News for 2010-02-03

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Consumer Groups: Breaking Up Banks is ‘Crucial’ Element
WASHINGTON - As the Senate debates financial reform, consumer groups are urging Congress to break up the biggest banks and impose strict limits on proprietary lending, virtually guaranteeing a "repeat" of the 2008 meltdown if those actions aren't taken.
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Obama Eyes Biofuels, Clean Coal in New Climate Push
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced new measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with "clean coal" technology on Wednesday in his latest move to keep climate change at the top of the country's political agenda. The administration also outlined a strategy to boost
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As House and Senate Fumble Health Reform, Free Clinics Still Serving the Uninsured Sick
In New Orleans, health care providers with Communities Are Responding Everyday treated 1,000 patients. In Houston, they saw 1,700. On Wednesday, they will be caring for people in Hartford.
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Efforts by EPA to Regulate Carbon Could be Undermined by House Bills
WASHINGTON - With congressional action on climate legislation in doubt, two House committee chairmen have filed a bill to block the government from regulating greenhouse gases under its own power. The lawmakers say Congress, not "unelected bureaucrats," should set environmental policy. Congress has...
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Obama's Silent War Shocks Pakistan
To many Pakistanis the most shocking aspect of the latest Taliban bombing was not the death toll, or the injuries inflicted on survivors, but the question that it raised: what was a team of American soldiers doing in a tense corner of North West Frontier province? In a way, the attack tugged the...
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Time to Build a Just Society in Haiti, Rights Groups Urge
NEW YORK - In the wake of last month's catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, prominent advocacy groups are calling on the U.S. and the international community to reverse decades of racial and political discrimination and build relief and reconstruction efforts on human rights principles, transparency,...
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Gitmo Judge Urged to Recuse Himself After ProPublica Interview
A federal judge who spoke at length with ProPublica about his experience working through about a dozen constitutional challenges mounted by Guantanamo prisoners is being asked by a detainee's lawyer to remove himself from a pending case based on quoted portions of his interviews [1].
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Jobs Funding Set to Expire Before it Has Chance to Work
WASHINGTON — After a slow start, states struggling with record unemployment are scrambling to create and expand subsidized jobs programs that could employ thousands of poor adults, teens and even disabled people. They're running out of time, however, because nearly $4 billion in unspent stimulus...
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Rendition Victim Moves to Sue US
A Canadian man who was deported by US officials to Syria, where he was imprisoned and allegedly tortured, has appealed a court ruling preventing him from suing the US. Maher Arar filed a lawsuit before the US supreme court on Monday, appealing a lower court ruling that rejected his case because it...
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Jeff Cohen on Progressives and the Democratic Party
Jeff Cohen is a media critic and lecturer, founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, where he is an associate professor of journalism. Cohen founded the media watch group FAIR in 1986. He speaks here with Paul Jay: Part I:
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Israeli Commander: 'We Rewrote the Rules of War for Gaza'
A high-ranking officer has acknowledged for the first time that the Israeli army went beyond its previous rules of engagement on the protection of civilian lives in order to minimise military casualties during last year's Gaza war, The Independent can reveal.
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Detroit Bomber 'Providing Intelligence about al-Qaida'
The Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day has been providing fresh intelligence in several terrorism investigations, officials have said. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who had a bomb hidden in his underwear, is said to have been co-operating with...
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Lifting Gay Ban 'Right Thing to Do': US Military Chief
WASHINGTON - The US military's top officer delivered an ardent appeal for lifting the ban on gays serving openly in uniform, saying it was "the right thing to do." In dramatic testimony before a Senate panel, Admiral Mike Mullen became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to endorse...
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