News for 2010-04-29

Thursday, April 29, 2010
Protesters Enter NYC Bank Buildings Before Rally
NEW YORK — Noisy protesters with signs took over three bank building lobbies on Thursday in a prelude to a Wall Street rally by workers and union leaders angry over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks. Hours before the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Both Parties Deaf to This Call: 'Fix the Economy, Not Wall Street'
Financial reform is the Congressional political issue of the month. Democrats say their bill will place essential controls on Wall Street to prevent abuse and a repeat of the financial crash. Republicans say it will encourage further Wall Street risk-taking by giving the big banks a guarantee of a...
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Lawmakers Call for Restrictions on Political Ads
WASHINGTON — Corporations and unions would have to identify themselves on political ads they bankroll, and the CEO or top official would have to make "I approve this message" statements under legislation being introduced in Congress Thursday. The measures are a direct response to a 5-4 ruling by...
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Violence, Video Games, and the Supreme Court
When the WikiLeaks video hit, the video game comparisons came fast and furious, including on this show , where we looked at a report that video games might help overcome people's natural resistance to shooting at one another. Now the Supreme Court is going to look at whether the a ban on sale of...
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5 Green Groups Declare Senate Climate Bill 'Unacceptable'
WASHINGTON - Five national environmental groups declared the stalled Senate climate and energy bill "unacceptable" on Tuesday, saying the nation would be better off in the long run without it. The current form of the bill is "too high a price" and "the solution is a fake one," said Bill Snape,...
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The Law that Turned Arizona into a Pariah State
They were looking forward to a busy weekend at the Arizona Inn, a historic boutique hotel set in 14 acres of lush gardens in central Tucson. Genteel holidaymakers typically pay upwards of $300-a-night to lounge by the sun-drenched pool, drink tea on the patio, or dine under the desert stars,...
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'The Exxon Valdez is Going to Pale in Comparison'
The US military has joined efforts to stop an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico as fears rise about its scale. Five times as much oil as previously thought could be leaking from the well beneath where a rig exploded and sank last week, US officials said earlier. The slick is 45 miles (72km) by 105...
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'US Seeks Deal' in Guantanamo Child Soldier Case
Prosecutors and defence lawyers have been discussing a possible plea bargain for a young Canadian held on terrorism charges at the US military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a defence lawyer has said. As pre-trial hearings in Omar Khadr's case began, a defence lawyer said there had been...
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Crippling, Crushing, and Suffocating Iran
On Wednesday afternoon, members of the House and Senate gathered for a conference committee meeting to discuss the bills passed by each house to impose sanctions on Iran. As I sat down at my desk to write this, I pulled out my Roget's Thesaurus to see how many synonyms for "crippling," 'crushing...
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Israeli Troops Kill Gaza Protester
Israeli soldiers have shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian during a protest against a buffer zone being built between the eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, Gaza medical officials have said. Moaweya Hassanein, was shot in the abdomen, the head of Gaza's emergency services, told reporters. He was...
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Arizona Sheriff Rejects Immigration Law
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Ecological Disaster Looms as Gulf Spill Moves Toward Fragile Coastline
NEW ORLEANS - A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is even worse than believed and as the government grows concerned that the rig's operator is ill-equipped to contain it, officials are offering a military response to try to avert a massive environmental disaster along the ecologically fragile...
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