News for 2010-03-10

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
House Rejects Call for Withdrawal From Afghanistan
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday soundly rejected an effort by anti-war lawmakers to force a withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. The outcome of the vote, 356-65 against the resolution, was never in doubt. (click here for the roll call) But the 3 1/2 hours of...
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Land Grabbing in Latin America
Right now communities in Latin America, as around the world, are suffering a new kind of invasion of their territories. These invaders are not the descendants of the European conquistadores , who appropriated land, gathered slaves and plundered their colonial domains.
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Patrick Kennedy: Press Corps Is 'Despicable' for Not Covering Afghanistan War Resolution
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) excoriated the national press on Wednesday during a debate over the war in Afghanistan, charging reporters with shirking their duty to cover the issue and instead focusing on the peccadillos of former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.). "There's one, two press people in this...
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Mississippi Faces Suit Over Children's Mental Health
The state of Mississippi is facing a federal lawsuit alleging its failure to provide community-based mental health services to its children is denying them access to care and increasing their odds of being institutionalized. The Southern Poverty Law Center Mississippi Youth Justice Project , the...
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7 Years After Killing, Family of Slain US Peace Activist Rachel Corrie Heads to Israel for Wrongful Death Suit Against Israeli Gov’t
Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old student from Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington, was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza seven years ago as she stood before a Palestinian home facing demolition. Today, a trial opens in Israel in a lawsuit brought by Corrie’s family...
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US House of Representatives Debates War in Afghanistan
C-SPAN offers gavel to gavel coverage of the U.S. House of Representatives. C-SPAN also offers a variety of public affairs programming including congressional hearings, press briefings from the White House, State Department and Pentagon, campaign and election coverage, and international programming.
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House to Vote on Pullout From Afghanistan
WASHINGTON - In a test of congressional support for President Barack Obama's new Afghanistan strategy, lawmakers are set to vote on Wednesday on a resolution that would direct him to pull U.S. forces out of the war. The resolution by liberal Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich is not expected...
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A Third of World's Jailed Journalists in Iran
NEW YORK - A third of the world's jailed journalists are imprisoned in Iran, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Tuesday after the number of reporters held in the Islamic Republic rose to at least 52 in February. China was next after Iran with 24 jailed journalists and then Cuba with 22...
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Canada Urged to Seek Nuclear-Free Arctic Zone
Calling for the creation of a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Arctic is not alarmist, says an academic report as foreign ministers of the world's Arctic nations prepare for a summit in Canada later this month. While the threat of nuclear-weapon use in the Arctic may be nebulous now, the ground...
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Higher Corporate Spending on Election Ads Could Be All but Invisible
The Supreme Court recently freed corporations to spend more money on aggressive election ads. But if businesses take advantage of this new freedom, the public probably won't know it, because it's easy for them to legally hide their political spending.
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US Creationists Unswayed by Evolution Exhibition
Each year, a group of biology students at the Christian university based in Lynchburg, Virginia, travels to the Natural History Museum in Washington to learn about a theory they dismiss as incorrect - Darwin's theory of evolution. The young "creationists" examined a model of the Morganucodon rat,...
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British Ex-Spy Chief Accuses US of Hiding Torture
LONDON - A former head of Britain's domestic spy agency has accused the US of concealing its abuse of terror suspects, stepping up an MI5 fightback over accusations that it colluded in torture. Eliza Manningham-Buller said Tuesday she had not understood why alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh...
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Israeli Court to Hear Civil Case Over Death of Rachel Corrie in Gaza
A court today began hearing a civil suit brought against the Israeli government over the death of Rachel Corrie , the US activist who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza seven years ago. The case, brought before a Haifa court by Corrie's family, challenges the official Israeli version...
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US Campaign Finance Activist Granny D Dies at 100
PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire - Doris "Granny D" Haddock - the woman known for walking across the country at age 89 to raise awareness of the need for campaign finance reform - died on Tuesday at age 100. Politicians across the Granite State are mourning the loss of a Laconia native known for her...
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Grayson Offers Medicare Buy-In Bill, Makes Impassioned Speech
When Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) first became a father, his health insurance company refused to pay for the birth of the child, and Grayson had to pay $10,000.
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