Drill, Maybe, Drill

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Obama gives the green light to offshore drilling, but does it go far enough?

Charles Rangel: A Profile in Corruption

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Plagued by multiple serious scandals, Rep. Charles Rangel has stepped down from his post as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. The move, which Rangel said was “temporary,” came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the congressman that he did not have enough votes to survive an expected Republican challenge to his chairmanship. To view a […]

Iran takes fight to opposition online – Times Online

Iran’s clerical rulers, who succeeded in suppressing widespread demonstrations last week by blanketing Tehran with security, are escalating a cyberwar to combat the increasingly powerful role of the internet in mobilising their opponents. Visitors to the website of the main challenger in last June’s disputed presidential election were greeted by an image of the Iranian […]

Newt Gingrich and John Goodman: Ten GOP Health Ideas for Obama – WSJ.com

“If you have a better idea, show it to me.” That was President Barack Obama’s challenge two weeks ago to House Republicans regarding health-care reform. He has since called for a bipartisan forum, not to start over on health reform but to “move forward” on the “best ideas that are out there.”The best ideas out […]

France denies citizenship to man with veiled wife – AP

PARIS – French authorities have denied citizenship to a man who forced his French wife to wear a face-covering veil, saying he had rejected national values of secularism and gender equality.The government has been speaking out strongly against head-to-toe veils, and is moving toward banning them in public after a long public debate over French […]

Trained For the Wrong War

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How the Obama administration’s shuffle of combat forces has endangered the troops.

Al Qaeda Burrows into Yemen’s Tribal Population – WSJ.com

SAN’A, Yemen—In nearly a decade of rebuilding its terror network here, al Qaeda has put down deep roots, a move that is now complicating U.S.-backed efforts to battle the group. Unlike other chapters of the global terror network, Yemen’s Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is a largely homegrown movement, with carefully cultivated ties to […]

Battleground Yemen – by Ryan Mauro

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The War on Terror turns towards two insurgencies on the Arabian Peninsula.

Sunrise votes nudge health care bill forward Tues. – AP

Two down, one to go. President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul cleared its second 60-vote test in the Senate early Tuesday morning — moving it a step closer to passage by Christmas. Senate Democrats remained united behind their compromise bill, over steadfast Republican opposition. The motion, to shut off debate and move to a vote […]

Developing countries boycott UN climate talks – AP

hina, India and other developing nations boycotted U.N. climate talks on Monday, bringing negotiations to a halt with their demand that rich countries discuss much deeper cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions. Representatives from developing countries – a bloc of 135 nations – said they refused to participate in any formal working groups at the […]