News for 2010-11-09

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Pennsylvania to Become 'Gasland'?
On the day after the midterm elections, the outline of Pennsylvania's next battleground was clearly drawn. Pittsburgh hosted the largest conference of companies interested in the massive Marcellus Shale gas deposit, thought to hold enough gas to power the entire US for anywhere from two to 30 years...
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Echoes of Iraq as Hawks Push for Attack on Iran
Emboldened by President Obama's political struggles, foreign-policy hard-liners are stepping up efforts to press the administration to take a tougher stance -- and perhaps even launch an attack -- on Iran. Some observers see parallels with the successful multiyear campaign for a U.S. invasion of...
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Changing Education Paradigms
This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Banks Get Big Bucks, Consumers Get Bupkis
Last week, the Federal Reserve announced a plan to buy an additional $600 billion worth of Treasury bonds in an attempt to stimulate the economy. On Democracy Now! , economist Michael Hudson argues that the $600 billion T-bill buy will help Wall Street at the expense of ordinary Americans.
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BP Had Little Defense Against a Disaster, Federal Investigation Says
The presidential commission investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster ran into controversy today by saying it had found no evidence that BP and other oil companies put profits ahead of safety on the Deepwater Horizon rig.
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Indonesia Under Fire Over 'Farcical' Abuse Trial
JAKARTA - US President Barack Obama must challenge Indonesia over its abuse and torture of Papuan civilians during his talks in Jakarta this week, human rights activists said on Monday. The call came after an Indonesian military tribunal hearing a case of torture was described as a "farce" and a "...
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Chemicals in Fast Food Wrappers Show Up in Human Blood
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada - Chemicals used to keep grease from leaking through fast food wrappers and microwave popcorn bags are migrating into food, being ingested by people and showing up as contaminants in blood, according to new research at the University of Toronto. The contaminants are...
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Netanyahu Pounds War Drums
WASHINGTON - Less than a week after Republicans made major gains in the U.S. midterm elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on President Barack Obama to "create a credible threat of military action" against Iran. Initial official reaction was negative, with Defense...
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Elizabeth Warren Helps Answer the Question: Can the Middle Class Be Saved?
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