News for 2009-05-14

Thursday, May 14, 2009
First Question for Obama at Town Hall Meeting: Single-Payer & Senator Baucus' Conflict of Interest
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US Senate to Debate Nearly $40 Billion for Clean Water
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government could dedicate nearly $40 billion to improving drinking water and repairing sewers under a bill that was approved by the Senate public works committee on Thursday and sent to the full body for a final vote. The roughly $37 billion bill is more than double the...
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'Dirty Tricks' Over Toxic Waste
London's High Court will on Wednesday hear allegations of dirty tricks in the biggest class action ever brought before the British courts. It arises from the dumping of toxic waste three years ago in Ivory Coast's largest city, Abidjan. In the aftermath, up to 100,000 people fell sick and 16 died...
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Pelosi Says the CIA is Lying
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Judge Condemns 'Mosaic' of Guantánamo Intelligence and Unreliable Witnesses
David Remes, an attorney for 16 Yemeni prisoners in Guantánamo, claimed today that the government’s detention policy was “in tatters,” after District Court Judge Gladys Kessler (photo, below) comprehensively demolished the Justice Department’s case against a Yemeni prisoner held in Guantánamo...
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Why Doesn't Obama Want Us to See What's in the Photos?
WASHINGTON — In an about-face, President Barack Obama is seeking to withhold photos of past abuse of prisoners in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, arguing that their release could endanger soldiers abroad and threaten national security — an assertion that his lawyers failed to make in court...
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Residents Forceful: Shut Yankee Nuclear Plant Down
Vermonters spoke forcefully Wednesday about the future of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant - they told the Public Service Board they wanted the plant shut down as soon as possible. Only a handful of Entergy Nuclear employees, who all said they recently moved to Vermont to work for the company...
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Philip Zelikow on His Testimony
Rachel Maddow talks to former Bush official Philip Zelikow about his testimony before the Senate panel.
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Rice Stands by Bush Policies During Calgary Appearance
CALGARY - There are days when former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice perhaps wishes she would have become the concert pianist that she dreamed of as a child. One such day was last week, when a Grade 4 student at a Jewish primary school in Washington asked her about waterboarding at...
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Cheney's Role Deepens
At the end of April 2003, not long after the fall of Baghdad, U.S. forces captured an Iraqi who Bush White House officials suspected might provide information of a relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's regime. Muhammed Khudayr al-Dulaymi was the head of the M-14 section of Mukhabarat,...
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A Different Kind of Boy Scout: Armed and Fighting Terrorism
IMPERIAL, Calif. - Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor. The responding officers - eight teenage boys and girls, the...
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Lake Swimmer Could Cost Suu Kyi Her Freedom
Hopes for the release of Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi were dashed today with the announcement she has been arrested for violating the terms of her house arrest and could face up to five years' confinement after a bizarre intrusion by an American who swam across a lake to her home...
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Chicago Bans Sale of Baby Bottles, Sippy Cups With BPA
The City Council's vote Wednesday to make Chicago the first U.S. city to ban bisphenol A in baby bottles and sippy cups is the latest act in a groundswell of public concern about a widely used chemical that has been linked to cancer, diabetes and other ailments. With retailers and manufacturers...
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