News for 2010-06-22

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Judge Who Ruled Against Offshore Drilling Moratorium Invests in Oil Industry
Today, Judge Martin Feldman , a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, sided with a drilling company which had argued that the Obama administration’s blanket, 6-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico was illegal.
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Obama's Real McChrystal Problem: Afghanistan Plan in Trouble
Gen. Stanley McChrystal's MacArthur Moment was more than an embarrassment for the White House - it was a reminder of just how badly Barack Obama's "good war" in Afghanistan is going. The challenge facing Obama in responding to his loose-lipped Afghan commander has an obvious parallel in Harry...
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American Power Act Fails to Reduce Emissions Enough to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change
WASHINGTON - June 22 - As the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history devastates the Gulf of Mexico, clarifying the urgent need for bold, effective climate legislation, a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis of the American Power Act demonstrates the bill’s gross inadequacies.
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Conservationists Hit BP With $19 Billion Clean Water Act Lawsuit
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - In the largest citizen enforcement action ever taken under the Clean Water Act, the Center for Biological Diversity is suing BP and Transocean Ltd., for illegally spilling more than 100 million gallons of oil and other pollutants into the Gulf of Mexico. The suit was filed...
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Magazine Interview Fallout
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Judge Blocks Gulf Offshore Drilling Moratorium
Breaking: Look for updates as this story develops. NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill. The White House said the administration would appeal. It had halted...
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Would a Push to Curb Carbon Really Reduce US Dependence on Oil?
President Obama and congressional Democrats cite the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster as a powerful reason to pass climate legislation, but economists see a flaw with the link: Leading Senate measures would do little to curb petroleum use. Legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions largely...
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Haitian Farmers Leery of Monsanto's Largesse
PÉTIONVILLE - Haitian farmers are worried that giant transnational corporations like Monsanto are attempting to gain a larger foothold in the local economy under the guise of earthquake relief and rebuilding. "Seeds represent a kind of right to life," peasant leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste told IPS...
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iOS4: Apple to Start Collecting User Location Data
Apple has amended its privacy policy to give it the ability to collect user location data. The changes are part of Apple's new iPhone, iPod touch and iPad operating system, iOS4, and users must give their explicit consent for the data to be collected.
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Canadian Rendition Probe Expands to US, Syria
NEW YORK - The Canadian government has quietly been conducting an international criminal probe of the actions of Syrian and U.S. authorities in the case of Maher Arar, the Canadian who was arrested in 2002 by U.S. officials and then rendered to a Syrian jail where he was held incommunicado and...
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The American Way of War: The Dismal "War on Terror" from Bush to Obama
CHICAGO - A year and a half into the presidency of Barack Obama, any hopes that he would usher in a dramatic rethinking of U.S. foreign policy have been more or less definitively dashed.
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BP's Other Toxic Legacy: 'Decades of Misery' for Gulf Health
Merle Savage was an "outdoors person" who found joy in the big things Mother Nature had to offer. She climbed Alaska's mountains and hiked the Grand Canyon. But then the big spill hit, and there would be no more climbing, no more hiking, and very little joy.
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The Runaway General
How'd I get screwed into going to this dinner?" demands Gen. Stanley McChrystal. It's a Thursday night in mid-April, and the commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is sitting in a four-star suite at the Hôtel Westminster in Paris. He's in France to sell his new war strategy to our...
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Auto Dealers Maneuver for Exemption in Financial Reform Bill
In Arizona, Hector Maldonado says he ran into trouble with his bosses because he objected to what he claims was his employer's habit of faking financial information to qualify customers for loans they couldn't afford. One manager, Maldonado alleged in a lawsuit, cursed and threatened him after he...
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Does Big Oil's Influence Extend to NASA?
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Ravitch Warns Obama on Education Policy: 'Change Course Before it is Too Late"
Education historian Diane Ravitch has been talking with thousands of people as she crisscrosses the country talking about education reform and her New York Times best-selling book, " The Death and Life of the Great American School System ."
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US Indirectly Paying Afghan Warlords as Part of Security Contract
The U.S. military is funding a massive protection racket in Afghanistan , indirectly paying tens of millions of dollars to warlords, corrupt public officials and the Taliban to ensure safe passage of its supply convoys throughout the country, according to congressional investigators.
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Protesters Disrupt BP Speech as Tony Hayward Pulls Out
Anti-BP protesters from Greenpeace today disrupted a speech by the company's chief of staff, Steve Westwell, at a major oil conference in London, urging the company to change its ways following the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Westwell was delivering the speech in place of the oil giant's...
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Giving Peace Advice to Terrorist Can Be Illegal
WASHINGTON - The government can prosecute private citizens for giving advice to a foreign organization - on how to negotiate peace or take its case to the United Nations, for example - if the group is on the U.S. terrorist list, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In the most important foreign policy...
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US General McChrystal Apologizes for Magazine Remarks
WASHINGTON — US commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal was ordered to the White House to personally explain his criticism of the president and his senior advisers, a top US official said. "McChrystal has been directed to attend (Wednesday's) monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan...
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