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  • U.S. Senator seeks to cut aid to elite IDF units operating in West Bank and Gaza

    08/15/2011 9:47:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/15/11 | Barak Ravid
    U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is promoting a bill to suspend U.S. assistance to three elite Israel Defense Forces units, alleging they are involved in human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Leahy, a Democrat and senior member of the U.S. Senate, wants assistance withheld from the Israel Navy's Shayetet 13 unit, the undercover Duvdevan unit and the Israel Air Force's Shaldag unit. (Snip) According to a senior Israeli official in Jerusalem, Leahy began promoting the legislation in recent months after he was approached by voters in his home state of Vermont.
  • Senate letter seeks Obama compliance with War Powers Act

    05/18/2011 5:02:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 5/18/11 | Conn Carroll
    Six Republican Senators will sign a letter this afternoon asking President Obama if he intends to comply with War Powers Act regarding Libya. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Tenn., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Jim DeMint, R-S.C., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jon Cornyn, R-Texas, all signed the letter which identifies this Friday, May 20th, as “the final day of the statutory sixty-day period for you to terminate the use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya under the War Powers Resolution.” In testimony before the Senate last week, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg promised Obama would comply with the...
  • Kansas Seeks to Join Anti-Obamacare Suit, Bringing the # of States Challenging the Law to 26

    01/13/2011 9:46:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    volokh.com ^ | 1/14/11 | Ilya Somin
    The state of Kansas recently asked to join the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Obama health care plan filed by 20 state governments and the National Federation of Independent Business. Ohio, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are also seeking to join the multistate lawsuit, while Virginia and Oklahoma have filed separate challenges to the law. That brings the total number of state governments litigating against the plan to twenty-six. We now have a historically unprecedented situation where a majority of state governments are challenging the constitutionality of a major recently passed federal law. In our two hundred year history of constitutional...
  • Gibbs seeks help from Stewart

    12/21/2010 10:00:05 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 11 replies
    Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s press secretary, told reporters on Tuesday that he hopes the Comedy Central host can persuade enough Republican senators to vote for a 9/11 health bill so it can head to the president’s desk. Stewart has dedicated lengthy segments on “The Daily Show” to the legislation that would help the first responders on Sept. 11.
  • Indonesia seeks prison sentence for 'blasphemous' American

    12/14/2010 8:53:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 12/14/10 | Staff
    Indonesian prosecutors on Tuesday sought a seven-month prison sentence for a US retiree accused of blasphemy after he allegedly pulled the plug on a mosque loudspeaker during a prayer reading. The August 22 incident in the middle of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan resulted in retired Californian engineer Gregory Luke, 64, needing a police escort from his home on Lombok island as a mob tore it to pieces around him. (Snip) Mr Luke has previously denied pulling the plug on the loudspeakers used to broadcast the call to prayer – a feature on most mosques in Indonesia.
  • Obama seeks veto power he blocked Bush from getting

    05/24/2010 5:09:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 714+ views
    the washington times ^ | 5/24/10 | Stephen Dinan
    When President George W. Bush called for a kind of line-item veto four years ago, the top Senate Democrat said it was like getting a "bad sore throat," and the No. 2 House Democrat called it "a sham." On Monday, President Obama asked them to reconsider and pass something very like it, for his sake.
  • US seeks 'clarification' on Israeli building plan

    03/24/2010 11:09:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 288+ views
    brietbart ^ | 3/24/10 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is seeking "clarification" on Israel's plans to build 20 new apartments in east Jerusalem, the largely Arab section of the disputed holy city. The White House said it stands by its long-held assertion that Israeli building in Jerusalem is destructive to the Mideast peace process. Israel's announcement of the new building project came as President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held two unusually low-profile meetings at the White House late Tuesday.
  • Czar seeks 'chilling effect' on internet

    10/01/2009 10:25:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies · 1,004+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 10/2/09 | Lee Cary
    The meta-message of Cass Sunstein's new book delivers a warning to those who would spread Internet "rumors" about Barack Obama. The Regulatory Czar's latest book is entitled Rumors. It purports to be about how rumors spread. To that end, it's full of remarkable insights such as "Many of us accept false rumors because of either our fears or our hopes." (p. 6) "Your willingness to believe a rumor will inevitably depend on the information with which you start." (p. 19) "Sometimes people believe rumors because other people believe them." (p. 28) Plus the shocking revelation that "Many rumors spread conspiracy...
  • GOP Seeks to Punish Democratic Lawmaker for 'Die Quickly' Comment

    09/30/2009 1:49:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 757+ views
    Fox ^ | 9/30/09 | staff
    Republicans are likening Rep. Alan Grayson's remark to Rep. Joe Wilson's widely criticized shout of "You lie!" during President Obama's address to Congress earlier this month. Taking a page from Democrats who disciplined Rep. Joe "You Lie" Wilson earlier this month, Republicans are seeking their own pound of flesh from a Democratic congressman who said Tuesday that the GOP wants Americans to "die quickly"
  • Obama Seeks Jewish Support for State-Run Healthcare

    08/20/2009 4:49:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 1,510+ views
    Israelnationalnews.com ^ | 8/20/09 | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    (IsraelNN.com) Many American Jewish organizations have publicly offered words of support for U.S. President Barack Obama's He told the religious leaders, "I need you to spread the facts and speak the truth." healthcare nationalization plans. However, some expressed serious reservations over certain aspects of the likely reforms. On Wednesday, Obama devoted a single conference call to non-Orthodox Jewish religious leaders before addressing over 140,000 other American religious leaders to promote his ideas on healthcare. In his first conference call of the day, President Obama spoke with over 1,000 rabbis and lay leaders from the Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements
  • Mitchell seeks to ease tensions over settlements

    06/08/2009 4:27:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 387+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/8/09 | HERB KEINON
    US Mideast envoy George Mitchell's first endeavor upon landing in Israel Monday night was to try and lower the volume in the US dispute with Israel over settlement construction. Mitchell emphatically denied he had said, as was reported Sunday in the Hebrew press, that the days of Israel lying to the US over settlements were over.
  • White House Seeks Bill on Climate by December

    04/13/2009 10:18:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 737+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/13/09 | Mark Peters
    BOSTON -- Climate czar Carol Browner said she wants Congress to establish a broad U.S. greenhouse-gas policy before global climate-change talks near the end of the year. Speaking at a conference Monday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ms. Browner said she is confident Congress can move forward on a climate-change policy, citing hearings scheduled for next week on sweeping legislation proposed by Rep. Henry Waxman (D., Calif.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D., Mass). Ms. Browner didn't provide a timetable for when she would like to see congressional action, but said advancing climate-change legislation is "absolutely essential" to what the...
  • Obama's Budget Seeks to Shrink Tax Benefits of Owning

    03/08/2009 1:10:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 79 replies · 2,776+ views
    Wahington Post ^ | 3/8/09 | Kenneth R. Harney
    The cluster of special federal tax benefits and subsidies for homeowners has long seemed politically untouchable. Those include deductions for mortgage interest, local property taxes and capital gains exclusions on up to $500,000 in sale profits. Is the Obama administration serious about beginning to limit at least some of these subsidies?
  • McCain seeks to reintroduce self

    03/10/2008 1:26:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 736+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/10/08 | Glen Johnson - ap
    PHOENIX - Sen. John McCain is finding out what the Republican presidential nomination is worth this week. Then he plans to buff his foreign policy credentials, remind the nation of his long military history and try to frame the issues for the November election — in three separate tours while his two Democratic opponents continue to struggle for their party's nomination. "Whenever you're the nominee of your party, I think people will want to re-examine the candidate," the senator said before leaving Arizona following a weekend at home. "I'd like to believe that all 300 million Americans know me, but...
  • McDermott seeks court input on tape case (claims his 'free speech' rights are being violated)

    07/06/2007 7:09:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 885+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/6/07 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON - Rep. Jim McDermott said Friday he will ask the Supreme Court to decide whether he had a right to disclose contents of an illegally taped telephone call involving House Republican leaders a decade ago. A federal appeals court ruled in May that the Washington state Democrat should not have given reporters access to the tape-recorded telephone call of Republican leaders discussing the House ethics case against former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga. McDermott's offense was especially egregious since he was a senior member of the House ethics committee, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of...
  • U.S. seeks Islamic cleric's extradition

    05/17/2007 2:51:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 435+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/17/07 | Tariq Panja - ap
    LONDON - The United States argued Thursday for the extradition of a radical Islamic cleric imprisoned in Britain, accusing him of involvement in a global conspiracy to wage terrorist attacks on the U.S. and other Western countries. Abu Hamza al-Masri has been charged in the United States with trying to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon, conspiring to take hostages in Yemen and facilitating terrorist training in Afghanistan. He is serving a seven-year sentence in Britain for fomenting racial hatred and urging his followers to kill non-Muslims. "He advocated the defense of Islam through unlawful, violent and armed aggression,"...
  • Convicted pastor seeks leadership post

    04/04/2007 6:15:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 308+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/4/07 | Matt Sedensky - ap
    MIAMI - The former head of a national organization of black Baptist churches spent four years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from the group. Now he wants one of his old jobs back: leader of the organization's Florida chapter. The Rev. Henry Lyons, 65, was wildly popular before his conviction and is still highly regarded by many church members. He was vying with two other ministers Wednesday to lead the Florida General Baptist Convention, a chapter of the National Baptist Convention USA, which claims to represent some 7.5 million members of black churches nationwide. Representatives of member churches...
  • McCain seeks independents' primary votes (California Red Flag Alert!)

    03/07/2007 10:02:13 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 429+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/7/07 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Sen. John McCain's campaign is mounting a stealth effort to change Republican presidential nomination rules in California to allow independents to vote in the Feb. 5 primary, party and campaign officials in the state have told The Washington Times. The impact could be huge -- and potentially damaging to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, currently the most acceptable to traditional-values voters among the three top-tier Republican presidential candidates. "If California changes its delegate selection rules to allow independent voters to participate in the Republican primary, it would be very helpful for McCain and for Rudy Giuliani, who historically have done...
  • ACLU: Lawsuit seeks end to SoCal immigrants' prolonged detention (Four OTMs)

    10/10/2006 9:51:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 548+ views
    Several legal advocacy groups asked a judge to order the immediate release of four immigrants who have been detained for months or years without receiving a hearing on why they're being held so long. The motion filed Friday in federal court in Los Angeles asks U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter to release the detainees under conditions of supervision or grant them hearings. The move followed a class-action lawsuit filed Sept. 25 on behalf of six detainees by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project and the Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic. Two detainees...
  • Abramoff seeks delay in prison term

    09/28/2006 9:41:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 335+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/28/06 | Curt Anderson - ap
    MIAMI - Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former business partner sought a second delay in starting their federal prison sentences for fraud involving the purchase of a gambling fleet. The request, filed jointly by prosecutors and defense attorneys, said that Abramoff is continuing to cooperate in a Washington corruption investigation, and Adam Kidan is providing information about the murder of former SunCruz Casinos owner Konstantinos Boulis. U.S. District Judge Paul Huck was to consider the request, which seeks a 90-day delay, on Thursday afternoon. Abramoff and Kidan are currently scheduled to surrender Oct. 2 to serve prison sentences of...
  • AFP: Bush seeks political gains from foiled plot (Barf Alert!)

    08/10/2006 8:21:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 684+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/10/06 | Olivier Knox
    CRAWFORD, United States (AFP) - US President George W. Bush seized on a foiled London airline bomb plot to hammer unnamed critics he accused of having all but forgotten the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Weighed down by the unpopular war in Iraq, Bush and his aides have tried to shift the national political debate from that conflict to the broader and more popular global war on terrorism ahead of November 7 congressional elections. The London conspiracy is "a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us...
  • Israel Gives Army A Free Hand As Lebanon Seeks Withdrawal

    08/07/2006 7:10:59 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 719+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-8-2006 | Patrick Bishop
    Israel gives army a free hand as Lebanon seeks withdrawal By Patrick Bishop (Filed: 08/08/2006) Diplomatic efforts to stop the war in Lebanon failed to slow the bloodshed yesterday as at least 32 civilians were killed in Israeli air raids. Air raids on a crowded area of Beirut that had so far escaped the violence killed at least eight people Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, said no limits had been placed on the army's actions and leaflets warned Lebanese living south of the Litani river not to remain outdoors after 10pm. Targets in south and east Lebanon were bombed...
  • Diaz seeks 'dialogue' with Boy Scouts

    07/27/2006 12:01:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 1,082+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 27, 2006 | Tina Moore
    City Solicitor Romulo L. Diaz Jr. said a recent push to force the Cradle of Liberty Boy Scouts Council to denounce the national organization's antigay policy had nothing to do with his own homosexuality. "My own sexuality, my own sexual orientation, has never been hidden and never played into my decision," Diaz said in an interview yesterday with The Inquirer. "It has, perhaps, made me more sensitive to the issues." Diaz said he sent another letter yesterday morning seeking a meeting with William T. Dwyer III, council chief executive officer and president. Diaz, the city's first openly gay solicitor and...
  • Iran seeks to become major Mideast player

    07/20/2006 2:12:37 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 512+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/20/06 | Brian Murphy - ap
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian officials often say that places with the greatest troubles offer their country the best opportunities. Iranian influence in Iraq has surged since the U.S.-led invasion three years ago. Its reach into Afghanistan continues to grow. And now, the war in Lebanon could make Iran an even more important player in the Islamic world even as its militant Shiite Arab client, Hezbollah, gets pounded by Israel. "Iran sees itself more than just the moral father of Hezbollah. Iran seeks to become a major force across the region as a counterbalance to America and Israel," said Ahmad Bakhshaiesh,...
  • Gov. Seeks Deal That Would Ease Term Limits (would swap for redistricting redo)

    07/14/2006 8:35:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 298+ views
    ap on LA Times ^ | 7/14/06 | Peter Nicholas
    SACRAMENTO — Hoping to resurrect an idea voters rejected in last year's special election, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to offer lawmakers a deal: He'll support an easing of term limits if they'll agree to change the way California draws voting districts. Schwarzenegger said in an interview Thursday he does not believe term limits have improved Sacramento's political culture. Allowing legislators to stay in office longer would be worthwhile, he said, if it induced them to put a proposal on the ballot that would strip them of the power to carve political boundaries. The governor reasons that lawmakers may not want...
  • Schwarzenegger seeks to maintain roadless areas in forests

    07/11/2006 7:35:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 413+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/11/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday plans to ask the federal government to prohibit roads on 4.4 million acres of national forest land in California, with limited exceptions for thinning trees to reduce fire danger. The goal is to protect areas of the forests that currently are not accessible by roads, Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman said Tuesday. Schwarzenegger is acting under a regulation adopted last year by the Bush administration. That regulation replaced a Clinton-era rule prohibiting road-building on nearly a third of national forest land. Clinton passed the road-building ban eight days before he left office in January 2001....
  • Operation Seeks to Help Clean Up Baghdad

    07/05/2006 4:45:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 152+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Rodney Foliente
    A group of U.S. Army soldiers pulls security on a recently trash-, barrier- and debris-choked street, July 5, 2006, during the final stage of cleaning Baghdad’s Karada Peninsula, part of the citywide Operation Baghdad is Beautiful. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rodney Foliente Operation Seeks to Help Clean Up Baghdad Soldiers, Iraqis take part in a joint operation aimed at helping to restore and improve Baghdad. By U.S. Army Spc. Rodney Foliente 4th Infantry Division BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 5, 2006 -- Multi-National Division – Baghdad soldiers, in coordination with local Iraqi governments, continue their efforts in Operation Baghdad is...
  • North Korea seeks talks over missile test

    06/20/2006 10:34:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 615+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/06 | Burt Herman - ap
    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea hinted Wednesday that it would halt any plans to test a long-range missile if the U.S. agreed to direct talks, as a former South Korean president scrapped plans to visit the North because of its apparent moves toward a launch. Tensions in the region have soared following intelligence reports that the North has fueled a ballistic missile believed capable of reaching U.S. territory. The U.S. and Japan have said they could consider sanctions against the impoverished country if it goes ahead. On Wednesday, a spokesman for former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung cited the...
  • GOP candidate seeks Schwarzenegger's backing But governor may prefer Feinstein over conservative

    06/20/2006 8:52:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 95 replies · 972+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/19/06 | John Wildermuth
    Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is leaving open the possibility of backing Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein for re-election, despite an impassioned appeal from her GOP rival, former state Sen. Dick Mountjoy. Schwarzenegger surprised his Republican backers shortly after the primary when he said he would have no problem endorsing a Democrat for office this year. "If I like someone, absolutely,'' he said at a June 8 campaign stop in Antioch. While the governor didn't name any names, Steve Schmidt, his campaign manager, wasn't quite so circumspect. "Like most Californians, (Schwarzenegger) thinks Dianne Feinstein is a great senator,'' Schmidt said. While Schwarzenegger...
  • Fort seeks Wounded Warriors

    06/08/2006 10:33:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 316+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — Hospitalized soldiers are generally focused on getting well. Many of the soldiers wounded in action in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan know their careers in Army green will be over after they go through painful rehabilitation or additional surgeries. But the Wounded Warriors, as the Army calls them, don’t know their military value does not end with a disability discharge. On Friday, a team from Fort Huachuca went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on a recruiting mission. They sought soldiers interested in working as civilians on post. It was the first job...
  • GOP seeks to capitalize on Busby remarks

    06/05/2006 7:14:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 66 replies · 1,539+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/5/06 | Allison Hoffman - ap
    CARLSBAD, Calif. - Republicans seized on Democrat Francine Busby's comments that sounded like encouragement for illegal immigrants to help her campaign as the GOP sought an edge in the final hours of a surprisingly close House race. Immigration looms large in the runoff election Tuesday in the San Diego-area district some 30 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Busby's remarks, and her subsequent explanation that she misspoke, has drawn much of the attention in the race's last days. Speaking to a largely Hispanic audience last Thursday, Busby faced a Spanish-speaking questioner who said he wanted to help her campaign but lacked...
  • Expedition Seeks Clues To Lost Bronze Age Culture (Minoans - Robert Ballard)

    06/04/2006 4:05:30 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 656+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6-1-2006 | Richard C. Lewis
    Expedition seeks clues to lost Bronze Age culture By Richard C. Lewis Thu Jun 1, 4:11 PM ETReuters Photo: Deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard speaks at the National Geographic Society in an undated file photo.... PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (Reuters) - An underwater explorer who found the Titanic and a team of international scientists will soon survey waters off the Greek island of Crete for clues to a once-powerful Bronze Age-era civilization. The expedition about 75 miles northwest of Crete aims to learn more about the Minoans, who flourished during the Bronze Age, and seeks to better understand seafaring four millennia ago,...
  • Iranian Group Seeks British Suicide Bombers

    04/18/2006 6:00:29 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 271+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-19-2006 | Robert Tait - Ewen MacAskill
    Iranian group seeks British suicide bombers Robert Tait in Tehran and Ewen MacAskill Wednesday April 19, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Relations between the west and the hardline Iranian regime are set to worsen after a Tehran-based group claimed yesterday it was trying to recruit Iranians and other Muslims in Britain to carry out suicide bombings against Israel. The Committee for the Commemoration of Martyrs of the Global Islamic Campaign, which claims to be independent but has the backing of the regime, said it is targeting potential recruits in Britain because of the relative ease with which UK passport-holders can enter...
  • Reid Seeks Immigration Bill Rescheduling

    04/12/2006 7:47:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,023+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/12/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat asked Majority Leader Bill Frist on Wednesday to return to work on immigration legislation immediately after the Senate completes a bill with more money for military operations in Iraq and hurricane relief. Congress is on a two-week recess and the Senate is scheduled to consider the war spending bill when it returns April 25. Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said in a letter to Frist that the need for an immigration bill was highlighted by rallies across the nation this week protesting a House bill that would subject illegal immigrants to prosecution as...
  • Group Seeks Government Fix for Veterans' Issues

    04/04/2006 5:44:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 190+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 4, 2006 – A grassroots group in Chicago hopes to help create a better system of support for servicemembers returning from the global war on terrorism. America Supports You member group Wounded Heroes Foundation Inc. is finding ways to smooth bureaucratic issues for wounded troops. Here, Anna Sherony, the group's co-founder, poses with Marine 1st Sgt. Brad Kasal at the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md., Jan. 1, 2005. Kasal was wounded in Fallujah, Iraq, in November 2004. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "Why should a family that has given so much already...
  • Italian Seeks Asylum for Christian Convert

    03/28/2006 4:26:20 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 415+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/news ^ | 3 28 06 | Associated Press
    ROME - Italy's foreign minister will ask the government to grant asylum to an Afghan man who had faced the death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity. Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini, who was among the first to speak out on the man's behalf, will ask for the permission at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the ministry statement said in a statement Tuesday. Abdul Rahman, 41, was released from prison late Monday, a day after the court dismissed the case under pressure from the Bush administration. He quickly dropped out of sight, as Muslim clerics in his country continued to...
  • Joint Operation Seeks to Disrupt Insurgents

    03/24/2006 5:43:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 167+ views
    Defend America News ^ | 10th Mountain Division
    U.S. and Iraqi Army soldiers secure seized weapons and ammunition. Iraqi Security Forces, in conjunction with units from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy, kicked off Operation Northern Lights March 22 to capture suspected terrorists in the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Krenzel Joint Operation Seeks to Disrupt Insurgents Operation Northern Lights seeks to disrupt anti-Iraqi forcesin the Abu Ghraib area west of Baghdad. By 1st Brigade Combat Team,10th Mountain Division BAGHDAD, March 24, 2006 — Iraqi army and Coalition Forces, approximately 1,400 personnel, kicked off Operation Northern Lights...
  • U.S. Seeks Reversal of Moussaoui Ruling

    03/15/2006 11:46:58 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 8 replies · 764+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 3 16 06 | MATTHEW BARAKAT and MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN,
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Prosecutors asked a judge Wednesday to reconsider her decision to toss out half of the government's case against confessed terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. They acknowledged that altering the judge's ruling is their only hope of salvaging the death-penalty case. In a motion filed with U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, prosecutors said the aviation security evidence she barred because a government lawyer coached the witnesses "goes to the very core of our theory of the case." At the very least, the prosecutors argued they should be allowed to present a newly designated aviation security witness who had no contact...
  • Hamas Seeks Support From Saudis

    03/10/2006 7:27:11 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 282+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-11-2006
    Hamas seeks support from Saudis Hamas is on a fundraising tour across the Middle East A delegation of Hamas leaders has arrived in Riyadh in a bid to win Saudi financial and political support for the Palestinian government it is forming. It is Hamas's first official visit since 1998 and the five-strong delegation is led by Khaled Meshaal, one of the group's exiled leaders. Saudi Arabia has been one of the biggest financial backers of the Palestinian Authority. It has rejected US calls to isolate Hamas because of its attacks on Israel. "Hamas appreciates the Saudi position that always supported...
  • Air Force seeks new tanker (KC-135 Replacement?)

    03/03/2006 4:15:44 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 390+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. C. Todd Lopez
    3/3/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The Air Force wants a new refueler aircraft, something commercially available now, which can be modified to replace the existing KC-135 Stratotanker fleet. That testimony came from Air Force leaders associated with the tanker replacement program, Feb. 28 in front of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on projection forces. Lt. Gen. Donald Hoffman, the military deputy for Air Force acquisition, told congressional members that his first choice would be to replace the service's fleet of aging KC-135s with a new airplane. "It should be a new aircraft, a commercial derivative, and I think we...
  • Army Vice Chief Awards, Seeks Views Of, Troops in Iraq

    02/20/2006 11:34:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 320+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 20, 2006 | Spc. James P. Hunter, USA
    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq, Feb. 20, 2006 – It was a day for some troops serving in Iraq to remember. Some were re-enlisting, some received Purple Heart Medals and other troops were being awarded combat infantryman, medical and action badges. The day meant even more to the soldiers because the presenter was Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army's vice chief of staff. Gen. Richard A. Cody, vice chief of staff for the U.S. Army, recites the oath of enlistment to soldiers of 1st Battalion, 327th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, during a reenlistment ceremony last week. Cody visited troops at various...
  • Researcher Seeks Secrets Of Kennewick Man

    02/06/2006 10:55:05 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 508+ views
    The State ^ | 2-6-2006 | Susanne Rust
    Posted on Mon, Feb. 06, 2006Researcher seeks secrets of Kennewick ManBY SUSANNE RUSTMilwaukee Journal Sentinel MILWAUKEE - Ground to the bone, the teeth of the famous fossil skeleton, Kennewick Man, look as if they've spent a lifetime gnashing rocks. But it's from these worn choppers that Thomas Stafford Jr., a research fellow in the department of geology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and president of Stafford Research Laboratories in Boulder, Colo., plans to learn about the origins, movement and lifestyle of this highly controversial, 9,000-year-old North American. In 1996, Kennewick Man was discovered on the banks of the Columbia River...
  • Schumer Seeks Motive in U.S. Spy Probe

    01/01/2006 10:38:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies · 1,803+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/1/06 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - The investigation into leaks about a domestic spying program should determine whether the motivation was damaging security or revealing a potentially illegal activity, a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday. "There are differences between felons and whistleblowers, and we ought to wait 'til the investigation occurs to decide what happened," said Sen. Charles Schumer (news, bio, voting record), D-N.Y. On Friday, the Justice Department opened an investigation into who divulged the existence of President Bush's secret domestic spying program. The New York Times reported last month about warrantless surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency since...
  • Sharon Seeks to Halt Rocket Fire From Gaza

    12/25/2005 11:02:17 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 482+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/25/05 | Mark Lavie - ap
    JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, returning to work Sunday a week after suffering a mild stroke, ordered the military to stop Palestinians from firing rockets at Israel from Gaza, officials said. Sharon's order, which included a no-go zone in northern Gaza, came after a weekly Cabinet meeting and high-level security consultations, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose details. Since Israel pulled out of Gaza and removed its settlements this summer, militants have been moving closer to the Gaza-Israel fence to launch homemade rockets, bringing more Israeli towns and the city...
  • GOP Seeks Quick Passage of New Patriot Act

    12/09/2005 9:06:42 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 391+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/9/05 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON - Congressional Republican leaders will press for passage next week of a new Patriot Act to combat terrorism, but a Senate filibuster looms on a measure that liberal and conservative critics alike say is a threat to individual liberties. "Just as the Senate did four years ago, we should unite in a bipartisan way to support the Patriot Act, to stand up for freedom and against terror," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said Thursday as GOP negotiators from the House and Senate sealed their White House-backed compromise. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a...
  • U.S. seeks to preserve oil-for-food papers

    11/16/2005 5:29:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 501+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/16/05 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - The United States urged the U.N. Wednesday to prevent any destruction of documents collected during the investigation that found massive corruption in its Iraq oil-for-food program. U.S. Ambassador John Bolton asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to direct the Independent Inquiry Committee, which just completed its yearlong probe of the $64 billion program, "to preserve the integrity of the files" so law enforcement officials can pursue criminal cases against companies and individuals named in the report. The United States is very concerned that if documents are returned to the countries that provided them, they could disappear, complicating prosecutions, he...
  • Philly councilman seeks psychiatric care

    10/20/2005 7:53:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 463+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/20/05 | Kathy Matheson - ap
    PHILADELPHIA - A city councilman who is the target of a federal investigation sought psychiatric care Thursday after being escorted down from City Hall's observation deck by the police commissioner. Commissioner Sylvester Johnson and Mayor John Street, who was the first to speak with Councilman Rick Mariano near the top of the towering building, would not characterize Mariano as suicidal. "I don't think he had an idea that all of this would result from it," Street said at a news conference following the incident that lasted about two hours. Johnson said Mariano checked himself into Pennsylvania Hospital. A dramatic emergency...
  • CA: LA firm seeks to seal records in executive's divorce case

    10/16/2005 4:46:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1,022+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/16/05 | Greg Risling - ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of the nation's largest money management firms, with assets totaling more than $1 trillion, is attempting to limit access to a divorce case involving one of its executives because it doesn't want its financial records made public. Capital Group Cos. filed a motion Friday in Superior Court in the divorce trial of Timothy Armour, 45, and his wife, Nina Ritter. The company wants a judge to seal exhibits, transcripts and other materials so they won't become public during the trial, which is expected to begin Monday. The request is unusual in divorce cases because third...
  • Pentagon Seeks Leeway to Approach Citizens

    10/07/2005 8:17:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 357+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/7/05 | Katherine Schrader - ap
    WASHINGTON - Attempting to loosen decades-old restrictions, the Pentagon is asking Congress to allow its intelligence agents to go undercover when they approach Americans who may have useful national-security information, rather than identifying themselves as intelligence operatives. The provision found in a wide-ranging intelligence bill would give the Defense Intelligence Agency new latitude to meet U.S. citizens without pulling out their DIA badges and later sending a formal notice of their rights under the landmark 1974 Privacy Act. The regulations were imposed to prevent recurrence of the intelligence scandals of the 1960s and 1970s, when the Defense Department was caught...
  • New Orleans criminal justice system facing severe money woes - Nagin seeks gambling to rebuild city

    10/07/2005 7:27:20 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 674+ views
    NOLA ^ | 10/07/05 | MELINDA DESLATTE
    New Orleans criminal justice system facing severe money woes 10/7/2005, 5:34 p.m. CT By MELINDA DESLATTE The Associated Press ST. GABRIEL, La. (AP) — Struggling to restart New Orleans' crippled criminal justice system, the parish district attorney and chief criminal judge said money problems from Hurricane Katrina have forced layoffs and threaten to stymie court proceedings. The cash shortage compounds problems for a system that already was troubled with prosecutors trying to track down witnesses who scattered as evacuees, a clerk of court's office assessing whether flooding and mold damaged evidence and a criminal court temporarily holding limited proceedings at...