Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2010 – Afghan and coalition forces today killed more than 10 Taliban fighters during an operation in northern Afghanistan, military officials reported.
Warrant Needed to Get Your E-Mail, Appeals Court Says
The government must obtain a court warrant to require internet service providers to turn over stored e-mail to the authorities, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
‘All Hell is Breaking Loose’: $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Nears 2,000 Pages
In one of their last acts before Congress adjourns for the year, Senate Democrats are pushing a 1,924-page spending bill that includes massive earmark spending. If passed, the measure would be enacted into law without debate in the full senate.
NY Schools’ ‘Human Rights’ Curriculum Features Van Jones
A new human rights curriculum that was recently introduced to middle schools and high schools all across New York is a disservice to students because it wastes precious instruction time which would be more wisely spent on academic fundamentals.
Report – Rate of Gitmo Detainees Returning to Jihad Doubled In Last 2 Years
The Weekly Standard reports that 150 former Guantanamo detainees are either “confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities,” according to a new intelligence assessment released by the Director of National Intelligence’s office on Tuesday. In total, 598 detainees have been transferred out of U.S. custody at Guantanamo. 1 out of every 4, or 25 percent, of these former detainees is now considered a confirmed or suspected recidivist by the U.S. government.
Senator Jim DeMint: The START 2 Treaty Does Limit U.S. Missile Defense
“This is a major arms control agreement and, in my mind, has some very serious flaws and can actually make the world more dangerous if we’re not careful.” – Senator Jim DeMint.
FL School Board Shooter Posted Suicide Note Railing Against the Rich, Linking to Media Matters
Clay Duke, the man who opened fire on a Florida school board Tuesday, posted a “last testament” on Facebook decrying the wealthy and linking to a slew of progressive sites including theprogressivemind.info and MediaMatters.org.
Border Patrol Agent Killed in Southern Arizona
The U.S. Border Patrol has confirmed that one of its agents has been killed in Southern Arizona.Border Patrol spokesman Eric Cantu confirmed the agent’s death but had very few details to release Wednesday morning.
Sidestepping the U.S. Dollar, a Russian Exchange Will Swap Rubles and Renminbi
MOSCOW — Russia and China are poised to take a small but symbolic step in their expanding economic relationship, a move that in the long term could make the dollar less relevant to business between the two nations.
Mexican border city hits 3,000 dead in drug war
MEXICO CITY – This year’s death toll in drug-related violence in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, the hardest hit by Mexico’s drug war, rose to 3,000 Tuesday after two men were shot dead on a street, authorities said.
‘Stuxnet virus set back Iran’s nuclear program by 2 years’
The Stuxnet virus, which has attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities and which Israel is suspected of creating, has set back the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program by two years, a top German computer consultant who was one of the first experts to analyze the program’s code told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.
Iran reformer sentenced to jail, exile and fine
TEHRAN, Iran – An opposition activist has been convicted of vague charges of working against the ruling system and insulting the country’s supreme leader and sentenced to 20 months in jail, an opposition website reported Wednesday.
Italians Riot After Prime Minister Gets Votes of Confidence
ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi pulled off another astonishing escape from the political dead, scraping through two confidence votes Tuesday in a dramatic parliamentary showdown. But the Italian leader’s hold on power remains precarious as his razor-thin victory makes political gridlock a near certainty – and violent street protests show growing unease with his rule.
Shocking Vid: Greek Rioter Firebombs Policeman — Engulfs Him in Flames
Greek Labor unions are once again rioting in the streets against austerity measures. Those riots have quickly turned violent. The video below shows one rioter firebombing a police officer, who is then engulfed in flames as people cheer.
Chavez seeks power to rule by decree for 1 year
CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez asked congress Tuesday to grant him special powers to enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers.
Doctors Claim HIV-Positive Man Cured by Stem Cell Transplant
There’s an estimated 33 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS, and now doctors believe one of them may have been cured of the virus after receiving a stem cell transplant in 2007, the medical journal Blood reported.
Santa Fulfills Dying Boy’s Wish
(Dec. 13) — St. Nick and Christmas cards from around the world are fulfilling the final wishes of Matthew Michael Butman of Wylie, Texas. “I have Leigh’s Disease,” writes Matthew, 11. Like other ‘tweens, Matt uses a Facebook page to keep track of his buddies. But Matt also uses his Facebook page to explain the disease that’s killing him, the disease that keeps him in bed, unable to walk or even to speak.