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Judge: Bush broke law with illegal wiretaps

Judge: Bush broke law with illegal wiretaps

In a repudiation of the Bush administration‘s now-defunct Terrorist Surveillance Program, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that government investigators illegally wiretapped the phone conversations of an Islamic charity and two American lawyers without a search warrant. U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker said the plaintiffs provided enough evidence to show “they were subjected to warrantless […]

Obama offers offshore oil drilling program

Obama offers offshore oil drilling program

President Barack Obama, who campaigned against offshore drilling for oil during his 2008 Presidential campaign, now wants to allow such drilling 50 miles off the Virginia coast and may open up other stretches of the Atlantic coast and areas off Alaska. Obama will offer a program that reverses the long-standing ban on coastal drilling outside […]

Heath care defeat gives GOP a reality check

Heath care defeat gives GOP a reality check

As the Republican party heads into the mid-term elections, some worry that their scorched-earth policy on health care reform could come back and bite them in the ass. Some GOP leaders now admit they may have overplayed their hand and worry that the “repeal the law” strategy promoted by the party’s extreme conservative base could […]

RNC donor money goes for private jets, strip clubs

RNC donor money goes for private jets, strip clubs

A review of expenses paid by the Republican National Committee (RNC) under the leadership of free spending, controversial chairman Micheal Steele shows a political committee out of control, wasting donor funds on luxury hotels, private jets and even nights-out at a bondage club in Hollywood. The RNC covered $2,000 in expenses for an evening at […]

Michigan-based Christian militia planned war against government

Michigan-based Christian militia planned war against government

Members of a self-described “Christian Militia”  called Hutaree planned a war against the U.S. government and planned to launch the war by killing police officers, prosecutors said Monday. Nine members of the Michigan-based Christian cult are in custody, arrested as part of a plot to first kill the cops and then slaughter many more by […]

Health care law will add to doctor shortage

Health care law will add to doctor shortage

Better beat the crowd and find a doctor. Primary care physicians already are in short supply in parts of the country, and the landmark health overhaul that will bring them millions more newly insured patients in the next few years promises extra strain. The new law goes beyond offering coverage to the uninsured, with steps […]

Drug Lobby: The big winner in health care ‘reform’

Drug Lobby: The big winner in health care ‘reform’

Chalk one up for the pharmaceutical lobby. The U.S. drug industry fended off price curbs and other hefty restrictions in President Barack Obama‘s health care law even as it prepares for plenty of new business when an estimated 32 million uninsured Americans gain health coverage. To be sure, the law also levies taxes and imposes […]

Obama caps big week with surprise visit for Afghanistan

Obama caps big week with surprise visit for Afghanistan

After weeks dominated by health care, President Barack Obama‘s secret trip to Afghanistan turned attention back to another issue whose progress this year could help define the success of his presidency. By deciding in December to order a massive buildup to the war he inherited, Obama placed a big bet. Nearly tripling the U.S. presence […]

Gallup Poll shows public turnaround in health care support

Gallup Poll shows public turnaround in health care support

Nearly half of Americans give a thumbs-up to Congress’ passage of a healthcare reform bill last weekend, with 49% calling it “a good thing.” Republicans and Democrats have polar opposite reactions, with independents evenly split. The findings, from a March 22 USA Today/Gallup poll conducted one day after the bill received a majority of votes […]

Death of a detainee at CIA hands

Death of a detainee at CIA hands

More than seven years ago, a suspected Afghan militant was brought to a dimly lit CIA compound northeast of the airport in Kabul. The CIA called it the Salt Pit. Inmates knew it as the dark prison. Inside a chilly cell, the man was shackled and left half-naked. He was found dead, exposed to the […]