News for 2010-10-14

Thursday, October 14, 2010
US Presses Allies on Missile Shield
BRUSSELS – The United States urged NATO allies Thursday to invest in a missile shield and avoid harmful budget cuts at a rare meeting of defence and foreign ministers clouded by the war in Afghanistan. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Robert Gates made the plea, echoed by...
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After Flood, Pakistani Children Face Winter Peril
HYDERABAD, Pakistan — As winter approaches on Pakistan's flooded southern plains, thousands of malnourished children are living in dirty, spartan tents without prospect of a home, officials and UN workers say. Doctors treating thin and bedraggled youngsters say a lack of nutritious food and clean...
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How 2 Civilian Sleuths Brought Foreclosure Problems to Light
PALM BEACH, Fla. - More than a year before lenders, law firms and document companies began owning up to widespread paperwork problems with their foreclosure filings, Lisa Epstein and Michael Redman already knew that something was wrong - very wrong. Redman, a former online automobile consultant,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] WikiLeaks says Funding Has Been Blocked After Government Blacklisting
The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks claims that it has had its funding blocked and that it is the victim of financial warfare by the US government. Moneybookers, a British-registered internet payment company that collects WikiLeaks donations, emailed the organisation to say it had closed down its...
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10/10/10 - We Got to Work!
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Social Capital: Doing Good And Making Money
There are some problems that neither pure capitalism nor charity can solve. Social capital is a new way of looking at solving those problems. This month, people from all over the world came to SOCAP10 in San Francisco to talk about social capital, and put their money where their mouths are.
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‘Are You Guys Eventually Going To Disclose?’ Chamber Responds Bluntly, ‘No!’
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd hosted the Chamber of Commerce’s chief lobbyist Bruce Josten this morning to discuss our reports documenting the Chamber’s foreign sources of funding . As he has done in the past, Josten resorted to name-calling as a defense for his organization, suggesting that we’re a “liberal...
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Insurance Companies Struggle to Keep Sick Kids Profitable
In what appears to be an early skirmish in implementing the health-care overhaul, federal officials Wednesday urged states to push insurance companies to sell health policies for children - about a month after many insurers stopped selling child-only policies.
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50 Dems Urge EPA to Ignore Manchin, Fight Against Mountaintop Mining
Fifty House Democrats are encouraging the EPA to continue its efforts to rein in mountaintop removal coal mining .
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Report: Afghans Allege Abuse at Secret US Jail
KABUL, Afghanistan - A new report from a U.S. foundation details allegations of detainee abuse as recently as this year from Afghans who say they were held at a secret jail inside the main American military base in Afghanistan. The U.S. military has long operated a facility to detain those captured...
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Afghan Peace Council Chief: Taliban Ready to Talk
KABUL, Afghanistan — A former Afghan president who heads a new peace council said Thursday that he's convinced the Taliban are ready to negotiate peace. Burhanuddin Rabbani told reporters in Kabul that the Taliban have not completely rejected the idea of negotiating a nonmilitary resolution of the...
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US Spend-or-Cut Debate Rages on at World Knowledge Forum in Seoul
Spend or cut? It is a debate that goes to the heart of the post-2008 economic crisis - and yesterday simmering tensions over the two opposing strategies, between a Nobel prize-winning economist and a best-selling economic historian, boiled over again on a stage in South Korea.
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Vince Warren: Big Government But Failure to Restore Rule of Law Under Obama
Ahmed Ghailani, the Guantanamo prisoner accused of taking part in the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania goes the courts in NY this week but is being denied a fair trial as federal prosecutors recently rejected appealing a ruling by a trial judge that prohibits a key witness...
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Conservative Group, Flush with Funds, Turns to House
The conservative group American Crossroads, which has been singled out for criticism by President Obama and other Democrats, said Wednesday that it has shattered its fundraising goals in the face of such attacks and will now expand its efforts into House races as a result.
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