News for 2010-12-08

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Deafening Silence About the War in the Deficit Debate
There is a lot of talk right now on Capitol Hill about the need to balance the federal budget. Sadly, both Democrats and Republicans alike are largely debating about how best to balance the budget upon the backs of the poor and working people (who are many times the very same people) and the...
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Tax Cut Deal A Hidden Threat To Social Security
WASHINGTON - The tax cut deal that President Obama struck with congressional Republicans contains a provision that could ultimately be the undoing of Social Security, say Senate Democrats and backers of the old-age and disability program.
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Campaign Encourages People to Go ‘All Out’
NEW YORK - An organization that will ask people around the world to help secure rights for those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender is giving a sneak peek at its efforts. The organization, called All Out, is to formally introduce itself in early 2011. In the meantime, in kind of a...
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Aaron Sorkin Brands Sarah Palin TV Show 'A Snuff Film'
West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin today gave Sarah Palin both barrels over her US TV reality show, accusing the contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination of shooting an animal "for political gain". Sorkin, writer of the recent Facebook movie The Social Network, also accused the Fox...
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Haitians Protest Election Results
PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haitians are setting fires and taking to the barricades as thousands of people protest the results of the country's presidential election. Furious protesters in the capital, Port-au-Prince, were reported to have set fire to the headquarters of the ruling political party on...
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Pressure in US Mounts Against Oilsands Pipeline
CALGARY - Environmental groups in the United States have launched a $500,000 US campaign against a proposed Canadian bitumen pipeline, calling for President Barack Obama to reject TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL pipeline proposal. In a series of radio, television and print ads, the No Tar Sands Oil...
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Report: Tough Times Far from Over for States
PHOENIX -- Lawmakers have reduced spending for parks, health care for low-income children and some state-funded medical transplants. Still, the tough times are far from over. A report by the National Conference of State Legislatures to be released Wednesday says the fiscal crisis reshaping the...
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[title] Olberman: Mr. President, You Have Turned Your Back on Your Base
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The Peasant View of Cancún Talks: 'They Want to Turn the Air into a Commodity'
Cancún is this week a city of buses. Every day several hundred ferry 5,000 of the world's diplomats, businessmen and non-government groups to and from the centre of the burgeoning holiday city to the plush Moon Palace seaside resort 35km away from where the UN climate summit is being held.
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Nigeria Charges Former US VP Cheney in Bribery Case
LAGOS - Nigeria's anti-corruption agency filed charges against former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and the head of oil services firm Halliburton Co on Tuesday over an alleged scheme to bribe Nigerian officials. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it had filed 16-count...
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Accuser of WikiLeaks' Assange is Linked to Cuban Dissidents
One of the two Swedish women whose complaints led to the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been identified as a supporter of Cuban dissident groups. A U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks meanwhile reported that Brazilian officials had said that Brazil's investment in...
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US Fails in Settlements Freeze Bid
The United States has suspended its demand for Israel to renew a freeze on Jewish settlement building in the West Bank, throwing Palestinian-Israeli peace talks into deeper disarray. The White House and the state department disclosed on Tuesday that weeks of efforts to broker a new settlement...
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[title] Obama is "Ready for a Fight"... Later
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[field_image_caption-raw] MasterCard Site Partially Frozen by Hackers in WikiLeaks 'Revenge'
The website of MasterCard, the international credit card, has been hacked and partially paralysed by hackers, in apparent revenge for the payment network's decision to cease taking donations to WikiLeaks.
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House Democrats Rip Obama's Tax Cut Deal
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats gathered in the Capitol Tuesday evening to debate the tax-cut deal President Barack Obama struck with Republicans, but as it turned out, they were already in agreement to an extent rarely seen on the left side of the lower chamber. Across the board, Democrats who...
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