The most important news for Wednesday, June 30th, 2010....

Elena Kagan is trying to say as little as possible during her Supreme Court nomination hearings.

Debka is reporting that the U.S. has posted a third carrier opposite Iran's shores. It is reportedly supported by amphibious assault ships and up to 4,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel, bringing the total U.S. strength in these waters to three carriers and 10,000 combat personnel.

The CIA, in what appears to significantly revise recent assessments, has determined that Iran has accumulated a sufficient amount of uranium for two nuclear weapons.

U.S. Admiral Mike Mullen said on Monday that he believes that Iran will continue to pursue nuclear weapons, even if sanctions against the country are increased.

It is being reported that Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah will press Barack Obama in Washington this week to take a stronger stance with Israel over stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

The EU has hired a British firm to train a special Palestinian security unit that will be deployed in east Jerusalem.

China is denying media reports that an artillery drill in the East China Sea was in response to a planned military exercise between South Korea and the United States.

Russia is demanding an explanation from the United States over the arrest of 10 alleged Russian secret agents accused of operating a "deep cover" spying mission.

One of the Cold War's most famous defectors said on Tuesday that Russia may have as many as 50 deep-cover couples spying inside the United States.

Tropical Storm Alex approached hurricane strength on Tuesday as it churned off the northwestern coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula in the Bay of Campeche.

George Washington University emergency physicians have identified a pattern of symptoms including nausea, vertigo, headaches, respiratory problems and flu like symptoms among oil spill cleanup workers that they have been helping to treat.

Public outrage over the BP oil spill fouling the Gulf of Mexico has focused on water pollution. But according to one team of researchers the air pollution health threat may be even more serious.

Scientists tell us that there is an "astonishing" amount of oil and gas under the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

It is being reported that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has been probing major financial firms’ exposure to BP to ensure that if the oil giant buckles under the costs of the Gulf oil spill, it won’t put Wall Street or the global financial system at risk.

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index declined sharply to 52.9 in June.  Most economists had expected that the figure for June would be somewhere around 62.

John P. Hussman of Hussman Funds has issued a full-fledged recession warning.

French bank Societe Generale is forecasting that gold could reach $1,430 an ounce in the third quarter of this year due to fears of a double-dip recession.

Economist Nouriel Roubini says that Greece needs an orderly restructuring of its public debt to head off an "inevitable default".

The Bank for International Settlements is warning that Europe's banks have yet to come clean over bad loans and may struggle to refinance short-term debt unless the region's bond crisis subsides soon.

The Bank for International Settlements is also warning authorities across the developed world that they cannot rely on ultra-low interest rates to cushion the blow of austerity measures.

Some experts are warning that the cost of bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could reach as high as $1 trillion.

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones industrial average fell nearly 270 points to close below 10,000 for the first time since June 10.

Fannie Mae is sifting through borrower data to determine who is strategically defaulting and who is not after announcing new efforts to crack down on those who walk away from their homes.

The protests against the austerity measures being imposed on Greece continue to turn violent.

One journalist says that women arrested by Toronto police during the G20 protests were threatened with rape, that numerous women were strip-searched by male officers and that one severely traumatized woman was sexually molested by police.

The allegation that Al Gore sexually assaulted a woman in a Portland, Oregon hotel room nearly four years ago has dealt a serious blow to the former vice president's story that he and wife Tipper simply "grew apart" after 40 years of marriage.

Scientists at Columbia University are warning that the dose of radiation from the new full body security scanners going into airports all over the world could be up to 20 times higher than originally estimated.

New York state senators will soon vote on a bill that would make it illegal for any homeowner or renter to sublet for less than a month.

U.S. officials say that more than three billion dollars in cash (much of it aid money paid for by U.S. taxpayers) has been stolen by corrupt officials and flown out of Kabul International Airport in recent years.

Italian police have conducted a massive crackdown on the Chinese organized crime networks that have been operating throughout the country.

A new "lizard-like robot" can swim through sand.

Is the new science of trangenics actually opening the door to a very ancient evil?

With so many toxins in our food, our beverages and our medicines, is it any wonder that society has become so dumbed down?

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong say that H1N1 has genetically mutated and is spreading among pigs in China.

According to a study publicly released this week by the University of Illinois, the New Madrid seismic zone is capable of producing a massive earthquake that could absolutely destroy portions of the central United States.

In fact, it is projected that a 7.7-magnitude earthquake along the New Madrid fault could leave 3,500 people dead, more than 80,000 injured and more than 7 million homeless.

A retired Texaco geologist-geophysicist says that the Gulf was and is tectonically active - and it is the likely origin for New Madrid seismic activity.

According to a lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission in March, a gang of unknown thieves has stolen nearly $10 million using micro charges made to more than a million credit and debit cards in an elaborate multiyear scam.

Lastly, a group of reporters covering a Sarah Palin speech in California last week were caught on a hot microphone making fun of the former governor while covering the event.
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The most important news for Tuesday, June 29th, 2010....

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says that the G8 nations "absolutely believe" Israel will attack Iran.

Arabic newspapers are circulating the rumor that Israel is massing warplanes in the Caucasus for an attack on Iran.

CIA Director Leon Panetta told ABC's This Week that Iran probably has enough low-enriched uranium for two nuclear weapons, but that it would probably take it two years to build the bombs.

Iran's president says his nation will retaliate if its cargo ships come under inspection by Israel and that it will delay resuming nuclear talks to teach the West some manners.

During a speech on Sunday, Sarah Palin accused Barack Obama of selling out Israel and of treating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shabbily.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday that a CIA warning that Iran has enough uranium to build two atomic bombs was "worrying".

A top Hamas leader has warned Israel to expect more Gaza-bound pro-Palestinian flotillas over the next two months.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren is reported to have told Israeli diplomats that relations between the U.S. and Israel are experiencing a "tectonic rift".

The key nuclear threat that Iran poses to the world, according to former President Bill Clinton, is the risk that it may sell dangerous materials that could be used in suitcase bombs.

North Korea said on Monday that it must bolster its nuclear capability in a "newly developed way" to cope with what it sees as hostile U.S. policy and military threats amid tensions over the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship.

In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a state law school can kick a Christian student group off campus that does not allow gay students and other non-Christians to be full members of the group.

A divided U.S. Supreme Court also ruled that the constitutional right to bear arms binds states and cities, as well as the federal government, in a decision that raises questions about gun laws around the country.

A "significant" amount of emulsified oil has washed ashore in Mississippi for the first time since the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill began 10 weeks ago, state officials said on Sunday.

Local officials in Mississippi are reportedly "livid" that the oil had made it ashore.

The National Hurricane Center said on Monday that Tropical Storm Alex is expected to strengthen into a hurricane but is heading away from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Could a hurricane end up sending oily water many miles inland?

According to a new report, exposure to the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has resulted in 162 cases of illnesses reported to the Louisiana state health department.

Could the BP oil leak end up triggering a massive earthquake on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico?

Are Alabama state troopers moonlighting as BP security guards?

Barack Obama promised on Sunday that he would deliver serious deficit reduction proposals next year.

One New York Times columnist is declaring that we are heading into "the third depression".

The Wall Street "reform" bill has just encountered another set of roadblocks.

An article on Bloomberg's website says that 46 U.S. states are facing a "Greek style" financial crisis.

Andrew Roberts, the credit chief at RBS, is warning clients to prepare for "monster" money-printing by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Federal regulators on Friday shut down banks in Florida, Georgia and New Mexico, lifting to 86 the number of U.S. bank failures this year.

Is the U.S. commercial real estate market about to implode?

Economists are warning that the decision by European governments to cut their budgets could send the entire globe into another recession.

Banks in the U.K. are being instructed to hoard cash in preparation for the next financial crisis.

World financial markets seem to sense that something really bad is coming.

Are public pension funds the next bubble to burst?

Cash machines that only dispense £5 notes regardless of how much money is withdrawn will soon be installed across Britain.

The U.S. Justice Department announced on Monday that 10 people were arrested on charges of being Russian agents involved in a long-term spy mission in the country.

A popular candidate for governor in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas was murdered by drug cartel hitmen on Monday.

It is being reported that drug traffickers are spending $1 million a pop to build boats that look like submarines and can carry 4 tons of cocaine for 2,000 miles without refueling.

U.S. border patrol agents have found a crude tunnel, apparently used for smuggling, underneath the concrete-lined Rio Grande River near El Paso, Texas.

At the G20 protests over the weekend, protesters were being abducted off the streets and bundled into unmarked vehicles which were driven away at high speeds.

Did undercover police purposely spark the riots at the G20 summit in Toronto?

When it was all said and done, more than 600 people were arrested during the G20 protests.

During the G20 summit, a new law allowed police to jail anyone who refused to furnish identification and submit to a search while within five meters of a designated security zone in downtown Toronto.

CIA Director Leon Panetta admitted on Sunday that the United States has not had good intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden for many years.

Will we all soon need "ID tokens" to be able to use the Internet?

It looks like Joe Biden has made yet another unfortunate choice of words.

Two new studies released Monday said the diabetes drug Avandia is unsafe, heating up a controversy about a drug linked in a number of studies to an increased risk of heart attack and heart failure.

According to a new report, there is a widespread problem involving unpublished or biased clinical trials in the medical research industry.

Massive flooding in southern China has killed at least 379 people and has left at least 141 missing.

The northernmost active volcano in Russia's Far East Kamchatka Peninsula is currently spewing plumes of ash at a height of more than 6 kilometers.

Another incredibly complex crop circle formation has appeared in the U.K.

Is constant use of electronic gadgets reshaping our brains and making our thinking shallower?

Angelina Jolie says that her daughter Shiloh "wants to be a boy".

Lastly, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the baggage check fees collected by U.S. airlines shot up 33% in the first quarter of 2010 to $769 million.

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The most important news for Monday, June 28th, 2010....

Leaders at the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada agreed to ambitious targets for getting deficits under control, pledging to cut them in half by 2013.

Hundreds were arrested and police fired tear gas at demonstrators outside of the G20 meetings on Sunday.

There are reports that even mainstream journalists are being beaten, arrested and shot with rubber bullets outside the G20 meetings.

It is being reported that during the G20 meetings the Americans warned the EU of the dangers of a double dip recession if all countries started to rein back spending at once.

According to one major U.K. newspaper, U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is waging an epochal battle behind the scenes for control of U.S. monetary policy, struggling to overcome resistance from regional Fed hawks for further possible stimulus to prevent a deflationary spiral.

Barack Obama, fresh from a win on a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulations, is urging Congress to take up his proposal for a $90 billion, 10-year tax on banks as the next step in reform.

Could the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico result in the destruction of an entire U.S. city?

Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat is warning that the Palestinian Authority was founded to establish the institutions for a Palestinian state, "not to keep Israel as a source of authority forever".

Turkey recently prevented an Israel Defense Forces aircraft making its way to Poland from flying in its airspace.

U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress, was admitted to a Washington-area hospital last week and is considered "seriously ill".

North Korea is demanding that the U.S. government pay nearly $65 trillion in compensation for six decades of hostility.

The Obama administration has announced its appointment of 13 White House fellows – and the first person featured on its short list is a Muslim attorney who specializes in transaction that comply with Shariah law.

A police officer in Oklahoma recently tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she couldn't breathe because they considered her to be a "threat".

An attorney representing a police officer caught on tape almost two years ago viciously assaulting an Iraq war veteran suggested in court recently that his client had, perhaps out of "compassion," used "too little" force against the unarmed man lying on the ground before him in video released online.

There is a report that the Obama administration is set to propose a new system for authenticating people, organizations and infrastructure on the Internet.

It is being reported that a 6-year-old girl from Ohio is on the "no fly" list maintained by U.S. Homeland Security.

In a new YouTube video, Arizona's governor is openly calling Barack Obama out on the issue of border security.

It is being reported that the state of Florida is preparing a bill modeled after Arizona’s new immigration law that would further control the flow of illegal immigrants into the coastal state.

Senate Democrats claim that they have found "a surefire way" to force Republicans to support a sweeping climate and energy bill that directly addresses "greenhouse gas emissions".

Is the little country of Ecuador rapidly becoming dominated by communist China?

Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have combined microfabrication techniques from the computer industry with modern tissue engineering techniques, human cells and a plain old vacuum pump to create a living, breathing human lung-on-a-chip.

Grasshoppers have descended upon rural Waterford, California in "biblical" proportions, chewing through virtually plant that they can find.

On Saturday, a strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the western Pacific.

The Food and Drug Administration is seriously considering whether to approve the first genetically engineered animal that people would eat — salmon that can grow at twice the normal rate.

A new study by Brazil's Ministry of Health has revealed that in the 10 most populous cities of Brazil, the rate of HIV infection among homosexuals is over 10%.

Now even Fox News is publishing articles that announce what a great thing it is that the amount of literature available for "gay teens" has exploded. 

An unexplained creature was recently photographed in one East Texas neighborhood.

A small Arizona restaurant found itself at the center of a nationwide backlash that included a bomb threat after it announced plans to offer lion burgers this week as part of a World Cup promotion.

One California couple recently attempted to sell their 6-month-old baby for $25 outside a Wal-mart.

Lastly, many atheist scientists are now admitting that life is so improbable, and the physical characteristics of the universe are so finely tuned to accommodate it, that in some sense the universe "knew we were coming" - and yet they will not admit that God exists.

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The most important news for Friday, June 25th, 2010....

Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler says that methane gas levels in some areas of the Gulf of Mexico are "astonishingly high".

There are reports coming out of the Gulf coast region of oil-coated dolphins washing up on shore and of sea turtles being burned alive by BP during oil cleanup operations.

Many parts of Pensacola beach have now turned black as the oil begins to pour in.

Workers cleaning up the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico have reported suffering from flu-like symptoms that may be the consequence of exposure to chemicals in the oil as well as the petroleum-derived solvents being used to disperse the spill.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal had harsh words for federal government authorities after sand-dredging operations to protect the state's coastline from the BP oil disaster were halted due to environmental concerns.

Oil spill fears have absolutely devastated housing prices along the Gulf coast.

A federal judge in New Orleans has refused to delay his decision to strike down a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling.

A tropical storm that has dumped heavy rain on parts of the Caribbean has a chance of forming into a much stronger storm and could head into the oil-tainted Gulf of Mexico by next week.

A survey of the natural gas field off the shore of Haifa has revealed that the gas reserves are so large that they could allow Israel to be self-sufficient in energy for two decades.

Forbes Magazine is declaring that "There Will Be War" in the Middle East.

It is being reported that Israeli preparations for the arrival of the Lebanese and Iranian provocation flotillas are very similar to war preparations.

Iran's nuclear chief has announced that his country has produced 17 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20 percent, defying U.N. demands to halt the controversial program.

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have closed down 40 companies for selling products to Iran or dealing with the country’s Revolutionary Guards in violation of UN sanctions.

June has now become the deadliest month of the Afghan war for coalition troops.

Did the whole Stanley McChrystal episode truly reveal that Barack Obama's inner circle really does not have a clue when it comes to dealing with the military?

Leaders of the world's major industrial countries, representing 85 percent of the global economy, are arriving in Canada for the G20 summit starting on Friday.

According to a new poll, 62% of adults surveyed feel the country is on the wrong track - the highest level since before Obama's election in 2008.

Nearly a million people have lost their unemployment benefits because the U.S. Senate failed for the third time Thursday to extend the deadline to file for this safety net.

Governments in the western world have suddenly lost their appetites for bailouts, and that could mean a significant downturn for the world economy in the coming year.

The U.S. Federal Reserve has opted to hold interest rates steady at record lows as it cautions that Europe's debt problems could slow American economic growth.

Rates on fixed-rate mortgages and 5-year adjustable rate mortgages dropped to record lows this week.

Fannie Mae has announced that they are "getting tough" on those who can afford to make their mortgage payments but decide it's not worth it.

In the first quarter of this year, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac saw about 1,000 foreclosures a day, which is one about every 90 seconds.

A new report indicates that financial conditions around the globe are tightening sharply.

China is warning against "protectionist" retaliation over its currency policy as lawmakers in Washington D.C. press ahead with legislation aimed at punishing Beijing for its weak yuan.

It looks like "peak oil" has been postponed once again.

According to a new poll, nearly half of American adults see the government today as a threat to individual rights rather than as a protector of those rights.

A U.S. district judge in New York has approved a settlement that could pay more than $700 million to thousands of 9/11 first responders exposed to toxic dust at ground zero.

The head of the California Senate has unveiled a resolution urging a boycott of Arizona to protest its new immigration law.

Is Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch actually pushing for amnesty for illegal aliens?

Republican lawmakers are expressing shock over a Labor Department ad campaign that offers U.S. government assistance to illegal immigrants who think they're getting shortchanged for their work.

Three California high school students are fighting for their right to show their American patriotism - even on a Mexican holiday - after they were forced to remove their American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

It is being reported that new evidence has surfaced that indicates that the Bush administration apparently conducted illegal and unethical human experimentation and research on detainees in CIA custody.

Scientists are warning that the Earth is vulnerable to a "space weather Katrina" - an event that could leave large parts of the U.S. without power, water or access to communication - and they say that the U.S. is very much unprepared for such a disaster.

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake shook Ottawa and Montreal on Wednesday, forcing office workers out onto downtown streets in Canada's capital.

A massive hole on the Trans-Canada Highway east of the Alberta-Saskatchewan border is under repair but traffic won't be able to drive the stretch until Friday at the earliest.

Sinking land has developed into a huge 80-meter diameter hole on a school playground in southern China.

Scientists have found a big drop in the strength of solar magnetic fields.

The current lack of sunspots has many scientists wondering if we are seeing the "calm before the storm".

Japanese households are being urged to go to bed one hour earlier than normal in order to help tackle climate change.

Is a new method being used to drill for gas in America causing toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame?

According to a new report, Americans spend twice as much as residents of other developed countries on healthcare, but get lower quality and far less efficiency.

The World Health Organization is pushing hard to impose global consumer taxes to help fund its various programs, including a new proposal that would tax the internet in order to pay for vaccines and other pharmaceutical medicines for third-world countries.

Whooping cough is now an epidemic in California, and is on pace to break a 50-year record for infections for the year.

A 16-year-old girl lost nearly all of her vision after receiving the second course of the HPV vaccine.

A team of researchers has discovered what may be the world's largest dinosaur graveyard, and they say that it looks like they were killed "by a flood".

Scientists are telling us that "quantum computers" have the potential to solve problems that would take a classical computer longer than the age of the universe.

Egypt has announced that an ancient city from 3,500 years ago – at the height of the Jewish People’s enslavement there – has been discovered by radar.

Lastly, it has come out that a Portland massage therapist gave local police a detailed statement last year alleging that former Vice President Al Gore groped her, kissed her and made unwanted sexual advances during a late-night massage session.

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