News for 2010-01-28

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Revealed: UN in Secret Peace Talks with Taliban
Taliban commanders held secret exploratory talks with a United Nations special envoy this month to discuss peace terms, it emerged tonight.
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California Senate Passes Medicare for All Legislation
SACRAMENTO - To ecstatic applause from healthcare advocates, the California Senate today breathed new life into national prospects for fundamental health reform by passing on a 22 to 14 vote a major bill to guarantee healthcare in the state through creating a Medicare for all system that would...
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Geithner Testifies: What Did He Decide About AIG Payouts?
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was summoned to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform yesterday in order to answer two questions: why did he sign off on AIG paying the Big Banks full value on insurance for bad assets like mortgage-backed securities--using $62...
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Catcher in the Rye Author J.D. Salinger Dies
J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose The Catcher in the Rye shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.
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In Marin, Calif, Some See Obama Speech as Political Switcheroo
Marin residents who listened to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday included a progressive Democrat, who disliked many of the president's policy prescriptions, and two Republicans, who admire many of those same policies but doubt Obama's sincerity. "The speech was nice but...
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Howard Zinn (1922–2010): A Tribute to the Legendary Historian with Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Naomi Klein and Anthony Arnove
We pay tribute to the late historian, writer and activist Howard Zinn who died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack at the age of 87. Howard Zinn’s classic work A People’s History of the United States changed the way we look at history in America. It has sold over a million copies and was...
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Afghan Military Strategy Doomed Without Big Changes, UN Chief Warns
The military strategy in Afghanistan is seriously flawed and is doomed to failure without major adjustments, the outgoing head of the UN there has warned. Kai Eide, who will stand down as UN Special Representative in March, was withering in his assessment of the Afghan surge recently set in motion...
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Obama, Biden to Direct $8Bln Into High-Speed Rail
MIAMI - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will on Thursday direct $8 billion in economic stimulus funding toward a long-awaited US high-speed rail system. The announcement will apportion the funding among various state governments, with Florida Senator Bill Nelson saying his state...
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Seniors Wait on Care, Grow Sicker as Copays Rise
LOS ANGELES -- Higher Medicare copays, sometimes just a few dollars more, led to fewer doctors visits and to more and longer hospital stays, a large new study reveals. With health care costs skyrocketing, many public and private insurers have required patients to pay more out-of-pocket when they...
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Pennsylvania’s Gas Wells Booming—But So Are Spills
As more gas wells are drilled in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale, more cases of toxic spills are being reported. Earlier this month, Pennsylvania's environmental officials fined Pennsylvania-based Atlas Resources after a series of violations at 13 wells, including spills of fracturing fluids and...
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Economic Growth 'Cannot Continue'
Continuing global economic growth "is not possible" if nations are to tackle climate change, a report by an environmental think-tank has warned. The New Economics Foundation (NEF) said "unprecedented and probably impossible" carbon reductions would be needed to hold temperature rises below 2C (3.6F...
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