News for 2009-12-08

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Senators Reach Tentative Public Option Deal--Withhold Details As They Await CBO Score
WASHINGTON - Ten Democratic Senators emerged tonight from a long series of meetings having reached a tentative agreement on a public option compromise. None would comment on the actual provisions in the deal, saying they first want to hear back from the Congressional Budget Office, which will begin...
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Reproductive Rights Resist Erosion in US Senate
WASHINGTON - The Senate today rejected an amendment in the health care bill that would tighten restrictions on abortion coverage. By a vote of 54-45, Senators dismissed the abortion amendment offered by Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. In casting his "No" vote,...
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Bolivian President to Deepen Social Revolution
President Evo Morales seems set to push ahead with the implementation of a new constitution to place indigenous peoples at the heart of Bolivia's government and society after his victory in Sunday's presidential election. A poor result for the opposition suggests an easier passage for social...
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Truth vs. Spam on Net Neutrality
To: David McClure, U.S. Internet Industry Association CEO CC: Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO; Brian Roberts, Comcast CEO; Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon CEO RE: On Net Neutrality
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Investigating 'Suicides' at Guantanamo
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Millions in US Drink Dirty Water, Records Show
More than 20 percent of the nation's water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data. That law requires communities to deliver safe tap water to local residents. But since 2004, the...
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Protest and Non-Violent Civil Disobedience at Chevron Headquarters; 31 Arrested
SAN RAMON, California - Police arrested 29 people Monday morning during a protest in front of Chevron's headquarters in San Ramon. The group Mobilization for Climate Justice West, a network of organizations and activists who promote solutions to climate change, gathered on Bollinger Canyon Road...
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White House Wants Torture Suit against Yoo Dismissed
SAN FRANCISCO - The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing former Bush administration attorney John Yoo of authorizing the torture of a terrorism suspect, saying federal law does not allow damage claims against lawyers who advise the president on national...
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Copenhagen Climate Summit in Disarray after 'Danish Text' Leak
The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today after developing countries reacted furiously to leaked documents that show world leaders will next week be asked to sign an agreement that hands more power to rich countries and sidelines the UN's role in all future climate change negotiations...
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More Than 100 Killed in Baghdad Explosions
Iraq today suffered one of its worst days of violence this year as insurgents struck government buildings in Baghdad, killing at least 112 people and injuring up to 197. The explosions happened within minutes of each other, with police saying there could have been as many as four or five...
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Watered-Down 'Public Plan' Emerges in Senate
They may still call it a "public plan," but private insurers - not the government - would offer coverage under a compromise Democrats are considering to win Senate passage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The latest idea bears little resemblance to the original vision outlined by...
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President Obama Told Me to Stop ‘Demeaning’ Him, says Rep. Conyers
President Barack Obama recently called Rep. John Conyers Jr. to express his frustrations with the Judiciary Committee chairman's criticism. In an interview with The Hill, Conyers said his opinions of Obama's policies on healthcare reform and the war in Afghanistan have not sat well with the...
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'Belonging'
"BELONGING" is a 52-minute documentary film narrated by Dustin Hoffman. The film presents a multi-perspective argument in favor of reduction and conservation as foremost pathways towards long-term viability.
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Naomi Klein Kick-Starts the Activism at Copenhagen with Call for Disobedience
The Copenhagen deal may turn into the worst kind of disaster capitalism, Naomi Klein said last night. In her speech to Klimaforum09 , the "people's summit" she told the thousand or so campaigners and activists that this was a chance to carry on building the new convergence, the movement of...
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