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Sep 9, 2011

Eastern U.S. floods force 130,000 to evacuate

WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Relentless rain spawned by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee caused major flooding in the eastern United States on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of about 130,000 people in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.

Some 65,000 people were evacuated from Wilkes-Barre, a city in northeastern Pennsylvania, and 35,000 others were evacuated in surrounding counties, all threatened by the rising waters of the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, said Stephen Urban, commissioner of Luzerne County.

Sep 7, 2011

Romney puts China squarely in US presidential race

WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney’s threat to get tough with Chinese trade
practices has moved China from the background to a potentially
significant issue in the 2012 presidential campaign.

Pledging to label China a currency manipulator, Romney
sought to outline differences with President Barack Obama and
to tap into the U.S. public’s rising concern over China’s
economic and military growth, as the United States remains
saddled with an an anemic economy.

Aug 26, 2011

U.S. capital braces for Hurricane Irene

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Train services were cancelled and workers scrambled to protect power lines in Washington on Thursday as Hurricane Irene threatened the U.S. capital days after it was rattled by a rare earthquake.

Irene, a major Category 3 hurricane now battering the low-lying Bahamas in the Atlantic southeast of Florida, was expected to make landfall on Saturday in North Carolina, with its high winds raking the heavily populated mid-Atlantic seaboard where Washington and New York were vulnerable.

Aug 25, 2011

Washington D.C. braces for onslaught from Irene

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Train services were canceled and workers scrambled to protect power lines in Washington on Thursday as Hurricane Irene threatened the capital days after it was rattled by a rare earthquake.

Irene, a major Category 3 hurricane now battering the low-lying Bahamas in the Atlantic southeast of Florida, was expected to make landfall on Saturday in North Carolina, with its high winds raking the heavily populated mid-Atlantic seaboard where Washington and New York were vulnerable.

Aug 25, 2011

China on track for modern military by 2020: U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China appears on track to forge a modern military by 2020, a rapid buildup that could be potentially destabilizing to the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Fueled by its booming economy, China’s military growth in the past decade has exceeded most U.S. forecasts. Its aircraft carrier program, cyber warfare capabilities and anti-satellite missiles have alarmed neighbors and Washington.

Aug 24, 2011

China on track for modern military by 2020: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China appears on track to build a modern, regionally-focused military by 2020, but often-touted advances like its stealth fighter jet are years away from being operational, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

The Defense Department’s annual assessment of the Chinese military also flagged Beijing’s growing military edge over Taiwan and cyber attacks in 2010 — including on U.S. government computers — that seem to have originated in China.

Aug 12, 2011

Analysis: Pinched U.S. seen holding onto big Pacific presence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pacific Rim is unlikely to bear the brunt of U.S. plans to cut $350 billion in security spending, but the prospect of decreased American military outlays has nonetheless prompted soul searching in a vital region where China is rapidly expanding its forces.

The intense infighting in Washington over how the pain will be spread has barely begun, but in Asia experts are warning against trimming U.S. sails too dramatically in a region dependent on maritime trade and home to U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Australia.

Aug 4, 2011

Pentagon steps up campaign against more defense cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned against a “devastating” second round of defense cuts on Thursday as the Pentagon stepped up its campaign to convince Congress to look elsewhere for savings as it works to trim the $1.4 trillion deficit.

Panetta, at his first Pentagon news conference, said the initial $350 billion cut in security spending signed into law this week was tough but manageable. He urged Congress to raise revenues or look at cutting other areas of the budget before taking anything more from defense.

Jul 28, 2011

Low expectations as U.S., North Korea renew diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and North Korea will meet on Thursday in New York to explore resuming nuclear disarmament talks frozen for two years while Pyongyang added to its atomic arsenal and raised regional tensions.

A U.S. delegation led by Special Envoy to North Korea Stephen Bosworth will host a North Korean team headed by Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, a veteran nuclear negotiator.

Jan 3, 2011
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Republican puts crosshairs on Holder over WikiLeaks

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder¬† should quit if he can’t stop WikiLeaks from disclosing government documents, Darrell Issa, incoming chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee said Sunday on Fox News.

“He’s hurting this administration.¬† If you’re hurting the administration, either stop hurting the administration, or leave,” Issa said.