News for 2009-11-17

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Nato Chief Promises Afghanistan Will Get 'Substantially More Forces'
Nato and its allies will order "substantially more forces" into battle in Afghanistan over the next few weeks, the alliance's secretary general said today. Speaking in Edinburgh at a Nato parliamentary assembly meeting, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said: "In a few weeks, I expect we will decide, in Nato...
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Geithner Singled Out in TARP Watchdog Neil Barofsky's Scathing Report on AIG Bailout
A brutal report issued Monday by a government watchdog holds Timothy Geithner -- then the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and now the nation's Treasury Secretary -- responsible for overpayments that put billions of extra tax dollars in the coffers of major Wall Street firms, most...
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Elizabeth Warren on Transparency and Regulation
James Surowiecki spoke with Elizabeth Warren, a professor at Harvard Law School and the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), about the importance of transparency in consumer financing, the future of the regulatory system, and what's good about...
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Bogus Bidder Loses Shot at Global-Warming Defense
A federal judge said Monday that Tim DeChristopher won't be allowed to argue that global warming posed an imminent threat that justified placing bogus bids to derail a Bureau of Land Management oil and gas lease auction last year. "The court finds that DeChristopher's necessity defense fails...
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Great Barrier Reef 'Will Die' Unless Carbon Emissions Slashed
Professor Terry Hughes and representatives of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies told a meeting at the Canberra parliament that the future of the reef, and a large chunk of Australia's tourist industry, was under grave threat from rising sea temperatures. Just a...
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Obama Nominates Pesticide Executive to Be Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative
President Obama's nominee for the Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Islam Siddiqui is currently a vice president at CropLife America, a coalition of the major industrial players in the pesticide industry, including Syngenta, Monsanto, and Dow Chemical. He...
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Remembering Andrea Lewis
Andrea Lewis, long-time broadcast and print journalist, co-anchor of the KPFA Evening News and host of Pacifica's Sunday Sedition, died last weekend of an apparent heart attack. She was 52. Many thousands of radio listeners awoke to the voice of Andrea Lewis as co-host of the Morning Show and more...
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Biotech Crops Cause Big Jump in Pesticide Use: Report
KANSAS CITY - The rapid adoption by U.S. farmers of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton has promoted increased use of pesticides, an epidemic of herbicide-resistant weeds and more chemical residues in foods, according to a report issued Tuesday by health and environmental protection...
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Senate Liberals Press Reid on Public Option
As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) aims this week to secure the votes of moderate Democrats on health care reform, a group of liberal senators Monday warned him not to abandon the public insurance option. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who requested the meeting with Reid, said progressives...
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America's Economic Pain Brings Hunger Pangs
The nation's economic crisis has catapulted the number of Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the government has been keeping track, according to a new federal report, which shows that nearly 50 million people -- including almost one child in four -- struggled last year to get...
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For 12-Year-Old Without an Arm, Insurance Has Run Out
Benjamin French was born with his right arm missing below the elbow. In his 12 years, he has been fitted with seven prostheses. His most recent replacement will cost nearly $30,000 and his doctor says he will soon grow out of it. But, according to his insurance company, the boy is ineligible for...
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US Politician Wants American Jews to Buy West Bank Homes
An influential Jewish community leader and Democratic State Assemblyman from New York is currently heading a mission of about 50 Americans through the West Bank and East Jerusalem to promote home purchases in the area and to protest U.S. President Barack Obama's Middle East policy.
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Age of Cyber Warfare Is 'Dawning'
Cyber war has moved from fiction to fact, says a report. Compiled by security firm McAfee, it bases its conclusion on analysis of recent net-based attacks. Analysis of the motives of the actors behind many attacks carried out via the internet showed that many were mounted with a explicitly...
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