News for 2010-08-12

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Chris Dodd, Top Democrat, Fights Against Elizabeth Warren
Despite the outpouring of support for bailout watchdog Elizabeth Warren's candidacy to lead a new consumer protection agency, one prominent Democrat continues to publicly stand in her way: Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd.
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Judge says Gay Marriages Can Start, But Gives Time for Appeal
A San Francisco federal judge today ruled that same-sex marriages should resume immediately in California, but put his decision on hold to give an appeals court an opportunity to consider whether to allow the marriage licenses to be issued while the legal challenge to the state's gay marriage ban...
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WikiLeaks Preparing to Release More Afghan Files
LONDON - WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange said Thursday his organization is preparing to release the rest of the secret Afghan war documents it has on file. WikiLeaks already has published 77,000 classified U.S. military reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010, an extraordinary...
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Instead of 'Happy Birthday' Wishes, Social Security (Again) Faces Threat from Rightwing
The favorite bogeyman of the Right, Social Security insolvency, is rearing its ugly head once again. Obama's deficit commission has been told that no solution is off the table, and Dean Baker notes it wouldn't be the first time that a Democratic administration went forward with plans that a...
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The Coming Military Offensive Against the July 2011 Timetable
The military has put together a game plan, set up their strategy and deployed their troops into the field. They are ready to storm with full-spectrum pressure to achieve their objective. I’m not talking about winning the war in Afghanistan, whatever that means these days. I’m talking about winning...
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Russia's Agony a "Wake-Up Call" to the World
VIENNA - A wind turbine on an acre of northern Iowa farmland could generate 300,000 dollars worth of greenhouse-gas-free electricity a year. Instead, the U.S. government pays out billions of dollars to subsidise grain for ethanol fuel that has little if any impact on global warming, according to...
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States Make Anti-Union, Preemptive Strike Against EFCA
PHOENIX - With Washington silent for now on legislation championed by unions, the debate is playing out instead in the states.
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Turkey Sets Up Its Own Inquiry into Israeli Raid
ANKARA — Turkey has set up a commission to carry out its own investigation into Israel's raid on Gaza-bound aid ships which left nine Turks dead, the foreign ministry said Thursday. The commission, which will work under the prime minister's office, will "investigate the attack and the treatment the...
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Omar Khadr: Camp Delta's 'Good Kid' Fights for a Second Chance
In 2002, when Omar Khadr was a teenager, he followed his father on to the battlefields of Afghanistan, inspired by jihadist literature calling on Muslims to fight a holy war against Western invaders. Eight years after his capture by American forces and his rehabilitation at Guantanamo Bay, the 23-...
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Claims of Afghan Civilian Deaths Spark Protest
A crowd of about 300 villagers yelled "Death to the United States " and blocked a main road in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday as they swore that U.S. forces had killed three innocent villagers, officials said.
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UN Appeals for Pakistan Aid as Flood Threat Continues
SUKKUR, Pakistan — The United Nations appealed Wednesday for $459 million in emergency aid for Pakistan as fresh monsoon rains raised fears that new flooding could drive more people from their homes, deepening the humanitarian catastrophe.
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Deductible Me: GOP Deficit Hypocrisy
Republicans don't realize that extending the Bush tax cuts will strengthen the deficit monster that's going to eat our babies.
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Netanyahu Rejects Peace Talks Based on 1967 Borders
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday rejected a Palestinian demand that direct negotiations be based on a statement by the Quartet confirming its position that the future Palestinian state will be based on the 1967 borders. Meeting in Jerusalem with U.S. envoy George Mitchell,...
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Disasters Could Push Food Prices Up
Fires, floods, locusts and droughts - a combination of crises that could mean higher food prices around the world over the next 12 months. The US agriculture department will release a report on Thursday assessing world grain supplies. Many analysts expect it will forecast a two-year low for wheat...
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Florida Immigrant Crackdown Aims to Outdo Arizona Laws
Florida's attorney general on Wednesday promised to introduce laws emulating - and exceeding - the draconian clampdown on undocumented immigrants recently attempted by Arizona. The proposed legislation would put the sunshine state at the forefront of the anti-immigrant moves rapidly sweeping across...
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