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Senate OKs Compromise Funding Deal

Senate leaders struck a compromise late Monday on the issue of disaster relief funding that is likely to avert a federal government shutdown, the third such threat this year. (more)

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



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California Strikes a Deal With Amazon

California legislators cut a tentative deal with Amazon.com Wednesday night that would allow the online retail giant to postpone collecting sales taxes from Californians until September 2012. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE


Julian Assange
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Assange Signs Book Deal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to write his autobiography. A book deal worth more than $1.5 million will help pay his hefty legal fees and keep the whistle-blowing website afloat.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Putting Lieberman in Charge of Health Care

The health care deal the Senate and president are so excited about would scrap a public option in favor of a plan administered by the Office of Personnel Management. Guess who oversees the OPM? Joe Lieberman, unless Democrats take away his chairmanship, which they’ve shown no inclination of doing. (continued)

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE



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Iraqi Parliament Approves Occupation Deal

What is George W. Bush thankful for? The Iraqi parliament voted Thursday to approve an agreement outlining the terms of U.S. military operations in the country. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki described the deal, negotiated over a year, as “an agreement for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Iraq.”

Posted on Nov 27, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Has a Meltdown of His Own

John McCain is rapidly making his temperament an inescapable issue in the presidential campaign. Does the nation really want so much drama in the White House?

Posted on Sep 25, 2008 READ MORE



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Zimbabwe’s Baffling Power-Sharing Agreement

After months of conflict, Zimbabwean political rivals Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai have finally agreed to share power. One problem: The deal is so confusing and vague, even close observers are having trouble sorting out exactly how it’s supposed to work.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


Betancourt Rescue
news.bbc.co.uk

The Real Operation to ‘Rescue’ Ingrid Betancourt

The July 2nd rescue of French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and U.S. mercenaries employed by the Northrop Grumman Corp. was heralded as a dramatic victory over the anti-imperial FARC guerrilla forces in Colombia. The real story may be significantly less daring. The mainstream media’s heroic rescue narrative is being contradicted by claims that a $20-million ransom payment was made.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE



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Israel Agrees to Hezbollah Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Cabinet has agreed to a German-brokered prisoner exchange with Hezbollah. It is believed that under the terms of the deal, Israel would receive the bodies of two captured soldiers in return for the release of five Lebanese prisoners and the bodies of 10 more.

Posted on Jun 29, 2008 READ MORE


FISA Deal: Compromise or Capitulation?

Democrats and Republicans cut a deal in Congress on Thursday to rewrite controversial surveillance legislation. It’s being billed as a compromise, but civil rights advocates are groaning over concessions including virtual immunity for telecommunications companies and the ability to spy on Americans without a warrant.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Northrop Grumman

Boeing Gains Ally in Tanker Battle

Boeing has friends in high places, as evidenced by the congressional Government Accountability Office siding Wednesday with the U.S. aviation giant in a protest against a multibillion-dollar refueling tanker contract that was awarded earlier this year to a U.S.-Europe team.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008 READ MORE



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Israel and Hamas Call a Truce

Egypt has brokered a deal between Israel and Hamas to end fighting in Gaza. The agreement calls for a six-month cease-fire, and the possibility of reopening Gaza’s borders and returning a captured Israeli soldier.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


Jovial in Qatar
AP photo / Hasan Jamali

Lebanon’s Leaders Reach Deal

The Lebanese government and the Hezbollah opposition group came to a power-sharing agreement Wednesday, potentially marking the end to the country’s two-year-old political crisis, which only weeks ago erupted in clashes that left 65 people dead. The move, which some analysts say may benefit Hezbollah more than the Western-backed government, has been hailed by the parties directly involved and others, including the U.S. as well.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Murdoch Buys Another Trophy

Rupert Murdoch just can’t get enough of the New York newspaper scene. The News Corp. mogul, already in possession of the New York Post and The Wall Street Journal, has worked out a deal to buy Newsday for about half a billion dollars. That paper is currently owned by another salty media tyrant, Sam Zell.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


Delta
flightnetwork.com

Delta and Northwest Join in Airline Mega-Merger

As airlines around the globe struggle to navigate through tough times for the industry, Delta Air Lines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp. have come up with their own possible solution. By Tuesday, the two companies had reached an agreement to join forces and create Delta, the world’s biggest airline.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Sadr Cuts a Deal

Moqtada al-Sadr, after reaching an agreement with several Iraqi officials, has ordered his followers to stop fighting. Basra has reportedly quieted, but fighting continued in Baghdad despite the announcement. Underscoring Iran’s influence over the affairs of its neighbor, the deal was apparently brokered by the head of Iran’s Quds force, which the U.S. Congress has branded a terrorist organization.

Posted on Mar 30, 2008 READ MORE


Michael Eisner
AP photo / Paul Hawthorne

Eisner: Strike Is Over

He’s not the head honcho at the Mouse House (aka Walt Disney Co.) anymore, but Michael Eisner claims firsthand and reliable knowledge that the writers’ strike is over. He says a deal was struck between the WGA and studio execs late last week and will take effect within days.

Posted on Feb 7, 2008 READ MORE


Murdoch Nearing Dow Jones Deal?

A weekly British business magazine, appropriately named The Business, reported Friday that media tycoon Rupert Murdoch had successfully added Dow Jones & Co. Inc. to his News Corp. empire, but other sources insist the deal is not yet sealed.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Hassan Nasrallah
From interet-general.info

Breakthrough! Hezbollah Sets Conditions for Agreement

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (above) said his Islamic militant group (and political party) will abide by the U.N. cease-fire resolution but will continue fighting as long as Israeli troops remain in south Lebanon.
With the U.S., the U.N., Israel’s Olmert, Lebanon’s parliament and now Hezbollah’s leader all on board, all the pieces of the peace puzzle seem to be in place.

Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


Paper Publishes New Details of Insurgency Amnesty Deal

The Times (U.K.) reports that the Iraqi government is ready to announce a sweeping peace plan that includes amnesty for legitimate resistance fighters. Under the plan, there would be a U.N.-approved timeline for withdrawal of foreign troops; a halt to U.S. operations against insurgents; and compensation for attack victims….

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


Iran and the Dixie Chicks
Mike Luckovich

Iran Deal: Good Faith or Another Charade?

Even though the U.S. and five other countries have offered Iran a series of rewards for giving up its nuclear program, Bush and Cheney have given the world ample reason to be skeptical that the White House has any intention of settling this issue diplomatically. (And we’re not alone in this sentiment.)

Posted on Jun 2, 2006 READ MORE


Dubai Firm Backs Out of Ports Deal

The UAE-owned company dropped its bid to control six major U.S. ports. A United States-owned company will instead take possession.

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


House Moves Toward Scuttling Ports Deal

Breaking with Bush, House Republicans will allow a vote that could prevent a UAE company from gaining control over six major U.S. ports.

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


Dubai May Partner With U.S. Firm—Halliburton’s Name Pops Up

It’s little more than an unconfirmed report in the N.Y. Daily News right now, but the White House is said to be pushing the UAE company to partner with a U.S. firm to ease the acquisition of those six major U.S. ports. The candidate best equipped for the job: Dick Cheney’s old company.

Posted on Mar 6, 2006 READ MORE


No Iraq Trip for Rep. Who Opposed Bush on Ports

The prominent opposition of Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) to Bush’s Dubai Ports deal may have earned him some punishment from the White House: The Pentagon isn’t providing him a plane for his planned delegation to Iraq.

Posted on Mar 4, 2006 READ MORE


Warnings on Terrorist Infiltration of UAE Never Addressed

We learned last week that the Coast Guard had warned of terrorist infiltration of the UAE, the country angling to take over control of major U.S. ports. The White House assured us that those warnings had been addressed. Now Sens. Collins and Lieberman are charging in a sharply worded letter that the warnings were never addressed.
How many more lies will emerge from the murky depths of this port-deal fiasco?

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


U.S.-India Nuclear Deal Raises Fears

Bush’s historic deal with India will shield some Indian nuclear plants from international inspections. A proliferation expert tells the N.Y. Times that this will allow India to “amass as many nuclear weapons as it wants. This is Santa Claus negotiating.”

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


Ports Deal to Close by Monday?

A Bush official claims that the Dubai ports deal will close Friday or Monday, despite a 45-day review by the U.S. government.
Uhhh, can anyone help us figure this one out? It seems ludicrous, but then again, so was Bush’s immediate response to Sept. 11.

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


Bill Clinton Advised UAE on Ports Deal

The spinmeister in chief gave the Arab country advice on how to allay concerns about its pending takeover of major U.S. ports. (Clinton did this at the same time his wife was railing against the deal—just in case anyone mistakenly assumes that the N.Y. senator takes all her cues from the ex-prez.)

Posted on Mar 2, 2006 READ MORE


Armed Cheney to Guard Ports

Attempting to defuse the controversy over the decision to place the operation of several key American ports in the hands of a company based in Dubai, Vice President Dick Cheney said today that he would personally patrol those ports with a 28-gauge shotgun.

Posted on Feb 24, 2006 READ MORE


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From moviereporter.net

‘Syriana 2’

China is set to plumb Iranian oil fields in a $100-billion deal, complicating U.S. efforts to isolate Tehran and providing Iran more money to pursue its nuclear ambitions.
Can someone please call Stephen Gaghan to figure this one out for us? Or maybe this is a case for Truthdig’s Orville Schell, who knows a thing or two about China?

Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


Committee Head Wary of Arab Control Over U.S. Ports

With a company owned by the United Arab Emirates set to take control over six U.S. ports, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is urging the White House to reconsider approval of a sale.
It was news to us at Truthdig that a foreign power could even do such a thing in the first place.

Posted on Feb 16, 2006 READ MORE


Ariel Sharon’s Stroke Creates Turmoil

Prime minister’s debilitating stroke throws Middle East politics, Palestinian peace process into jeopardy | more

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


Abramoff Pleads Guilty in Second Federal Case

Conspiracy and wire-fraud charges stem from 2000 purchase of gambling boat fleet.

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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