News for 2009-04-24

Friday, April 24, 2009
The Jay Bybee Problem
How did Jay Bybee breeze through an unusually easy confirmation hearing for his appointment to the Federal Appeals Court in February 2003? Not a single Democrat questioned Bybee at the session, and the brief proceedings soon became a love-fest between Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Jay Bybee. "I'...
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At Least 60 Killed, Over 100 Wounded in Suicide Attacks in Iraq
Two female suicide bombers have attacked Baghdad's main Shia shrine, killing at least 60 people and injuring 125 others, officials in Iraq say. The attack happened at the Imam Moussa al-Kadhim shrine in the Kadhimiya area as people gathered for Friday prayers. It comes a day after 84 people were...
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Sri Lanka Guilty of 'Humanitarian Disaster'
Aid workers accused Sri Lanka yesterday of causing an avoidable humanitarian disaster as the country's Government appealed for international help in handling 100,000 civilians who have fled the conflict with the Tamil Tigers since Monday. The Government had maintained for weeks that there were...
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Beehive Design Collective Shares Stories of Activists
"Clean Coal Dirty Lie" is a sign held by a depiction of a bee, meant to represent an Appalachian person, in the Beehive Design Collective 's newest collage drawing project: "The True Cost of Coal: Mountaintop Removal and the Fight For Our Future." There was much happening on the quad in celebration...
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Democrats Split on Bush-Era Interrogation Probe
WASHINGTON - A debate over how to investigate Bush-era officials who authorized harsh interrogation tactics of terrorism suspects split Washington on Thursday, and Democrats squabbled over how to proceed. The top Democrats in Congress differed over the creation of a special "truth commission" to...
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Industry Ignored Its Scientists on Climate
For more than a decade the Global Climate Coalition, a group representing industries with profits tied to fossil fuels, led an aggressive lobbying and public relations campaign against the idea that emissions of heat-trapping gases could lead to global warming. "The role of greenhouse gases in...
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US to Release Photos Showing Alleged Abuses by American Personnel
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration agreed late Thursday to release dozens of photographs depicting alleged abuse by U.S. personnel during the Bush administration of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan. At least 44 pictures will be released by May 28 -- making public for the first time images of...
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Wildfires Add to Speed of Global Warming
Wildfires that ravage California and other major forested areas around the world are speeding the pace of global warming as they pump more and more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And the planet's rising temperatures that spur droughts and hotter summers, in turn, are sparking even more...
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New Promise of a Nuclear-Free World
BERLIN - Leading supporters of disarmament see new hope arising from the announcement by the U.S. and Russian presidents that they are willing to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with a new one. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama made that...
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Rick Reyes's Full Testimony Before Congress
Thanks to your efforts, [Rethink Afghanistan] was able to bring Rick Reyes, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, to Congress's attention. A former Corporal in the US Marines, Reyes was powerful and truthful as he told Senator John Kerry and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "I urge you on...
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