Monthly Archives: August 2011

White House Agrees to New Date for Joint Session

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The White House agreed to House Speaker John Boehner‘s request that President Barack Obama give his scheduled special address to a joint session of Congress on September 8 instead of September 7.

A political showdown erupted earlier in the day over Pres. Obama’s request to deliver the address on the economy on September 7, the night of a Republican presidential debate. The speech will now take place on the opening night of the National Football League season.

In a letter to Pres. Obama, Rep. Boehner noted that the White House requested the use of the House chamber for an 8 p.m. address, less than two hours after the House is scheduled to complete legislative business. Security sweeps of the chamber usually take more than three hours, he said.

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Bridge Needed to Prevent Crocodile Attacks

By the Angwa River in northern Zimbabwe, children trekking to and from school must cross crocodile-infested waters. You can imagine how much these children want to go to school to take such risks.

Last year, on his way home from school, Hardlife Kawara and his friends were washing in the river when a crocodile attacked him. His friends got scared and ran, but his brother grabbed his wrist and held it tightly while the crocodile tried to pull Hardlife under the water. After a long struggle, the crocodile let go, but it took with it part of Hardlife’s leg.

Hardlife now needs a new artificial leg as the one in this picture is now too small.

Hardlife, 12, after his crocodile attack with his prosthetic leg. Photo Credit: Sophie Hamandishe

In the first three months of 2011, seven children in this area were attacked by crocodiles.

A foot bridge would keep the children safe and would allow kids to cross the river during the six months of the year that it floods. Save the Children, which is raising funds to build this foot bridge, estimates that the bridge will cost about $60,000.

Until that money is raised, Save the Children is also holding workshops in the community to teach children to protect themselves and avoid crocodile and lion attacks.

Please click here to read more and donate if it is at all possible for you to do so. Thanks for all that you do!

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Security Forces in Syria Continue to Try to Quash Protests

With the end of Ramadan came nothing new for the Syrian people. During the past two days, security forces began a new series of raids to crush dissent against President Bashar al-Assad‘s regime.

On Tuesday morning, at least seven people were killed when security forces fired at protesters who gathered outside mosques following morning prayers.

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President Obama to Lay Out Jobs Plan Before Congress

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President Barack Obama has sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid requesting the opportunity to lay out his jobs plan before a joint session of Congress on September 7, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

“It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the Middle Class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order,” the President wrote. “It is our responsibility to find bipartisan solutions to help grow our economy, and if we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that.”

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Government Sues to Block AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

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On Wednesday, Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit seeking to block AT&T’s $39 billion merger with T-Mobile.

The merged companies would be the largest wireless company in the United States, combining AT&T’s 95 million customers with T-Mobile’s 34 million customers. The companies would account for 78% of the wireless industry’s revenue.

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Dartmouth Student Found with Meth Lab in Apartment

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A Belgian chemistry graduate student at Dartmouth College who may watch a little too much Breaking Bad has been arrested for running a meth lab out of his apartment.

Randy Lambreghts, 28, was busted Sunday after police responded to a medical emergency at his apartment and found evidence he was cooking crank. Firefighters evacuated the building and removed hazardous materials from his apartment.

After the DEA got a search warrant, a team search the apartment and collected evidence.

Lambreghts was charged Tuesday with one count of attempted manufacture of methamphetamine/amphetamine. He was being held on $20,000 bail.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/08/30/2011-08-30_dartmouth_chemistry_student_busted_for_running_meth_lab_out_of_apartment.html#ixzz1WZBFopHt

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Cheney Press Tour Reveals He Still Likes Waterboarding and Wanted Bush to Bomb Syria

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has stated in an interview promoting his new book that he stands by his promotion of waterboarding and would order its use again in the future if the occasion arose.

Waterboarding involves pouring water over the mouth and nose of an immobile person to simulate the feeling of drowning. Waterboarding can case brain damage, death, dry drowning, lung damage, and psychological damage. President Bush’s administration argued that waterboarding is not a form of torture so the CIA could use the procedure during “enhanced interrogations.”

Former VP Cheney also admits in his book that he urged President Bush to bomb a nuclear plant in Syria.

 

 

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On This Day…

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In 1963, the hot-line communications link between Washington, D.C. and Moscow went into operation.

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Somali Pirates Get Life Term

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Two Somali pirates accused of hijacking an American boat and murdering four of its passengers have been sentenced to life in prison. Their co-conspirators will be sentenced in a few weeks.

Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf and Ali Abdi Mohamed are among eleven men who have pleaded guilty over the February hijacking of the American yacht Quest near the coast of Oman.

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Representative Wants to Make Copyright Law More Beneficial to Artists

The senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Representative John Coyners Jr. (MI), has called for a revision of United States copyright law to remove ambiguities about who is eligible to claim ownership rights to songs.

When copyright law was revised in 1976, artists and songwriters were granted “termination rights” that enable them to regain control of their work after thirty-five years. The major record labels are now fighting the efforts of recording artists and songwriters who try to invoke those rights.

Because Republicans are the majority party in the House, lawyers and managers have expressed doubts that a bipartisan agreement can be reached, as Republicans are more sympathetic to record labels than the artists who work for them.

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