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Jan 16, 2012

Tea Party “kingmaker” DeMint focuses on Senate races

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – Everybody was waiting for Jim DeMint. Mitt Romney had reason to hope the South Carolina senator would repeat his 2008 endorsement of his presidential bid.

DeMint is the hero of conservatives in South Carolina, so his backing might well have clinched the crucial state for Romney. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul had just as much reason to hope DeMint might support them, and put him in the role of kingmaker in the Republican race for the White House.

Jan 11, 2012

As Romney rises, Tea Party sees Senate as “bulwark”

CHICAGO (Reuters) – As Mitt Romney inches toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, many conservative activists are increasingly focused on a different political prize for 2012: the Senate.

Republicans, who currently have 47 of the 100 Senate seats, are seen as having a good shot of winning control of the upper chamber because they are defending far fewer seats in the November election.

Dec 15, 2011

Special Report: Tea Party grassroots army readies for battle

MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Reuters) – For insight into the conservative Tea Party movement’s battle plan in 2012, check out Joe Dugan’s Google spreadsheets.

Dugan, 66, a retired manufacturing executive and chairman of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party, is particularly proud of the scoring system he’s devised for South Carolina legislators. Every vote by a member of the state’s House or Senate is recorded, with points awarded for those that reflect the conservative position.

Oct 11, 2011

Trial of accused Christmas “underwear” bomber opens

DETROIT (Reuters) – A Nigerian man readily admitted he was trying to bring down a U.S. airliner when he was arrested on Christmas Day 2009 with a bomb in his underwear, a U.S. prosecutor said on Tuesday in his opening statement at the man’s trial.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, showed little emotion on the first day of his trial, silently staring forward with his chin on his hands during most of the prosecution’s opening statement, which linked him to al Qaeda.

Sep 15, 2011

Christmas Day bomber statements can be used at trial: Judge

DETROIT (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday ruled that incriminating statements about links to al Qaeda by the so-called Christmas Day bomber can be used as evidence in his trial.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 24-year-old Nigerian national, is charged with trying to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear on a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas Day, 2009. Yemen-based al Qaeda militants claimed responsibility for the botched attempt.

Aug 30, 2011

Gaddafi war crimes in Misrata widespread: report

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Forces loyal to fallen Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi committed a vast array of possible war crimes while battling rebels in Misrata, the country’s third largest city, according to a report issued on Tuesday by a U.S.-based human rights group.

The report by Physicians for Human Rights, titled “Witness to War Crimes: Evidence from Misrata, Libya,” is based on interviews of residents in the Misrata area conducted in June. The authors say they provide evidence of “murder, torture, rape, forced internment, and disappearance.”

Aug 26, 2011

Insight: Apple’s board set for bigger role under new regime

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The departure of Steve Jobs as Apple’s CEO is likely to trigger some major changes for the company’s board.

Rather than acting as mere advisers to one of the world’s great visionary leaders, the board may have to take more control, be less deferential to the new CEO Tim Cook than it was to Jobs, and meet more often.

Aug 26, 2011

Apple’s board set for bigger role under new regime

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The departure of Steve Jobs
as Apple’s CEO is likely to trigger some major changes for the
company’s board.

Rather than acting as mere advisers to one of the world’s
great visionary leaders, the board may have to take more
control, be less deferential to the new CEO Tim Cook than it
was to Jobs, and meet more often.

Aug 23, 2011

In Libya, the cellphone as weapon

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi’s government shut off the cellphone network in Misrata in the early days of Libya’s uprising, it wanted to stop rebel forces communicating with each other. But the power of a modern phone goes beyond its network.

Both rebels and government soldiers have used their phones to take pictures and videos of the conflict, a digital record of fighting from both sides. With the rebels now in Tripoli, the capital, and Gaddafi’s whereabouts unknown, those gigabytes of potential evidence may play a role in any war crimes cases.

Aug 23, 2011

Special report: In Libya, the cellphone as weapon

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi’s government shut off the cellphone network in Misrata in the early days of Libya’s uprising, it wanted to stop rebel forces communicating with each other. But the power of a modern phone goes beyond its network.

Both rebels and government soldiers have used their phones to take pictures and videos of the conflict, a digital record of fighting from both sides. With the rebels now in Tripoli, the capital, and Gaddafi’s whereabouts unknown, those gigabytes of potential evidence may play a role in any war crimes cases.

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      "Nick Carey is a Chicago-based, British-born journalist who has covered everything from the near-collapse of the Big Three automakers to the U.S. housing crisis. Nick is currently on general assignment, reporting on the human impact of the recession. He previously spent ten years working in central and eastern Europe."
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