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A tree of excess for Christmas

A tree of excess for Christmas

Many around the world may be hurting for money not just for gifts or even for a Christmas tree but money is no object when it come to celebrating the holiday in Abu Dhabi. The Muslim desert emirate decided the world needed the world’s most expensive Christmas tree, so it erected a 40-foot, fake evergreen […]

Soldier suspected of WikiLeaks mistreated, tortured

Soldier suspected of WikiLeaks mistreated, tortured

Detained U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning‘s supporters went public with their concerns about the harsh conditions of his imprisonment — he has no access to exercise or even a pillow and bedsheets during his solitary confinement — only after their complaints to the military over several months went unheeded. As Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald reported on […]

Middle aged men getting grumpy about not getting it on

Middle aged men getting grumpy about not getting it on

The U.S. generation that promoted free love in the 1960s has grown old and cranky about sex. Faced with performance problems, menopause blues and an increased mismatch of expectations between the sexes, middle-aged Americans are the unhappiest people of all when it comes to making love, a new Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll shows. Only 7 percent […]

Aghan war is a bloody, hopeless mess

Aghan war is a bloody, hopeless mess

A White House review of President Barack Obama‘s Afghanistan war strategy reported on Thursday that allied forces are making headway against the Taliban and al Qaeda but that serious challenges remain. “In Afghanistan, the momentum achieved by the Taliban in recent years has been arrested in much of the country and reversed in some key […]

Don’t ask, don’t tell repealed by House again

Don’t ask, don’t tell repealed by House again

For the second time this year the House voted to dismantle the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, giving the Senate a final shot in the waning days of this Congress at changing a law requiring thousands of uniformed gays to hide their sexual identity. The strong 250-175 House vote Wednesday propels the issue to […]

Somebody needs to foreclose on the government’s foreclosure program

Somebody needs to foreclose on the government’s foreclosure program

The Obama administration‘s central foreclosure-prevention effort won’t reach its original goals and the government should come up with clear, measurable objectives for the two-year-old program, according to a new report from a congressional watchdog. Because the Treasury Department has failed to properly analyze the program it runs, it is nearly impossible for overseers and the […]

Dems mull changes while GOP grumbles

Dems mull changes while GOP grumbles

House Democrats considered changes in legislation to avoid a Jan. 1 jump in income taxes on Tuesday, despite a warning from Republicans that the bill’s passage could be endangered as a result. “This agreement is not subject to being reopened,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “In other words, we have an understanding.” […]

And the house Democrats just keep on bitching

And the house Democrats just keep on bitching

The struggle over tax cuts is seriously straining President Barack Obama‘s relationship with House Democrats, who have backed him on key issues even when it cost them politically. Expressing hurt and bewilderment, Democratic lawmakers say Obama ignored them at crucial negotiating moments, misled them about his intentions and made needless concessions to Republicans. The president […]

Obama’s embattled health care plan: Is there a doctor in the house?

Obama’s embattled health care plan: Is there a doctor in the house?

The scorecard on the legal fight over President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul is two judges in favor and one against. But these are the early rounds in preliminary bouts. The one that really counts — a showdown at the Supreme Court — is at least a year away. The health care law suffered its […]