Oops: CIA Director John Brennan Took Oath of Office on Constitution Missing the Bill of Rights

March 8, 2013

“”Director Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington’s personal handwriting and annotations on it, dating from 1787.””

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U.S. Government Notifies 60,000 Border Security Workers of Furloughs Due to Sequestration

March 8, 2013

“Customs and Border Protection said it expects furloughs and other austerity will cause delays at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and reduce the number of border patrol officers on duty at any one time.”

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Sources: President Obama to Issue “Clear And Direct” Challenge Against Iran During Upcoming Middle East Overseas Trip

March 8, 2013

“The comments do not represent a change in the Obama administration’s thinking, but come as the president prepares to travel in two weeks to the region where he is expected to be pressed over Iran by the Israeli government.”

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Small Town of Kennesaw, Georgia, Proposes Mandatory Gun Ownership

March 8, 2013

“People with physical or mental disabilities are exempt from the law, as are “paupers,” felons, and those who oppose gun ownership based on belief or religious doctrine.”

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North Korean General: Country Has Placed Nuclear-Tipped Long-Range Missiles on Standby

March 8, 2013

“According to the Rodong Sinmun, an organ of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), Colonel General Kang Pyo-yong said soldiers are already positioned to launch a war of reunification if the order is given by its leaders.”

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Kenyan Presidential Candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s Vote Share Falls Below 50%

March 8, 2013

“Kenyatta, son of Kenya’s independence leader Jomo Kenyatta, has been indicted for crimes against humanity over the ethnic violence that followed the last election, posing a dilemma for Western allies if he wins.”

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Locust Plague Threatens Crops in the Middle East

March 8, 2013

“Israel’s Agriculture Ministry set up an emergency hotline today and urged residents to be vigilant in reporting sightings of the insects to prevent an outbreak.”

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Export Enforcement Coordination Center Created Under President Obama Causing Investigative Overlaps

March 8, 2013

“The E2C2, part of the Obama administration’s export overhaul, was established in part to fix the overlap and conflicting priorities among multiple U.S. agencies that try to stop equipment with military uses and other banned items from being shipped overseas.”

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U.S. State Department Criticizes Ukraine For Politically-Motivated Punishment of Parliament Member

March 8, 2013

“State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell issued a statement scathing in its diplomatic language after a court expelled Serhiy Vlasenko from the legislature, revoked his parliamentary immunity from prosecution and banned him from traveling outside Ukraine.”

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United Nations Peacekeeping Force Threatens to Stop Supporting Congolese Army Battalions Accused of Rape

March 8, 2013

“The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has threatened to stop supporting two Congolese army battalions unless soldiers accused of raping scores of women in an eastern town are prosecuted, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday.”

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Flooding Damages 500 Homes in Atlantic City, New Jersey

March 8, 2013

“Foley said many of the homes that flooded in this storm were damaged during Hurricane Sandy. Damage to the bulkheads along the back bay during Sandy that have not yet been repaired also contributed to flooding in those low-lying areas, Foley said.”

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Saudi Arabia Accuses Online Activists of Inciting Protests By Distributing False Information Via Social Media

March 8, 2013

“The accusation, delivered during a news conference in Buraidah, underscored the government’s concerns over the impact of reports distributed via social media that many long-term detainees have not been brought to trial, and that police treated women protesters disrespectfully.”

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Proposed Bill in Texas Would Increase Mobile Phone Privacy, Requiring Police Warrants For Location Information

March 7, 2013

“Further, the bills would require an annual transparency report from mobile carriers to the public and to the state government.”

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Israeli Defense Forces Teargas International Journalists Covering West Bank Protests

March 7, 2013

“IDF forces asked both the journalists and protesters to retreat 60 meters, and as the journalists began to stand back, Israeli elements started to fire the teargas at both them and the protesters.”

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Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2014, Retires

March 7, 2013

“Levin becomes the seventh senator to announce his retirement so far this year, including Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who resigned in January.”

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