News for 2010-04-20

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Call Grows Louder for FCC to Reclassify Broadband
In the last few days, both the New York Times and noted digital activist Lawrence Lessig have joined the call for the FCC to reclassify broadband, which would once again allow the government to regulate the Internet in the face of hostile money-grubbing from big phone and cable companies after a...
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Protests Begin as Immigration Bill Waits on Arizona Governor’s Desk
PHOENIX – Protests have begun at the state capitol today as a controversial immigration bill waits on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s desk. Arizona senators passed a bill Monday that would require law enforcement officers to question anyone they believe might be in the country illegally. Some...
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Dorothy Height, Heroine of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 98
Dorothy Height, who in an 80-year campaign for social justice became the grande dame of the civil rights era and its great unsung heroine, died Tuesday morning at the age of 98. Her death was announced by the National Council of Negro Women, of which she was president emerita, and by Howard...
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Under-Fire Goldman Sachs Reveals 90% Jump in Profits
The under-fire Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs faced a fresh barrage of public and political outcry today as it revealed a 90% leap in profits in spite of accusations of dishonesty in its dealing with clients, raising the spectre of multimillion dollar bonuses at the height of a battle in Washington...
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Supreme Court Appears to Back Student Group's Exclusionary Rules
WASHINGTON — Conservative Supreme Court justices appeared poised Monday to strike down a San Francisco law school's refusal to recognize a Christian student group because it effectively prohibits gays from joining. With pointed questions and sharp tones, the court's most vocal conservatives...
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Farm Workers Fight for an Extra Cent and Human Rights
TAMPA, Florida - Chanting "No more slaves! Pay a living wage!", hundreds of farmworkers, students and others marched 22 miles through central Florida for three days, calling on the Publix supermarket chain to pay an extra penny to the impoverished workers who pick their tomatoes. The three-day long...
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'Too Fat' for Empire? Military Generals Target School Lunches
WASHINGTON - School lunches have been called many things, but a group of retired military officers is giving them a new label: national security threat. That's not a reference to the mystery meat served up in the cafeteria line either. The retired officers are saying that school lunches have helped...
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Report: 'The Big Fat Lie about Doubling Food Production'
A declaration that global food production needs to double to feed the world by the middle of this century provoked shock when it was announced by the UN food chief. It has since become a founding pillar of food policy, cited by leading British politicians and government scientists, farming leaders...
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New Face of Foreclosure – The Unemployed
OAKLAND, Calif -- Giselle Jiles could be the new face of foreclosure. The 52-year-old financial planner has owned her home in Oakland's Laurel District for 12 years. She did not buy an expensive home that was beyond her means and she did not sign up for a predatory adjustable rate mortgage that was...
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Obama Heckled by Gay Rights Protesters In CA
President Obama was heckled by gay rights protesters last night during a campaign fundraising speech for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Several protesters interrupted Obama's speech to show their anger over the slow progress on repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" -- the military's ban on gay service...
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A $600 Trillion Bubble? Lobbyists Swarm Derivatives
WASHINGTON - Assessing the battle to overhaul the nation's financial regulations recently, Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, left no doubt about the consequences if Congress cracked down on his bank's immense business in derivatives. "It will be negative," he said. "Depending on...
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US Military Withdrawal Imminent... But Only from Haiti
The US military will end its disaster relief mission in Haiti at the beginning of June, nearly six months after the massive earthquake struck. There are currently 2,200 US troops in the country, down from a peak of 22,000 in February when large numbers were despatched to help the aid effort. Some...
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