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Israel Resumes Attack

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2009 5:41 am by HL

Israel Resumes Attack

Relaxing

Following a three-hour pause in its aerial bombardment to allow those in the Gaza Strip to “get medical attention, get supplies … whatever they need,” Israel has resumed its attack, although it promised additional halts amid reports that Hamas and Israel are working out details of a cease-fire. Overall, 660 people have been reported killed, including more than 200 children.

For a link to an article regarding casualties, visit the BBC.


The New York Times:

Israel pressed on with its 12-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip on Wednesday , but it allowed a brief suspension to permit humanitarian aid to reach the beleaguered population and agreed to future brief halts, while the Israeli security cabinet postponed a vote authorizing a further stage of the ground operation.

The day after Israeli mortar shells killed as many as 40 Palestinians, among them women and children, outside a United Nations school in Gaza, diplomatic efforts to bring the fighting to a halt intensified. France and Egypt and Turkey were working on a plan that would work to halt rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, open up crossings into Gaza from both Israel and Egypt, and end weapons smuggling from Egypt. The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, said the cease-fire plan had been agreed on, but Israel and Hamas both said that there were many details to be worked out. Israel was due to send officials to Cairo for further discussions.

The death toll in Gaza reached around 660 on Wednesday, according to Palestinian health officials. The United Nations has estimated that about one-fourth of those dying in Gaza are civilians, but there is little certainty about the current figures.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2009 5:40 am by HL

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A Surprise for Langley

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2009 5:39 am by HL

A Surprise for Langley
WASHINGTON — On its face, it’s a puzzling choice: Barack Obama selects as his spy chief a former congressman with no first-hand experience as an intelligence professional. Is Obama dissing the CIA? Is he further politicizing this badly bruised agency? What signal is he sending by picking Leon Panetta as CIA director? Here’s the message, according to Obama’s advisers: Panetta is a Washington heavyweight with the political clout to protect the agency and help it to rebuild after a traumatic eight years under George Bush, when it became a kind of national pin cushion.


CDR Lobbyist Is Major Rendell Fundraiser

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2009 5:38 am by HL

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Obama to Address the Economy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2009 5:36 am by HL

Obama to Address the Economy
Here’s a brief excerpt from President-elect Obama’s speech on the economy scheduled for 11 a.m. ET at George Mason University:

“I don’t believe it’s too late to change course, but it will be if we don’t take dramatic action as soon as possible.  If nothing is done, this recession could linger for years.  The unemployment rate could reach double digits.  Our economy could fall $1 trillion short of its full capacity, which translates into more than $12,000 in lost income for a family of four.  We could lose a generation of potential and promise, as more young Americans are forced to forgo dreams of college or the chance to train for the jobs of the future.  And our nation could lose the competitive edge that has served as a foundation for our strength and standing in the world.

“In short, a bad situation could become dramatically worse.”


Condom Burnings and Anti-Gay Witch Hunts: How Rick

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2009 5:35 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2009 5:34 am by HL

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Army mistakenly sent letters to family members of fallen soldiers addressing them as ‘John Doe.’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2009 5:33 am by HL

Army mistakenly sent letters to family members of fallen soldiers addressing them as ‘John Doe.’
The Army was forced to apologize today after sending approximately 7,000 letters to family members of soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan which mistakenly addressed them as “John Doe.” The letters were sent late last month to inform survivors about private organizations “that offer gifts, programs and other assistance to families that have lost” soldiers. […]

The Army was forced to apologize today after sending approximately 7,000 letters to family members of soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan which mistakenly addressed them as “John Doe.” The letters were sent late last month to inform survivors about private organizations “that offer gifts, programs and other assistance to families that have lost” soldiers. “Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., was sending a personal letter to all the families who received the improperly addressed letters as the result of a printing error, the Army said.”

After Protesting Congress? Recess, Stearns Asks Pelosi To Reschedule Votes So He Can Attend Football Game
In August, Congressional Republicans staged a series of political stunts on the floor of the House of Representatives to express their displeasure with the House Democrats going into summer recess “without voting on whether to end the 26-year ban on [oil] drilling along the US coastline” (The House subsequently let the ban expire). Among the […]

bcs.jpgIn August, Congressional Republicans staged a series of political stunts on the floor of the House of Representatives to express their displeasure with the House Democrats going into summer recess “without voting on whether to end the 26-year ban on [oil] drilling along the US coastline” (The House subsequently let the ban expire). Among the House Republicans who participated in the days-long protest was Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL).

At the time, Stearns issued a press release urging that members cut short their summer break to do “the people’s business” and support offshore oil drilling. The release headlined:

STEARNS CALLS ON HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO INTERUPT [sic] MEMBERS’ FIVE-WEEK BREAK TO VOTE ON ENERGY LEGISLATION

STAYS IN WASHINGTON ADVOCATING ACTION ON RENEWABLE ENERGY, ALTERNATIVE FUELS, AND MORE DOMESTIC OIL & GAS PRODUCTION

Now, however, Stearns’s dedication to “the people’s business” seems to be flagging. Yesterday, in a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Stearns requested that the House reschedule its Thursday and Friday votes so that he can attend the BCS National Championship Game between that University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma. Stearns wrote:

As you may be aware, on Thursday January 8, the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma will play for the national football championship. Members of the Florida and Oklahoma delegations have expressed interest in attending the game as the congressional schedule allows. However, votes are currently scheduled to continue into Thursday night and Friday afternoon. We ask that you move these votes to either Wednesday and/or Thursday morning to allow Members to attend this historic game.

The AP notes that while Stearns appeared to be speaking for both the Florida and Oklahoma delegations, he was the sole signatory of the letter. The Speaker’s office “said she would not agree to the request.” They will proceed, as scheduled, with voting to certify the “Electoral College vote that gives Barack Obama the presidency,” among other things.


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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on January 8th, 2009 5:32 am by HL

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