In the News: Jun-09
Justices rule against public employee who lost job - 9 Jun 2008 at 2:54pm - WASHINGTON -- Individual government workers generally cannot make a constitutional case out of their workplace discrimination claims, the Supreme Court said Monday in a ruling that leaves public employees with fewer legal options than those in the private sector.
Obama says he would impose oil windfall profits tax - 9 Jun 2008 at 1:14pm - RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said on Monday he would impose a windfall profits tax on U.S. oil companies as he sought political gain from Americans' pain over high gasoline prices.
Markets expect another rate cut Tuesday - 9 Jun 2008 at 1:30pm - The Bank of Canada is widely expected to deliver another interest rate cut Tuesday morning amid signs that the economy is cooling.
Bush orders contractors to check legal status of employees - 9 Jun 2008 at 11:25am - WASHINGTON -- President Bush has signed an executive order requiring contractors and others who do business with the federal government to make sure their employees are working in the country legally.
House bill would extend protections to ex-vice presidents - 9 Jun 2008 at 11:18am - WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Dick Cheney would continue to be shielded by the Secret Service for at least six months after he leaves office under legislation the House is taking up Monday. The measure, endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee last month, writes into law a common practice of extending federal protections for the vice president and his family in the months immediately after his time in office ends.
Lawyer: U.S. Destroyed Gitmo Torture Notes - 9 Jun 2008 at 8:07am - (AP) The Pentagon urged interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to destroy handwritten notes in case they were called to testify about potentially harsh treatment of detainees, a military defense lawyer said Sunday.
Court sets limits in government fraud suits - 9 Jun 2008 at 10:44am - WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that a whistleblower law intended to expose fraud can be applied to subcontractors and other indirect recipients of federal funds.
Global military spending soars 45 pct in 10 years - 9 Jun 2008 at 10:22am - STOCKHOLM (AFP) - World military spending grew 45 percent in the past decade, with the United States accounting for nearly half of all expenditure, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said Monday.
Iraqis Displaced as Government Reclaims Property - 9 Jun 2008 at 7:21am - The improved security situation in Baghdad has allowed government officials to reclaim abandoned government property. Squatters are being kicked out — often with no warning. Displaced Iraqis had been living in the buildings after they were forced to flee their homes because of fighting. Now, they find themselves homeless again.
U.S., German lawyers demand Germany extradite CIA agents - 9 Jun 2008 at 7:56am - A group of German and American civil rights attorneys on Monday sued the German government to demand that it pursue the extradition ...
U.S. presence is Iraq's main problem: Iranian leader - 9 Jun 2008 at 8:09am - TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday that the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq was the biggest obstacle to its development as a united country.
Late U.S. tipoff hurts U.N. Syria probe: ElBaradei - 9 Jun 2008 at 8:15am - BERLIN (Reuters) - U.N. inspectors set to examine a Syrian site for signs of a secret nuclear reactor project may find little in part because of tardy intelligence-sharing by Washington, their chief said in remarks published on Monday.
Thought for the day:
Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord. -Sallust (86 BC - 34 BC)