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Date Sent: 2009-07-27
Freedom's Phoenix Global Edition for Monday, July 27, 2009 AM edition
 
Tax on 'gold-plated' health care plans gains ground -- US Eyes Private Guards for Afghanistan Bases

More change in U.S.-Cuba policy won't come soon -- U.S. admits it has no case against teen held at Guantanamo --  Iran activists work to elude crackdown on Internet -- Distrust of government blunting Obama's pursuit of new programs -- The Great Reset: United States on the verge of a Soviet style collapse -- Casualties of War, Part I: The hell of war comes home -- Hundreds volunteer for SLU swine flu vaccine study -- Iraq's Kurds Prepare to Vote and Prove Their Democracy -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: The Police Report

 

Tax on 'gold-plated' health care plans gains ground News Link  •  Healthcare Industry
Tax on 'gold-plated' health care plans gains ground
07-26-2009  •  Politico 

White House officials are embracing a plan to tax "gold-plated, Cadillac" insurance policies, giving momentum to an idea that is receiving bipartisan consideration on Capitol Hill.

"A premium charge on top of the most expensive packages is one of the ways to ensure that there's a lid on health-care costs," a top administration official told POLITICO. "The president believes this is an intriguing idea."

 
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US Eyes Private Guards for Bases in Afghanistan News Link  •  WAR: About that War
US Eyes Private Guards for Bases in Afghanistan
07-26-2009  •  AP 
U.S. military authorities in Afghanistan may hire a private contractor to provide around-the-clock security at dozens of bases and protect vehicle convoys moving throughout the country.  The possibility of awarding a security contract comes as the Obama administration is sending thousands of more troops into Afghanistan to quell rising violence fueled by a resurgent Taliban. As the number of American forces grow over the next several months, so too does the demand to guard their outposts.  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Why are U.S.-allied refugees still branded as 'terrorists?' News Link  •  TERRORISM
Why are U.S.-allied refugees still branded as 'terrorists?'
07-26-2009  •  McClatchy News 
Almost every day for three years, prison guards at one of Saddam Hussein's most notorious prisons tortured Sami Alkarim.

Now, in a cruel twist of fate, the accomplished Iraqi artist is being treated like a terrorist by the U.S., the country where he sought refuge.

U.S. officials have told him they can't give him permanent residency in Denver because of messenger work he did as a teenager for the same political party that counts the current p
 
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Senate confirms Rep. Clyburn's daughter to FCC post News Link  •  Corruption
Senate confirms Rep. Clyburn's daughter to FCC post
07-26-2009  •  McClatchy News 
The Senate on Friday unanimously approved Mignon Clyburn's appointment by President Barack Obama to a five-year term on the Federal Communications Commission.

The Senate confirmation vote places the eldest daughter of a powerful congressman, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, on a key oversight agency at a turbulent time for media and other telecommunications industries.

  
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Former Florida House speaker seeks delay in probe News Link  •  Corruption
Former Florida House speaker seeks delay in probe
07-26-2009  •  McClatchy News 
Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom insists he did not misuse his position when he funneled tens of millions to a state college that later hired him, but he wants a legislative panel to delay its investigation until after his criminal trial.

"Rep. Sansom denies all of the probable cause allegations'' outlined in a report by an investigator hired by the House, reads a letter delivered Friday to Rep. Bill Galvano, the Bradenton Republican who will oversee the tribunal.

  
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Some Florida officials using lobbyists' private planes News Link  •  Corruption
Some Florida officials using lobbyists' private planes
07-26-2009  •  McClatchy News 
Rather than drive or fly commercial planes, a small group of lawmakers has billed taxpayers for the convenience of getting to Tallahassee on private planes -- some of them linked to lobbyists and companies with a stake in the decisions legislators make. The 19 Democratic and Republican legislators took private flights totaling more than $37,000 during the recent legislative session, state records show. That represents a fraction of the state's $66.5 billion budget, but it raises questions about the relationships between lawmakers and the groups seeking their votes. And in a time of deep bud
 
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Lobbyists the silver lining in health care storm? News Link  •  Healthcare
Lobbyists the silver lining in health care storm?
07-26-2009  •  AP 
A strong force, perhaps as powerful in Congress as President Barack Obama, is keeping the drive for health care going even as lawmakers seem hopelessly at odds.

Lobbyists.

  
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Obama: More change in U.S.-Cuba policy won't come soon News Link  •  Foreign Policy
Obama: More change in U.S.-Cuba policy won't come soon
07-26-2009  •  McClatchy News 
President Barack Obama said Friday that he's open to more overtures to Cuba, such as lifting restrictions on academic travel to the island, but not without signs of changes from the government in Havana.

"We're not there yet,'' he said. "We think it's important to see progress on issues of political liberalization, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, release of political prisoners in order for there to be the full possibility of normalization between our two countries.''

  
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U.S. admits it has no case against teen held at Guantanamo News Link  •  TERRORISM
U.S. admits it has no case against teen held at Guantanamo
07-26-2009  •  McClatchy News 
The Justice Department conceded Friday that it lacks the evidence to hold a teenage Guantanamo detainee as an enemy combatant after a federal judge last week ruled that his confession was inadmissible.
 
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New direction in terror fight may stem from case News Link  •  TERRORISM
New direction in terror fight may stem from case
07-26-2009  •  AP 
When the American-born al-Qaida recruit Bryant Neal Vinas was captured in Pakistan late last year, he wasn't whisked off to a military prison or a secret CIA facility in another country to be interrogated. Instead, the itinerant terrorist landed in the hands of the FBI and was flown back to New York to face justice.   Read Full Story
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Reported by: Powell Gammill
Iran activists work to elude crackdown on Internet News Link  •  Iran
Iran activists work to elude crackdown on Internet
07-26-2009  •  AP 

"I think the Iranian government is learning quickly how to control and contain these things," said the executive director of The Tor Project whose free downloadable Tor program allows Internet users to work through a network of relays run by volunteers around the world to access blocked sites and hide what they are doing on the Internet. Active sessions using Tor in Iran have jumped from a few hundred before the election to thousands after, the nonprofit group said.

  
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Distrust of government blunting Obama's pursuit of new programs News Link  •  Obama Administration
Distrust of government blunting Obama's pursuit of new programs
07-26-2009  •  McClatchy News 
If President Barack Obama got anything indisputably right at his news conference this week, it was this: The American people don't trust the federal government.

That's a major reason he's having such a hard time selling his plan to overhaul the nation's health care. Even if they like Obama himself, people just don't think that the government can handle anything big, let alone something as personal to them as their health care.

  
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Free E-Book: An Agorist Primer by Samuel Edward Konkin III News Link  •  Activism
Free E-Book: An Agorist Primer by Samuel Edward Konkin III
07-26-2009  •  nostate 
Agorism can be defined simply: it is thought and action consistent with freedom.The moment one deals with “thinking,” “acting,” “consistency,” and especially “freedom,”things get more and more complex. - Introduction, An Agorist Primer
 
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Reported by: Brock Lorber
Help put Freedoms Phoenix Radio on the Air! Feature Article  •  Revolutions, Rebellions & Uprisings
Help put Freedoms Phoenix Radio on the Air!
Drew
   The Phoenix R3volution has put Ernest Hancock back on the Air, now its time to Launch our own network and give the LSM (lame stream media) a run for what money is left.

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Today... Another Day to Watch Feature Article  •  Economy - Economics USA
Today... Another Day to Watch
Ernest Hancock
   Gold now over $1200. Does $1500 look so far away now? Look for more talk of "Bank Holidays" and new currency and civil unrest and hunger and... solutions that people come up with for themselves... and governments will not be consulted.
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The Great Reset: United States on the verge of a Soviet style collapse News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
The Great Reset: United States on the verge of a Soviet style collapse
07-26-2009  •  ZeroHedge.com 
 "The solid truth is that the United States in it's own way has reached the point where the Soviet Union was just prior to it's collapse. That is exactly where the United States is, the systemic collapse has occurred"...  Read Full Story
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Reported by: Jack Gregson
Casualties of War, Part I: The hell of war comes home News Link  •  WAR: About that War
Casualties of War, Part I: The hell of war comes home
07-26-2009  •  Colorado Springs The Gazette 

Before the murders started, Anthony Marquez’s mom dialed his sergeant at Fort Carson to warn that her son was poised to kill.

It was February 2006, and the 21-year-old soldier had not been the same since being wounded and coming home from Iraq 8 months before. He had violent outbursts and thrashing nightmares. He was devouring pain pills and drinking too much. He always packed a gun.

  
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Hundreds volunteer for SLU swine flu vaccine study News Link  •  Pandemic
Hundreds volunteer for SLU swine flu vaccine study
07-26-2009  •  Biz Journals 
Saint Louis University has received 500 calls from people interested in volunteering to try a new swine flu vaccine.The government wants several thousand volunteers nationwide to test the flu shots.

 
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Federal Medicine Machinations Feature Article  •  Legislative Mischief
Federal Medicine Machinations
Brock Lorber
   Gardner Goldsmith offers his study of the economic history of government regulations forcing health insurance companies to issue policies regardless of the risks the clients pose due to their age or pre-existing conditions.
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Romulus, Remus, Stimulus: A Brief History of Monetary Madness News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Romulus, Remus, Stimulus: A Brief History of Monetary Madness
07-26-2009  •  dailyreckoning.com/ 
 The stimulus came to an end. But borders still had to be protected. And Roman mobs, made up of displaced small landowners and out-of-work laborers, needed bread and circuses which drained the Treasury.  Read Full Story
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Fema Sponsored Multi-National Martial Law Training to Begin Soon News Link  •  F.E.M.A.
Fema Sponsored Multi-National Martial Law Training to Begin Soon
07-26-2009  •  www.iammilitia.org 
Mark your Calendars from July 27th to July 31st, for FEMA's Martial Law testing.  The following information can be found on the FEMA site.  Members of the militia should raise your alert status during these operations, especially in the area of operations.  Multi-national forces will be participating.
 
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Credit Card Debtors News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Credit Card Debtors "Embracing the Darkness of Default"
07-26-2009  •  CalculatedRiskblog.com 
 “They’ve done the math on their account and they’re very angry,” said Corey Calabrese, a Fordham Law student who is an administrator of the school’s walk-in clinic for debtors at Manhattan Civil Court.   Read Full Story
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Hubble Telescope pictures Jupiter's 'scar' News Link  •  Space Travel and Exploration
Hubble Telescope pictures Jupiter's 'scar'
07-26-2009  •  news.BBC.co.uk 
 Hubble has trained its new camera on the atmospheric disturbance on Jupiter believed to have been caused by a comet or asteroid impact.  Read Full Story
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Foreclosures taking an emotional toll News Link  •  Housing
Foreclosures taking an emotional toll
07-26-2009  •  patchworknation.csmonitor.com/ 
 “Foreclosures are bad. When you start seeing homes going for sale on your street, or foreclosures, or houses being foreclosed on, it really affects, psychologically the economy of the area. People stop spending money...  Read Full Story
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Debt slavery & wage garnishment for foreclosed homeowners in Arizona? News Link  •  Economy - Economics USA
Debt slavery & wage garnishment for foreclosed homeowners in Arizona?
07-26-2009  •  AzCentral.com 
 It makes some homeowners in foreclosure liable for the difference between their mortgage and what their lender can recoup from reselling the house. In the current housing market, the difference is generally more than $100,000...  Read Full Story
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Hillary Clinton: Iran pursuit of nuclear weapons 'futile' - Countdown to War	
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Hillary Clinton: Iran pursuit of nuclear weapons 'futile' - Countdown to War
07-26-2009  •  Rawstory.com 
 "Your pursuit is futile," Clinton said on the NBC television network's Meet the Press show.  Read Full Story
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Iraq's Kurds Prepare to Vote and Prove Their Democracy News Link  •  Foreign Policy
Iraq's Kurds Prepare to Vote and Prove Their Democracy
07-26-2009  •  Time Magazine via Yahoo news 

The Kurdish provinces of Iraq are a world apart from the country inhabited by their fellow citizens. Basic services like electricity and fuel are good and increasingly available to all Kurds. Booming foreign investment has created a business culture complete with plans for a golf course as part of a gated-community outside the capital city of Erbil. There have been no U.S. combat fatalities in the autonomous Kurdish region since the fall of Saddam Hussein, in 2003. But there's one thing the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) can no longer lord over the struggling central government in Baghdad: democracy.

"The KRG has a democracy gap with Baghdad," says Quil Lawrence, author of Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood Is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East. "After years of counting on American support because of its pro-Western, secular and, most importantly, pro-democratic image, the Kurdish parliament looks like a rubber stamp s  Read Full Story
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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: The Police Report News Link  •  Law Enforcers or Peace Officers
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: The Police Report
07-26-2009  •  Smoking Gun 
Here is the police report detailing the confrontation between Harvard professor Henry Gates and Cambridge cops, who were condemned by President Barack Obama for acting "stupidly" in arresting the African-American scholar. Cops responded to Gates's house after neighbor Lucia Whalen reported spotting "two black males with backpacks" trying to gain entry to the home (Gates, returning home from a trip overseas, and his driver were contending with a stuck front door). The Cambridge Police Department reports, authored by Sergeant James Crowley and Officer James Figueroa, quote an incensed Gates yelling, "This is what happens to black men in America!," and, when asked by Crowley to speak with him outside the residence, Gates replied, "ya, I'll speak with your mama outside." A disorderly conduct rap was filed against Gates, but quickly dropped by prosecutors. Gates is reportedly considering legal action against the Cambridge polic  Read Full Story
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