Four U.S. soldiers have been charged with killing a former comrade and his girlfriend to help conceal the existence of a militia they had formed to carry out anti-government attacks. Prosecutors in Georgia say the soldiers spent $87,000 on guns and bombing materials for a plot that included taking over their base, Fort Stewart; bombing a dam and poisoning the apple crop in Washington state; and ultimately overthrowing the government and assassinating President Obama. The soldiers called themselves F.E.A.R., short for Forever Enduring Always Ready. They are accused of killing former soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York, last December in a bid to keep their plans secret. It is the most high-profile case to involve extremism in the U.S. military ranks since neo-Nazi Army veteran Wade Michael Page killed six worshipers at the Oak Creek Sikh temple in Wisconsin and critically wounded three others before being shot dead earlier this month.
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Wikileaks may be planning to move its servers offshore, if a Fox News report is correct. And by offshore, we don’t mean out of America … we mean off of land, to a location that would only be subject to maritime law.
A source said, “Then they can keep running WikiLeaks and nobody can touch them. If you get a certain distance away from any land, then you’re dealing with maritime law … They can’t prosecute him under maritime law. He’s safe. He’s not an idiot, he’s actually very smart.”
Rwandan domestic worker John Rutaremara plans to sign up for a “no-scalpel” vasectomy as soon as it becomes available in Africa’s most densely populated country: he has two children and cannot afford more.
His is a fairly unusual decision for sub-Saharan Africa where vasectomies are rare amid a widespread but misguided belief that it is tantamount to castration and impairs a man’s virility.
But Rutaremara is determined: even though his daily pay of six dollars is a good one by Rwandan standards, he and his wife struggle to make ends meet.
Over the past week much of the nation’s attention has been focused on the relatively small state of Wisconsin, where union employees and their families are voicing their opposition to a bill proposed by Republican Governor Scott Walker. While the effect on the workers in Wisconsin is important by itself, the Wisconsin debate may also have much larger implications for the country as a whole. The protests in Wisconsin are more about how much public employee unions contribute to pensions or health care plans. The protests are even about more than collective bargaining rights, though that is certainly a better argument. Ultimately, the protests in Wisconsin are about who will pay for the tax cuts passed over the previous three decades, and whether the country still believes in entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.
The U.S. government has declared war on WikiLeaks.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbstold Fox News last week, “We are stronger than one guy with one website. We should never be afraid of one guy that plopped down $35 and bought a Web address. … We’re not scared of one guy with one keyboard and a laptop.”
So far the “one guy,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, has been arrested and denied bail in the U.K. His website has been pummeled by a series of covert and overt attempts by governments and businesses around the world to cut off its oxygen supply, but the efforts have not stopped the information flow.
As President Obama’s approval ratings continue to plummet, a buzz is building throughout the Beltway that gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Biden could — and perhaps should — be replaced on the 2012 presidential ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“In short,” wrote columnist and Washington insider Sally Quinn in the Washington Post earlier this summer, “the arguments against Hillary Clinton being Obama’s vice president have pretty much evaporated.”
“He [President Obama] should name Hillary Clinton as his running mate in 2012,” wrote former Democratic Virginia Governor Doug Wilder in a recent column for Politico. “That would be both needed change and audacious.”
With so many different legal battles and the passing of major legislation in regards to unemployment benefits, financial reform, Afghan war,etc… Last week another major law passed under the radar, with little media coverage, regarding the countries War on Drugs.
On Wednesday afternoon, the House voted to reduce racial inequity that has historically existed relative to the sentencing of people caught with crack cocaine versus powder cocaine. To be charged with a felony, crack users needed to possess only 5 grams of the drug to be sentenced with the same charge that powder cocaine users needed to be caught with (500 grams).
According to the LA Times President Obama on Monday pledged a series of new initiatives to support responsible fatherhood, but called on fathers to recognize the limits of government to achieve what only they can do in the home.
In his annual Father’s Day event, Obama urged fathers to mentor their own children – and to reach out to those in the community who don’t have strong parental or guardian support.
“We can’t legislate fatherhood,” Obama told a crowd gathered on the southeast side of Washington. “But what we can do is send a clear message to our fathers that there is no excuse for failing to meet their obligations.”
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s agents on Monday charged a former NFL football star for allegedly taking a loan from the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA), which was to be used to open a fitness facility in Chester County, but instead used the money for personal expenses.
Attorney General Tom Corbett said that Lee Woodall, 40, West Chester, PA, is charged with stealing $400,000 that was to be used for economic development.
The real question is why these Democrats and President Obama for that matter, thinks bi-partisanship is so important. It’s not.
Obama needs to tell the Democrats on the Finance committee who are unraveling like a cheap suit not to waste their time with the co-op idea, that its the public option or he vetoes the bill. And he shouldn’t be afraid to get in the face of the Republicans either who will probably enter the Guiness Book of World Records for the number of lies about a program they are trying to defeat.
Polls show a large majority of the American people want the public option. A CNN poll showed 57% support higher taxes to pay for it. And still the Democrats waver and hem and haw.