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US Poll: People Behind WikiLeaks Should be Prosecuted
Steven Thomma

Americans overwhelmingly think that WikiLeaks is doing more harm than good by releasing classified U.S. diplomatic cables, and they want to see the people behind it prosecuted, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.

Can Bill Clinton Save Obama’s Presidency?
Associated Press

No comment? No way. You don’t stop Bill Clinton when he’s back at the White House with something to say. Well, OK. He and President Barack Obama did need a little help getting a door unlocked first. But then it was on.

Obama's Weekly Address: Protecting the Middle Class & the Economy
The White House Blog

The President strongly urges both parties in Congress to pass the compromise on tax cuts, unemployment insurance, and job creation. Not doing so would hurt the middle class, those struggling to find work, and the economy itself.

International Human Rights Day: Celebrating Defenders of Women's Rights
Maria de Bruyn

This year, International Human Rights Day (10 December) has as its theme: “human rights defenders who act to end discrimination.”

An Appeal From Iraq War Veteran Michael Prysner to IndictBushNow Supporters

We strongly encourage everyone to support March Forward! and the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans by helping them get to Washington, D.C. for the historic and important civil resistance at the White House on December 16.

Anyone Want to Buy Custer’s Monument to Military Stupidity?
Matthew Brown

Frayed, torn and maybe even a little bloodstained, the only U.S. flag not captured or lost during George Armstrong Custer‘s “Last Stand” at the Battle of Little Bighorn sold for $54 when it first surfaced in the 1890s.

Anna Ardin, Julian Assange Rape Accuser, May Have Ceased Pursuing Claims
Huffington Post

The rape accusations against Julian Assange may be falling apart as one of his accusers leaves Sweden. Anna Ardin, one of two women behind the rape charges against the WIkiLeaks founder, may no longer be cooperating with prosecutors.

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Don’t Pass
Agence France-Presse

The US Senate dealt a potentially deadly blow Thursday to efforts to end a nearly two-decade ban on gays serving openly in the US military, voting against taking up a bill to repeal the restriction.

Nigeria: Halliburton Plans Plea Bargain in Cheney Corruption Case
Sam Olukoya

Halliburton is planning to make a plea bargain in former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's corruption case, Nigerian officials told GlobalPost.

Immigration Charges for Mom of Accused Teen Hitman in San Diego
Kristina Davis

The mother of a suspected 14-year-old assassin for a Mexican drug cartel has been charged in San Diego with entering the United States illegally, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday.

10 Worst US Places to Live
Aaron Crowe

You don't need the U.S. Misery Index to tell you that things are bad in the U.S. Some of us should count our lucky stars, however. In certain U.S. cities, life is much worse for residents than in other areas of the country.

US Senate Punts on DREAM Act Vote
Fox News

The Senate on Thursday punted on a DREAM Act vote after Democrats failed to advance a version that passed the House Wednesday night.

Nigeria Files Charges Against Cheney in Halliburton Bribery Scheme
Jason Leopold

The former vice president was indicted Tuesday by Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crime Commission along with eight other current and former company executives in a bribery and conspiracy scheme related to the construction of a liquefied natural gas facility in the country that took place while Cheney was chief executive of Halliburton.

WikiLeaks Founder is in Jail But the Leaks Continue
Raphael G. Satter

WikiLeaks published a new set of cables Wednesday, and in a defiant message posted online the secret-spilling website promised that the leaks would keep on flowing despite the arrest and jailing of its founder on sex allegations.

International Test Score Data Show U.S. Firmly Mid-Pack
Nick Anderson

After a decade of intensive efforts to improve its schools, the United States posted these results in a new global survey of 15-year-old student achievement: average in reading, average in science and slightly below average in math.

Latest WikiLeaks Developments

WikiLeaks published more details of sites around the globe that the United States considers vital to its interests, prompting strong criticism that the website is helping militants identify sensitive targets for attack.

U.S. Officials Meet with Accused Teen Hitman
Kristina Davis & Morgan Lee

U.S. consular officials have met with a 14-year-old San Diego-born boy who is jailed in Mexico on accusations of being a hitman for a central Mexican drug cartel, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday.

Revealed: Assange ‘Rape’ Accuser Linked to Notorious CIA Operative
David Edwards

One of the women that is accusing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of sex crimes appears to have worked with a group that has connections to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Obama Caves on Bush Tax Cuts
Nadia Prupis

President Obama announced on Monday that he had reached a deal with Republicans to extend tax cuts for all Americans, including the wealthiest two percent - backtracking on one of his most pivotal campaign promises.

WikiLeaks Chief Julian Assange Denied Bail After Arrest in England for Rape Charge in Sweden
Michael Sheridan

WikiLeaks front man Julian Assange has been denied bail after surrendering to authorities in London early Tuesday morning.

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Arrested in London on Rape Charges
Arthur Bright

Julian Assange, editor in chief of WikiLeaks, was arrested Tuesday morning in London on rape charges from Sweden, adding a new wrinkle to the ongoing furor over WikiLeaks' controversial release of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables.

U.S. Election 2012: Stewart Alexander Says Ethanol Mistake “No Mistake”
Socialist Party USA

Stewart Alexander says another “inconvenient truth” is that “Washington Democrats and Republicans know how to buy votes; take care of the corporations that produce ethanol, and in return it will generate campaign funding that will generate votes.

CDC and EPA Caught Withholding Truth About Toxic Drinking Water
Jonathan Benson

A recent story from The Washington Post reveals that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) knowingly dragged their feet on releasing an important report about the dangers of contaminated drinking water supplies.

Britain, Brazil to Seek End to Kyoto Climate Impasse
Robert Campbell & Christopher Buckley

Britain and Brazil will seek to break the deadlock over the future of the Kyoto Protocol for combating global warming that has overshadowed U.N. talks to try to work out a modest climate deal in Mexico.

Davidow to Retire as President of Institute of the Americas in May 2011; Search for Successor Begins
Institute of the Americas

Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow will retire from his position as president of the Institute of the Americas at the end of his second four-year term in May 2011, David Weaver, chairman of the board of directors, said.

Landslide in Northwestern Colombia Buries 50 Homes
Associated Press

A landslide following weeks of drenching rains buried more than 50 homes in northwestern Colombia, killing at least two people and likely leaving dozens trapped beneath mud and rubble, officials said Sunday.

US Feds Way Behind in Cyber Security
Lolita C. Baldor

As the Department of Homeland Security moves methodically to pare down and secure the approximately 2,400 network connections used every day by millions of federal workers, experts suggest that technology already may be passing them by.

US Execution Capital Reconsiders the Death Penalty
William Fisher

On Monday, Dec. 6, a district court in Texas will be asked – for the first time in that U.S. state's history – to decide whether the death penalty is unconstitutional based on the "disproportionately high risk of wrongful convictions" in Texas.

Anabaptist Movement Thrives in North America
Ann Rodgers

From horse-and-buggy Mennonites in Mexico to Amish in Arkansas, a new study reveals the variety of Anabaptist culture in North America.

20th Ibero-American Summit Concludes

The 20th Ibero- American Summit concluded here on Saturday with the issuance of a Declaration of Mar del Plata. The declaration from the two-day summit included an ambitious education agreement with an investment of 100 billion U.S. dollars for the next 11 years.

Ute/Navajo Elders Open Vail World Cup to Launch 'UN's International Mother Earth Day' Ceremonies
Suzy Chaffee

On December 4, 2010, renowned Southern Ute/Navajo Elders, Eddie and Betty Box Jr., along with their wonderful dancers/skiers, opened Vail's World Cup downhill event with a 'Blessing Ceremony for the Joy and Safety of Earth's Greatest Skiers,' at the finish line of Beaver Creek's 'Bird of Prey' run.

Latest WikiLeaks Developments

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he and his colleagues are taking steps to protect themselves after death threats following the publication of leaked U.S. diplomatic cables on their website.

NYC to Deploy Ambulances to Save Organs
Anemona Hartocollis

Some 911 calls in Manhattan will now bring out two ambulances, one hurrying to the scene and one lagging slightly behind. The first one will try to save the patient’s life. The second one will try to save the patient’s kidneys, in case the first ambulance fails.

Arrest Warrant Expected for Julian Assange
The Real News Network

CH4: Britain's serious crime agency is expecting an arrest warrant application from Sweden for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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