News for 2010-04-27

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monied Lobbying Forces Gird for Immigration Reform Battle
Wall Street certainly stonewalls Washington during financial reform battles. Big oil mobilizes in the face of energy legislation. Insurance companies set up camp in the capital during the health care debate.
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War Propaganda from Afghanistan
The New York Times yesterday excitedly declared that the imminent Battle of Kandahar "has become the make-or-break offensive of the eight-and-half-year [Afghanistan] war" and is " the pivotal test of President Obama's Afghanistan strategy." As Atrios suggests , there never is any such thing as "...
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Broad Bipartisan Coalition Fighting Fed In Senate
As unusual a coalition as can be crafted in the Senate plans to fight for an amendment to the Wall Street reform bill that would open the Federal Reserve to a serious audit by the Government Accountability Office. Sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the language is modeled after an amendment...
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Manuel Noriega - from US Friend to Foe
Before Saddam Hussein there was Manuel Noriega. Like Saddam, Noriega enjoyed US support until he turned into a wayward ally, then an embarrassment, and finally an "imminent danger" who had to be overthrown.
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Goldman Sachs Faces New Accusations
WASHINGTON - More evidence has been found that the investment bank Goldman Sachs developed a strategy to profit from the housing meltdown at the expense of clients, US senate investigators say. The revelations come as the CEO and other executives of Goldman Sachs are set to appear in a congress...
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UN Shuts Mission in Afghanistan's Kandahar
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The United Nations said on Tuesday it had temporarily withdrawn foreign staff and shut its mission in Kandahar, the Afghan city where security has deteriorated ahead of a major military offensive. U.N. spokeswoman Susan Manuel said some foreign staff in the Kandahar office...
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Visible from Space, Deadly on Earth: the Gas Flares of Nigeria
There is an ominous new arrival in the tropical forest outside Yenagoa in the southern Nigerian state of Bayelsa. It travels on black metal stilts above the green canopy before sinking into a concrete bunker where, when the bulldozers and cranes have finished work, millions of cubic feet of natural...
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US 'to Transfer Bagram Detainees' but Questions (and Many Prisoners) Remain
The US military has told Al Jazeera that it is negotiating with foreign governments to take non-Afghan prisoners from its controversial prison at the Bagram airbase outside Kabul, the Afghan capital. Vice-Admiral Robert Harward of the Joint Task Force 435, who is head of detainee operations, said "...
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Big Oil Fought Off New Safety Rules Before Rig Explosion
As families mourn the 11 workers thrown overboard in the worst oil rig disaster in decades and as the resulting spill continues to spread through the Gulf of Mexico, new questions are being raised about the training of the drill operators and about the oil company's commitment to safety.
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Developing Nations Gain Clout at World Bank - Depending on Your Math
WASHINGTON - Developing countries will have a slightly larger say at the World Bank under an agreement reached at the institution's spring meetings this weekend. But some groups are challenging whether the shift in voting shares is as large as it should be - or as large as the bank says it is.
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Wall Street Reform: A Big Flop for the Big Lie Strategy?
WASHINGTON - Over the past two decades, Wall Street pushed hard to weaken government oversight and loosen regulatory restrictions on the financial industry's behavior. Once Wall Street was able to play by its own rules, old standards went out the window. The resulting binge of greed, speculation,...
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Is the Arizona Immigration Law Racist?
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