Another U.S. warship moved into waters off the coast of Syria Thursday, according to the Russian-based television network RT, while Syria's deputy foreign minister accused Western nations of stirring up fears of chemical weapons as a "pretext for invasion."

The debate between congressional Republicans and Democrats over how to address the impending fiscal cliff remains heated, but Republicans are beginning to make concessions in an effort to reach a deal. House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday that by closing loopholes, taxes will effectively be increased on the so-called “rich,” in order to generate more revenue. Even with that concession, however, no deal has been reached between the two parties on the fiscal cliff.

The Alameda County, California sheriff’s office has been forced to suspend the purchase of a surveillance drone after constitutionalists and activists slammed the agency with concerns that the use of the unmanned aerial vehicle would violate privacy protections.

The sheriff’s office had asked the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to approve a $31,646 grant to purchase a drone. The money was part of a $1.2-million grant handed out by the California Emergency Management Agency.

County supervisors were preparing to vote on the use of grant money for such a purchase, but the public outcry from civil rights attorneys and anti-drone advocates has now forced the sheriff’s office to postpone the decision.

Chicago is experiencing a high and rising homicide rate, with some predicting 500 or more by the end of the year. Many have tried to explain the phenomenon.

 

 

Conservative groups are attacking Speaker of the House John Boehner for his decision to boot constitutionalist representatives off the Budget Committee.

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