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White House: Secret spying on Americans immune to lawsuits

AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary After the US Supreme Court upheld the right of the National Security Agency to wiretap Americans’ communications with foreigners without a warrant, the White House seeks to quash a similar lawsuit citing the plaintiff’s inability to provide evidence. Last week the justices ruled 5-4 against the American Civil Liberties Union and others who sought… Read more →

Gun-control drive to get first votes in Congress

Photo Credit: Reuters/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (Reuters) – Less than three months after the Connecticut school massacre, members of a Senate committee on Thursday will cast the first votes in Congress on measures backed by President Barack Obama to tighten gun laws. The Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to approve the four bills that make up the gun-control package in votes over… Read more →

Mikhail Gorbachev denounces Putin’s ‘attack on rights’

Photo: Wikipedia Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has denounced laws passed in Russia as an “attack on the rights of citizens”. In an interview with the BBC he called on President Vladimir Putin “not to be afraid of his own people”. Mr Gorbachev also criticised Mr Putin’s inner circle, saying it was full of “thieves and corrupt officials”. The laws… Read more →

North Korea vows nuclear attack on US, saying Washington will be ‘engulfed in a sea of fire’

Photo: (AP) North Korea amplified its threatening rhetoric hours before a U.N. vote on new sweeping sanctions, vowing to launch a first-strike nuclear attack against the United States and threatening to engulf Washington in a “sea of fire.” An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said the North will exercise its right for “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds… Read more →

Department of Justice says White House can use ‘lethal force’ on American citizens on US soil

Photo: Reuters / U.S. Navy / Erik Hildebrandt / Northrop Grumman / Handout The US government has the right to use military force on American citizens, even at home – but only in “extraordinary circumstances,” the attorney general has stated in a letter to Senator Rand Paul. Paul had threatened to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan, US President Barack Obama’s… Read more →

Homeland Security’s Drone Designed To Identify Civilians Carrying Guns And Track Cell Phone Signals

Photo: Breitbart Recently uncovered government documents reveal that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) unmanned Predator B drone fleet has been customize designed to identify civilians carrying guns and track cell phone signals. “I am very concerned that this technology will be used against law-abiding American firearms owners,” said founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation Alan Gottlieb…. Read more →

Hugo Chavez: Venezuelans mourn death of charismatic leader

Venezuela has declared a week of mourning after the death of Hugo Chavez, the self-styled socialist revolutionary who led the nation for more than 14 years. Schools and universities will close, giving supporters a chance to pay their respects to Chavez, who will lie in state for three days before he is buried in a state funeral on Friday, the… Read more →

Leaked email adds fuel to claims White House playing politics over impact of cuts

Photo: Fox News A leaked email from an Agriculture Department field officer adds fuel to claims President Obama’s political strategy is to make the billions in recent federal budget cuts as painful as possible to win the public opinion battle against Republicans. The email, circulated around Capitol Hill, was sent Monday by Charles Brown, a director at the agency’s Animal… Read more →

CDC Warns Of Spread Of Deadly Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) ATLANTA (CBSMiami) – An antibiotic-resistant family of bacteria continues to spread throughout the U.S. health care system and is now prompting warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bacteria, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), kill up to half of the patients who get the bloodstream infections from the disease. The disease has evolved a… Read more →