News for 2009-06-30

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Congress Pushing for Federal Reserve Audit
ATLANTA- A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives is now in support of a historic bill by Republican lawmaker Ron Paul to audit the Federal Reserve (the Fed), the privately run central bank that sets monetary policy for the United States. A similar bill in the U.S. Senate was proposed by...
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US High Court Delays Decision on Death Row Inmate
WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court has quietly put off deciding whether it will take up the case of black death row inmate Troy Davis who for 20 years has insisted he did not kill a white policeman, a source close to Davis said Tuesday. "The US Supreme Court called Troy's lawyer -- there will be no...
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Health Care Reform Debate: Who is In and Who is Out?
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When Drones Become Indiscriminate
JERUSALEM - The concerted effort of international human rights activists to rein in violations of laws of war was given a major impetus when Human Rights Watch researchers presented a report Tuesday on the unbridled use by the Israeli military of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCLAV), commonly...
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Nader Nags Obama on Single Payer Healthcare
Consumer activist Ralph Nader has a simple message for liberals feeling less warm and fuzzy about President Obama: "I told you so."
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EPA Approves California Pollution Rule
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency gave the go-ahead Tuesday for California to impose stringent regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, setting the stage for a national requirement expected to mirror the state's effort. California has been fighting the...
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Minnesota Supreme Court Rules for Al Franken, 5-0; Coleman Concedes
Republican Norm Coleman ended his bruising eight-month court fight over Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat this afternoon, conceding to Democrat Al Franken after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in Franken's favor. The justices ruled today that Franken won the U.S. Senate election and said he is...
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Israel 'Boards Activist Ship Heading to Gaza'
JERUSALEM - The Israeli navy on Tuesday boarded and seized a ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists that was heading to the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel's blockade, a military spokesman said. "In the last hour an Israeli navy force intercepted, boarded and took control of the cargo boat 'Arion...
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[title] Fordlandia & US Imperialism
Greg Grandin, author of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City , takes a fresh look at how American hubris and imperial ambitions led to the es
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Crosby, Stills and Nash Have Lot to Say to Next Generation
Crosby, Stills and Nash are more than music makers. They're egg stealers. At least that's the analogy Graham Nash uses to explain the famous trio. According to Nash, many years ago David Crosby told him a story he'd been working on about tiny, furry creatures that kept getting stepped on by...
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The Scramble for Iraq's 'Sweet Oil'
With proven oil reserves of around 112 billion barrels and up to another 150 billion barrels of probable reserves, Iraq is the greatest untapped prize for international oil companies. To put that in context, if Iraq does turn out to have around 300 billion barrels of oil, it will rival the world's...
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Zelaya Vows to Return as Honduras Unrest Flares
TEGUCIGALPA - Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya vowed to return to Honduras as angry supporters clashed with riot police near the presidential palace here. Zelaya told a meeting of regional leaders in the Nicaraguan capital Managua he planned to travel on Tuesday to Washington, where US...
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Justices to Review Campaign Finance Law Constraints
The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will consider whether to uphold a ban on corporate spending in federal elections, a move that campaign finance experts said could have a dramatic effect on the 2010 and 2012 federal elections. In a surprise move, the court said it would delay a decision...
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Bush Appointees Buck Barack Obama on Terror Policies
President Barack Obama's claims of broad executive authority to carry out the war on terror are drawing fire from an unexpected source: federal judges nominated by President George W. Bush, who asserted the sweeping powers in the first place. In recent weeks, three different Bush appointees...
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EPA List Shows Dangerous Coal Ash Sites Found in 10 States
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released a list of 44 coal-fired power plant waste sites in 10 states with a high hazard potential, including 12 sites in North Carolina, seven in Kentucky and a large storage pond in Pennsylvania.
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Gay Veteran of Iraq Takes on US Army
WASHINGTON - On paper, Dan Choi is everything the US military could have hoped for. He is a graduate of the prestigious West Point academy, has served a tour in Iraq, and is fluent in Arabic and Korean. But despite his talents and experience, the army is seeking to get rid of Choi because of...
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