News for 2010-04-22

Thursday, April 22, 2010
HCAN on WellPoint: 'Murder By Spreadsheet'
Using some of the strongest language I've ever seen from this group, Health Care for America Now basically charged WellPoint with murder today, responding to the Murray Waas article showing that the insurance giant systematically dropped breast cancer patients from the rolls. HCAN spokesman Avram...
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Senate Must Strengthen Financial Reform, Bust Up Big Banks
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is absolutely right to insist that Congress, finally, get financial regulatory reform finished. And it’s tactically very smart to take the message to Wall Street and tell the financial titans that they will not be permitted to block reform any longer. But the...
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Chemical Industry Front Groups Look to Undermine EPA
A secretive group linked to a leading European chemical company has joined the campaign to defeat Barack Obama's green agenda, taking the fight beyond the traditional players - the big oil and coal firms - the Guardian has learned.
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Rent-A-Front: New Group Wages Stealth Battle Against Wall Street Reform
In the last few weeks, a new player entered the financial reform fray with a $1.6 million ad buy, a respected economist on board, a blitz of opinion columns on left-leaning websites, and a message, cooked right into the group's name -- Stop Too Big To Fail -- that liberals could love. But as...
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New Senate Climate Bill Is “Slap in the Face to Everything that Earth Day Stands For”
Today is the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day. In the years following the first Earth Day, the Nixon administration passed a series of major environmental legislation, including the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act. On Monday, Senators John Kerry, Joseph...
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Privacy Groups Challenge US Airport Body Scanners
NEW YORK - More than 30 privacy and civil liberties organizations have filed a formal petition with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), urging the federal agency to shut down the use of 'full body scanners' (FBS) at the nation's airports.
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Islamic Veils Face Ban in Belgium; Human Rights Group Call Law a 'Lose-Lose'
Belgium 's parliament is expected to pass a law today that would ban Islamic veils in public, making it the first European country to ban the wearing of the burqa or niqab.
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Goldman's White House Connections Raise Eyebrows
WASHINGTON — While Goldman Sachs' lawyers negotiated with the Securities and Exchange Commission over potentially explosive civil fraud charges, Goldman's chief executive visited the White House at least four times. White House logs show that Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein traveled to Washington...
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The Tea Party's Exaggerated Importance
2009 was the year when many journalists concluded they were slow to recognize the anti-government, anti-Obama rage that gave birth to the tea party movement. 2010 is the year when news organizations have decided to prove they get it. And get it. And get it some more.
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Not Taxed Enough Already: Thousands of Protesters at Illinois Capitol to Press for Tax Increase
SPRINGFIELD -- Thousands of protesters bused down by labor unions and social service advocates rallied at the Capitol today in an attempt to pressure state lawmakers into raising the income tax to avoid more budget cuts. A spokesman for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White estimated the rally...
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Empty Skies Proved that Airports Cause Pollution, say Researchers
Scientists have used the no-flying period caused by the ash cloud to show for the first time that airports are themselves significant causes of pollution. Although long suspected, the fact that mass take-offs and landings are large pollution sources could never be proved before, because aircraft...
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Reclaiming Earth Day: With Climate Chaos on the Horizon, the Environmental Movement Needs Traction
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day April 22, many seasoned environmentalists are left wondering how, in recent decades, so little has actually been accomplished.
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Taliban Defectors 'Are Rejoining Insurgency'
Almost a quarter of the low-ranking Taleban commanders lured out of the insurgency in southern Afghanistan have rejoined the fight because of broken government promises and paltry rewards, a scathing report on reintegration claims. Nato plans to spend more than $1 billion (£648 million) over the...
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Earth Day 1970: CBS News Special With Walter Cronkite
Part I: Part II:
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