News for 2009-12-15

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Senate to Take up Bernie Sanders Single-Payer Health Plan Wednesday
WASHINGTON, December 15 - The Senate on Wednesday will debate for the first time in American history a proposal to create a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care system. "In my view, the single-payer approach is the only way we will ever have a cost-effective, comprehensive health care system...
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Alan Grayson: Afghan War 'Futile'
Florida Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson said Tuesday that the war in Afghanistan is "futile" and vowed to vote against the Pentagon's appropriations bill to protest President Barack Obama's decision to send more U.S. troops there.
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High-Profile Activist's Arrest Fuels Fears of Police Crackdown in Copenhagen
A high-profile climate activist was arrested ahead of tomorrow's major protests planned outside the Copenhagen climate summit, fuelling anxiety about how the Danish authorities are policing demonstrations. Tadzio Mueller, a spokesman for the umbrella group Climate Justice Action (CJA), was arrested...
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Rep. Alan Grayson Reads Petition from 100,000 People: End the War Now
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Howard Dean: 'Kill The Senate Bill'
In a blow to the bill grinding through the Senate, Howard Dean bluntly called for the bill to be killed in a pre-recorded interview set to air later this afternoon, denouncing it as “the collapse of health care reform in the United States Senate,” the reporter who conducted the interview tells me.
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Honduras Coup Flashpoint for Latin America
"The Obama administration now has both the continuing Honduran crisis and a divided hemisphere on its hands, with no solution in sight," reads a new article in The Nation today. The U.S. has decided to recognize the result of the recent elections in Honduras, despite ongoing reports that the...
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Monsanto Awarded 'Angry Mermaid' Lobbying Prize
COPENHAGEN - Biotech giant Monsanto won a dubious honour Tuesday when an online poll awarded it the "Angry Mermaid" prize for what critics see as misleading lobbying on the issue of climate change.
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135,000 Uninsured Americans Will Die Before Health Reform Takes Effect, Analysis Finds
If Democrats manage to pull off efforts to reform the US healthcare system and ensure coverage for millions who are currently without insurance, the new system -- by design -- will likely still leave tens of thousands to die without insurance before reforms kick in. A Raw Story analysis, based on a...
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Meet the Merry Climate Pranksters Who Put Canada on the Spot
1. Hoax explained. The Yes Men called this morning from Denmark; they're the merry band of anti-globalization and environmental pranksters who wreaked havoc on the Copenhagen climate conference yesterday, badly embarrassing Canada.
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'We Don't Want Violence, We Want to Get Our Voices Heard' Say Protesters
One thousand of them have already been arrested, and tomorrow will bring protesters' largest, angriest demonstration in the Danish capital - right outside the building where the crucial negotiations are underway. Mass arrests are likely as a predicted 5,000 demonstrators descend on the Bella Centre...
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Dubya: The Surreal Afterlife of an Ex-President
George W Bush is clearly enjoying himself. Alone on the stage, mic in hand, he tells a story about a moment earlier this year when he was walking his dog, Barney, around the Dallas suburb he now calls home. "I wanted to say hello to my neighbours," says Bush, "because I was worried we'd...
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Filling in the Blanks on the Bush Administration
Prof. Jonathan Turley talks about the recent discovery of the 22 million missing emails from the Bush administration.
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Bush White House Emails Won't Be Public For Years
The Obama administration and two good government groups yesterday announced , with some fanfare , that they'd come to an agreement on those missing emails from the Bush White House.
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Israel Confirms UK Arrest Warrant Against Livni
The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday called for an end to the "absurd situation" in which arrest warrants were being issued to Israeli officials over alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip. "Only actions can put an end to this absurd situation, which would have seemed a comedy of errors were it not so...
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