Forest Service Has No Flood Emergency Plan, Notification System

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The U.S. Forest Service acknowledges in a new report that the agency had no warning plan in place the night 20 people died in a flash flood in southwestern Arkansas. The Forest Service released the report Friday about the deadly June flood. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the Forest Service will […]

Obama in Seattle to recharge Democrats for Murray – Seattle Times

Telegraph.co.uk Obama in Seattle to recharge Democrats for MurraySeattle TimesPresident Obama stumped in Seattle on Thursday for Sen. Patty Murray, framing her re-election fight as a choice between "falling backwards and moving forwards." By Jim Brunner President Obama greets a throng of supporters after addressing Thursday …Factbox: Possible Republican White House candidates in 2012ReutersIn Seattle, […]

Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proved an irresistible target to Republicans, who have branded the powerful Democrat a “wicked witch” and a would-be puppy killer ahead of November 2 elections. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has staged a nationwide “Fire Nancy Pelosi” bus tour to energize core supporters for the fight to retake the US […]

Report says U.S. military mistreating Afghan prisoners

Report says U.S. military mistreating Afghan prisoners

The US military is mistreating detainees — and violating its own rules — at a secret prison in Afghanistan, a US think tank said Friday in a report. The 16-page report by the Open Society Foundation said Afghans call the secret site “Tor Jail,” or “Black Jail,” and that consistent accounts from detainees refer to […]

John Boehner: The timebomb who could be Speaker

John Boehner: The timebomb who could be Speaker

Republican Representative John Boehner smokes, enjoys steak and red wine, has been known to lob rhetorical bombs — and could be the sharpest thorn in President Barack Obama‘s side come January. If Republicans retake the House of Representatives in November elections, as many analysts bet they will, Boehner will be the odds-on favorite to replace […]

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

A billboard depicting Barack Obama as an Islamist suicide bomber, a gay and a Mexican bandit has triggered a storm of criticism in a western US city weeks ahead of crucial polls. The colourful poster of the US president — under the ironic slogan “Vote DemocRAT” — is attracting attention from media worldwide and from […]

Road to health care reform riddled with potholes, detours

Road to health care reform riddled with potholes, detours

The road to health care reform in this country is a rocky one that takes many wrong turns and leaves many Americans wondering if they are better or worse off than before President Barack Obama “reformed” insurance for medical care in this country. From The New York Times: Consider what it would be like to […]

Verizon wireless owes $90 million in refunds

Verizon wireless owes $90 million in refunds

US telecom titan Verizon Wireless will pay back up to 90 million dollars to some 15 million cell phone users who were charged for services they did not use, the New York Times said Sunday. In what will be one of the largest refunds to customers of any telecom company, Verizon said it will give […]