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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.

Jan 28, 2010

Haiti pleads for better aid effort, survivor found

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti appealed to foreign governments and charities on Wednesday to do more to help earthquake victims as rescuers pulled a teenage girl out of the rubble 15 days after her Port-au-Prince home collapsed around her.

The girl, named Darline and believed to be 16, was severely dehydrated and had a leg injury, French and Haitian rescuers said. “I don’t know how she happened to resist that long. It’s a miracle,” said rescue worker J.P. Malaganne.

Jan 27, 2010

Haiti aid needs better coordination: president

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – International charities pouring a jumble of aid into Haiti must work better together to reach and help survivors of the catastrophic earthquake, President Rene Preval said on Wednesday.

Preval also said Haiti would indefinitely postpone February 28 parliamentary elections and that he would not seek to stay in office after his term expires in February 2011.

Jan 27, 2010

U.S. ship saves lives, Haiti not ready for amputees

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Doctors on the U.S. Navy’s hospital ship Comfort are fighting gangrenous infections in broken limbs as they try to save the lives, if not the arms and legs, of Haiti’s earthquake victims.

“Originally we were seeing primarily a lot of orthopedic injuries now we’re starting to see those injuries and wounds are infected,” Commander Mark Marino, head of nursing on the USNS Comfort, said on a tour of the ship as it was anchored off the coast of Port-au-Prince.