National Guard celebrates 374th birthday
The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded in 1630. More than 5,000 men, women, and children made the two-month voyage to the New World, leaving the relative comfort and safety of England behind in an effort to break free of religious intolerance, and to manage their communities the way they saw fit.
Face of Defense: Marine Fought Adversity to Realize Dream
NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 8, 2010 – Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matt McGuiness battled a collapsed lung and other challenges in realizing his dream of becoming a Marine.
Taliban Vid Shows Captured U.S. Soldier Held in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A new video released by the Taliban shows Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known U.S. serviceman held captive in Afghanistan, with bags under his eyes and what appears to be an abrasion on his left cheek.
US Treasuries hit by biggest sell-off in two years
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US Treasuries suffered their biggest two-day sell-off since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, following a torrid month that has seen borrowing costs for western governments soar.
Bond Prices Plunge for 2nd Day on Deficit Fears
U.S. Treasurys plunged Wednesday, extending Tuesday’s sharp losses and pushing benchmark yields to a six-month high, after a deal in Washington to extend tax cuts fueled fears of inflation and a swelling budget deficit.
Economic data and softer bond yields boost stocks
A pullback in sovereign bond yields and hopes for Asian and US economic growth have put bulls on the front foot. The FTSE All-World equity index is up 0.6 per cent and commodities are slightly firmer despite the dollar again showing some strength. The S&P 500 on Wall Street is up 0.4 per cent at 1,233, just shy of an intraday 2-year peak.
U.S. fiscal health worse than Europe’s: China adviser
(Reuters) – The U.S. dollar will be a safe investment for the next six to 12 months because global markets are focused on the euro zone’s troubles but America’s fiscal health is worse than Europe’s, an adviser to the Chinese central bank said on Wednesday.
House Approves Controversial DREAM Act
With the final days of the 111th Congress winding down, Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill bet on a last-ditch showdown over immigration reform Wednesday evening as the House of Representatives narrowly approved the DREAM Act — the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010.
Pelosi Compares DREAM Act Passing to Founders Gaining Independence
Possibly seeing how successful the Tea Party was by hearkening back to the Founding Fathers, Nancy Pelosi did the same thing on Wednesday night while announcing passage of the DREAM Act. According to her, passing the bill is just like the Founders winning independence.
Dem Congressman: Illegal Aliens are ‘De Facto Citizens’
During debate over the DREAM Act Wednesday, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., blames a “broken” immigration system for allowing illegal immigrants to live in the United States, calling them “de facto citizens.”
FBI Nabs Another Jihad-Obsessed Potential Bomber in Sting Operation
Federal authorities say Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammad Hussain, attempted to detonate what he believed to be a vehicle bomb this morning at the Armed Forces Career Center in the 5400 block of Baltimore National Pike.
New environmental rule expected to delay offshore drilling
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will require environmental studies before approving any deep-water wells – a new regulatory hurdle that virtually assures the government will not green-light any of those projects soon.
Laser incidents worry aviation officials
WASHINGTON – Federal Aviation Administration officials are worried about a steady increase of people pointing lasers at aircraft cockpits. They say the intense light can distract and temporarily blind pilots and has caused some to relinquish control of planes and helicopters to their co-pilots or abort landings.
AFL-CIO Leader Accepts Communist Party Award: ‘I Stand With Them’
Those who doubt the connection between the communist party and the unions need only to read accounts of a recent awards ceremony to see how both groups view each other.
Palin Says She Was Wiki-Hacked
The website of Sarah Palin’s political action committee came under cyberattack from supporters of Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange, the former Alaska governor said Wednesday.
Why Power Belongs to the People, and Not to the Federal Government
With the dust largely settled from the November 2010 elections, it is resoundingly clear that the majority of Americans are fed up with a government that has grown drunk on its own power and fat on their tax dollars.
Canada and U.S. to sign border, security deal: report
OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada and the United States are working on a new security and trade deal that would allow people and goods to flow more easily between the two major trading partners, the National Post said on Wednesday.
Confession links Russia to U.S. embassy attack
A new storm cloud may be on the horizon for President Obama over evidence that Moscow may have coaxed Georgian nationals into planting a bomb outside the U.S. embassy in Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
China, North Korea tout ‘consensus’ amid US anger
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and a top Chinese envoy Thursday touted “consensus” between the communist allies regarding the region’s worst crisis in years, official media reported.
Clashes as UK parliament debates student fees
LONDON (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in front of the British parliament in central London on Thursday ahead of a vote on university tuition fees which will test the strength of the coalition government.
Bright lights and big hearts fill World Trade Center workers’ holiday gift to city
Joe Russo was in his Staten Island home two weekends ago when he made a pronouncement that would result in the most beautiful sight in the city. “I don’t think I’m going to put up the tree this year,” the 49-year-old electrician would recall saying. “I got a better idea.”
Doc dressed as Elvis revives Vegas marathon runner
LAS VEGAS – It wasn’t blue suede shoes but a pair of sneakers that led a San Francisco doctor dressed as Elvis Presley to a woman who passed out at a Las Vegas restaurant after a marathon.