News for 2010-12-03

Friday, December 3, 2010
Bush Officials Celebrate Tax Cut ‘Trap’ They Laid Nine Years Ago
As debate rages in Washington over the Bush tax cuts, set to expire at the end of this year, the Bush administration officials who initiated the steep tax cuts are celebrating what they see as an apparent victory, since signs point to a temporary extension of all the cuts.
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[field_image_caption-raw] WikiLeaks Cables: CIA Drew up UN Spying Wishlist for Diplomats
The US state department's wishlist of information about the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, and other senior members of his organisation was drawn up by the CIA, the Guardian has learned. The disclosure comes as new information emerged about Washington's intelligence gathering on...
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In Dire Economy, US Support Dies Out as Its Military Empire Grows
Does the average American know more about Lindsay Lohan or The Jersey Shore than the Iraq war? The United States military accounts for nearly half the defense spending in the entire world; it funds two wars along with hundreds of bases tactically positioned worldwide. Author David Vine says the...
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Media Matters, the Watchdog Group That Loves to Hate Fox News
It takes only an instant for a visitor to Media Matters for America's headquarters in downtown Washington to sense its mission, if not its methods. A few steps into its modern offices, which resemble a newspaper newsroom, a pair of prominently displayed signs spell out the basics: "Fox Keeps Fear...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hoover Wins! Corporate Media Spin Mid-Term Election as Victory for Austerity
While we had to wait until Election Night to find out that John Boehner eclipsed Nancy Pelosi, and that Harry Reid withstood Sharron Angle, one politician's success was pre-ordained by corporate media long before the votes were cast: Herbert Hoover. Although pundits rarely if ever named the long-...
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Progressives Must Start Agitating
"We need to become agitators," says Norman Solomon, Marin County activist and co-creator of the Green New Deal for the North Bay.
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Deficit Panel's Plan Goes Down to Defeat
In an 11-7 vote, President Obama's fiscal commission on Friday failed to adopt a sweeping plan for reining in the federal budget deficit. The panel had been working since February on a plan that would cut nearly $4 trillion in deficit spending over the next nine years and reduce the federal debt to...
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Small Business Owner Retorts GOP Talking Point: 'Tax Cuts Don't Trickle Down'
I've run a small business for more than 30 years, and the claim that more tax cuts for the rich can generate jobs at small businesses is ridiculous. Expecting high-end tax cuts to trickle down as job creation is about as reasonable as pouring gasoline on your hood and expecting it to run your...
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Around World, Thermometers Point to 2010 Being Hottest Year Yet
It may be snowing hard in Britain, but 2010 is on course to be the hottest year ever recorded for the world, figures released by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) indicated yesterday. Global average temperatures recorded up to the end of October show that in two of the three data sets...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Julian Assange Answers Questions in Online Q&A
Fwoggie I'll start the ball rolling with a question. You're an Australian passport holder - would you want return to your own country or is this now out of the question due to potentially being arrested on arrival for releasing cables relating to Australian diplomats and polices?
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President Obama: Keep Your Promise. Fight, Don't Cave, On Tax Cuts
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[field_image_caption-raw] WikiLeaks Cables: Karzai Pushed Nato to End Afghanistan Night Raids
US diplomats in Afghanistan continually warned that night raids against insurgents by special forces had dramatically eroded public support for the Nato mission in key parts of Afghanistan.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Cyber Attack Forces Wikileaks to Change Web Address
Whistle-blowing website Wikileaks has been forced to change its web address after the company providing its domain name cut off service. EveryDNS.net said it had terminated services because Wikileaks.org had come under massive cyber attacks. But Wikileaks has already reappeared using a Swiss web...
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