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July 23rd, 2010

House-Senate dispute threatens war funding

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Democrats are at odds over how to approve additional funding for U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and will not be able resolve wide differences at least until next week.Last month, House Democratic leaders won approval for an unpopular $58.8 billion war funding by allowing ... continue reading

July 21st, 2010

U.S. Forces Step Up Pakistan Presence

WASHINGTON—U.S. Special Operations Forces have begun venturing out with Pakistani forces on aid projects, deepening the American role in the effort to defeat Islamist militants in Pakistani territory that has been off limits to U.S. ground troops.The expansion of U.S. cooperation is significant given Pakistan's deep aversion to allowing foreign ... continue reading

July 16th, 2010

Secretary Gates agrees to work on war message in meeting with GOP senators

President Obama has a problem with mixed messages about when American troops will leave Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Senate Republicans.At a meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Republicans complained about inconsistency among political, policy and military leaders in the administration, telling Gates this cast doubt on U.S. military ... continue reading

July 12th, 2010

Pentagon PR Strategy: More Briefings, Fewer 'Win' and 'Lose' Phrases for Afghanistan

The Pentagon has outlined a new strategy to "communicate U.S. policy objectives" in Afghanistan and "manage expectations" of the American public about the progress of the nine-year-long war.In a three-page memorandum for the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Douglas Wilson, the new Assistant ... continue reading

July 8th, 2010

NATO airstrike accidentally kills 5 Afghan troops

KABUL, Afghanistan — A botched NATO airstrike killed five Afghan soldiers after they were mistaken for insurgents, highlighting continued weak coordination between international troops and the local security forces they are striving to build.An Afghan defense official Wednesday condemned the "friendly fire" deaths in the eastern province of Ghazni. They ... continue reading

July 2nd, 2010

House approves funding for war in Afghanistan

The House late Thursday approved additional funding for the war in Afghanistan, beating back a series of Democratic amendments aimed at forcing the Obama administration to withdraw troops.The supplemental appropriations bill, containing billions of dollars in additional domestic spending sought by Democrats in the House, passed 239-182, with 15 Democrats ... continue reading

July 1st, 2010

House Democrats take up war funding bill

WASHINGTON — With their ranks infused with anti-war sentiment, Democrats controlling the House inched forward Thursday with a plan to both finance President Barack Obama's Afghanistan troop surge and salvage their dwindling jobs agenda.Long delayed, the measure came to the floor Thursday amid building pressure on Democrats to act before ... continue reading

June 30th, 2010

Gen. Petraeus confirmed as new U.S. Afghan commander

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously voted on Wednesday to confirm David Petraeus as commander of the troubled Afghan war, pinning U.S. hopes on the four-star general who helped turn around the conflict in Iraq.Petraeus, seen by some analysts as President Barack Obama's last, best hope to salvage the Afghan ... continue reading

June 29th, 2010

Petraeus: expect more violence in Afghanistan

As General Petraeus sat before the Senate Committee on Capitol Hill it appeared this confirmation hearing would be little more than a nod through.With the loss of the trusted and popular General Stanley McChrystal as leader of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, the US government is in desperate need ... continue reading

June 28th, 2010

VIDEO: Cloud of Smoke Could Put Soldiers' Lives at Risk

Two soldiers were killed by roadside bombs Saturday in Afghanistan, bringing the death toll to 52 in June, the worst month of the nine-year war so far for the United States. When soldiers go into war zones, they expect certain hazards on the battlefield but not necessarily on base, yet ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

McChrystal likely to resign over magazine comments, source says

Washington (CNN) -- America's top military commander in Afghanistan is unlikely to survive the fallout from remarks he made about colleagues in a magazine profile to be published Friday, according to a Pentagon source who has ongoing contacts with the general.Gen. Stanley McChrystal will likely resign Wednesday, the source said. ... continue reading

June 23rd, 2010

US general in Afghan war at risk of losing his job

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rebuked his Afghanistan war commander for "poor judgment" Tuesday and considered whether to fire him in the most extraordinary airing of military-civilian tensions since Harry Truman stripped Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command a half-century ago.Gen. Stanley McChrystal is prepared to submit his resignation at ... continue reading

June 22nd, 2010

White House summons McChrystal

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan was summoned to the White House to explain remarks critical of the Obama administration, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, as speculation grew that he could be ousted.The unusual move came a day after General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in ... continue reading

Alan Grayson

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June 18th, 2010

Diamonds in Your Bathtub

In the New York Times for June 13th, the Pentagon proclaimed that Afghanistan holds almost one trillion lira - no, sorry, that's one trillion dollars - in hitherto-unknown mineral wealth.Allow me to offer these revelations:(1) Paris Hilton actually is Albert Einstein, with a wig. Think about it - you've never ... continue reading

June 16th, 2010

WikiLeaks Founder Has Massacre Video

Julian Assange, who the Feds fear may release State Dept. secrets, denies having them—but he’s readying video of a deadly U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan.After several days underground, the founder of the secretive website WikiLeaks has gone public to disclose that he is preparing to release a classified Pentagon video of ... continue reading

June 15th, 2010

Timing of Leak of Afghan Mineral Wealth Evokes Skepticism

WASHINGTON, Jun 14, 2010 - The timing of the publication of a major New York Times story on the vast untapped mineral wealth that lies beneath Afghanistan's soil is raising major questions about the intent of the Pentagon, which released the information.Given the increasingly negative news that has come out ... continue reading

June 10th, 2010

Army: Bodies misidentified at Arlington Cemetery

WASHINGTON – The Army says at least 200 remains in Arlington National Cemetery may have been misidentified or misplaced, casting a shadow over what has been called America's "sacred ground."Defense officials said Thursday that the Army has forced out the cemetery's two civilian leaders and appointed a new chief.The Army ... continue reading

June 7th, 2010

At least $500 million has been spent since 9/11 on renovating Guantanamo Bay

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA -- At the U.S. naval station here, a handsome electronic sign hangs between two concrete pillars. In yellow enamel against a blue metal backdrop is a map of Cuba, the "Pearl of the Antilles," above flashing time and temperature readings. "Welcome Aboard," the sign says. The cost ... continue reading

May 30th, 2010

On Memorial Day, many families can't forget the wars

Memorial Day has a distinct meaning for the veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and the families of the 5,400 Americans who have died in these wars.Just ask Carlos Arredondo, whose son Lance Cpl. Alexander Arredondo was one of seven Marines killed in the battle of Najaf in ... continue reading

May 27th, 2010

Senate panel votes to repeal gay ban in military

WASHINGTON – A Senate committee on Thursday took a first step toward ending the policy that allows gays to serve in the military only if they don't disclose their sexual orientation.In a 16-12 vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a provision to repeal the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" ... continue reading

May 26th, 2010

US to launch covert strikes on terror targets

The US has authorised a sweeping expansion of covert military operations in the Middle East and Africa, aimed at destroying terrorist networks in the region, and preparing the ground ahead of any presidential decision to attack Iran.According yesterday's The New York Times, a directive, called the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task ... continue reading

May 25th, 2010

Senate Republican to back repeal of gay ban

WASHINGTON – Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican considered a critical vote on the issue, says she will support legislation that would repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.Collins is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which was expected to vote Thursday on whether to include the repeal ... continue reading

May 24th, 2010

More US troops in Afghanistan than Iraq: Pentagon

WASHINGTON – For the first time, more US forces are deployed in Afghanistan than Iraq, amid a buildup of American troops in the Afghan war, the Pentagon said on Monday.About 94,000 US troops are now in Afghanistan, while 92,000 remain in Iraq, where commanders are gradually scaling back the US ... continue reading

May 24th, 2010

White House eyes a compromise on gays in military

WASHINGTON – A proposal to step up the repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military but still allow the Pentagon time — perhaps even years — to implement new policies was being discussed Monday by administration officials and gay rights activists. The White House ... continue reading

May 14th, 2010

Afghan protest on civilian deaths turns violent, 1 dead

SURKHROD, Afghanistan - Police shot dead a an Afghan protester in eastern Afghanistan on Friday after hundreds of villagers demonstrated against NATO raids which they said killed 11 civilians overnight, a local official said. Crowds of men marched through the streets of Surkhrod district in Nangahar province, with chants like ... continue reading

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Apr 17th
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Apr 17th
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Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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Mar 6th
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Enron billionaire John Arnold thinks everyone should believe him when he says we've got to cut pensions because he's so incredibly rich: John...

Mar 5th
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More in David Sirota's continuing series on the billionaire takeover of PBS: More PBS conflict woes as activists move to eject David Koch from board of...

Mar 3rd
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