News for 2010-03-19

Friday, March 19, 2010
Gazans Wounded in Israeli Strike
At least 11 people have been injured in an Israeli air strike at an airport in southern Gaza, Palestinian medical officials and witnesses said. The strike targeted Gaza's defunct international airport, located near the town of Rafah, late on Friday, witnesses said. The Israeli army told Al Jazeera...
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Protesters Prepare for Saturday's Antiwar Demonstrations
Maggie Pondolfino has a 24-year-old son who is a soldier serving in Afghanistan -- "he's honorable, courageous, has a lot of integrity and he loves his mother," she said. Which is why, in part, she said she will be marching in an antiwar demonstration Saturday to bring him and other soldiers home...
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Conservative Libertarian: Stewart Plays Beck
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The Tea Party & The Circus
On March 16, 2010, Tea Partiers from around the country gathered (in disappointing numbers) in front of the Capitol building for their final protest against health care reform. Also in town, appropriately, was Barnum & Bailey’s actual circus. The protestors voiced their usual conspiratorial...
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Rice Admits Iraq Regrets, Says US Eventually 'Got It Right'
HONG KONG - Former top US diplomat Condoleezza Rice voiced regret on Friday at the bloody aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq but said the Bush administration had in the end "got it right" in the country. Rice, who served as national security advisor during the Iraq invasion and later as...
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Senate Democrats, States Wary of Draft Climate Bill's Pre-Emption Language
Some Democratic senators and state and local air regulators are concerned that the latest draft of a Senate climate and energy bill would unduly strip authority from U.S. EPA and states. Details emerged earlier this week that draft legislation from Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C...
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More Fertile Imagination: 'Nature Deficit Disorder' Gains Traction
Revealing the inspiration behind his latest epic, Avatar , legendary filmmaker James Cameron recently described himself as a ''nature geek'', and said modern humans were suffering a degree of ''nature deficit disorder''. It may not be a medically recognised condition, but ''nature deficit disorder...
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FDIC Chief Sees 'Backdoor Bailouts' in Senate Bill
ORLANDO, Fla. - U.S. bank regulator Sheila Bair said she has "serious concerns" that the Senate's regulatory reform bill allows for backdoor bailouts of the largest financial firms. Bair, speaking to a community bankers conference on Friday, said the draft bill seems to allow such rescues through...
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EPA Launches National Study of Hydraulic Fracturing
Responding to reports of environmental contamination in gas drilling areas across the country, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a nationwide scientific study to determine if the problems are caused by the practice of injecting chemicals and water underground to fracture the gas...
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Quartet Calls for Settlement Freeze
The so-called Quartet of Middle East negotiators has demanded that Israel halt all settlement activity and denounced Israel's plan to build new housing in East Jerusalem. The Quartet's comments came at a news conference in Moscow on Friday, following a meeting by the group, which brings together...
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World Must Back Afghans, UN Peacekeeping Chief Says
UNITED NATIONS - The UN peacekeeping chief said yesterday that it is time for the international community to take concrete steps to allow Afghans to take charge of their future - and to ensure that "Afghanization'' becomes more than a slogan. Alain Le Roy told the Security Council that the Afghan...
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Dennis Kucinich and Ralph Nader: A Discussion on Healthcare, Politics and Reform
Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio announced on Wednesday he would switch his vote on the Democrat-led healthcare reform bill and support the legislation even though it does not create a public option. Kucinich's decision came two days after he spoke with President Obama aboard Air Force One on...
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Deal Near for Guantanamo Closure, Trials: Report
WASHINGTON - The White House is nearing a bipartisan deal with US lawmakers to close the Guantanamo Bay prison by putting more detainees on trial before military commissions, a report said Friday. The prospective deal would allow military tribunals to try alleged September 11 plotters and other key...
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