News for 2009-12-02

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Jane Hamsher Leads Left Away from White House
While President Barack Obama has struggled to keep the center together, he's had one unquestioned political success: Keeping the left at bay. A battle-tested Democratic infrastructure fell into line behind the White House, with regular meetings and conference calls to coordinate strategy and...
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US Liberals Express Anger over Obama's Decision to Raise Troop Levels
Barack Obama's escalation of the Afghanistan war brought a vehement reaction today from Americans who only a year ago had been among his most ardent supporters and are now disillusioned. One of the leaders of the anti-war movement, Paul Kawika Martin, disclosed today that there had been a lot of...
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New York Senate Defeats Gay Marriage Bill
The New York State Senate has defeated a bill to legalize gay marriage, voting 38 to 24. The Senate shot down the bill after two and a half hours of debate this afternoon, during which no Republicans spoke. New York's other legislative body, the state assembly, had approved the bill in May by a...
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Another Afghanistan Conflict for General McCaffrey to Disclose
Yesterday, Media Matters pointed out that MSNBC has repeatedly hosted NBC News military analyst and retired Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey in recent days. McCaffrey has used his appearances to criticize possible "deadlines" to the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan and highlight the importance of training...
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Climate Change Denial is the New Article of Faith for the Far Right
It is now 12 days since the hacked emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia first appeared online, and the propaganda machine for the climate change denial lobby is in overdrive.
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Nir Rosen: “We Managed to Make the Taliban Look Good”
Nir Rosen , independent journalist and fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security, responds to President Obama decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan. Rosen has covered both Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003. His latest articles cover the current state of the US occupations in both Iraq and...
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BlackwaterFounder, Prince, Feels Thrown Under Bus
RALEIGH, N.C. — The man who built Blackwater USA into one of the world's most respected and reviled defense contractors feels that he was thrown under the bus after serving the nation's security interests for years.
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US Anti-War Activists Step Up Protests
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Anti-War Activists Plan 'Emergency' Rally In DC To Protest Afghanistan Escalation
A new coalition led by more than 100 anti-war activists has announced an "Emergency Anti-Escalation Rally" to protest President Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan. The rally, scheduled for Dec. 12 in front of the White House, will include speeches by former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel and 2008 Green...
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US Private Sector Sheds More Jobs Than Expected: ADP
WASHINGTON — The US private sector shed jobs at a slower pace for the eighth consecutive month in November as the economy emerges from recession, and the drop was sharper than expected, ADP data showed Wednesday. Payrolls firm ADP said the nonfarm sector lost 169,000 jobs last month, 26,000 fewer...
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Between the Lines, an Expansion in Pakistan
WASHINGTON — President Obama focused his speech on Afghanistan. He left much unsaid about Pakistan , where the main terrorists he is targeting are located, but where he can send no troops.
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Summit Does Not Recognize Elections in Honduras
ESTORIL, Portugal - The hard-line stance taken by Brazil, Argentina and most other Latin American countries has clashed with U.S. efforts to push for international recognition of the elections organized Sunday by the de facto regime in power in Honduras since the Jun. 28 coup. Costa Rica, Colombia...
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Climate Research Chief Phil Jones Stands Down Pending Inquiry into Leaked Emails
The head of the climate research unit that had its emails hacked and posted online will step down from his post while an inquiry into the affair is carried out.
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GOP: Use Unspent Stimulus For War
As some Democrats consider raising taxes to pay for President Obama's escalation of the now-eight-year-old war in Afghanistan, the opposition party has a suggestion. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told his colleagues during a closed-door GOP lunch Tuesday that the best way to fund...
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Palestine Calls for Release of Intifada Leader in Prisoner Swap with Israel
From the tree-ringed campus of Birzeit University, a narrow road leads deep inside the rocky valleys of the West Bank to the small, unexceptional Palestinian village of Kobar. It is home to a few thousand people, dotted with a handful of schools and mosques.
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Israel Strips More Palestinians of Jerusalem Status
JERUSALEM - Israel stripped Palestinians of Jerusalem residency status last year at a faster rate than at any time in the history of the Jewish state, an Israeli rights group said on Wednesday, citing official Israeli statistics. "Revocation of residence has reached frightening proportions," said...
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ACLU: Supreme Court Decision Won’t End Torture Photos Fight
Despite efforts by all three branches of the government to keep photos of abuse at US military detention centers secret, the American Civil Liberties Union vows that it won't stand still in the face of such a "dangerous precedent." The Supreme Court on Monday set aside an appeals court's ruling...
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Obama: War President
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250 Rally at West Point for End of Afghan War
WEST POINT — More than 250 people held a candlelight vigil outside the U.S. Military Academy on Tuesday night to protest President Barack Obama's decision to escalate the 8-year-old war in Afghanistan. The protest was held shortly before Obama announced that the United States would send 30,000 more...
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Afghans Unimpressed by Obama's Troops Surge
KABUL - Thirty thousand more U.S. troops for Afghanistan? Esmatullah only shrugged. "Even if they bring the whole of America, they won't be able to stabilise Afghanistan," said the young construction worker out on a Kabul street corner on Wednesday morning. "Only Afghans understand our traditions,...
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Obama Had Rejected His Own Speech's Surge Rationale
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama presented a case Tuesday for sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan that included both soaring rhetoric and a new emphasis on its necessity for U.S. national security. Obama said the escalation was for a "vital national interest" and invoked the threat of...
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