U.S. not seeking to "contain" China: Clinton

HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied on Thursday the United States was seeking to contain China as she began a two-week trip to an Asia-Pacific region rattled by recent Chinese assertiveness. Read the full story from Reuters

Robert Creamer: The Democratic Path to Victory in the House

Most of the punditry continues to assume that the die is cast — that Republicans will win control of the House this fall. Certainly that outcome is entirely possible. But there is a Democratic path to victory next Tuesday. currently portends that there are 152 solid Democratic seats, 174 solid Republican seats, 29 seats […]

Daphne Eviatar: Judge Hides Evidence of Torture from Gitmo Jury

A military commission judge on Thursday refused to allow a jury to see evidence of torture and abuse of a prisoner as the members consider the length of his sentence. Omar Khadr, a 24-year-old Canadian, earlier this week pled guilty to murder, conspiracy and material support for terrorism, arising out of his actions as a […]

Jane-Howard Hammerstein: "You Can’t Handle the Truth" … Col. Jessup (a/k/a Jack Nicholson)

And we the people of the United States of America can’t handle democracy. After 234 years in the attempt, we’ve never met the challenge. High-tech evidence and low-tech proof are all around us. In 3-D, Dolby 0.5 and 24 MP; on furious faces and hateful placards, in frustrated screams plus shallow stentorian hate mongers/hucksters/rainmakers/preying mantises […]

Gays In The Military Study: Most U.S. Troops, Families Say Gays OK

WASHINGTON — An internal Pentagon study has found that most U.S. troops and their families don’t care whether gays are allowed to serve openly and think the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” could be done away with, according to officials familiar with its findings. The survey results were expected to be used by gay […]

Mark Kirk Loses Endorsements To Giannoulias

CHICAGO — Several Illinois advocacy groups that backed Republican Mark Kirk in past elections are endorsing his Democratic opponent in the race for President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat. The groups held a news conference Thursday with Democrat Alexi Giannoulias (jeh-NOO’-lee-us). Ken Swanson, president of the Illinois Education Association, says Kirk hasn’t been consistent in […]