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July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), a long-shot contender for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, on Wednesday slammed fellow presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama for releasing a "politically contrived and convenient" proposal to withdraw troops from Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The establishment news media places too much emphasis on the negative events happening in Iraq, so Defense Department employees need to side-step the media and get a positive message out to the American people, said Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Speaking at a town hall meeting with Pentagon employees, Pace was asked by a soldier what the department is doing to confront what the soldier called the "negativity in the press [that] is absolutely detrimental to the morale of our forces."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The worldwide launch of the English-language version of al-Jazeera, scheduled to take place Wednesday, has been hindered by the network's inability to secure a high-profile U.S. carrier and by efforts on the part of conservatives to block the station."The launching of the English channel offers the chance to reach out to a new audience that is used to hearing the name of al-Jazeera without being able to watch it or to understand its language," network director general Wadah Khanfar said in a release.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review a New York case challenging a use of eminent domain that the landowner called "extortion."The case was one of more than 100 that the court rejected Tuesday without comment. It would have provided the justices an opportunity to clarify their controversial 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London, in which they ruled that local governments can seize personal property for redevelopment plans.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Top income tax rates have fallen by nearly half in the last 50 years, adding to growing income inequality in the United States, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities."[D]uring a period in which economic forces have been generating increased pre-tax inequality, changes in the tax system have exacerbated rather than mitigated the widening of the income gap," the report states.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic leaders in Congress continue to pursue carbon taxes and cap-and trade proposals to address climate change even though a majority of Americans would prefer that the government simply mandate steps for the energy industry to reduce carbon emissions, according a poll released Wednesday.The lengthy nationwide survey commissioned by New Scientist Magazine, Stanford University and Resources for the Future, found that 75 percent of Americans would support federal standards if that meant a $2 per month increase in home electricity bills.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comment from Atlanta Journal and Constitution)(CNSNews.com) - United States Rep. Cynthia McKinney, embroiled in controversy since a March 29 altercation with Capitol Hill police and facing a tough Democratic primary in her Georgia district, has demanded that the Atlanta Journal Constitution retract an editorial critical of her.Contrary to other media reports, McKinney has not yet filed a lawsuit against the newspaper, according to her attorney.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - North American, South American and international labor unions on Friday spoke out against a free trade agreement between the United States and Peru and urged the U.S. Congress to block legislation approving the agreement first signed last year.The deal was signed by trade representatives from both countries in April 2006. The Peruvian government ratified the treaty in June 2006, but the U.S. Congress has yet to approve it. The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the agreement Tuesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The director of the American Civil Liberties Union's National Prisoner Project Wednesday accused U.S. governments past and present of honing torture tactics in American prisons before they were allegedly implemented in terrorist detention centers in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."If you look at the iconic pictures from Abu Ghraib," Elizabeth Alexander told reporters at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, "you can match up these photos with the same abuses at American prisons, each one of them."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - World travelers fear coming to the United States more than any other country because of strict entry policies, according to a survey released Monday by a group representing the travel and tourism industry."The U.S. entry process has created a climate of fear and frustration that is turning away foreign business and leisure travelers from visiting the United States," said a survey released by the Discover America Partnership.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on Monday criticized what he sees as a muted Bush administration response to a recent Chinese anti-satellite missile test, saying the launch highlights the need for the United States to protect its interests in space.The Chinese government on Jan. 11 tested a ground-launched anti-satellite (ASAT) missile that destroyed an aging weather satellite in low orbit.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A trade analyst is raising concerns that an upcoming summit of European leaders hosted by President Bush may result in a rolling back of some intellectual property rights (IPR) in the United States.The summit, scheduled for April 30, will bring European Union leaders to the White House to address a host of issues, including nuclear non-proliferation, reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, and transatlantic trade.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Senate Republicans on Tuesday successfully blocked consideration of a union-backed bill that would eliminate secret ballot elections for workers voting on whether they want to join a union.Democrats supporting the bill failed to achieve the 60 votes necessary to invoke cloture on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), a move that would end debate on the bill and put it up for a yes or no vote on its passage. Fifty-one senators voted in favor of invoking cloture, while 48 voted against it.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A vast majority of Americans say they expect the current sectarian violence in Iraq to become a full-scale civil war, but U.S. military data compiled in Iraq indicates that over a two-month period ending on July 21, most of the violence happened in just four of Iraq's 18 provinces.U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, when asked on July 25 whether he believed a civil war was inevitable in Iraq, told reporters that such a conclusion was wrong. "If you think of civil wars in other countries, this is really quite different," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq results in "a bloodbath," the guilt will rest with the Iraqi people and not with the U.S. Congress, according to Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), a leading proponent of withdrawing troops."Many have threatened that there will be chaos, a bloodbath, when the United States redeploys from Iraq, and this in fact may be the case," Murtha said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Monday. "If they continue to choose to spill blood, it will not be on the conscience of the United States."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Due to technical issues, Bechtel's response was not received before the article was published. Therefore, the original report that they did not respond to requests for comment was inaccurate.)(CNSNews.com) - Anti-war, anti-globalization activists on Thursday served Bechtel Corporation a mock eviction notice in an effort to get the company "out of Iraq" and "off the planet."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Six years after declaring the Venezuelan election process "flawed," former President Jimmy Carter's Carter Center will monitor only one aspect of the country's Dec. 3 elections, despite claims of abuses during the campaign designed to favor the incumbent, left-wing populist President Hugo Chavez.The center announced Nov. 20 that it would organize a "specialized, limited technical mission" to "observe the use of the automated voting technology."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of a Kansas church who protest homosexuality at military funerals suffered a setback Tuesday in their case challenging Missouri's "funeral protection law" when a federal judge ruled that the law could be enforced while under review.American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawyers representing the Westboro Baptist Church asked the U.S. District Court in Western Missouri to prevent the state from enforcing the law, which prohibits demonstrations near military funerals.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a move likely to shock some of his conservative supporters, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Tuesday criticized global warming skeptics and called on elected officials to find creative ways to address climate change."It is a problem," Gingrich said of global warming. "We should address it."Gingrich was speaking during a debate in Washington, D.C., with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) over the proper way to address environmental issues.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Ohio newspaper's decision to publish the non-public records of concealed carry permit holders drew a strong response, and one gun rights advocacy group published personal but public information about the newspaper's editor.The Sandusky Register on June 24 published the names, ages and home counties of the almost 2,700 concealed carry permit holders in its circulation area. Ohio gun laws restrict public access to concealed carry records but allow the media to access them.