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Panetta defends military budget plan

FILE – In this Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen…. LOLITA C. BALDOR (AP) – Associated Press WASHINGTON Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is defending his department’s slimmed-down, $614 billion budget plan, telling senators that it’s time to step up and show they are serious about reducing the deficit. In testimony prepared for a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing ...

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Prosecutors seek to reinstate Knox conviction

MILAN — Italian prosecutors appealed Tuesday to Italy’s highest criminal court against the overturning of the murder convictions of American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend in the brutal slaying of a British student. Perugia prosecutors filed the 111-page appeal more than four months after an appeals court in Perugia threw out the convictions against Knox, 24, and…

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Chinese Vice President Xi begins White House talks

Washington – Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping began a series of meetings with US officials in Washington Tuesday with talks with US Vice President Joe Biden at the White House. Xi, who is expected to ascend to the presidency in 2013, is to later meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House, visit the Pentagon and listen to ...

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Election ahead, France’s Sarkozy faces crunch time

PARIS (AP) — It’s make or break time for Nicolas Sarkozy if he wants another term as French president. Polls show the brash, risk-taking and unabashedly pro-American French president, who took center stage in the Libya war and the battle to save the euro, almost needs a miracle to get re-elected. French media buzzed Tuesday that he will at last ...

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Why Are Government Bureaucrats Turning America Into Nazi Germany?

Share by Scott Lazarowitz I’m sorry to put it in such a crass way, but that is exactly what they are doing. Ever since the September 11th attacks, these power-grabbing scoundrels have been putting policies in place that were planned well before 9/11, searching us, tracking, frisking, scanning, taxing and regulating and spying on us. The War on Terror and ...

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A Swiss Response to American Fiscal Imperialism

Switzerland is in the unfortunate position of being bullied and harassed by the U.S. government. The crux of the problem is that the United States arguably has the world’s worst tax system for international activity, and this creates conflict with other nations, particularly ones that have good tax laws that attract investment. This has resulted in a number of different ...

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Venezuelans select Chavez opponent

Venezuelans have lined up to vote in the country’s first-ever opposition presidential primary, choosing a single challenger to take on President Hugo Chavez after 13 years in office. Henrique Capriles, the front-runner among five contenders according to pre-election polls, predicted a high turnout. “We’re going to…

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Corporate Globalization versus The Civil Commons by which People’s Lives are Sustained

EVOLVED CIVIL COMMONS VERSUS CORPORATE GLOBALIZATION: A PERFORMANCE EVALUATION ACROSS UNIVERSAL LIFE GOODS by John McMurtry The facts of daily life in developed society have been so painstakingly and historically constructed across generations to enable universal access to the life goods of evolved humanity that we need systematic understanding of how provision of every ultimate life good is under attack ...

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