News for 2010-01-20

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Paul Krugman on Obama: He Wasn’t The One We’ve Been Waiting For
Writing on his blog tonight, Paul Krugman said: Health care reform - which is crucial for millions of Americans - hangs in the balance. Progressives are desperately in need of leadership; more specifically, House Democrats need to be told to pass the Senate bill, which isn't what they wanted but is...
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TSA Nominee Withdraws Amid 'Political Agenda'
President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name Wednesday, a setback for an administration still trying to explain how a man could attempt to blow up a commercial airliner on Christmas Day.
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House Progressive Won't Back Senate Healthcare Bill
WASHINGTON -- The co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus says he won't support a plan to have the House pass the Senate healthcare bill, then change the legislation through budget reconciliation.
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Military to Lawmakers: Next Round’s on Me
According to today’s Wall Street Journal , the military has dispatched officials to accompany lawmakers on dozens of trips abroad – and shower them with "thousands of dollars worth of alcohol, food and other amenities." In doing so, the Journal reports , the "military exploits its official escort...
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Poll: Mass. Voters Protested Against Weak Wall Street, Health Care Policies
Massachusetts voters who backed Barack Obama in the presidential election one year ago and either switched support to Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown, or simply stayed home, said in a poll conducted after the election Tuesday night that if Democrats enact tougher policies on Wall Street,...
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Israel Crushes Local Dissent, Attacks Global Criticism
RAMALLAH - Israel is lashing out at international criticism and attempting to crush local dissent in what appears to be growing sensitivity to reproach of its policies. Several recent incidents have dominated media headlines, including the arrest of a Jewish-American journalist on the grounds of...
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Human Rights Abusers Turn on Activists in 2009: Report
New York - Human rights defenders from Russia to Sri Lanka were themselves targets of vicious abuses in 2009, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday in its annual world report. HRW's executive director, Kenneth Roth, introduced the 624-page report by saying abuses against defenders of human rights...
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Gates Warning on South Asia Threat
The US defence secretary has cautioned India and Pakistan that South Asian groups are seeking to destabilise the entire region and could trigger a war between them. Robert Gates said al-Qaeda's "syndicate", including the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as the Pakistan-based group...
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Whistleblower Reveals How Health Insurers Can Game New Insurance Bill
The Democrats' healthcare overhaul, billed as a monumental game-changer for Americans' health insurance coverage, provides numerous loopholes for health insurance companies which will allow them to raise rates to protect profit margins, a health insurance whistleblower says. Wendell Potter, a...
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USDA Pressured to Regulate Commercial Bumble Bee Industry
In the early 1990s, the USDA conducted risk assessments of the interstate transport of bumble bees for commercial greenhouse pollination, particularly tomatoes. Because of the risk of introducing non-native pests and diseases into new areas, they concluded that commercially reared bumble bees...
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Colbert Report Takes Down Big Coal: Save the Endangered Hillbilly
Goodbye purple mountain's majesty--here comes Patriot Coal!
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Haitians Now Join Environmental Refugees
President Obama recently granted temporary protected status (TPS) to undocumented Haitians living in the United States, and this is surely a step in the right direction for human rights. After all, repatriating them back to a living hell would be immoral at best, and at worst, a crime against...
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World Aid Agencies Appeal to Israel to Unlock Gaza
GAZA - Palestinian high-school student Fida Hejji died of cancer waiting for Israeli permission to go to an Israeli hospital for treatment. Hejji, 18, was promised an entry permit three times. Three days after she died last November, her family got a call to say the hospital had set the date for...
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Thirst for Oil Imperils South America's Most Biodiverse Wilderness
QUITO, Ecuador - Yasuní National Park, located in the core of the Ecuadorian Amazon, is the most biodiverse area in all of South America, a team of Ecuadorean, American, and European scientists concludes in the first major peer-reviewed study of life forms in the park, published today. But the 13...
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Strong Aftershock Hits Haiti
Port-au-Prince, Haiti -- A strong aftershock rocked Haiti on Wednesday morning just as much-needed medical aid was set to reach the earthquake-ravaged nation. The 6.1-magnitude aftershock was about 6.2 miles deep, with an epicenter about 35 miles (60 kilometers) west-southwest of the capital of...
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Coakley Loses – And So Does Obama
Whoever scheduled the special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Edward Kennedy on January 19 did Barack Obama no favors. The president did not need the tension of a too-close-for comfort electoral test on the day before the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Democrat...
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