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Congress pressing Bush to block, reverse Iraqi oil deals

WASHINGTON, June 24 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional leaders are pressing the Bush administration to block deals to be signed between the Iraqi federal government and the world's largest oil companies and to cancel deals between the Iraqi Kurdish region and smaller U.S. oil firms.

Housing rescue plan passes key Senate test

WASHINGTON - A massive foreclosure rescue bill cleared a key Senate test Tuesday by an overwhelming margin, with Democrats and Republicans both eager to claim election-year credit for helping hard-pressed homeowners.

George Carlin, RIP

George Carlin, who started being funny for a living all the way back in the 1960s, is dead at 71. Do you have 10 minutes to spare? Then you have a choice: Either read up on important history -- George and "the seven dirty words" -- or watch the video, which as of yet is not regulated by the FCC.

*Warning* Naughty words....

http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/6/george_carlin_rip

Marathon Oil Begins Detroit Refinery Upgrade

June 20, 2008 -- Marathon Oil Corp. today announced that construction of the estimated $1.9 billion heavy oil upgrading project at its Detroit refinery is under way following issuance of an air quality permit by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

Big Oil is holding back on us.

If only our oil companies had somewhere to drill in the US, we could lessen our demand for foreign oil.

Oh wait they do...

http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/images/stories/Documents/truth_about_americas_energy.pdf

Midwest flood victims feel misled by feds

GULFPORT, Ill. - Juli Parks didn't worry when water began creeping up the levee that shields this town of about 750 from the Mississippi River — not even when volunteers began piling on sandbags.

Militants found recruits among Guantanamo's wrongly detained

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - Mohammed Naim Farouq was a thug in the lawless Zormat district of eastern Afghanistan . He ran a kidnapping and extortion racket, and he controlled his turf with a band of gunmen who rode around in trucks with AK-47 rifles.

Hundreds swept up in mortgage fraud arrests

WASHINGTON: More than 400 real estate industry players have been indicted since March — including dozens over the last two days — in a Justice Department crackdown on incidents of mortgage fraud nationwide that have contributed to the country's housing crisis.

The FBI put the losses to homeowners and other borrowers who were victims in the schemes at over $1 billion.

Why flooding worsens

Up and down the flood-ravaged river valleys of the upper Midwest, high water has inflicted billions of dollars of damage to homes, businesses, and crops. It has displaced tens of thousands of families and brought immeasurable suffering. It has also brought a new concern for the region’s river towns and cities: Flooding in the Midwest seems to be getting worse.

Democrats sell America to OPEC

"...President Bush urged Congress on Wednesday to lift its long-standing ban on offshore oil and gas drilling, saying the United States needs to increase its energy production. Democrats quickly rejected the idea."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080618/ap_on_go_pr_wh/offshore_oil

Senators Caught in Mortgage Fallout

When Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota wanted a mortgage for his beach house, he turned to a Washington insider, James A. Johnson, former head of Fannie Mae, the government mortgage giant, who then put the senator in touch with Angelo Mozilo, chief executive of the mortgage lender Countrywide Financial.

What happens on a Wednesday?

Italian company buys Flatiron building in Times square.
http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1813198,00.html

Abu Dubai to buy Chrysler Building
http://www.nypost.com/seven/06112008/business/chrysler_bldg__on_the_bloc...

Belgian brewer intends on buying Anheuser-Busch

Yale prez: Pro-lifers akin to terrorists

We see this almost daily in America-
the outrageous false claims against Conservative Christian folk.
Ultimately , this can only lead to banning of debate, open
thought, which we already see . This is another case
of Christian bashing for those of you who say there isn't any in
America

 

 

Small cities can expect fewer flights

PRESCOTT, Ariz. - The rejection from Air Midwest came swiftly on a one-page fax. The carrier couldn't afford to fly to the mountain community of Prescott anymore, officials said. The city would simply have to find a new tenant for its tiny airport.

"Everything was going fine — then, bam — the airline is gone," Mayor Jack Wilson said with a sigh. "That's just not how you do business."

Will Hillary supporters support Obama?

Yes
47% (24 votes)
No
41% (21 votes)
I don't know
12% (6 votes)
Total votes: 51

S.D. county approves rezoning for new oil refinery

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — Voters in this mostly agricultural corner of the Midwest have approved a proposal to build the first new U.S. oil refinery in more than 30 years.

Union County residents voted 58 percent to 42 percent Tuesday to endorse the rezoning of almost 3,300 acres of pristine farm land north of Elk Point for the oil refinery.

Has a presidential candidate sang "We're strong for Toledo" before? Obama won't

While you may say McCain is old, I don't think Obama or Kerry has ever song the song about Toledo. This story, which I mentioned last month or so, showed up in the New York Times today.

A wonder cure for 'Deficit Attention Disorder'!

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Obama Makes History

Barack Obama made history Tuesday night when he became the first African-American in U.S. history to clinch a major party's presidential nomination.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/04/race.analysis/index.html?section=...

McClellan's mea culpa: Day Three

The wx-press secretary was asked if he had lied at the podium. Well, yeah.

 

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