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Feb 26, 2012

U.S. shouldn’t speed up Afghanistan pull out: U.S. ambassador

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States should resist the urge to pull troops out of Afghanistan ahead of schedule due to the violence against Americans over the burning of the Koran at a U.S. military base, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker said on Sunday.

“Tensions are running very high here. I think we need to let things calm down, return to a more normal atmosphere, and then get on with business,” Crocker said in an interview from Kabul on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Feb 12, 2012

White House sticking to contraception plan

WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
will not make any more changes to the rule announced last week
requiring health insurance plans to provide women with coverage
for contraception, although U.S. Catholic bishops have said it
violates the Church’s religious principles.

“We put out the plan that reflects where the president
intended to go. This is our plan,” White House chief of staff
Jacob Lew said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Aug 16, 2011
via FaithWorld

Report shows rise in world restrictions on religion

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Nearly a third of the world’s population lives in countries where it is becoming more difficult to freely practice religion, a private U.S. research group has reported. The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life said government restrictions and public hostility involving religion grew in some of the most populous countries from mid-2006 to mid-2009.

“During the three-year period covered by the study, the extent of violence and abuse related to religion increased in more places than it decreased,” according to the report “Rising Restrictions on Religion.” Only about one percent of the world lives in countries that saw more religious tolerance during those years, it said.

Jun 16, 2011

Woes of famous, powerful shine light on sex addiction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling can destroy lives, but less well known and more controversial is the overwhelming need for sexual satisfaction so intense that psychologists compare it to crack cocaine.

Representative Anthony Weiner stepped down from Congress under pressure from fellow Democrats, including President Barack Obama, after he admitted to “sexting” in which he sent lewd pictures of himself to young women. He said he was seeking treatment for an unspecified problem.

Mar 7, 2011

US could tap oil reserves as gasoline price surges

WASHINGTON/SINGAPORE, March 7 (Reuters) – The U.S.
government reiterated that it could tap its strategic oil
reserves in order to safeguard economic growth as surging
gasoline prices increase pressure for action.

While longstanding U.S. policy is to release reserves only
in the event of a significant and immediate supply shortage,
some analysts say the Obama administration may feel compelled to
try to tamp down prices that are being fueled both by outages in
Libya and concern unrest could spread in the Middle East.

Mar 7, 2011

U.S. keeps oil options open as gasoline surges

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The government reiterated on Sunday that it could tap its strategic oil reserves in order to safeguard economic growth as surging gasoline prices threaten to amp up pressure for action.

While longstanding U.S. policy is to release reserves only in the event of a significant and immediate supply shortage, some analysts say the Obama administration may feel compelled to try to tamp down prices that are being fueled both by outages in Libya as well as concerns over Middle East unrest.

Mar 6, 2011

U.S. keeps oil reserves options open as gasoline surges

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The government reiterated on Sunday that it could tap its strategic oil reserves in order to safeguard economic growth as surging gasoline prices threaten to amp up pressure for action.

While longstanding U.S. policy is to release reserves only in the event of a significant and immediate supply shortage, some analysts say the Obama administration may feel compelled to try to tamp down prices that are being fueled both by outages in Libya as well as concerns over Middle East unrest.

Mar 6, 2011

White House considers tapping oil reserves

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House Chief of Staff William Daley said on Sunday the Obama administration was considering tapping into the U.S. strategic oil reserve as a way to help ease soaring oil prices.

Speaking on NBC television’s “Meet the Press,” Daley said: “We are looking at the options. The issue of the reserves is one we are considering. It is something that only is done — and has been done — in very rare occasions. There’s a bunch of factors that have to be looked at. And it is just not the price.”

Sep 26, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Comedian Colbert “inappropriate”?

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By Glenn Somerville

Comedian Stephen Colbert’s satirical testimony before Congress last week left some lawmakers cold, and one of them was House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer.

“I think it was inappropriate,” Hoyer said on “Fox News Sunday” when asked about Colbert’s appearance before a House judiciary subcommittee on immigration where he testified on his brief stint as a migrant farm worker.

Hoyer said Colbert’s testimony, delivered in his Comedy Central television character as an over-the-top conservative news commentator, hurt him more than it did lawmakers.

Jan 29, 2010

Mobs disrupt some Haiti quake food handouts

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Angry crowds mobbed three food distribution sites in Haiti’s capital on Thursday, the latest handouts to turn chaotic as aid groups struggle to help the throngs left desperate and hungry by the catastrophic earthquake.

Several people fell and risked being trampled as a crowd rushed the grounds of the ruined Ministry of Culture, where Haitian police handed out bags of food from two trucks.