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Author : Spencer Ackerman

Government still throwing vast taxpayer sums at Blackwater

Government still throwing vast taxpayer sums at Blackwater

It’s like they’re in a strip club, according to Jeff Stein: The Central Intelligence Agency has hired Xe Services, the private security firm formerly known […]...

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June 23, 2010 Blog, Politics
Kerry on McChrystal flap: Stop the ‘feeding frenzy’

Kerry on McChrystal flap: Stop the ‘feeding frenzy’

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the people Gen. Stanley McChrystal dissed to Rolling Stone, issued this […]...

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June 22, 2010 Blog, Politics
McChrystal apologizes for insulting Obama team

McChrystal apologizes for insulting Obama team

A not-yet-released Rolling Stone magazine profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, quotes him and anonymous aides expressing anger, disrespect […]...

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June 22, 2010 Blog, Politics
Making Muslims justify their Americanness

Making Muslims justify their Americanness

Being asked just because you’re Muslim to prove you don’t support Hezbollah is as hopeless as being asked just because you wear sleeveless t-shirts to […]...

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June 11, 2010 Blog, Politics
Military chiefs oppose ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ compromise

Military chiefs oppose ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ compromise

In a setback for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) and Senate Armed Services Committee supporters like Colorado’s Mark Udall, efforts to insert […]...

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May 26, 2010 Blog, Politics
White House to unveil ‘grand strategy’ on national security

White House to unveil ‘grand strategy’ on national security

John Brennan has a tough rhetorical job ahead of him Wednesday morning. Speaking to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Brennan, President Obama’s most influential terrorism and intelligence adviser, will attempt to reconcile the harder edges of Obama’s escalation...

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May 26, 2010 Center Well, Politics, Top Stories
LGBT groups gear up for today’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal fight

LGBT groups gear up for today’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal fight

The Senate Armed Services Committee goes into room 222 of the Russell building today at 2:30 p.m. to mark up the fiscal 2011 defense authorization bill. Until members emerge at 9 p.m., it’s a black box of information for...

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May 26, 2010 Center Well, Civil Rights, Politics
Udall push to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ wins nod from Obama

Udall push to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ wins nod from Obama

In the culmination of Monday’s big push among activists and key members of the Senate Armed Service Committee to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”– a […]...

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May 25, 2010 Blog, Civil Rights, Politics
Obama nominee Kagan has embraced expanded executive authority

Obama nominee Kagan has embraced expanded executive authority

Solicitor General Elena Kagan will be President Obama’s second Supreme Court nominee. The emerging conventional wisdom is that Kagan, a rare nominee for the high court who hasn’t been a judge, is a very smart blank slate. On...

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May 10, 2010 Center Well, Politics, Top Stories
Number of military gays fired in 2009 dips to record low 443

Number of military gays fired in 2009 dips to record low 443

That statistic comes to you from Servicemembers United, which opposes “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and seeks its repeal. It’s lower than in previous years: There […]...

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April 22, 2010 Blog, Politics

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Attention womenfolk: Come let off some steam and dance with The Colorado Independent! Wear red and join us for a night of drinks, music, dancing and […]

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Here are potential questions that could be on your November ballot in Colorado

We already know the six big questions that will be on your ballot to answer in the fall, from lowering the required age for state lawmakers to […]

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