News for 2009-06-10

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Health Professionals Tell Congress They Want Single-Payer
At a long-awaited House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, health-care professionals made it clear that they believe a single-payer system to be the best and perhaps only workable option for health care reform. "Single-payer is the only reform that can control health care costs," said Walter Tsou,...
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EXCLUSIVE: Air Raid Victim Tells Obama to Leave Afghanistan at Once
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San Francisco OKs Toughest Recycling Law in US
Throwing orange peels, coffee grounds and grease-stained pizza boxes in the trash will be against the law in San Francisco, and could even lead to a fine. The Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 Tuesday to approve Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposal for the most comprehensive mandatory composting and...
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Prison Is Revolving Door for Mentally Ill, Who Don't Get Needed Meds
It was 3 o'clock in the morning when the bad guy showed up, talking real loud and fast, like an auctioneer. "Are you OK, my son?" Ellen Hanson asked as her son headed up the stairs. The look in his eyes when he turned to face her was like nothing she had ever seen before. It sent chills down her...
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Dr. David Himmelstein on Single Payer Movement
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US War Privatization Results in Billions Lost in Fraud, Waste and Abuse--Report
At a hearing in Washington today, the federal Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan is releasing a 111-page report that represents its “initial investigations of the nation’s heavy reliance on contractors.” According to a release on the hearing: More than 240,000 contractor...
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Chrysler and Fiat Make It Official
NEW YORK - Chrysler and Italian automaker Fiat on Wednesday officially signed a strategic alliance brokered by the U.S. government, after the Supreme Court cleared the path for the deal late Tuesday. Fiat will initially take a 20% stake in the company, which can go up to 35% if it reaches certain...
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US Green Agenda Delivered Blow as Ban on Drilling off Florida Overturned
A Senate committee delivered a rebuff to Barack Obama's clean energy agenda yesterday by voting to overturn a ban on oil and gas drilling off the Florida coast. The 13-10 vote in the Senate's energy and natural resources committee to lift the drilling ban off Florida's coast runs counter to the...
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Farm Suicides Turn Children Into Farmers
YAVATMAL, India - Eleven-year-old Digambar Rathod looks older than his age. Shy and uncertain, he stares disconcertedly at the garlanded photograph of his father Jaideep, a 42-year-old cotton farmer who committed suicide on Jan. 1, 2009 in Tiwsala village, in eastern Maharashtra state's suicide-...
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Police in Peru Accused of Disappearing Bodies
Dozens of people have been killed in clashes between indigenous people and police in Peru
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Film Aims to Expose Dangers in US Food Industry
NEW YORK - Bigger-breasted chickens fattened artificially. New strains of deadly E. coli bacteria. A food supply controlled by a handful of corporations. The documentary "Food, Inc." opens in the United States on Friday and portrays these purported dangers and changes in the U.S. food industry,...
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Pacific Island of Palau Agrees to Take Uighur Muslims From Guantánamo Bay
Up to 17 ethnic Uighur Muslims are to be transferred from Guantánamo Bay to the tiny North Pacific island of Palau. The United States has struck the deal to avoid repatriating the inmates to China, where it is feared they could be persecuted or executed. The Chinese government, which has demanded...
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Water Stress, Ocean Levels to Unleash 'Climate Exodus'
BONN, Germany - Tens of millions of people will be displaced by climate change in coming years, posing social, political and security problems of an unprecedented dimension, a new study said on Wednesday. "Unless aggressive measures are taken to halt global warming, the consequences for human...
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