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  • US mulls larger troop pullout from Afghanistan: report

    06/05/2011 10:08:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/5/11 | AFP
    Top White House national security advisers are considering much more significant troop reductions in Afghanistan than those discussed even a few weeks ago, The New York Times reported. The newspaper said some officials were arguing that such a change is justified by the rising cost of the war and the death of Osama bin Laden. President Barack Obama is expected to address these decisions in a speech to the nation this month, the report said. The National Security Council is convening its monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday, and assessments from that meeting are likely to inform decisions...
  • Fed official mulls early end to bond-buying plan (Fed's $600 billion bond-purchase program)

    02/23/2011 12:49:08 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/23/11 | Jeannine Aversa - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Federal Reserve official says he may push for an early end to the central bank's $600 billion bond-purchase program if inflation shows signs of spreading. Charles Plosser, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, is an outspoken critic of the program, which is slated to end in June. Plosser says he "would not rule out" pressing the Fed for an early end to the program if the economy grows more strongly than anticipated and inflation picks up too much speed. The Fed's next meeting is March 13.
  • 'Israel mulls deal to extend freeze for Pollard's release'

    09/20/2010 2:34:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 98 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/20/10 | Staff
    Sources in the PMO submit deal to US by which Israeli spy would be freed in exchange for 3 month extension of moratorium, Army Radio reports. Senior Israeli officials are considering a deal in which the moratorium on building in West Bank settlements would be extended for three months in exchange for the release of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard from the United States, Army Radio reported Monday.
  • IDF mulls lifting ban on Israelis entering Palestinian-controlled West Bank

    07/19/2010 10:14:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    haaretz ^ | 7/19/10 | Amos Harel
    The army is considering revoking a ban on Jews entering West Bank cities that are under Palestinian Authority control, in view of significant improvement in security and in Israel's coordination with Palestinian security services. The Palestinian Authority is interested in having Israelis visit Palestinian-controlled West Bank cities and their environs, designated as Area A, because it could signal the resumption of trade and tourism, which would boost the Palestinian economy.
  • NPT conference mulls draft of possible measures

    05/25/2010 7:50:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 179+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/25/10 | Michael Adler
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Israel and Iran would be expected to attend talks on making the Middle East free of nuclear weapons, according to a draft final document of a UN non-proliferation conference released Tuesday. A nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East is among the most contentious issues at the conference reviewing the 189-nation Non-Proliferation Treaty, a global mandate for fighting the spread of atomic weapons. The draft calls for an initial conference in 2012 "to be attended by all states of the Middle East, leading to the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and...
  • White House reportedly mulls bank fee in budget

    01/11/2010 11:58:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 823+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/11/10 | Matt Spetalnick and Glenn Somerville
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering imposing a fee on banks to help recover some of taxpayers' costs of bailing banks out from the financial crisis, according to multiple reports on Monday. The White House said President Barack Obama wants to ensure that taxpayers are paid in full. "That's the president's goal," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. He declined to provide details on how that might be done. Politico, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, in nearly identical stories on their websites, cited administration officials saying that a bank fee was under consideration and...
  • NATO mulls Afghan troops, decision hinges on Obama

    10/15/2009 4:11:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 351+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/09 | David Brunnstrom
    KABUL (Reuters) – NATO's top defense officials will examine proposals Saturday for a big troop surge to contain Afghanistan's escalating insurgency but any such move hinges on a decision by the U.S. president, NATO military officials said. The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal, has recommended sending at least 40,000 additional troops and trainers as part of a beefed-up counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, something being considered by the administration of President Barack Obama. Military representatives on NATO's Military Committee, who provide assessments for their political masters, met McChrystal on a three-day visit to Afghanistan that ended...
  • US mulls informal talks with Cuba: report

    04/26/2009 8:44:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 294+ views
    breitbart ^ | 4/26/09 | staff
    US President Barack Obama's administration is hoping to relaunch communication channels with Cuba after 50 years of adversarial relations, US media reported. "Informal meetings" were being planned between the US State Department and Cuban diplomats in the United States "to determine whether the two governments could open formal talks on a variety of issues," The New York Times said
  • Interpol mulls Iran`s request for 25 Israeli officials over Gaza op

    03/10/2009 3:00:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 354+ views
    HaAretz ^ | 3/10/09 | The Associated Press
    Interpol says it is studying a request from Iran for 25 Israeli officials to be placed on its most-wanted list over Israel's offensive in Gaza. The international police agency says it took the unusual step of confirming the request publicly, as Iranian government officials have made their request public. Interpol says in a statement released Tuesday that its legal team is studying the Iranian request for the issuance of 25 red notices, the highest-level alert Interpol issues
  • Bush mulls making Pearl Harbor a national monument

    06/01/2008 1:22:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 179+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/08 | Audrey McAvoy - ap
    HONOLULU - President Bush has asked his defense and interior secretaries to look into designating Pearl Harbor and other historic World War II sites in the Pacific a national monument. A May 29 presidential memo to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said such status could offer the sites additional protection. "These objects of historical and scientific interest may tell the broader story of the war, the sacrifices made by America and its allies, and the heroism and determination that laid the groundwork for victory in the Pacific and triumph in World War II," Bush said. The...
  • India mulls unmanned mission to Mars by 2013

    11/26/2006 1:18:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 452+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/26/06 | AFP
    NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian space scientists plan to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2013 to look for evidence of life, a news report said. The six-to-eight-month mission, likely to be launched in the next seven years, would cost three billion rupees (67 million dollars), the Hindustan Times reported. "Mars is emerging on our horizon. The geo-stationary launch vehicle can take a payload to Mars and our Deep Space Network can track it all the way," G. Madhavan Nair, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), told the newspaper. "There is a lot of interest in...
  • Clinton hails Blair as party mulls future

    09/27/2006 10:42:37 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 305+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/27/06 | Phil Hazlewood
    MANCHESTER, England (AFP) - Prime Minister Tony Blair has won ringing praise after his emotional farewell to the ruling party, including from former US president Bill Clinton, who hailed his "stunning" record. But commentators agreed Wednesday that while Blair's Labour party has managed mostly to paper over its cracks during this week's annual conference, only the coming months will decide the fate of his successor and the party's future. Clinton -- often compared to Blair as a charismatic leader of "Third Way" politics -- paid fulsome tribute to Blair's leadership when he took the stage as the star of the...
  • NYPD mulls tightening rules for sidewalk, street protests

    07/19/2006 3:59:29 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 5 replies · 433+ views
    http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/ ^ | 07.19.06 | The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Police have proposed placing tighter restrictions on protesters who march on sidewalks by making them obtain parade permits — a move civil libertarians say would cripple the rights of people to stage spontaneous demonstrations. The written proposal, made public on July 17, would require permits for any march on a sidewalk by 35 or more people or for street demonstrations involving 20 or more bicycles or other vehicles. It says the new rules are needed to better police “assemblies that obstruct the free passage of public streets and sidewalks.” Current regulations, which are more loosely worded, mandate...
  • Greenpeace mulls raps vs Masinloc guards(greenpeace activists get beat down hard then arrested)

    11/13/2005 3:17:46 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 31 replies · 968+ views
    http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com ^ | 11 12 05 | Blanche S. Rivera
    Editor's Note: Published on Page A3 of the November 12, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer GREENPEACE, THE ENVIRONMENTAL activist group, is considering filing charges against the security guards who beat up a German volunteer during a protest against "dirty energy" in the state-run Masinloc coal-fired power plant in Zambales. The violent encounter between the National Power Corp. guards and 16 Greenpeace activists on Thursday was "the most severe attack" against its campaigners in the Philippines, said Red Constantino, Greenpeace's Southeast Asia energy campaigner. "The security personnel put the safety of the activists at extreme risk," Constantino said in...
  • House Debates Bill on Political Blogs - House mulls excluding blogs from FEC rules

    11/02/2005 4:40:09 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 452+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/02/05 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON - Political bloggers should not have their free speech rights infringed upon by campaign finance law, House lawmakers said Wednesday in debating legislation that critics said opens up a new loophole for uncontrolled campaign spending. The House was set to vote on the bill that would exclude blogs, e-mail and other Internet communications from regulation by the Federal Election Commission. The bill, if passed by the House and Senate, would stop the FEC from moving ahead with court-mandated rulemaking to govern political speech and campaign-related spending on the Internet. "The newest battlefield in the fight to protect the First...
  • California mulls emissions plan for big trucks

    07/13/2005 2:08:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 271+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 7/13/05 | Leonard Anderson - Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO – California air-quality regulators are considering a requirement that big-rig trucks install computer systems to pinpoint on-the-road emissions problems, a move that could spur a change in federal rules. The California Air Resources Board, or ARB, is expected to vote on July 21 on what would be the first such regulations in the United States for heavy-duty trucks, and the federal Environmental Protection Agency is likely to approve a similar rule, the ARB said. California, the most populous U.S. state, often leads the way on environmental policy, and cars and light trucks in the state already face similar...
  • CA: Schwarzenegger Mulls Special Election

    06/10/2005 4:25:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 327+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/9/05 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Borrowing the kind of apocalyptic language used by the warrior characters that made him one of Hollywood's biggest stars, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to decide whether to embark on "the great battle." He has until Monday to call a special election in November to let the voters of California decide whether to clamp down on spending, change the way electoral districts are drawn and make it harder for teachers to win tenure. Unable to get his way with the Legislature, the Republican governor has been threatening for months to take his case straight to the voters...
  • NYC Panel Mulls Tax on Cosmetic Surgery

    02/15/2004 2:34:45 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 23 replies · 326+ views
    aol ^ | 2 13 04 | aolnews
    NEW YORK (Feb. 13) - A tummy tuck may someday make a cosmetic surgery patient's wallet thinner, too, if a New York City tax panel has its way. Imposing sales tax on Botox treatments, breast surgery and other cosmetic procedures could bring in $62 million in revenue for the city, according to the Independent Budget Office. The suggestion was among nearly 70 options included in a report released by the publicly funded, nonpartisan agency on Thursday. "The business of cosmetic enhancements, including both surgical and nonsurgical procedures, is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States," the report said,...
  • US Mulls Shifting Experts From Iraq Arms Hunt

    10/29/2003 2:43:06 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 154+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 10-29-2003 | Will Dunham
    U.S. Mulls Shifting Experts from Iraq Arms Hunt By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is considering shifting intelligence personnel in Iraq from the so-far fruitless search for weapons of mass destruction to strengthen efforts to combat the intensifying resistance, officials said on Wednesday. "What's more important right now and what's more destabilizing: the insurgency or knowing about the WMD?" asked a defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity. Officials said Pentagon leaders are considering reassigning a number of intelligence officers, interrogators, translators, linguists and others from the 1,400-member Iraq Survey Group, which is conducting the hunt for weapons...
  • Meanwhile in Berkeley... City mulls what to do about raccoons

    08/20/2002 4:41:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 324+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/20/02 | Sac Bee
    <p>Berkeley is so tired of these beggars that some folks want them neutered. That may sound harsh, but the alternative is to kill them.</p> <p>The beggars in question are the city's increasingly aggressive raccoons. City Councilwoman Linda Maio can't stomach the thought of the traditional solution by workers at the pound. So she's planning to propose a new ordinance in Berkeley (which already has frowned on everything from nuclear weaponry to wood-fired pizza ovens) to underwrite sterilizing the pesky raccoons.</p>