In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

Jobless claims up more than expected

New jobless claims rose more than expected last week due partly to an increase in layoffs by the automobile industry, while the number of people continuing to receive unemployment benefits set a record for the 15th straight week

The Labor Department said Thursday the number of new claims rose to a seasonally adjusted 637,000, from a revised 605,000 the previous week. That’s above analysts’ expectations of 610,000.

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Senate weighs health insurance options

Look out Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare. Senators are meeting behind closed doors to consider whether the federal government should jump into the health insurance business.

The government already covers medical care for seniors, disabled people, poor families and many children. But coverage in those programs is restricted to people who meet certain qualifications, including age and income.

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Obama flip flops on detainee torture photo release

In a reversal, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would fight the release of dozens of photographs showing the abuse of terrorism suspects, over concern the images could ignite a backlash against U.S. troops.

The decision was a blow to some liberals in Obama’s Democratic Party who see the photos as part of a broader effort to investigate Bush-era officials and cleanse America’s image abroad.

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Ex FBI-agent refutes Cheney claims on torture

Waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods used during the Bush administration on terrorism suspects produced unreliable evidence and were ineffective, a former FBI agent told Congress on Wednesday.

Ali Soufan made the charge before a Senate Judiciary panel in the first congressional hearing since the release last month of Justice Department memos that authorized tactics such as waterboarding, sleep and food deprivation and forced nudity.

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The Henny-Penny psychology of Dick and Liz Cheney

Is there anything more to write about Dick Cheney, the self-proclaimed uber-general on the war on terror whose only combat experience was shooting his friend in the face? I thought not until I read a reference to a comment Liz Cheney, the "acorn that didn’t fall far from the tree offspring", who Slate pointed out owes her very existence to her father’s avoidance of the Vietnam draft * , made about daddy in The Washington Post. 
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