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U.S. warships moving to monitor North Korea’s planned rocket launch

(Reuters) – The United States is shifting warships into position to track and possibly defend against a planned North Korean rocket launch while urging Pyongyang to cancel its second such attempt this year, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command said on Thursday. Admiral Samuel Locklear, who commands U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific region, said warships were being moved to… Read more →

NHTSA gets White House OK to mandate vehicle ‘black boxes’

Washington — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to finalize a long-awaited proposal to make event data recorders standard on all new vehicles. In a notice posted Thursday, the White House Office of Management Budget said it has completed a review of the proposal to make so-called vehicle “black boxes” mandatory in all cars and trucks, clearing the way for NHTSA… Read more →

Ryan: Welfare Spending Could Have Paid Every Poor American $20,000 in 2011

Speaking Tuesday at an annual dinner honoring the late Jack Kemp, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the federal government could have taken the trillion dollars it spent last year on welfare programs and instead given a check for $20,000 to every American living in poverty. “Just last year, total federal and state spending on means-tested programs came to over one trillion dollars,”… Read more →

Senate Republican leader blocks debt limit vote

(Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday prevented a simple majority vote on a proposal to give Democratic PresidentBarack Obama unilateral power to raise the debt limit. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brought the measure to the floor for consideration at the request of McConnell. But McConnell refused to permit a vote after Reid said it could pass with… Read more →

Clinton Seeks Russia’s Aid In Preventing Chem Attack

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Russia’s top diplomat Thursday to discuss the crisis in Syria, a day after sources confirmed to Fox News Syria’s military has mixed chemical weapons and loaded them into bombs in preparation for possible use on President Assad’s own people. The Associated Press reports Clinton met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in… Read more →

Hamas to create first Palestinian Defense Ministry

Announcement comes in response to lessons drawn from Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas interior minister says. Hamas is about to establish its own “Defense Ministry” in the Gaza Strip as part of lessons drawn from Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad announced on Wednesday. Hammad, who is in charge of the Hamas security apparatus in the Gaza… Read more →

‘West using WMD fears as pretext for intervention’

Syrian deputy FM says reports of chemical weapon usage a conspiracy; Germany approves Patriot deployment to Turkey. BEIRUT - Western powers are whipping up fears of a fateful move to the use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war as a “pretext for intervention”, President Bashar Assad’s deputy foreign minister said on Thursday. He spoke as Germany’s cabinet approved stationing Patriotanti-missile batteries on… Read more →

Discussions in Congress over the National Defense Authorization Act

The US Senate has voted in favor of an act that could imprison Americans. RT has been watching closely the discussions in Congress over the National Defense Authorization Act. Tangerine Bolen of Revolution Truth joins RT’s Kristine Frazao for more on what next year’s NDAA means and compares it to the current legislation, one that allows for the indefinite detention… Read more →