Archive for March 9, 2013

North Korea Threatens ‘Pre-Emptive Nuclear Attack’

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(VOA News – Steve Herman – March 07, 2013) SEOUL — For the first time, North Korea is threatening to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike.  This is the latest in an increasing series of bellicose rhetoric from Pyongyang in recent days. The threat, attributed to a spokesman from North Korea’s foreign ministry, was carried by the country’s central news agency and also broadcast Thursday. The

Remember to Change Your Clocks (in the U.S.)

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Spring forward, fall back. Tonight, at 2 AM early Sunday morning, March 10, 2013, the United States switches from standard time to daylight savings time. Be sure to move your clocks ahead an hour before turning in (or at 2 AM, if you are still up). (If you want to have some fun on facebook or twitter, try posting a comment like “I hate having

Senator Rand Paul Filibusters Obama CIA Nomination (UPDATE 1)

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(Update: the filibuster concluded just before 1 AM, lasting roughly 13 hours, and the CIA nominee was confirmed later in that new day; more talking filibusters are promised in the future however) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and others are twelve hours and counting into a U.S. Senate filibuster of the confirmation vote for President Barack Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan.  Ongoing speaking by

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: Defense Secretary Hagel on Sequester, Military Spending

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Recently confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel held a press briefing at the Pentagon on Friday, March 1, 2013, to address how DOD will respond to forced cuts under budget sequestering. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter also fielded questions. Hagel expressed concerns about the impact of cuts on military readiness. Some steps to be taken are expected to include a civilian hiring freeze, civilian

NEWSLINK: House Releases Continuing Resolution With Sequester Reductions in Place

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[House Releases Continuing Resolution With Sequester Reductions in Place - Roll Call - March 4, 2013] Roll Call covers a continuing resolution by House Republicans to address spending cuts while providing greater flexibility for how military spending is adjusted: House appropriators on Monday unveiled a proposed final fiscal 2013 spending package that would effectively cap federal operating expenses at $982 billion, when the cuts already

Dragon At International Space Station With Treasure Trove of Science

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[Dragon Arrives With Treasure Trove of Science – NASA.gov – 03.03.13 – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition34/dragon_arrives.html] The International Space Station welcomed its second contracted cargo delivery flight Sunday with the arrival of the SpaceX Dragon carrying a treasure trove of science cargo, hardware and supplies for the Expedition 34 crew. Controlling the 57.7-foot Canadarm2 from a robotics workstation inside the station’s cupola, Commander Kevin Ford, with assistance from

VIDEO: House Speaker Weekly Briefing: Boehner Addresses Budget and Sequester

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Thursday, February 28, 2013, addressed the federal budget in his weekly briefing.  He did so on the eve of automatic cuts, or sequestration, kicking in on Friday, March 1, 2013. As Boehner points out, the National Debt is now at more than $16 trillion, roughly $52,000 for every person in the United States. The Speaker argues that the federal

Treasury Targets Money Exchange House Operator for Supporting the Taliban

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(Treasury Targets Money Exchange House Operator for Supporting the Taliban – Treasury Department Press Release – February 26, 2103 – http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1863.aspx) Action Targets Financing Linked to a Designated Hawala and the Taliban Narcotics Trade WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated Mullah Ahmed Shah Noorzai (Ahmed Shah) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and their supporters. Ahmed Shah owns