<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - National Today]]> <![CDATA[Swine flu vaccines are safe and time-tested, experts say]]> Experts hear the arguments — about what's in the vaccine, whether it was made too fast, whether there are side effects — all the while frustrated that decades of experience in making effective flu vaccines hasn't resulted in more public confidence that they got this one right, too.]]> <![CDATA[BP to sell oil and natural gas fields to rival Apache for $7 billion]]> <![CDATA[Biden rips Romney’s manufacturing record]]> Vice President Joe Biden turned his manufacturing message into a personal assault on Mitt Romney Wednesday, launching a point-by-point attack into the former Massachusetts governor for a record of outsourcing in the public and private sector.]]> <![CDATA[2012 preview? Obama, Palin trade insults on nuclear policy]]> President Barack Obama and potential rival Sarah Palin traded barbs over nuclear weapons policy Friday in an exchange that provided an early look at what a 2012 election campaign between the two might look like. Each politician was openly dismissive of the other. "Last I checked, Sarah Palin's not much of an expert on nuclear issues," Obama said in an interview with ABC when he was asked about comments Palin made earlier in the week that pronounced his vow not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear nations as "unbelievable."]]> <![CDATA[Billionaire Koch Comes Out Publicly For Romney With $50,000-A-Head Hamptons Party]]> America’s richest brothers Charles and David Koch generally like to wield their influence from behind closed doors. The conservative billionaire industrialists might be the most influential political donors in the country, but they work quietly, under the radar.]]> <![CDATA[Immigration reform must include path to citizenship, Senate Dems say]]> A group of Senate Democrats have sent a message to Democratic members of the House: Do not back down on the "path to citizenship" in any immigration reform.]]> <![CDATA[Texas executes man with IQ of 61]]> If 54-year-old Marvin Wilson is put to death on Tuesday, it will not be because Texas denies that he is intellectually disabled, or as the legal literature puts it, “mentally retarded.” This much, the state recognizes. It just does not believe that Wilson is disabled enough not to be executed in Texas—a flagrant violation of the 2002 Supreme Court ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, which held that “the mentally retarded should be categorically excluded from execution,” period.]]> <![CDATA[Why is anti-Semitism illegal and Islamophobia not in Europe?]]> We all know that the recent YouTube trailer The Innocence of Muslims and the repeated publishing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad are tests of free speech.]]> <![CDATA[IRS whistleblower won't answer questions from Congress]]> The IRS employee who first informed the media that the tax agency was scrutinizing tea party and conservative groups will not answer questions from a Congressional committee.]]> <![CDATA[GOP increasing minority voter suppression in Southern states]]> The racial demographics of the South are shifting quickly, and Republicans just aren't keeping up.]]> <![CDATA[Police Clash With Protesters in Anaheim]]> Violent clashes between protestors and police continued Tuesday night in Anaheim, California, as officers reportedly fired rubber bullets, bean bag rounds, and pepper balls into crowds gathered outside city hall to protest alleged police brutality. Police said at least five people were arrested on suspicion of assault and resisting arrest, while a reporter from the Orange County Register was struck by a rock, according to the Los Angeles Times. Journalist Tim Pool said he was attacked by officers while he was covering the protest.]]> <![CDATA[Dr. Laura to leave radio show amid controversy]]> <![CDATA[Woman says her uncle is D.B. Cooper suspect]]> <![CDATA[Travel is one way to raise your flu odds, so watch it]]> <![CDATA[Walter Morrison, father of the Frisbee, dies at 90]]> <![CDATA[Obama Announces Empty Crackdown on Oil Speculation]]> In the Rose Garden this morning, President Obama spoke strongly about the need to crack down on the Wall Street speculation that leads to higher consumer gas prices. “We can't afford a situation where speculators artificially manipulate markets by buying up oil, creating the perception of a shortage, and driving prices higher—only to flip the oil for a quick profit,” he said.]]> <![CDATA[Democrats choose Charlotte, N.C., for 2012 national convention]]> <![CDATA[NSA secretly cracked Internet encryptions]]> ProPublica, The New York Times and The Guardian have published a story on secret documents that demonstrate the NSA has hacked into computers and broken common encryptions to read multiples types of information online.]]> <![CDATA[Supreme court denies to hear appeal on "boobies" ban ]]> A Pennsylvania school district that lost a lawsuit after banning students from wearing breast cancer awareness bracelets had its appeal denied by the U.S. Supreme Court.]]> <![CDATA[Suspects in gang rape of California teenager plead not guilty]]>