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Jan 15, 2012

Michelle Obama stresses service at BET honors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage at an awards ceremony Saturday with poet Maya Angelou, performers Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey, and other African American celebrities who called the black community to civic action, starting with voting in the 2012 presidential election.

The taping of the BET Honors, hosted by Black Entertainment Television was held at the historic Warner Theatre in downtown Washington.

Jan 13, 2012
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Gingrich mocks Romney for speaking French

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Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich may have backtracked from a recent campaign ad attacking Romney as a job-killer during his tenure at Bain Capital, but he’s still accusing him of another act that may nettle some conservatives: speaking French.

In a web ad titled “The French Connection,” a deep-voiced narrator describes Romney as a liberal governor who authored government-mandated health care and raised taxes in his state of Massachusetts but who now masquerades as a conservative.

Jan 13, 2012
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Oops again? Rick Perry revises his list of three departments to cut

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Lagging Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry can’t seem to catch a break. The Texas governor is facing criticism across the blogosphere for again flubbing the federal departments he would eliminate if elected.

On a radio show on WTKS in Savannah, Georgia, a listener asked Perry how many and which federal departments he would cut.

Jan 13, 2012
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Stephen Colbert: Exploring run for president of USA of South Carolina

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Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert announced on his show Thursday night that he is forming an exploratory committee for a “possible candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina.”

“This is a difficult decision. I’ve talked it over with my money. I’ve talked it over with my spiritual adviser,” said the comedian who puts on the persona of an ultra-conservative news anchor on his late-night show “The Colbert Report.”

Jan 13, 2012

Court martial sought for suspected WikiLeaks leaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking thousands of classified U.S. government files to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks should be court-martialed on charges related to the incident, an investigating officer recommended on Thursday.

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza, after reviewing evidence from a weeklong hearing in December, told the General Court Martial Convening Authority that Bradley Manning should be prosecuted on all 22 charges presented in the hearing, including aiding the enemy and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet.

Dec 22, 2011

Hearing concludes for suspected WikiLeaks leaker Manning

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking classified files to the WikiLeaks website gave U.S. enemies “unfettered access” to government secrets, a military prosecutor said on Thursday, but a defense lawyer said the soldier had done no harm.

The comments came as lawyers for the two sides made their closing arguments at a hearing to determine whether Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, 24, should be court-martialed on charges including aiding the enemy and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet.

Dec 22, 2011

Hearing concludes for suspected WikiLeaks leaker

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – The Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking classified files to the WikiLeaks website gave U.S. enemies “unfettered access” to government secrets, a military prosecutor said on Thursday, but a defense lawyer said the soldier had done no harm.

The comments came as lawyers for the two sides made their closing arguments at a hearing to determine whether Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, 24, should be court-martialed on charges including aiding the enemy and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet.

Dec 21, 2011

Hearing for accused U.S. Army leaker nears end

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning’s unit in Iraq was characterized by weak oversight, and a violent outburst by the private accused of the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history went unreported to higher command, witnesses said on Wednesday.

The testimony was the last given during a hearing to determine whether Manning should be court-martialed on 22 charges, including aiding the enemy and wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet. The prosecution has said the maximum penalty it will seek is life in prison.

Dec 21, 2011

Ex-hacker testifies about reporting U.S. Army leaks suspect

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – A former computer hacker testified on Tuesday that he led authorities to the suspected source of the biggest leak of classified documents in U.S. history after several days of online chats with Bradass87, an alias for Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning.

The 24-year-old Manning is charged with downloading thousands of classified or confidential files from the military’s Secret Internet Protocol Router Network, or SIPRNet. Those files are thought to have later appeared on WikiLeaks, a whistleblower website.

Dec 20, 2011

Well-connected Romney related to 6 U.S. presidents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is distantly related to six past presidents, including George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush and Franklin D. Roosevelt, genealogists said on Tuesday

Online database Ancestry.com released a report showing the former Massachusetts governor also has ties to Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Pierce and Herbert Hoover through an English landowner who lived in the 1500s.