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Liberty Newspost Feb-02-2011

Liberty Newspost Feb-02-2011

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Newstablet Editionhttp://www.LibertyNewspost.com- 02/02/11
Submitted at 2/1/2011 2:08:41 PM
Feb 1, 2011 15:08 ESTIt’s Charlotte for the 2012Democratic national politicalconvention.Democrats picked the bankingcenter and Republicans choseTampa, Florida, for theirconvention — highlighting theimportance of the South towinning the White House nextyear.In the 2008 election, Obamabecame the first Democrat to winNorth Carolina — by about14,000 votes over Republicancandidate John McCain – sincePresident Jimmy Carter in 1976.First lady Michelle Obama, in aletter to Democrats, describedCharlotte as a city “marked by itssouthern charm, warm hospitality,and an ‘up by the bootstraps’mentality that has propelled thecity forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant,diverse, and full of opportunity,the Queen City is home toinnovative, hardworking folkswith big hearts and open minds.And of course, great barbecue.”Queen City is a reference toGerman Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg who was the wifeof British King George III.It is also nicknamed“TheHornet’s Nest”from theAmerican Revolutionary Warwhen British General Cornwallis,after being driven out byresidents, complained thatCharlotte was “a veritablehornet’s nest of rebellion.”PresidentGeorge Washingtonwas apparently not veryimpressed with his visit to thetown, remembering it as a “verytrifling place.”Other stray facts…–Charlotte was once a hotbed of professional wrestlingin the1970s and 1980s.–Charlotte is home to theNASCAR Hall of Fame.–Charlotte is in NORTH Carolinaand should not be confused withCharleston in SOUTH Carolina(and neither should be confusedwith Charlottesville in Virginia).Photo credit: Reuters/CarlosBarria (Charlotte skyline)This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readour FAQ page atfivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filtersfeatured article:Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks InThe Crosshairs.
Submitted at 2/2/2011 10:44:08 AM
AP - Thousands of supportersand opponents of President HosniMubarak battled in Cairo's mainsquare Wednesday, rainingstones, bottles and firebombs oneach other in scenes of uncontrolled violence as soldiersstood by without intervening.Government backers galloped inon horses and camels, only to bedragged to the ground and beatenbloody.
Submitted at 2/2/2011 10:44:08 AM
AP - Thousands of supportersand opponents of President HosniMubarak battled in Cairo's mainsquare Wednesday, rainingstones, bottles and firebombs oneach other in scenes of uncontrolled violence as soldiersstood by without intervening.Government backers galloped inon horses and camels, only to bedragged to the ground and beatenbloody.
Submitted at 2/2/2011 10:29:18 AM
AP - The United States criticizedthe government of PresidentHosni Mubarak and condemnedviolence in Egypt's capital asclashes between protesters andpro-government supportersdemonstrated there would be noeasy resolution to the unrestdestabilizing America's closestally in the Arab world.
 
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Much of the day was spentwaiting…Waiting for Egyptian PresidentHosni Mubarak to make his moveso that U.S. officials could reactand the crisis could lurch intopotentially calmer territory.It became clear that somethingwas up when the StateDepartment delayed its mediabriefing before canceling italtogether, and the White Houseindefinitely delayed its briefing.Official Washington tends toclam up when it sees movementtoward possible resolution of difficult situations so as not todisrupt chances for success.Then Mubarak spoke: he won’trun for reelection in the Fall. Thatmay not be soon enough forprotesters who have called on himto step down now.A number of candidates willprobably run for Egyptianpresident, leaving the UnitedStates to tread carefully amongthem to ensure it can still call thenew leader friend.Here are our top stories fromWashington today…Mubarak promise comes afterprivate Obama messagePresident Hosni Mubarak’sspeech announcing he will notseek reelection in Septembercame after Washington deliveredits clearest message yet that heshould bow to popular pressureand prepare to transfer power.After days of pressing Mubarak toaddress the grievances of hispeople, Obama sent an envoy toprivately urge the Egyptianpresident to prepare for atransition of power.For more of this story by CarenBohan and Andrew Quinn, readhere.Senate Republicans push healthlaw repealRepublicans moved to force aSenate vote to repeal PresidentObama’s healthcare overhaul — aday after a federal judge ruled thatthe law was unconstitutional.Democrats were expected to block the bid, which was made as anamendment to an unrelatedaviation bill. “It is not going togo anywhere,” Senate MajorityLeader Harry Reid said. “Webelieve the healthcare law is goodfor the American people.”For more of this story by DonnaSmith, readhere.US sanctions Iranian, Turkishfirms for missile aidThe Treasury blacklisted sixindividuals and five businessentities inIranand Turkey forproviding materials and support toIran’s ballistic missiledevelopment efforts. Thesanctions target a procurementnetwork that has facilitated morethan $7 million in transactions forAerospace IndustriesOrganization, which oversees allof Iran’s missile industries.For more of this story by DavidLawder, readhere.Obama budget seeks“responsible” path to curb deficitPresident Obama told his cabinetthat his upcoming budget proposalfor fiscal 2012 “will provide aresponsible 10-year path forreining in the deficit,” the WhiteHouse said. “Beyond simplyreducing government spending,the president emphasized the needto reform and reorganize thegovernment so it operates smarterand more efficiently,” the WhiteHouse said in a readout of Obama’s cabinet meeting earlieron Tuesday.For more of this story, readhere.US pilots new airport scans afterprivacy concernsAviation security authoritiesunveiled a new pilot programaimed at quelling an uproar aboutfull-body scanners used to screenair travelers. The TSA isdeploying new software forscanners in three airports that willshow screeners an alert on ageneric male or female figureonly if an anomaly is detected andhighlight the spot of concern. Theagency has been under fire forusing the full-body scannersbecause they showed a revealingpicture of a person. Travelers andcivil liberties advocates arguedthey were unconstitutional and aninvasion of privacy.For more of this story by JeremyPelofsky, readhere.SEC to propose rules for swaptrading platformsSecurities regulators are expectedto be less heavy-handed thanfutures regulators in movingprivately negotiated swaps ontotrading platforms when they meetto vote on their proposal. SECstaff has taken a slower approachthan the CFTC, carefullyincorporating input fromcommissioners’ offices, accordingto one person familiar with thediscussions.For more of this story by SarahN. Lynch, readhere.Bank regulators to consider payrule next week Banking regulators will meetnext week to consider a proposalthat would ban bonus paymentsthat promote “inappropriate” risk-taking by financial industryexecutives and employees. FDICChairman Sheila Bair has said therule on incentive-based paypractices will probably requirefinancial firms to defer some of their executives’ compensation.For more of this story by DaveClarke, readhere.Health system not helping heartdisease -CDCMost Americans with the biggestrisks for heart disease are notdoing enough to control theserisks, and the fragmentedhealthcare system is partly toblame, federal health officialssaid. “Although we’re makingsome progress, the United Statesis failing to prevent the leadingcause of death — cardiovasculardisease — despite the existence of low-cost, highly effectivetreatments,” said CDC directorDr. Thomas Frieden.For more of this story by MaggieFox, readhere.What we are blogging…Charlotte’s web catchesDemocratic conventionIt’s Charlotte for the 2012Democratic nationalconvention.Democrats picked the bankingcenter and Republicans choseTampa, Florida, for theirconvention — highlighting theimportance of the South towinning the White House nextyear. In the 2008 election, Obamabecame the first Democrat to winNorth Carolina since PresidentJimmy Carter in 1976.For the full post, click here.From elsewhere…Monster storm slams Midwest,heads northeastA colossal winter stormstretching from NewMexicotoMaine hit the heartland of theUnited States with snow, highwinds and freezing rain onTuesday, and experts said theworst was still to come as themonster event moved northeastand temperatures plunged. Thestorm, expected to affect as muchas a third of the U.S. population,
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created blizzard conditions fromthe southern Plains to the upperMidwest, paralyzing grain andlivestock movement andpromising near-record snowfall.For more of this story, readhere.Photo credit: Reuters/EgyptianState TV (still image taken fromvideo of Mubarak)This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readour FAQ page atfivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filtersfeatured article:Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks InThe Crosshairs.
Submitted at 2/2/2011 10:00:00 AM
Tunisia's new government purgespolice leadershipBy Hassan El Fekih (AFP) – 1hour agoTUNIS — Tunisia's interimgovernment moved to take back control of the country's securityforces on Wednesday, firingdozens of senior allies of fallendictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.Prime Minister MohammedGhannouchi's new administrationaxed 30 top police officials,appointed a top military officer tohead up the national securityservice and named new chiefs forseven key regions in the country.The government also approvedwage rises for the country'sbeleaguered police service.But Ben Ali's former interiorminister Rafik Belhaj Kacem,previously under house arrest,was in custody Wednesday afterbeing arrested a day earlier.Admiral Ahmed Chabir, the newdirector of national security, hasbeen charged with sweeping awaystalwarts of ousted dictator ZineEl Abidine Ben Ali's regime fromkey positions.He also has to get the thousandsof police officers, who desertedthe streets as the popular uprisingswept Ben Ali from power, to getback on post.Protesters blame the police forbrutal and sometimes deadlyattacks on demonstrators duringthe uprising -- the United Nationsputs the death toll at 219.On Wednesday, Tunisia'snewspapers backed the newadministration's bid to restoreorder, drawing a clear link between democracy and security."The return of the police officer,this soldier of democracy, to thestreets after an eclipse which hasthrown the country into alarm anddisarray, will restore confidenceto Tunisians," said an editorial inthe Quotidien.But with 100,000 police officershaving been members of Ben Ali'snow-reviled ConstitutionalDemocratic Assembly (RCD)party -- which had two millionmembers in all -- cleaning housewill be no easy task.The RCD were the eyes and earsof the old regime and enforced theformer dictator's repressive rule.In contrast, the army, whichsupported the uprising by refusingto fire on the protesters, has only35,000 men, mainly posted alongthe country's borders.On national television lateTuesday, newly appointed InteriorMinister Farhat Rajhi sketched analarming picture of the powerfulforces still lined up against thenew administration.He told of how a mob of up tothree thousand people hadattacked his ministry lateMonday, he said."Thanks to General RachidAmmar and to the anti-terroristforces, I was able to escape," headded. Ammar, head of the armedforces, last month pledged to anti-government protesters that hissoldiers would defend Tunisia'srevolution.But although 50 of the intruders,several of whom were armed, hadbeen arrested, they weresubsequently released, Rajhi said.This showed collusion betweenthem and officers still inside thesecurity services, he said,denouncing what he said was aplot against the state.After a cabinet meeting Tuesday,the interim government pledged tostand firm.As a statement of intent, theyagreed to sign up to internationalconventions including the Romestatutes on the InternationalCriminal Court and the optionalprotocol to the UN Convention toCombat Torture.They also approved pay rises forthe police, concentrating onmiddle-ranking officers -- adeparture from the old regime.The curfew declared under theold regime on January 13 remainsin place, but the government hasalso set up a hotline for victims of violence to call.Copyright © 2011 AFP. Allrights reserved.More »This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readour FAQ page atfivefilters.org/ content-only/faq.php Five Filtersfeatured article:Collateral Damage - WikiLeaks InThe Crosshairs.
Submitted at 2/2/2011 10:13:31 AM
AP - A massive storm billed asthe worst in decades barreledtoward the northeast Wednesday,leaving vast swaths from Chicagoto New York paralyzed by snowand ice, stranding hundreds of motorists all night and shutteringairports and schools.
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