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U.S. House Of Representatives Votes To Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

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House lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday by a vote of 250 to 175 to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, giving new momentum to an effort backed by President Obama, Pentagon leaders and gay rights activists to end the ban on gays serving openly in the military this year.

 

The Marine Corps’ top officer is under fire following remarks he made to reporters this week concerning the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The White House on Thursday said the controversial field of synthetic biology, or manipulating the DNA of organisms to forge new life forms, poses limited risks and should be allowed to proceed.

Palestinian negotiators have for the first time asked European countries to recognize a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip — even without a peace deal with Israel.

A pair of recent and daring bomb attacks, which killed one Iranian nuclear scientist and injured another one, has prompted Iran to threaten to kill American generals.

The Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified object over the Dimona nuclear plant in the Negev Desert Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces have said.

Major General Gadi Eisenkot, commander of Israel’s northern front, has dropped a bombshell by disclosing that the anti-missile systems the defense industry has developed are intended to protect the country’s military installations, not its cities and civilian population.

Lebanese military experts have discovered and dismantled two spy cameras planted in the country’s mountains by Israel, Lebanon’s army said Wednesday.

The explosion of 11 bombs, 10 of them simultaneously, Thursday injured 11 people in Baghdad and one of its suburbs, officials said.

It is being reported that the Obama administration has concluded that North Korea’s new plant to enrich nuclear fuel uses technology that is “significantly more advanced” than what Iran has struggled over two decades to assemble, according to senior administration and intelligence officials.

North Korea appears to be preparing for a third nuclear test as early as next March, a South Korean newspaper has reported, as a US politician travelled to Pyongyang with a message for it to “calm down“.

South Korea has just staged its largest-ever air raid drill. The 15-minute nationwide exercise took place Wednesday afternoon, amid a period of heightened tensions with North Korea.

Russia announced Tuesday that its armed forces in the east are on high alert.  This comes in light of what it calls an “inadequate situation” on the Korean peninsula as tensions have increased in recent weeks between the North and South.

A possible government shutdown is looming at midnight Saturday as Republicans and Democrats ratchet up a standoff over federal spending.

The bill to temporarily extend tax cuts and jobless benefits is making very slow progress in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told CNSNews.com recently that the tax bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday violates the U.S. Constitution.

Obama is telling members of Congress that failure to pass the tax-cut legislation could result in the end of his presidency, Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) recently said.

Has America become “the sick man of the globe“?

Are the Chinese trying to take down the U.S. economy?

California Governor Jerry Brown says that the budget situation in his state is much worse than he ever imagined.

Is much of the state of California now in a state of depression?

Since the year 2000, we have lost 10% of our middle class jobs.  In the year 2000 there were approximately 72 million middle class jobs in the United States but today there are only about 65 million middle class jobs.

The United States today now employs less people in manufacturing than at any time since 1941.  This is even more staggering when you consider there were 132 million Americans in 1940 and we have a good bit over 300 million today.

Full-time employment for 18-to-29-year-olds has dropped 9 percent since 2006, forcing increasing numbers of Americans to work for free in unpaid internships to attain a position at all, according to a Pew Research Center study.

It turns out that most Americans that are driven into bankruptcy by medical bills actually have health insurance.

U.S. housing prices declined once again in October.

Mortgage interest rates rose sharply again this week, touching the 5 percent threshold and presenting more bad news for borrowers.

There is a “bloodbath” going on in the municipal bond market right now.

The dollar may drop 11 percent versus the euro next year as investors shun U.S. assets and drive bonds lower, according to Citigroup.

Ireland’s parliament approved a multi-billion euro EU/IMF bailout package on Wednesday in the face of opposition threats to renegotiate the deal to force losses on some senior bondholders in Irish banks.

Up to 1,000 people were arrested in Moscow recently as nationalist youths rampaged throughout the city for the second time this week, shouting racist slogans and calling for the death of immigrants.

It is being reported that Asian buyers are rapidly accumulating gigantic amounts of gold and silver.

While recent statistics show that China’s gold imports have risen dramatically this year, despite China itself being the world’s largest gold producer with mine production still rising to, anecdotal evidence suggests that this may just be the tip of the iceberg as Chinese people are, apparently, rushing to buy gold as an inflation hedge.

Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the government’s powers in dangerous and unintended ways.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli recently told CNSNews.com that the federal government will be able to “order” individuals to purchase any product or service if the individual mandate in health care law is determined to be constitutional by the Supreme Court.

Britain’s high court today granted bail to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape.

YouTube now allows users to flag content that allegedly supports terrorism.

It turns out that the technology used by the new full body security scanners going into airports across the United States has the ability to tear human DNA apart.

A gunman opened fire during a Florida Panhandle school board meeting Tuesday, police said.

The Obama Administration’s effort to obtain your location from cell phone towers without a warrant was rebuffed Wednesday by a federal court.

The U.S. Border Patrol says that one of its agents has been killed in southern Arizona.

It is being reported that Stephen Harper and Barack Obama may sign an agreement next month to move Canada and the United States toward a continental security perimeter and a more transparent border.

A pair of nine-month old twin girls died within minutes of being given a measles vaccine at a private clinic in Ghaziabad, India.

This week emergency vehicles with Arabic logos were spotted in north Texas. 20 of the yellow emergency vehicles were being hauled by 10 larger trucks.

A U.S. army doctor faces up to three and a half years in jail after he was found guilty by a court martial yesterday of willfully missing a flight when deployed to Afghanistan because he doubts Barack Obama’s right to be president.

Contentious Internet traffic rules facing a vote next week are likely to be adopted without radically veering from a proposal unveiled earlier in the month, telecommunications policy analysts said on Wednesday.

While Americans are busy battling cap-and-trade legislation at the national and international levels, global warming alarmists are quietly building regional systems between state and local governments, private industry, and even foreign governments that basically achieve the same effect — higher energy prices for consumers and more money for governments.

The prime minister of Kosovo is the capo of a shady underworld organization responsible for smuggling weapons, drugs and even human organs across Eastern Europe, according to a European inquiry on organized crime reviewed by The Guardian.

China has launched “Red” Twitter, identical to the US micro-blogging website, except that its messages are designed to promote revolutionary spirit.

Lastly, Jon Bon Jovi has been appointed to a position at the White House by Barack Obama. The singer is to be part of a new committee “mobilizing citizens, non-profits, businesses and government to work more effectively together”.

 

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