News for 2009-11-09

Monday, November 9, 2009
Tony Podesta: Turning Change Into Dollars
Tony and Heather Podesta basked in the praise when they donated the iconic, five-foot tall "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama to the National Portrait Gallery just before Inauguration Day. But to those who hoped Obama would reduce the influence of lobbyists in Washington, there was also something...
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Abortion Rights Groups Now Oppose House Health Care Bill
The passage of comprehensive health care legislation in the House of Representatives Saturday night was bittersweet for many liberal supporters of reform, and profoundly disturbing for those primarily concerned about the right to have an abortion. The inclusion of Rep. Bart Stupak's restrictive...
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Gays Organize DNC Boycott
Frustration among gay Democrats at the White House's unwillingness to make their issues a first-year priority -- or even, in some cases, to acknowledge them -- is boiling over today in the form of a move to boycott Democratic National Committee fundraising. Gay donors have long been a pillar of the...
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Soldiers Claim War Zone Contractors Exposed Them to Toxins
Contractors working for the military in Iraq and Afghanistan are fouling the nests of U.S. soldiers with pollution, poisoning the troops in the very bases meant to be their sanctuaries. That's the central allegation in a new set of lawsuits filed in Nashville and elsewhere across the country. The...
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e“First as Tragedy, Then As Farce”: Philosopher and Cultural Theorist Slavoj Žižek Speaks at Cooper Union
Dubbed by the National Review as “the most dangerous political philosopher in the West” and the New York Times as “the Elvis of cultural theory,” Slovenian philosopher and public intellectual Slavoj Žižek has written over fifty books on philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political...
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Bernie Sanders Pledges to Hang Tough for Strong Public-Option
With a pronounced independent streak to match his political alignment, Bernie Sanders of Vermont may be another headache for Democrats trying to cobble together 60 votes for healthcare reform in the coming weeks.
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Kucinich Withdraws as Palm Beach County Democratic Keynoter Amid Uproar over His Israel Stance
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich lasted less than 24 hours as headliner for the Palm Beach County Democratic Party's annual fundraising dinner after some of the party's elected officials blasted the Ohio Democrat's stance on Israel and threatened to skip the event. Kucinich, who has a history of...
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Global Poll: Widespread Dissatisfaction with Free-Market Capitalism
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a new BBC poll has found widespread dissatisfaction with free-market capitalism. In the global poll for the BBC World Service, only 11% of those questioned across 27 countries said that it was working well. Most thought regulation and reform of the...
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Healthcare Bill Faces Tough Path in Senate
WASHINGTON - After a landmark win in the House of Representatives, President Barack Obama 's push for healthcare reform faces a difficult path in the Senate amid divisions in his own Democratic Party on how to proceed.
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Iraqis Pass Election Law Crucial to US Withdrawal Plans
BAGHDAD — After nearly a dozen delays and a final, rowdy session, Iraq's parliament on Sunday passed a law setting national elections for January, averting for now a political crisis that threatened to unravel the country's slow progress toward stability. Approval of the law eases a growing source...
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What Is the Future of Journalism?
It is no secret that American media is in turmoil, with many longstanding fixtures in print journalism either folding or forced to layoff staff. Each week through the end of 2009, a different media insider will offer their perspective on what media will look like in 5, 10, or 15 years--and what...
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