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At Least 1 Death, Hundreds of Illnesses Blamed on Record U.S. Heat Wave

The Western part of the United States is in the throes of a record-setting heat wave that is expected to continue through the week, with temperatures forecast to hit the 120s in some areas.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Mortgage Rates Reach Record Low

U.S. mortgage rates on 30-year fixed loans have fallen to a record low after the Federal Reserve last week announced its plan to reduce borrowing costs by replacing short-term debt with more long-term debt. (more)

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



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A First in Iraq War: A Month With No U.S. Dead

Not a single American service member died in Iraq in August, a first since the U.S. invasion of the country in 2003. (more)

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE


Soldiers in Afghanistan
Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Now in Afghanistan Longer Than Soviets

Some records are made to be broken, from the 100-meter dash to Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. But who would covet breaking the nine-year, 50-day Soviet record for its military campaign in Afghanistan? And the winner is … the USA.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE


NYSE
AP / Henny Ray Abrams

Stock Market at 19-Month High

Even in the face of an extended recession, devastating double-digit unemployment and a barrage of political charges that President Barack Obama’s health care reform will decimate the economy, the U.S. stock market finished the week at a 19-month high.

Posted on Apr 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Library of Congress to Store Public Tweets

Twitter users, you’ve been warned: Your thoughts while showering are about to be saved for posterity. The Library of Congress announced Thursday that the venerable institution of record was acquiring the whole public Twitter archive, so watch what you overshare from now on.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Eric Draper

Shock and Aw: Getting Over the Sins of ’98

This just in: With all forgiven, Mark McGwire makes Hall of Fame. Who knows, it may even happen in his lifetime.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE


Unemployment
wfxl.com

U.S. Unemployment Edges Toward Double Digits

Economic news and pessimistic views: U.S. unemployment increased slightly to 9.8 percent and, moreover, this figure shows the crisis is far from over, experts say. Joblessness is at a 26-year high.

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 READ MORE


Unemployment
theinsanityreport.com

Unemployment Hits a 26-Year High

Just as the Labor Day weekend arrives comes word that the U.S. economy shed another 216,000 jobs last month, pushing the unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.7 percent.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE


Unemployment
wfxl.com

Jobless Rate Hits 14-Year High

As if to prevent surplus national exuberance over the electoral defeat of John McCain on Tuesday, the Labor Department announced that the country’s unemployment rate has hit a 14-year high of 6.5 percent, with 240,000 jobs lost in October as joblessness continues to increase in the face of economic turmoil.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE



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Obama Raises $150 Million in September

The Obama campaign announced early Sunday morning that it had raised $150 million in September, more than doubling the previous single-month record of $66 million, set by Obama in August.

Posted on Oct 19, 2008 READ MORE


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Flickr / sfadden

Housing Signs Point to More Market Woes

The housing market is continuing its descent into Slumpsville, judging by the way things have gone over the first quarter of 2008, and indicators don’t look good for the immediate future, either. American homeowners have been forced into foreclosure in record numbers this year and late payments have soared to a new high.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Oil Hits New High, Again

The price of a barrel of crude oil has doubled over the last year, reaching a record $135 on Thursday. With dwindling supplies and a weak dollar, analysts expect the price to go up for some time.

Posted on May 22, 2008 READ MORE


MySpace.com
publishing2.com

MySpace Spammers Fined $230 Million

A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday ordered two Internet spammers to pay a record-breaking $230 million in fines after they sent more than 700,000 unsolicited advertisements to MySpace users. The amount is almost half what Rupert Murdoch spent to buy the social networking site in 2005.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


Josh Wolf
sfgate.com

Jailed Blogger Goes Free

After spending 7 1/2 months in jail, longer than anyone else in a modern journalism rights case, blogger Josh Wolf reached a deal with prosecutors and was set free Tuesday. Wolf turned over unedited video of WTO protesters and, in exchange, was excused from identifying the individuals shown in the footage. He said he proposed the same deal in November but was turned down.

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
hillaryclinton.com

Clinton Rakes It In

Hillary Clinton has easily set a fundraising record, pulling in $26 million between January and March. The Clinton campaign would not publicly say how much of the money it plans to save for the general election. A number of pundits have predicted this will be the most expensive election in American history.

Posted on Apr 1, 2007 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Warmest Winter in at Least 125 Years

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared this winter the warmest on record for the Northern Hemisphere. So far, 2007 appears likely to rank as the warmest overall year. Annual temperatures have broken the record in 10 of the last dozen years.

Posted on Mar 15, 2007 READ MORE


website
bradblog.com

Is the White House Whitewashing History?

Margie Burns, reporting for the Brad Blog, says the White House may be up to some old, unsavory tactics, deleting unfavorable material from its website in potential violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978. At issue are briefing references to Jeff Gannon, the faux journalist whose non-questions helped deflect criticism during press briefings.

Posted on Feb 11, 2007 READ MORE


Taliban Resurgence Produces Record Opium Harvest in Afghanistan

Opium production in Afghanistan is at the highest level ever recorded and shows an increase of 50 percent from last year. The increase in opium cultivation is a result of the resurgence of Taliban rebels.  The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Maria Costa, said in a statement: ?The southern part of Afghanistan was displaying the ominous hallmarks of incipient collapse, with large-scale drug cultivation and trafficking, insurgency and terrorism, crime and corruption.?

Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE


Feinstein: I Wasn’t Briefed Beforehand on Bank Program

The White House says it briefed Congress on its bank records collection program long ago, but Senate Intelligence Committee member Diane Feinstein says she was briefed only after it became clear that the N.Y. Times was going to run its story on the program.

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


Report: NSA Sought Phone Records Before 9/11

The NSA asked AT&T to help it set up a domestic call monitoring site seven months before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, allege lawyers filing a lawsuit on behalf of telephone company customers.
This is huge because, according to a lawyer on the case, “The Bush Administration asserted this became necessary after 9/11…. This undermines that assertion.’‘

Posted on Jul 2, 2006 READ MORE


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Dwayne Powell

Richard Clarke: How Gullible Does Bush Take Americans to Be?

The president’s former counter-terrorism chief says the White House wants “the public to believe that it had not already occurred to every terrorist on the planet that his telephone was probably monitored and his international bank transfers subject to scrutiny.”

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


USA Today Backs Off Phone Records Story

The newspaper originally reported that AT&T, BellSouth and Verizon have been providing phone call data to the NSA. But now USA Today says it can’t confirm that either BellSouth or Verizon provided the data. (AT&T definitely appears to have done so.)

Posted on Jun 30, 2006 READ MORE


Colbert Weighs In on N.Y. Times Bank Records Controversy

Stephen Colbert said the N.Y. Times could learn a thing or two about secrecy from Superman, who continued to be “a pretend journalist”—“like Brit Hume.”

Posted on Jun 29, 2006 READ MORE


Feds Getting Phone Data Without Warrants

Officials from the Dept. of Homeland Security and the FBI are paying private data brokers to gather personal phone record information—circumventing the need to obtain warrants for such data.

  • It’s ironic that some federal agents are availing themselves of this potentially illegal service; other federal agents (from the FCC) are already investigating the practice. See “Feds Probe Sale of Private Phone Records”
  • And earlier: All Your Phone Call Records Are for Sale, Cheap

  • Posted on Jun 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Gonzales Sidesteps Legal Issues of NSA Spying

    The attorney general, in defending the NSA’s collection of millions of U.S. phone records, claims it is constitutional—but conveniently ignores the fact that it appears to be illegal.

    Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Did Telcos Use Scapegoat-for-Hire in NSA Case?

    Via Business Week, we learn that an entire niche industry has sprung up to provide the government with commercially purchased telecommunications records that the government isn’t allowed to purchase itself. (TPM Muckraker has a good sum-up.)

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Authorities Mining More Corporate Data for Personal Information

    We learn from the Wall Street Journal that banks, Internet service providers and other companies are being besieged by law enforcement authorities who want to pore over their corporate data in hunting for clues in criminal cases.
    Just another example of how the government is going through personal records.

    Posted on May 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Choice Point
    gregpalast.com

    Will the Real ‘Big Brother’ Please Stand Up…

    When the government can’t legally dig up your medical records, call histories and voter registration information, it turns to the data mining company ChoicePoint—which has sucked up over $1 billion in federal contracts.
    Do. Not. Miss. this article on how the frightening industry of data mining works.

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    AT&T envelope
    From AMERICAblog

    Has AT&T Sent Out the Most Ironic Mailer Ever?

    You won’t believe the envelope that the phone company has apparently been sending out. If it’s not a hoax, the irony is so thick that not even an NSA eavesdropper could penetrate it.

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart and the NSA

    Jon Stewart Takes On the NSA

    “The Daily Show” host tees off on the recent report of the NSA’s phone call database. “It turns out that there was one specific type of domestic call the government was keeping tabs on. All of them.”

    Posted on May 16, 2006 READ MORE


    BellSouth: We Didn’t Give Data to NSA

    The phone company says that, despite the claims made in the USA Today story, it never provided phone records to the NSA.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


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    Don’t Believe the Flawed NSA-Spying Poll

    The Washington Post loaded a poll so it would appear that most Americans support the NSA’s phone record collection program. Blogger Jane Hamsher did the original analysis on this sloppy poll, and Buzzflash sums it up.

    Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Verizon Hit By Two Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuits

    The telecom giant faces two suits—one for $20 billion, another for $5 billion—for handing over customers’ phone records to the NSA.

    Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Wag the Dog
    From thezreview.co.uk

    Wag the Dog?

    President Bush will deliver a rare (for him) television address, a Monday night talk on immigration reform.
    Is it too cynical to ask whether he’s wagging the dog to distract attention from the NSA phone record issue?
    Is it possible to be too cynical about Bush’s motives?

    Posted on May 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Watching What You Say

    Before the USA Today story, The Nation magazine had loads of details on the NSA-telecom spying program: a lawsuit against AT&T; links between telecom officials and the White House; and a history of how these insidious relationships developed.

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    N.Y. Times: Bush’s Ever-Expanding Secret

    The Sept. 11 attacks “did not give the president the limitless power he now claims to intrude on the private communications of the American people,” the N.Y. Times says in an editorial about the NSA spying story.

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush NSA Program
    From ThinkProgress

    Bush Claims NSA Program Targets Only Al Qaeda

    The president claims that the program activities “strictly target Al Qaeda and their known affiliates,” despite USA Today’s claim that the NSA has pored over the records of tens of millions of Americans.

    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    I Want to Spy on You
    hardnewsnow.com

    Bush: Spy Program Isn’t ‘Mining’ Private Info

    “We’re not mining or trolling though the personal lives of millions of innocent Americans,’’ Bush says, without directly addressing the NSA program reported in USA Today.

  • Meanwhile, GOP Sen. Arlen Specter demands that phone company executives testify before Congress about the data they provided to the NSA.
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    Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Domestic Spying
    From wcsh6.com

    Bipartisan Furor Over NSA Program

    Many Republican and Democratic lawmakers are furious over the alleged NSA phone record collection program.

  • GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: “The idea of collecting millions or thousands of phone numbers, how does that fit into following the enemy?”
  • Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy: “It is our government, it’s not one party’s government.”

  • Posted on May 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush’s Approval Rating Hits Record Low

    The 31% mark is the lowest of his presidency.

    Posted on May 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Trade Gap Hits Record for Fourth Year in a Row

    Who will pay this piper? Four years of terrible trade deficits—and this year is the historical worst. | story

    Posted on Feb 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Last Year Was Warmest on Record

    With the announcement coming from a source like NASA, we expect Bush to get so upset that he’ll forget to work out. | story

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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