Yet Another War? U.S. Drones Attack Somalia

A source revealed Wednesday that a United States drone aircraft recently fired on two Somali militant leaders with ties to al-Qaida, making Somalia the sixth known country where the U.S. is conducting military attacks. The Washington Post said their source, a senior U.S. military official familiar with the operation, said the attack apparently wounded the two, which were reportedly senior members of al-Shabab.

North Korea To Chair U.N. Conference On Disarmament

A Geneva-based United Nations watchdog group, UN Watch, called on the United States and the European Union Thursday to strongly protest the United Nations’ appointment of North Korea as the President of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament. “Bare months after the U.N. finally suspended Libya’s Col. Muammar Qaddafi from its Human Rights Council, North Korea wins the propaganda coup of heading the world’s disarmament agency,” Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said in a statement. “It’s asking the fox to guard the chickens, and damages the U.N.’s credibility.”

California Passes Internet Sales Tax Law, Amazon Ends Ad Deal With State Affiliates

A new California law, Assembly Bill No. 28, requires sellers with a significant presence in the State to charge sales tax. This includes “(a)ny retailer entering into an agreement or agreements under which a person or persons in this state, for a commission or other consideration, directly or indirectly refer potential purchasers of tangible personal property to the retailer, whether by an Internet-based link or an Internet Web site, or otherwise.”

Iraq: Monthly Combat Death Toll For U.S. Soldiers At 3-Year High

On Thursday, the United States military announced that three more American soldiers in Iraq had died this week, bringing the combat-related monthly death toll in the Iraq War up to a three-year high. Military officials say that the increased casualties, which are occurring as the U.S. coordinates the withdrawal of all forces by the end of the year, are the result of “militants’ stepping up attacks so as to claim credit for pushing the Americans out,” the article read.

Bienvenidos A Los Estados Unidos (Welcome To The U.S.)

I speak Spanish. Well, I speak high-school-distracted-by-the-hot-chick-in-front-of-me-in-class Spanish. As the Democratic-led U.S. Senate again tries to push through the amnesty-for-illegal-aliens DREAM Act, more and more often I’m noticing a sizable number of people who struggle with English the way I struggle with Spanish.

Bank of America Close To Paying Historic Settlement

Bank of America Corp. may soon agree to pay an $8.5 billion settlement to investors who lost money in the housing collapse, which would be the largest such settlement by a financial-services firm to date. “A settlement would end a nine-month fight with a group of 22 investors who hold mortgage-backed securities originally valued at $105 billion, including the giant money manager BlackRock Inc., the insurer MetLife Inc. and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

Obama: At Some Point, Congress Needs To Do Its Job

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama gave his first press conference since March, speaking from the East Room of the White House. Lasting just over an hour, the press conference’s question-and-answer session covered a wide range of topics, but seemed to focus on criticizing Congress. Speaking initially about the economy, the President discussed currently stalled bills that he believes Congress should pass, including bills on patent reform, funding for construction jobs, trade agreement reform and extending payroll tax cuts.

Senate Minority Whip Says Treasury May Extend Aug. 2 Deadline

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the Federal Government could, through various accounting maneuvers, avoid going into default after the United States breached its current debt limit of $14.3 trillion in May. However, he said the accounting hoodoo could work only until Aug. 2 at the latest, and he urged lawmakers to vote to extend the debt limit as soon as possible.