Americans OK With Military Cuts, CIA Kidnapping Scrutinized in Court, First-Offender Granny Gets Life: P.M. Links


  • Politicians may not be so keen on cutting the cost of waging multiple wars around the globe, but a recent survey finds that Americans would be comfortable with trimming an average of 18 percent from military spending.

  • Saying marriage-equality should not be decided on a state-by-state basis, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina vows to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage at the national level. Meanwhile, Colorado lawmakers killed an effort to legalize same-sex civil unions.
  • Billionaire investor Jim Rogers sees the U.S. government continuing to shift blame to the private sector for politicians' fiscal mismanagement, and predicts a future of tighter regulations and higher taxes.
  • America's long-running war on some intoxicants has sent a first-offender grandmother to prison for life with no chance of parole, because she lacked information to trade like big-time drug dealers.
  • The European Court of Human Rights is hearing the case of Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen who was kidnapped by Macedonia and handed to the CIA, which subjected him to torture and held him without judicial proceedings for 149 days.
  • Europe isn't in recession! Well … Germany is doing well enough that, if you lump its figures in with its neighbors, the eurozone escapes economic invalid status.
  • Nine days after an inconclusive election, Greek political leaders are unable to cobble together a governing coalition. So back to the polls they go for another try.

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