News for 2009-04-01

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Labor and Capital at the G-20, The Good Negro, and Have Anti-War Voices Gone Silent?
Protests erupt in London as world leaders gather for the G20 summit.
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Stopping Foreclosure: One Woman's Home
Activists gathered at the foreclosed home of Rosemary Williams in south Minneapolis yesterday, vowing to stay as long as necessary to prevent her from being evicted.
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Durbin: Time Spent Fundraising "Nothing Short of Amazing."
On Tuesday, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced campaign finance legislation intended to ease the rising fund-raising burden on politicians. The legislation would give grants and matching funds to qualified candidates for federal office who volunteer to cap individual contributions at $100...
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The Secrets of Obama's Surge
President Obama's highly anticipated new strategy for what the Pentagon now calls AfPak - Afghanistan and Pakistan - is full of grey areas. Most extra troops will be deployed to poppy-growing areas, not to fight al-Qaeda, the President's stated number one objective. The President talks about...
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Climate Change Bill Could Side-Swipe Oilsands
WASHINGTON - Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday unveiled draft climate change legislation to slash America's greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, setting the stage for a protracted and intense political debate in Washington that has potentially major consequences...
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Boeing Co. Given $20 Million Contract to Beef up Surveillance on US/Canadian Border
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Border Patrol is erecting 16 more video surveillance towers in Michigan and New York to help secure parts of the U.S.-Canadian border, awarding the contract to a company criticized for faulty technology with its so-called "virtual fence" along the U.S.-Mexico boundary.
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Obama White House Close to Settling Missing Emails Case
The long saga of the missing White House emails may be finally nearing its end. The Obama administration and two nonprofits that are suing it over millions of missing Bush-era emails have called a truce.
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US to Reverse Bush Policy on Human Rights
UNITED NATIONS - The Obama administration has decided to seek a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Tuesday, reversing a decision by the Bush administration to shun the U.N.'s premier rights body to protest the repressive states among its...
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US Expands Pakistani Drone-Strike Zone
ISLAMABAD - A pilotless U.S. drone aircraft fired a missile at a Taliban compound in Pakistan's Orakzai region on Wednesday, killing 12 people in the first such attack in the area, a security official and residents said. The raid came a day after Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud said his...
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G20: One Size Does Not Fit All
LONDON - There is on the face of it a fairness in the language hanging over the G20 summit that is quite seductive. "A global crisis requires a global solution," everyone who matters seems to be saying, at least towards the richer end of the G20 spectrum. Such talk is getting louder by the day as...
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US and Russia to Consider Reductions of Nuclear Arsenals in Talks for New Treaty
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to open negotiations on Wednesday to draft a new arms control treaty that could slash the American and Russian strategic nuclear arsenals by about a third and possibly lead to even deeper reductions, according to administration officials. As Mr. Obama arrived in...
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G20 Protests: Thousands Flood Into City of London
Eleven arrests were reported before a tense standoff developed between rows of police holding batons and a surging crowd close to the Bank of England. One man, bleeding from the head, was repeatedly seen to apparently goad officers, who did not respond. At one point, a black-clad masked man in the...
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