News for 2010-03-16

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
In Details of Dodd Bill, Some Loopholes and Unanswered Questions
The fine print in the sweeping overhaul of the U.S. financial system proposed by Sen. Christopher Dodd reveals loopholes, ambiguities and unanswered questions about some key players – among them a new consumer protection bureau, credit-rating companies and payday lenders.
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US Is Reining In Special Forces in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan — Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal , the top American commander in Afghanistan, has brought most American Special Operations forces under his direct control for the first time, out of concern over continued civilian casualties and disorganization among units in the field. “What happens...
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The Biggest Dump in the World
The world’s biggest rubbish dump keeps growing. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – or the Pacific Trash Vortex – is a floating monument to our culture of waste, the final resting place of every forgotten carrier bag, every discarded bottle and every piece of packaging blown away in the wind.
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House Has Long History of Political Cowardice, Prolific Use of 'Deeming Resolutions'
Congressional Democrats have done a bit of homework and found, not so surprisingly, that the House has a long history of using parliamentary tactics to avoid tough votes. The lack of courage exhibited by today's members, it turns out, is nothing special.
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Documents Detail Law Enforcement Collection of Data From Social Media Sites
EFF has posted documents shedding light on how law enforcement agencies use social networking sites to gather information in investigations. The records, obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice Criminal Division, are the first in a series of documents that will be...
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In Baton Rouge, More Allegations of Police Misconduct After Hurricane Katrina
Yesterday, the Baton Rouge Advocate published a damning exposé detailing allegations of misconduct by Baton Rouge police officers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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Climate 'Fix' Could Poison Sea Life
Fertilising the oceans with iron to absorb carbon dioxide could increase concentrations of a chemical that can kill marine mammals, a study has found. Iron stimulates growth of marine algae that absorb CO2 from the air, and has been touted as a "climate fix". Now researchers have shown that the...
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Recession Left 'Walking Wounded' Workers
NEW YORK - Many workers around the world have given up hopes of advancing in their jobs, but the bad economy is keeping them from finding new ones. Such "walking wounded" workers are increasingly exchanging ambition for job stability, which now even trumps pay as a consideration, according to a...
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Despite Recession, Global Arms Race Spirals
UNITED NATIONS - The global financial crisis has not deterred some of the world's developed and developing nations from bolstering their military arsenals with expensive new weapons systems, including sophisticated fighter planes, combat helicopters, submarines, armored vehicles and air defence...
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Clashes Break Out in East Jerusalem
Palestinians have clashed with Israeli police in two areas of occupied east Jerusalem after the Hamas movement called for a "day of rage" over the reopening of a synagogue in the Old City. Palestinians threw rocks at Israeli police who responded with stun grenades in the Shu-afat and Essawiyya...
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Rachel Corrie - Interview from March 14, 2003
Footage from Rachel's interview conducted by Middle East Broadcasting Company on March 14th, 2003, two days before she was crushed to death by an Israeli military Caterpillar D9 bulldozer.
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