News for 2009-11-06

Friday, November 6, 2009
Democrat Gives Up Single-Payer Measure to Back Party Leaders
WASHINGTON - Representative Anthony D. Weiner, Democrat of New York, a fierce champion in Congress of a single-payer health system that would be fully run by the government, said Friday that he had agreed not to insist on a vote on that issue, in an effort to help Democratic leaders pass their plan...
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Climate Talks End on Divided Note
UN representatives have been working to create a draft political agreement to be presented at next month's climate change talks in Copenhagen. But the lack of a legally binding deal at the five-day summit in Barcelona has left many at the talks disappointed. With the clock ticking, this was meant...
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Civil Unrest Has a Role in Stopping Climate Change, Says Gore
Al Gore has sought to inject fresh momentum into the Copenhagen build-up, saying he is certain Barack Obama will attend and predicting a rise in civil disobedience against fossil-fuel polluters unless drastic action is taken over global warming.
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Indoor Plants Could Save Your Life
New research shows that ornamental plants can drastically reduce levels of stress and ill health and boost performance levels at work because they soak up harmful indoor air pollution. Researchers have now identified five "super ornamental plants" which every workplace should have to clean up...
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Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) Calls for a Conclusion to the War in Afghanistan
On the 2950th day of the War in Afghanistan, Rep. Eric Massa went to the floor of the House of Representatives and called for an end.
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US Fed Up With Troops Dying to Prop Up Karzai
It seems that Hamid Karzai just can't be trusted on his own. When he breasted the microphone at the presidential palace on October 20, to make an oblique admission that he attempted to steal the election and would go along with the second poll which he had resisted for weeks, he was flanked by a...
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US Jobless Rate Surpasses 10% to Hit 26-Year High
America's rate of unemployment crossed the 10 per cent mark in October to reach a 26-year high after jobless figures rose by 190,000 last month. The non-farm payroll figure is above forecasts that 176,000 jobs had been lost last month. The rate of unemployment in America is now 10.2 per cent -- the...
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UN Endorses Gaza War Crimes Report
The United Nations General Assembly has voted in favour of resolution endorsing a UN-sponsored report into war crimes committed during Israel's war on Gaza. The Goldstone report, which accuses both Israel and Hamas of war crimes, was endorsed by the assembly on Thursday by a margin of 114 to 18,...
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Nothing Resolved in Honduras
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Bernie Sanders Tackles Too Big to Fail in Two Pages
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced new legislation on Friday that should, he claims, solve the phenomenon of massive and failing financial institutions holding the nation's economy captive. It's all of two pages long. The Vermont Democrat-Socialist unveiled the "Too Big to Fail, Too Big to...
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Zelaya Says Honduras Crisis Deal Has Failed
TEGUCIGALPA - Ousted Honduras President Manuel Zelaya said Friday a deal aimed at ending the country's months-long crisis had failed after the interim leader announced a government without his participation. "Practically speaking, we have decided not to continue with this theater of Mr Micheletti...
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Credit Card Firms Hurry to Raise Rates
Credit card companies are rushing to increase interest rates to historic highs of more than 30 percent, cut credit limits, and add new fees, even for customers who pay their bills on time. Lenders are making the moves in advance of tougher federal regulations for credit cards scheduled to take...
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