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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The U.S. military moved a step closer Thursday to allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces, as the Pentagon announced that it will ease enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that has been in place for 17 years. Homeowners Assistance. The Obama administration plans to overhaul how it is tackling the foreclosure crisis, in part by requiring lenders to temporarily slash or eliminate monthly mortgage payments for many borrowers who are unemployed, senior officials said Thursday. Israel. Israel insisted Friday it would continue building in contested east Jerusalem, taking an uncompromising stance against U.S. pressure following a tense visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington.
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Since 1994, musician David Bazan (former front man of Pedro the Lion and Headphones) has put sharp questions about faith, justice, and his Pentecostal-evangelical upbringing front and center in his songs...
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China. Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s best-known dissidents and an author of a pro-democracy manifesto, was indicted Thursday on charges of trying to subvert the state. Cutting Greenhouse Gas. The trio of senators who are trying to write a bill to cap greenhouse gas emissions released a "framework" Thursday that they had agreed to. Iraq. Iraq’s government held a public auction Friday during which it sold development rights to two of its largest untapped oil fields.
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Iran. Iran's government will build 10 new sites to enrich uranium, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday, a dramatic expansion of the country's nuclear program and one that is bound to fuel fears that it is attempting to produce a nuclear weapon. Russia Train Bombing. The police released a sketch and a description on Monday of a possible suspect in the bombing of a luxury train that killed 26 people, as well as a description of an accomplice. Switzerland. Voters in Switzerland decided Sunday to ban the building of minarets, in a referendum that showed an unexpected level of resentment against Muslim immigrants in a country long known for discretion and tolerance. Quote of the Day. “We could perhaps reduce the annual Indonesian emissions by 5 percent with this one project. It’s so significant. One project.” Jouko Virta, who works for an Indonesian paper company, on the company's recent proposal to help stop leaks of greenhouse gases from a peat bog by planting a ring of tree plantations around it. (New York Times)
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Health-Care Reform. Critics say the drug industry is trying to establish a higher price base before Congress passes legislation that tries to curb drug spending in coming years. U.N. Food Summit. World leaders at a United Nations food summit in Rome today agreed a strategy to help the world's one billion starving people by increasing aid to farmers in developing countries -- but failed to pledge the specific funds the U.N. had hoped for. Kevin Rudd. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd issued an apology for child migrant programs that forcibly brought an estimated 150,000 British youngsters to the Commonwealth. Quote of the Day. “We have an obligation to help them. They’re our sons. It doesn’t matter if they are here or there.” Javier Avendano, a farmer in Miahuatlán, Mexico, sends money when he can to his two sons -- immigrants who wait tables in central Florida and have seen their hours cut back and their tips drop sharply. (New York Times)
Posted by Jeannie Choi 5 years 2 weeks ago
9/11 Suspect. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and four other men accused in the plot will be prosecuted in federal court in New York City, the United States attorney general announced Friday. Swine Flu. About 22 million Americans have become ill with pandemic H1N1 influenza in the past six months and 3,900 have died, according to new estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overdraft Penalties. The Federal Reserve will begin banning banks from charging many overdraft fees unless customers sign up for the service, an unprecedented move that comes as a wave of consumer reform sweeps Washington. Quote of the Day. “You don’t steal from yourself.” Ataullah, a farmer in the Jurm Valley of Afghanistan, describing the success of his region's method of using village councils and direct grants to avoid the corruption that has frustrated so many development efforts. (New York Times)
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Afghanistan. The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl W. Eikenberry, expressed reservations about deploying additional troops, senior officials said. Japan. President Obama’s visit to Tokyo on Friday will come at a time when relations with Japan are strained. Job Summit. Before leaving for Asia, the president will disclose plans for a December event to highlight efforts to turn around the economy.
Posted by Jeannie Choi 5 years 4 weeks ago
There are several factoids about John Ringhofer that elicit fandom, and none of them have anything to do with his music:He still uses a CD walkmanHe lives rent-free in a church in Berkeley, California, where he serves as the custodian.He often attends two to three church services a Sunday because he loves the art of sermonizing.He is a nice guy.
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Health-Care Reform. White House officials are looking for ways to simplify and scale back the major Democratic bills, lower the cost and drop contentious but nonessential elements. China Protests. Protesters took to the streets in Urumqi -- the Chinese city torn by ethnic riots in July – criticizing the government for failing to protect people after attacks by assailants wielding syringes. Laura Ling & Euna Lee. The American journalists detained by North Korean authorities for nearly five months admit in a newly published account that they briefly entered North Korean territory while reporting a story, but say they were "firmly back inside China" when North Korean border guards dragged them back across the frozen Tumen River into North Korea and 140 days of captivity.
Posted by Jeannie Choi 5 years 13 weeks ago
Kennedy. On a day of solemn tributes and emotional farewells, thousands of mourners began paying their last respects to Edward M. Kennedy on Thursday as the late senator's body was carried from the family compound on Cape Cod through the streets of this city. Ahmadinejad. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the prosecution of his chief political rivals, two days after the nation’s supreme leader sought to blunt calls for revenge. Myanmar Refugees. Minority ethnic groups in Myanmar, who control large pockets of territory in the north, have banded together to fight the government’s efforts to turn them into border guards.
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Kennedy. The death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy became a rallying point for advocates of health care reform and could provide a new tone in the debate. Volunteerism. A survey undercut anecdotal reports that volunteers had flooded nonprofit groups as unemployment had increased in the current recession. Darfur. The war in Darfur, which has killed up to 300,000 people, is over, says the UN's military commander there.
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Edward Kennedy Dies. Mr. Kennedy, a disciplined liberal lawmaker with a sometimes-stormy personal life, knew triumph and tragedy during his decades near the center of American political history. Abdul Aziz Hakim Dies. Abdul Aziz Hakim, one of Iraq's most powerful political leaders and the head of one of its most prominent Shiite religious dynasties, died after a battle with lung cancer. School Lunch Nutrition. When Michelle Obama and her fifth-grade partners harvested lettuce and peas in the White House garden this spring, she made a point of saying that American children are "not eating right and not moving their bodies at all," and she cited what they eat in school as part of the problem.
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U.S. Deficit. The Obama administration blamed an unexpectedly deep downturn for the higher estimate, which rose from $7.1 trillion. Bernanke. The president lauds the ‘bold action’ of the Federal Reserve chairman during a time of economic crisis. Afghan Bombing. A massive car bomb explosion in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar brings down buildings and kills at least 30 people.
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C.I.A. Abuse Cases. The Justice Department has recommended reversing the Bush administration and reopening nearly a dozen prisoner-abuse cases, potentially exposing C.I.A. employees to prosecution. Greece. Firefighting crews resumed their efforts early Monday across Greece after raging wildfires swept through the northern suburbs of Athens over the weekend. China. The unexpected releases of the men, including a lawyer whose case had drawn global attention, came a day after the new American ambassador to China arrived in Beijing.
Posted by Jeannie Choi 5 years 14 weeks ago
CIA-Drones. Outside contractors are involved in assembling and loading missiles on drone aircraft used to attack Al Qaeda members, government officials say. Lockerbie Convict. Britain and Scotland joined the U.S. in criticizing the triumphant return of the Lockerbie convict in Libya after he was released by Scotland. Faith in Obama Drops. Public confidence in President Obama's leadership has declined sharply over the summer, amid intensifying opposition to health-care reform that threatens to undercut his attempt to enact major changes to the system, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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James B. McGinnis Dies. "He was the closest thing to a living saint that I knew, because he cared passionately about peace and justice." Afghanistan Election. Voters defied threats from the Taliban and rocket attacks on Thursday in an election that has become a critical benchmark of the nation’s progress. Lockerbie Convict. U.S. politicians and families of U.S. victims of the Lockerbie bombing were uniformly outraged and dismayed by the Scottish government's decision to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to Libya on compassionate grounds.
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Baghdad. The wave of attacks in Baghdad, which also wounded 300 people, was among the most devastating since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from street patrols in June. Health-Care Bill. Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul. Fake Letters to Congress. Investigators have uncovered a total of nine letters sent to Congress falsely claiming to be from charities expressing opposition to climate change legislation
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Robert D. Novak Dies. Mr. Novak was a pugnacious political columnist and cable TV fixture whose scoops reached across five decades. Health-Care. By backing away from a public option, he increases the chances for his reform proposal overall. Immigrant Detainee Fatalities. More than one in 10 deaths in immigration detention in the last six years have been overlooked and were omitted from an official list of detainee fatalities issued to Congress in March, the Obama administration said Monday.
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Obama on Marriage Law. "The administration filed court papers today against a law that denies federal recognition of gay marriage -- even as it defends the law in court." Public Option. "For President Obama, giving up on a public insurance plan could punch a hole in Republican arguments but could also alienate liberal Democrats." Education. "An aggressive use of economic stimulus money has provoked heated debates over the uses of standardized testing and the proper federal role in education."
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