News for 2009-06-24

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Obama Signs $106 Billion bill for Iraq, Afghan Wars
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law a $106 billion measure to fulfill his plans to wind down the war in Iraq and ramp up operations in Afghanistan where fighting against militants is intensifying.
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Federal Reserve: Same Old Sheriff on Wall Street
Last week, Barack Obama announced that his new plan for Wall Street regulation would be hinged upon an enhanced oversight role for the Federal Reserve. Robert Pollin, while welcoming a first attempt at regulation, points out that the Fed already was tasked with bank oversight, but allowed the...
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Health Insurance Insider: 'They Dump the Sick'
Frustrated Americans have long complained that their insurance companies valued the all-mighty buck over their health care. Today, a retired insurance executive confirmed their suspicions, arguing that the industry that once employed him regularly rips off its policyholders. "[T]hey confuse their...
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Clinton Asked to Keep Canada Sands Oil Out of US
WASHINGTON - An environmental group on Wednesday asked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to deny permits for pipelines that would bring oil from Canada's tar sands to the United States. ForestEthics said production from Canadian tar sands generates up to fives times more greenhouse gas...
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Operation Enduring Folly: US Kills 60 More in Pakistan Air Strike
"Operation Enduring Freedom is ostensibly being fought to uphold the American Way of Life. It'll probably end up undermining it completely," the Indian writer Arundhati Roy wrote in 2001, in " The Algebra of Infinite Justice ." Roy took a lot of grief for that piece from American public opinion,...
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Obama: From Fair Trade to Free Trade?
As a primary candidate, Barack Obama posited himself as the Fair Trade candidate in opposition to Hillary Clinton whose support of NAFTA during her husband's administration was seen as a liability. But as soon as Hillary was out of the picture Obama began to backpedal on trade telling Fortune...
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UN Meet May Short-Change the Poor
BRUSSELS - As United Nations members gather for talks on how best to end the global financial crisis, anti-poverty campaigners fear that instead of addressing poverty in the developing world, governments will work to prop up financial structures. Three-day talks on the 'World Financial Crisis and...
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Ex-Detainees 'Allege Abuse at US Afghan Base'
LONDON - Former detainees of the Bagram air base in Afghanistan have alleged a catalogue of abuse at the US military facility, the BBC reported Wednesday, after a two-month investigation. Ex-inmates listed mistreatment including beatings, sleep deprivation and being threatened with dogs at the base...
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Nixon Tapes, Papers Weigh in on Fateful Days
With an air of desperation, a hunkered down White House hatched a plan to save Richard Nixon's presidency as the Watergate crisis began to consume it: Demonize the prosecutor in the eyes of lawmakers and the people. The effort fell flat.
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'Courageous' Women Front Iran's Resistance
The brutal death of the young Tehran woman Neda Agha-Soltani continued to prompt revulsion inside and outside Iran yesterday, but it also drew more attention to the role the women's movement has played in the current uprising. "We have seen courageous women stand up to brutality and threats, and we...
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Gay Couple's Weapon in Lawsuit: Obama's Words
When Orange County newlyweds Arthur Smelt and Christopher Hammer face off against the Obama administration over a law that denies federal benefits and interstate recognition for their marriage, they will have some potent ammunition: President Obama's own words.
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UN Launches 'Seal the Deal' Campaign
UNITED NATIONS - Growing U.S. support for U.N. initiatives is raising hopes among those who want to see the world community take immediate and concrete action to tackle climate change, although their optimism is also tinged with scepticism. "So far, the response by the world's governments has been...
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Ken Hechler: 'We are going to need hellraisers to stop this devastating practice.'
UPDATE: "The Sword of Damocles hangs over Marsh Fork Elementary School." "I started out an as activist, but founded it necessary to be a hell raiser. We are going to need hellraisers to stop this devastating practice."--Ken Hechler
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