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Mitt Romney 2012 Campaign For President Announcement Coming Next Week

HuffPost- First Posted: 05/26/11 07:33 PM ET Updated: 05/26/11 08:33 PM ET

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is expected to formally launch a campaign for president of the United States next week in the key early primary state of New Hampshire, the Union Leader reports.

A spokesman for Romney confirms to CNN that the Republican hopeful will declare his candidacy in the Granite State next week.

Last month, the 2008 presidential candidate formed an exploratory committee to test the waters for making another run for the White House in 2012. He announced that move in New Hampshire. HuffPost’s Jon Ward reported at the time:

The location was also carefully chosen. New Hampshire will be the prize for Romney in the first three states’ worth of nomination contests, since the Iowa caucuses and South Carolina’s primary come before and after the Granite State, respectively. Both of those states have voting populations heavy with socially conservative evangelical Christians — Romney struggled with those types of voters and those states in 2008, in part because he is a Mormon.

Reuters reports:

White House hopefuls Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin lead a narrower field of potential rivals for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination, according to a poll released on Thursday.The Gallup survey is the organization’s first since Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and real estate mogul Donald Trump opted out of the slowly evolving primary race.

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Keith Comes to Current TV on June 20

The Unmistakable, Thought-Provoking and Independent Voice Returns.

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America Has Become a Third World Source of Labor and Slum Landlord Ownership for Europe

Submitted by mark karlin on Tue, 05/24/2011 – 6:56am.

MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

What a startling contrast between the jingoistic exhortations of “American Exceptionalism” and the reality that we have become a third world source of labor and slum landlord ownership for Europe.

That’s the take of Harold Meyerson in The Los Angeles Times, who writes of a shocking reality behind the US economic decline. After describing how Deutsche Bank has become one of Los Angeles’ newest large slumlords, Meyerson drops a bombshell:

But slumming in America is fast becoming a business model for some of Europe’s leading companies, and they often do things here they would never think of doing at home. These companies – not banks, primarily, but such gold-plated European manufacturers as BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen and Siemens, and retailers such as IKEA – increasingly come to America (the South particularly) because labor is cheap and workers have no rights. In their eyes, we’re becoming the new China. Our labor costs may be a little higher, but we offer stronger intellectual property protections and far fewer strikes than our unruly Chinese comrades.

Don’t take my word for it. Check out the study released this month by the Boston Consulting Group, which concludes that when you compare China’s soaring wages and still-low levels of productivity with our stagnating wages and rising levels of productivity, the price advantage of manufacturing in China instead of the U.S. will shrink to insignificance by 2015. Investment in the U.S., says the group, “will accelerate as it becomes one of the cheapest locations for manufacturing in the developed world.”

As many economists have noted, despite the right-wing, think-tank characterization of American workers, labor productivity has risen in the US since the ’90s, even as remuneration has barely advanced. Of course, the compensation and bonuses for CEOs and Wall Street financiers has skyrocketed – and all the latter do is manipulate money. They don’t make a thing.

Meyerson concludes: “In the new global pecking order, the decline of American unions and the steady downward mobility of American workers are making us the destination of choice when European companies want to get the job done on the cheap.”

Normally, such a situation would be a wake-up call. But the “conservative” anti-labor and pro-corporate tilt of America’s media and right-wing backers of “think tanks” have been successfully steering the middle class into the lower class, with more to come.

Meanwhile, European workers have become the envy of American labor.

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Hillary said it to AIPAC in 2008 and Obama agreed. He is still true to his word today in spite of Netanyahu’s overbearing attitude. Was anything mentioned about the African Mercenaries that Global CST sent to Gaddafi’s aid? No. Did the US demand that Israeli-funded African Mercenaries be granted Immunity from War Crimes! Yes,
Netanyahu has been very quiet about the whole Libyan affair untill his confrontation with Obama about holding to the 1967 borders. There can be no doubt that diplomacy is not in his vocabulary, even in these extraordinary times.

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Smoke billows from the World Trade Center in New York, on September 11, 2001. (Photo: Ruth Fremson / The New York Times)

Report: Intelligence Unit Told Before 9/11 to Stop Tracking Bin Laden

Monday 23 May 2011

by: Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout

A great deal of controversy has arisen about what was known about the movements and location of Osama bin Laden in the wake of his killing by US Special Forces on May 2 in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Questions about what intelligence agencies knew or didn’t know about al-Qaeda activities go back some years, most prominently in the controversy over the existence of a joint US Special Forces Command and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) data mining effort known as “Able Danger.”

What hasn’t been discussed is a September 2008 Department of Defense (DoD) inspector general (IG) report, summarizing an investigation made in response to an accusation by a Joint Forces Intelligence Command (JFIC) whistleblower, which indicated that a senior JFIC commander had halted actions tracking Osama bin Laden prior to 9/11. JFIC is tasked with an intelligence mission in support of United States Joint Force Command (USJFCOM).

The report, titled “Review of Joint Forces Intelligence Command Response to 9/11 Commission,” was declassified last year, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Steven Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientists.

The whistleblower, who the IG report identified as a former JFIC employee represented only by his codename “IRON MAN,” claimed in letters written to both the DoD inspector general in May 2006 and, lacking any apparent action by the IG, to the Office of the National Director of Intelligence (ODNI) in October 2007, that JFIC had withheld operational information about al-Qaeda when queried in March 2002 about its activities by the DIA and higher command officials on behalf of the 9/11 Commission. The ODNI passed the complaint back to the IG, who then opened an investigation under the auspices of the deputy inspector general for intelligence.

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Obama AIPAC Speech 2011: President Seeks To Smooth Out U.S.-Israel Tensions

BRADLEY KLAPPER   05/22/11 08:41 AM ET   AP via: HuffPost

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is trying to assuage some of America’s fiercest supporters of Israel after he endorsed the Jewish nation’s 1967 boundaries as the basis for a Palestinian state and clashed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a speech Sunday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Obama wasn’t expected to outline another significant U.S. policy shift but probably would focus on the deep U.S.-Israeli alliance.

But almost everyone in the room wanted to see how the president addresses his remarks from Thursday, when he said that a future Palestine should be shaped around the border lines that existed before Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, with land swaps to account for Israeli settlements and other changed conditions.

Obama’s endorsement moved the U.S. position from noting the Palestinian goal for a country based on these terms and leaving the outcome to be settled through negotiation. By removing the nuance, he essentially stated what almost every observer assumed would have to be the border lines of a two-state solution, with mutually agreed adjustments.

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What a disappointment!  I was really looking forward to all those people leaving…. Bwahahahhahahaha!!

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