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*Now here’s a generous boss. It seems appropriate to follow up this week’s Straight Talk with an item about Clive Palmer. The Australian mining magnate has had a very good year: a nickel refinery he bought for $10 million earned him $200 million in profits. So he decided to throw one heck of a “thank you” party for his 750 employees. The festivities included an all-expenses-paid holiday trip to Fiji. His top 50 employees also got a brand-new Mercedes sedan. “These people have made a lot of money for me this year,” he said, “and I thought I’d give some of it back.” As our friends Down Under would say, “Good O!”
A coalition of conservative lobby groups is pressuring House Republicans to keep moderates from controlling key panels in the next congressional session, according to The Washington Times.
Republican Senators are expected to oppose Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) efforts to pass the DREAM Act, which would grant citizenship for some undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.
The official story of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, when airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a hole was blown into the western side of the Pentagon and an airliner fell into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, near the town of Shanksville, are seared into memory.
By the time the day was over, 2,996 people — the hijackers, passengers and crew on the airliners, New York firefighters, police and rescue workers — were dead. The attacks were attributed to al-Qaida, under the direction of Osama bin Laden and planning of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM).
But Webster Griffin Tarpley points out in 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, the story foisted by the government and trumpeted by the corporate media is full of holes. And the 9/11 Commission report — which Tarpley called the Kean-Hamilton Report after commission chairman and former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean and vice chairman and former Indiana Representative Lee Hamilton — did little to close the holes.
A Pentagon review of "don’t ask, don’t tell" (DADT) found that ending the policy of banning openly gay individuals from serving in the military would have little lasting impact on the United States armed forces, according to media reports.
You think some of our recent elections have been controversial? Consider what happened in this country 186 years ago today.
In an attempt to reduce the national deficit, President Barack Obama has called for a two-year freeze of Federal employee wages.
GOP leaders are calling for the prosecution of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange following the release of more than 250,000 confidential State Department documents over Thanksgiving weekend.
During a recent appearance on ABC’s “The View”, former Arkansas governor and rumored presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said that a divided Congress may help President Barack Obama’s re-election bid in 2012.