U.S. Airport Screeners To Being Randomly Taking Chemical Swabs From Passengers To Check For Explosives

The most important news for Wednesday, February 17th, 2010….

The Transportation Security Administration announced on Tuesday that airport screeners will begin roving through airports randomly taking chemical swabs from passengers and their bags to check for explosives.

Four key Senate Democrats are attempting to use congressional rules to slip a government-run public insurance option into the health care bill at the last minute.

According to a college acquaintance, Barack Obama was a pure “Marxist Socialist” during his college days.

According to a new CNN poll, 52 percent of Americans say that Barack Obama does not deserve to be re-elected in 2012.

Experts are warning that the U.S. national debt will climb to an unprecedented 200 percent of GDP by 2038 without a dramatic shift in course.

A senior Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday that growing mountains of U.S. government debt will increase pressure on Federal Reserve to hold interest rates low, making it harder to avoid inflation.

The Federal Reserve is scheduled to halt its purchases of mortgage-backed securities at the end of March, and the U.S. government is hoping that foreign governments will step in and fill the gap.

The Federal Reserve is predicting that unemployment will stay high for at least the next two years.

Most people do not realize it, but the U.S. Treasury Department is one of the key players in the war on terrorism and is smack in the middle of nearly every major international conflict in which the United States is involved.

According to one new survey, 88% of Americans think that the U.S. economy is still in a recession.

Homelessness in rural and suburban America is severely straining shelters this winter as the economy continues to decline and joblessness hovers near double digits.

In the area around Sacramento, California there is one closed business for every six that are still open.

The majority of large corporations in the U.S. are hoarding cash and hiring very few new workers.

It turns out that some of the states with the worst unemployment situations are outsourcing jobs to India.

The average rate of interest on credit cards in the U.K. has now climbed to 18.8 percent.

Even analysts in Germany are amazed at how badly China is outplaying the United States on the world economic stage.

In what is being called the worst humiliation ever suffered by an EU member state, the European Union has stripped Greece of its vote at a crucial meeting next month.

Talk show host Glenn Beck is saying that top Al-Qaeda leaders captured in Afghanistan should be shot in the head.

A promising new bill being considered by the New Hampshire House of Representatives would ban the use of biometric data for either state or privately issued IDs.

Vader?  Seriously?  Northrop Grumman has successfully completed flight testing of its new Vehicle and Dismount Exploitation Radar (VADER), which is capable of tracking vehicles and foot traffic over a very wide area.

Staying on the same theme, Wired recently published a story about robotics development with this stunning headline: Darpa Looks to Build Real-Life C3P0.

Here we go again?  Argentina has declared a blockade on the Falkland Islands in a dispute over oil rights.

New research shows that children with teeth that have been damaged by fluoride also have worse bone problems than others.

Planned Parenthood of Birmingham has been put on probation by Alabama health officials.

Data coming out of the U.K. and Japan show a clear link between vaccines and autism.

Why is the FDA conducting secret police style raids on Amish farmers in Pennsylvania?

U.S. officials have received a flurry of new complaints in recent weeks about deaths linked to sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles.

Traditionalist Anglicans in Australia have become the first to vote in favor of leaving their national church and converting to Roman Catholicism.

Lastly, Donald Trump, citing the East Coast’s massive snowstorms, says that former vice president Al Gore should be stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize.