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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Dr. Ruth pushes “love stimulus” plan for Washington

The pioneer of media sex therapists, Dr Ruth Westheimer, has teamed up with the city of Washington to promote a 28-day romance stimulus plan for the US capital.

“The word stimulus is a dream. It has something arousing,” Westheimer, who is better known under as Dr Ruth, said at a press conference to announce the partnership.

Dr Ruth will serve as honorary US Secretary of Love and Relations during the month of February — the month of Valentine’s Day — with the brief to “jump-start the District’s love economy.”

Around 16 million tourists, including 1.5 million from abroad, visit Washington every year — but few head to the US capital for a romantic get-away.

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U.S. ramps up airport security

The United States on Thursday said it would step up airport security measures in response to renewed threats from Al-Qaeda in Yemen, in the wake of a failed Christmas Day bombing.

Passengers traveling to the United States will see more airport security screening and more armed air marshals on flights, Homeland Secretary Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

“We must remain vigilant about the continued threat we face from Al-Qaeda,” Napolitano said. “We are taking an additional set of aviation security precautions to protect the American people.

“Some of these measures include enhanced random screening, additional federal air marshals on certain routes and adding individuals of concern to our terrorist watch list system.”

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Obama to banks: ‘We want our money back’

President Barack Obama lashed out Thursday at “obscene” corporate bonuses and proposed a fee to raise 90 billion dollars in 10 years from top banks to recoup “every single dime” of a Wall Street bailout.

“We want our money back and we are going to get it,” Obama said, terming a massive government bailout of the banking industry as “distasteful” though necessary, adding it left the sector with a heavy duty to taxpayers.

“My determination to achieve this goal is only heightened when I see reports of massive profits and obscene bonuses at some of the very firms who owe their continued existence to the American people,” Obama said.

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Gibbs on Limbaugh: ‘Really stupid’

The White House is firing back at Rush Limbaugh after the conservative talk radio host urged people not to donate to relief efforts in Haiti.

Spokesman Robert Gibbs says there are always people who say “really stupid things” during a crisis. He says it’s sad that Limbaugh would use the power of his pulpit to convince people not to assist those in need.

Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday that he wouldn’t trust that money donated to Haiti through the White House Web site would actually go to the relief efforts. He said Americans don’t need to contribute to earthquake relief because they already donate to Haiti through their income taxes.

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In a few horrorfic seconds, a way of life is redefined

I was sitting on my bed surfing the Internet when I noticed silence, followed by a weird groaning sound. I figured it was a passing water truck. But funny, I thought — sounds more like an earthquake.

The house started shaking. Then it really started shaking. I walked out of my room and kneeled slowly to the undulating floor, laptop in hand, as windows, two years’ worth of Haitian art and a picture of my grandfather smashed around me.

I was not hurt. Not only that, the staircase in the house where I live and work, while completely invisible behind a choking white cloud of drywall and dust, was still standing. I yelled out for Evens, the AP’s all-in-one driver/translator/bodyguard here.

To my shock and delight he answered: “Let’s go.”

I went. Barefoot, over rocks, past a crack running the height of the house, out to the street in my underwear, first to look for a telephone to call in what had happened, then brave any aftershocks and return to the house for a chance at shoes and pants.

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Haitian-Americans wait for news on relatives

Alourrde Pierre stood inside a Little Haiti community center, wringing her hands as she waited for news of her parents and 15 siblings in Port-au-Prince. Her children ask what happened to their grandmother, but she has no answer.

“It is so hard not knowing,” said 37-year-old Pierre. “What can we do?”

It is a scene replaying countless times among the roughly 800,000 people in the U.S. of Haitian descent, desperate for any morsel of information about loved ones on the earthquake-devastated nation. Feverish calls, texts and e-mails largely go unanswered as the distraught try to muster a reason to hope as bodies pile up on Haiti’s streets.

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Quake-ravaged Haitians struggle as aid flows in

Turning pickup trucks into ambulances and doors into stretchers, Haitians were frantically struggling to save those injured in this week’s earthquake as desperately needed aid from around the world began arriving Thursday.

An Air China plane carrying a Chinese search-and-rescue team, medics and tons of food and medicine landed at Port-au-Prince airport before dawn, joining three French planes with aid and a mobile hospital, officials said. A British relief team arrived in neighboring Dominican Republic.

The U.S. and other nations said they were sending food, water, medical supplies to assist the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, where the international Red Cross estimated 3 million people — a third of the population — may need emergency relief.

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House wants Geithner’s emails, phone logs

A House committee probing bailout deals has subpoenaed the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for correspondence from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and other officials.

The House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee is examining New York Fed decisions that funneled billions of dollars to big banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

Geithner was president of the New York Fed at the time. He approved decisions involving the money from the bailout of failed insurer American International Group Inc., according to an earlier watchdog audit.

On Wednesday, committee chairman Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. formally invited Geithner to testify this month about his role in the AIG bailout and the decision not to disclose what banks benefited.

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Congress grills terror officials on security lapses

Senior US counter-terrorism officials briefed lawmakers Wednesday on the Christmas bomb plot, amid congressional efforts to toughen aviation security in response to the thwarted attack.

Director for National Intelligence Dennis Blair, National Counter-Terrorism Center chief Mike Leiter, and President Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism aide John Brennan held closed-door question and answer sessions at the Capitol.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes said the briefing to his panel aimed to provide “a complete accounting of the intelligence we had prior to the incident, as well as provide more detail on the failures identified in the president’s preliminary report” on the incident.

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Obama moves to close deal on health care

Striving to close the deal on health care, President Barack Obama planned a trip to Capitol Hill on Thursday to urge rank-and-file House Democrats to yield on key issues still standing in the way of a historic legislative achievement.

Obama’s late afternoon visit comes amid intense White House negotiations with Democratic leaders aimed at settling core differences between the House and Senate that must be resolved before the sweeping overhaul legislation can pass.

Public support for the health care remake continues to drop, perhaps in part because of the messy debate in Congress, and lawmakers are feeling the press of other issues, from unemployment to ballooning budget deficits.

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