Remember the great scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Harrison Ford is being chased by a rolling boulder let loose by his theft of the priceless artifact? Gotta be among the most gripping movie openings ever, right?
Turns out President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden had their own harrowing experience recently in Egypt and you can see it all unfold below with the latest edition of Politzoid, entitled "Raiders of the Lost Mubarak." Read More
Both the European Union and the United States have decided to impose sanctions against Libya, geared towards top officials and Gadhafi family members. The new measures break diplomatic relations, freeze top officials' accounts, revoke visas, and ban arms sales to Libya. Read More
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The Middle East is imploding, oil is close to $100 a barrel, and President Barack Obama wants to raise taxes on domestic oil and gas producers. Such taxes would, if approved by Congress, make the country more dependent, not less, on imported oil.
In the 2012 budget he sent Congress earlier this month, Obama proposed to raise $3.6 billion in 2012 and $46 billion over the next decade from tax increases on oil and gas, more than on any other industry. Read More
The United States will impose sanctions on the Libyan government and suspend its military cooperation with the country, the White House announced on Friday.
The Obama administration also shuttered its embassy in the Libyan capitol of Tripoli on Friday -- ending all diplomatic relations with the country -- and froze financial assets belonging to top foreign officials, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Read More
The Administration has closed the American Embassy in Libya and has chartered a flight from Tripoli to Istanbulas with all US Embassy officials as violence escalates Friday, according to US State Department.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said that "a U.S. charter aircraft departed Libya at 1:49 p.m. eastern with additional American and international citizens on board, bound for Istanbul." Read More
Libyan Dictator Muammar Gadhafi is still alive.
In a surprise speech, caught live just now by Al Jazeera, the 42-year leader of Libya appeared on a rooftop and vowed once more to become a martyr. Read More
US Officials and experts concede that economic sanctions against Libya would be mostly a symbolic gesture, at least in the short run. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't be done. "Sanctions are a unifying signal against an extreme regime," said Charlie Ries, director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at Rand Corp., a think tank in Washington D.C. Read More
President Obama is evaluating "a full range of options" to address the violent unrest in Libya and has dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Geneva to try to get peace talks going, but Rasmussen Reports says its latest survey finds that most Americans want this country to steer clear of all the uprisings in the Middle East. Read More
Several reports have come out about the two aircraft that were ordered to fire on Libyan civilians but ended up disobeying orders and flying to Malta. Those two jets are reported as F1 Mirages, which were designed as air superiority and attack aircraft for the French military in the 70's. Read More