Senator: Pentagon paid billions to ‘fraudsters’

Senator: Pentagon paid billions to ‘fraudsters’

The US military paid 285 billion dollars over three years to hundreds of military contractors that defrauded the Pentagon over the same stretch of time, a US senator charged Wednesday. Brandishing a 45-page January 2011 US Department of Defense report on the issue, Independent Senator Bernie Sanders called for “far more vigorous enforcement” by the […]

Democratic warning: No debt, no government

Democratic warning: No debt, no government

Senate Democrats warned Thursday of dire economic consequences if Congress fails to raise the US debt ceiling, saying it could prompt a shutdown of the federal government. “It’s playing with fire,” said US Senator Chuck Schumer said of the legislative standoff. If a shutdown were to occur, “citizens couldn’t get their checks, veterans couldn’t get […]

The Internet IP warehouse is empty

The Internet IP warehouse is empty

The global warehouse for Internet addresses has run empty. The non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) doled out its last five batches of “IP” numbers that identify destinations for digital traffic. “A pool of more than four billion Internet addresses has been emptied this morning,” ICANN chief Rod Beckstrom said at a […]

America’s toxic political climate

America’s toxic political climate

Recriminations and soul-searching began over whether an inflamed political climate influenced a gunman to shoot a US congresswoman and 19 other people in Arizona. From the left and the right, politicians and commentators seized on the attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords Saturday as either a reflection of the passions stirred up by rabble-rousing conservatives […]

Jihadist issues Christmas Day threat

Jihadist issues Christmas Day threat

A “jihadist” in an audiotaped threat said fireworks displays will set off terrorist bombs in countries celebrating Christmas, the SITE monitoring group said. The recording, titled “The Zero Hour has arrived” and directed to “the unbeliever and Christian countries celebrating Christmas,” lasts one minute, three seconds and bears the voice of a member of the […]

Treasury Department cleared U.S. business with Iran

Treasury Department cleared U.S. business with Iran

The Treasury Department has granted nearly 10,000 special licenses to American companies over the past decade so they could sell some types of products in Iran and other countries the U.S. considers terrorist sponsors, The New York Times reported Thursday. Companies such as Kraft Food and Pepsi and some of the largest U.S. banks benefited, […]

Zsa Zsa’s husband glues his eye shut

Zsa Zsa’s husband glues his eye shut

The husband of ailing Hollywood socialite and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was hospitalized after accidentally gluing one of his own eyes shut. Gabor, 93, has been in and out of hospital in recent months. But this time, it was self-proclaimed Prince Frederic Von Anhalt who was rushed to hospital after he mistakenly picked up a […]

Did Obama manage to salvage a bad year?

Did Obama manage to salvage a bad year?

From the wreckage of the mid-term elections, US President Barack Obama, preaching pragmatism and bi-partisanship, is engineering a political rebound and reinvigorating his administration. Yet there are signs that the rare moment of compromise that drove a massive 858-billion dollar, economy-boosting, tax cut bill through Congress may be fleeting, with next year’s battle with Republicans […]

Palin will run for President if she feels she has the ‘best shot’

Palin will run for President if she feels she has the ‘best shot’

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said in an interview she would run for US president if she has the “best shot” on the right, and expressed confidence that she could beat Barack Obama. But the Tea Party favorite and former Republican vice-presidential candidate said she was still mulling the “lay of the land” ahead of […]