing Administration will allow lenders to give these borrowers refinanced loans if the lender agrees to forgive at least 10 percent of the original mortgage amount. The plan, .. announced in March, .. available starting Tuesday. The FHA said .. between 500,000 and 1.5 million homeowners are projected to be helped.
  • Pennsylvania launches wine vending machines

    07/08/2010 7:41:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 7/8/10 | ap
    Swipe your driver's license, look into the camera, blow into the breath sensor and - voila! - you have permission to buy a bottle of wine from a vending machine. Pennsylvania, which has some of the most Byzantine liquor laws in the nation, recently introduced the country's first wine "kiosks." If the machines are successful in their test run inside two grocery stores, the state Liquor Control Board could place the high-tech alcohol automats in about 100 others.
  • US government launches new website on Gulf oil spill -

    07/07/2010 4:07:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 1+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 7/7/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government Wednesday launched a new website to give information on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, moving away from the portal jointly run with oil giant BP. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the top government official handling the spill, said the site was "designed to serve as a one-stop repository for news, data and operational updates related to administration-wide efforts to stop the BP oil leak." The website aims to provide "even greater transparency and openness about the BP oil spill, our historic response, the tools available to assist Gulf Coast communities, and plans...
  • Lebanese army launches surface-to-air missles at Israeli jets

    05/26/2010 8:31:10 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 182 replies · 5,547+ views
    BEIRUT, May 26 (KUNA) -- The Lebanese army announced on Wednesday that it launched surface-to-air missiles at Israeli fighter jets that had violated the Lebanese airspace. A statement issued by the army directorate said that the two Israeli jets penetrated Lebanese airspace over the town of Kfar Kila in the south, heading to Shaka town.
  • W.H. launches Israel P.R. offensive

    05/03/2010 7:53:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 427+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/3/10 | Laura Rosen
    The White House is engaged in an aggressive effort to reassure Jewish leaders that the tense relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government that has played out in public in the past few months does not signify any fundamental change in U.S. policy. Concern within the administration over the domestic repercussions of the recent clashes with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government reached a critical point about 10 days ago, as Israel was about to mark its 62nd year of independence.
  • W.H. launches Aldrin's defense

    04/14/2010 5:21:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies · 779+ views
    politico ^ | 4.14/10 | KENDRA MARR
    A day after three former astronauts derided President Obama’s space policy, the White House is firing back. In an email sent Wednesday afternoon from the White House press office, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin applauded the president’s “boldness” and changes to NASA’s human spaceflight missions. “I believe that this is the right program at the right time, and I hope that NASA and our dedicated space community will embrace this new direction as much as I do,” he said in a statement. “By so doing we can together continue to use space exploration to help drive prosperity and innovation right...
  • Obama launches sales blitz for health reform

    03/25/2010 12:29:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 994+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/10 | Hieu Pham
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AFP) – US President Barack Obama Thursday launched a sales blitz for his historic health care reforms, as Democrats battled deep Republican anger to finish a set of fixes to the law. Obama returned on Air Force One to Iowa, the cradle of his 2008 campaign, to proclaim he had made good on the political change he promised, by enacting reforms dreamed of by Democrats for generations, but never realized until now. The president was also expected to take on Republicans as they seek to define the historic bill as a costly, big government power grab, in...
  • Rancho Cordova-based insurer launches medical marijuana coverage

    03/02/2010 9:41:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies · 223+ views ^ | 3/2/10 | Mark Glover
    A Rancho Cordova-based insurer Monday launched what it calls the first nationally available insurance coverage designed specifically for the medical marijuana industry. Only 14 states allow use of medical marijuana today, but Statewide Insurance Services is nonetheless offering coverage in all 50 states.
  • Starbucks Launches Instant-Coffee Onslaught on SNL

    09/30/2009 1:43:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 641+ views
    Advertising Age ^ | 9/30/09 | Emily Bryson York
    CHICAGO ( -- Starbucks aired the first creative for its Via Ready Brew during the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" last night. Four 15-second spots from agency BBDO, New York, challenged consumers to a taste test at its cafes this week, to discern the difference between its much-lauded instant product and the Starbucks house brew. The company wouldn't confirm details about the upcoming national advertising campaign for Via, other than the official launch date, this Sept. 29. An executive familiar with the matter cautioned that "SNL" creative may not reflect the look and feel of the upcoming campaign. The...
  • China launches formal anti-dumping probe into US poultry imports

    09/27/2009 12:31:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 440+ views
    M & C ^ | 9/27/09 | staff
    Beijing - China formally ordered an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe into imports of US poultry on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Commerce. The investigation came in response to a petition received by the China Animal Husbandry Association on behalf of the domestic poultry industry, the ministry said in a statement on its website. China first announced it would launch an anti-dumping probe into US poultry exports and automobile parts, just days after US President Barack Obama announced new tariffs on US imports of Chinese-made tyres on September 11. Preceding the G20 summit earlier this week, Chinese President Hu Jintao...
  • Microsoft launches home energy monitoring tool

    06/25/2009 8:58:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 603+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/09 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US software giant Microsoft launched a free online home energy monitoring tool on Wednesday that allows consumers to gauge their usage and reduce consumption. Microsoft Hohm, available as a beta, or test, version in the United States at, lets users "better understand their energy usage, get recommendations and start saving money," Microsoft said. "We believe technology will play a pivotal role in tackling the global energy issues we currently face," Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft, said in a statement. "Microsoft Hohm demonstrates how a combination of advanced software and Internet-based services can...
  • Pakistan launches new offensive against militants

    04/26/2009 8:26:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 431+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/26/09 | Zarar Khan - ap
    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan launched an operation against militants Sunday in a district covered by a government-backed peace deal, threatening the survival of a pact that raised U.S. concerns about the country's willingness to confront the insurgents. A top government official insisted the deal remained "intact" and denied American pressure prompted the offensive, while another warned that the Taliban in a valley that was the focus of the deal must disarm or "face action." A military statement said the offensive in Lower Dir had already killed "scores" of militants, including a commander, and left at least one paramilitary soldier dead. It...
  • Japanese broadcaster: North Korea launches rocket

    04/04/2009 7:50:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies · 3,911+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/09 | AP
    TOKYO – Japanese broadcaster NHK says North Korea has launched a rocket, citing the Japanese government. The report came Sunday morning amid heightened tensions in the region. North Korea had informed international authorities that it planned to launch a rocket sometime between Saturday and Wednesday in order to put a satellite into orbit.
  • Hamas Launches Rocket Attack; IAF Retaliates

    01/29/2009 3:38:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies · 1,221+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 1-29-09 | Hana Levi Julian
    ( The Color Red incoming rocket alert roused Sderot residents from their beds at approximately 6:00 Thursday morning, barely giving the sleepy civilians time to scramble into shelters before a short range ("Kassam") rocket slammed into the community. No one was injured and no damage was reported. The early warning system also sounded several minutes earlier in the Eshkol region, although it was not clear whether it was a false alarm, or if a missile had fallen in an as-yet-unidentified site. Shortly after midnight, the Israel Air Force bombed a weapons depot in Rafiah. According to a statement released by...
  • McCain launches pro-stem cells ad

    09/12/2008 9:42:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 181+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/12/08 | Jeffrey Young
    Republican presidential nominee John McCain debuted a radio ad Friday designed to declare his unequivocal support for stem cell research. McCain voted in the Senate to expand federal funding for the controversial research but Democrats and advocates of the science have expressed concern that McCain’s support has wavered. Not so, according to the radio spot and a McCain spokesman. The ad does not specifically refer to embryonic research, which is opposed by most politicians and activists who, like McCain, do not support abortion rights. The omission is not a signal that McCain is backing away from his record in favor...
  • Peace activist launches fast to protest Nader presidential bid

    03/15/2008 4:07:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 628+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/15/08 | John Rogers - ap
    He's been fasting for nearly three weeks, gaining little notice even from the target of his protest. But Jerry Peace Activist Rubin is willing to refrain from eating for at least another three weeks and then another three weeks after that and then. ... Well, you get the idea. His goal: Persuade Ralph Nader to drop his quadrennial bid for the presidency - or at least explain to Rubin why he's running again in 2008. Rubin, who has launched more than 30 fasts over the past 25 years, is worried that Nader will play a spoiler role, as he believes...
  • America Supports You: Idaho School Launches ‘Operation Education’

    08/21/2007 5:11:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 245+ views
    America Supports You | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2007 – Between physical and fiscal challenges, severely injured servicemembers and spouses who don’t hold college degrees may find earning one a bit daunting. The University of Idaho is working to change that. With a slogan of “You’ve served us; now let us serve you – with a college degree,” the school launched Operation Education in June 2006. “Operation Education is a scholarship program that was designed to provide financial and social support for disabled veterans who have been wounded since … 9/11,” Karen White, the scholarship’s chairman, said. “The program is individually tailored to each...
  • Russia test-launches new ICBM

    05/29/2007 11:14:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 906+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/29/07 | Jim Heintz - ap
    MOSCOW - Russia on Tuesday test-launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple independent warheads, and a top government official said it could penetrate any defense system, a news agency reported. The new missile would modernize Russia's stockpile at a time of rising tensions with the West. The ICBM was fired from a mobile launcher at the Plesetsk launch site in northwestern Russia, and its test warhead landed on target about 3,400 miles away on the Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, a statement from the Russian Strategic Missile Forces said. President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said Russia would continue...
  • Group launches ads calling for pardon of border agents

    02/20/2007 9:39:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 326+ views
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | 2/20/07 | Sara A. Carter
    A grass-roots organization and a media consulting firm launched a campaign Monday seeking a presidential pardon for two former Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a Mexican national during a 2005 incident. The 30- to 60- second television spots, produced by Demos Chrissos, owner of Rapid Response Media, will first air on Washington, D.C., cable channels this week, Chrissos said. Radio commercials targeting congressional representatives in their own districts will begin airing by the end of the week, he said. The "man on the street" TV spots were posted Monday on, a conservative Web site that has collected more...
  • Sen. Obama launches White House bid

    02/10/2007 10:51:03 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 758+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/10/07 | Nedra Pickler - ap
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) announced his bid for president Saturday, a black man evoking Abraham Lincoln's ability to unite a nation and a Democrat portraying himself as a fresh face capable of leading a new generation. "Let us transform this nation," he told thousands shivering in the cold at the campaign's kickoff. Obama, 45, is the youngest candidate in the Democrats' 2008 primary field dominated by front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and filled with more experienced lawmakers. In an address from the state capital where he began his elective career 10 years ago, the first-term...
  • Mexican president launches jobs program (for young Mexicans, to curb flow of millions of migrants)

    01/15/2007 9:07:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 580+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/15/07 | Ioan Grillo - ap
    MEXICO CITY - President Felipe Calderon launched a program Monday to create jobs for young Mexicans and curb the flow of millions of migrants to the United States. The program will give cash incentives to companies for hiring first-time job holders. Calderon, who took office in December, campaigned on promises to boost employment opportunities in Mexico, vowing to be the "Jobs President." A conservative who narrowly won the July election, Calderon is under pressure from a strong leftist opposition to alleviate poverty affecting half the country's citizens. While he has criticized U.S. immigration policies, such as a proposed border fence,...
  • Video E-mail Launches for Deployed Soldiers, Families

    12/12/2006 4:34:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 330+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2006 -- Soldiers and families can now communicate by video e-mail through the Army Knowledge Online intranet portal. On the first day, more than 3,500 video e-mails were transmitted. "Thank you, that's all I can say," Pvt. Brenden Teetsell of the 44th Signal Battalion e-mailed on Dec. 6. "Thank you for allowing me to see my family. Your technology helps boost not only my morale, but thousands of soldiers a day." AKO video messaging allows all deployed active-duty, National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers to create video messages on a computer with a Web cam. The...
  • Israel launches offensive in Gaza City

    11/21/2006 11:08:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 816+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/21/06 | Ibrahim Barzak - ap
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The Israeli military launched a three-pronged offensive in the northern Gaza Strip early Tuesday, killing a top Hamas commander in its latest operation against Palestinian rocket squads. An elderly Palestinian woman died in a gunbattle between troops and militants. Militants persisted with the rocket fire, launching five homemade projectiles, including three that landed in southern Israel. One critically wounded a man in the town of Sderot, a frequent target, striking the ground a half-mile from a convoy carrying the United Nations' top human rights official, who was touring the town. The military confirmed operations in...
  • Military launches a coup in Thailand (Muslim General ousts Prime Minister)

    09/19/2006 9:27:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 112 replies · 3,724+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/19/06 | Grant Peck - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand - The Thai military launched a coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday night, circling his offices with tanks, seizing control of TV stations and declaring a provisional authority pledging loyalty to the king. An announcement on Thai television declared that a "Council of Administrative Reform" with King Bhumibol Adulyadej as head of state had seized power in Bangkok and nearby provinces without any resistance. At least 14 tanks surrounded Government House, Thaksin's office. Thaksin was in New York at the U.N. General Assembly and declared a state of emergency.
  • U.S. launches attack in east Afghanistan - Korangal Valley

    09/06/2006 12:46:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 982+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/6/06 | Fishnik Abrashi - ap
    KANDAGAL, Afghanistan - U.S. troops on Wednesday launched a fearsome barrage of artillery and rockets into a mountainous militant stronghold in eastern Afghanistan where they suffered their deadliest combat loss more than a year ago. Despite high casualties suffered by Taliban-led militants since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001 and tough military action to root them out, insurgents still pose as deadly a threat as ever to the scores of troops from the New York-based 10th Mountain Division deployed near the Pakistan border. No militant casualty figures were immediately available from the heavy bombardment that sent plumes of...
  • Army launches ‘Army Today,’ ‘Soldiers’ Forum’ podcasts

    08/14/2006 4:33:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 213+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | J.D. Leipold
    ARLINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 14, 2006) – The Army has launched two new podcasts to its lineup: “Army Today” and “Soldiers’ Forum.” “Army Today” is a daily, two-minute audio-visual feature produced by Soldiers Radio and Television. “Soldiers’ Forum” is a weekly product through which Sgt. Major of the Army Kenneth Preston addresses issues concerning enlisted Soldiers. “This is a great way to keep Soldiers in the U.S., and those deployed to some 120 countries, informed on issues affecting them,” Preston said. “So far, we’ve produced spots on motorcycle safety, the BOSS program and the Wounded Warrior Program.” Soldiers unfamiliar...