News for 2011-01-04

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Dems Accuse GOP Of 'Enron-Type Accounting' And Assaults On CBO
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats, removed from their rhetorical shackles by the coming Republican control of the House, are accusing the GOP of resorting to "Enron-type accounting" in their efforts to push legislation in the next Congress.
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Greenwash: Walmart's "Love, Earth" Jewelry Line Doesn't Live Up to Green Promises
A few blocks from the jewelry factory's entrance in La Paz, Bolivia, Julia and Maria look over their shoulders to see if the night guards are watching. The two young Aymara Indian women shiver in the cold night air and lower their heads as they speak. "It's a horrible experience, but it's what I...
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Bees in Freefall as Study Shows Sharp US Decline
The abundance of four common species of bumblebee in the US has dropped by 96% in just the past few decades, according to the most comprehensive national census of the insects . Scientists said the alarming decline, which could have devastating implications for the pollination of both wild and...
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Rep. Issa to Big Business: What Regulations Should GOP Fight?
In news from Capitol Hill, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has asked the oil industry, drug manufacturers, healthcare providers and telecom firms to tell him which government regulations he should target this year as the new chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. According to...
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Most Americans Say Tax Rich to Balance Budget: Poll
Most Americans think the United States should raise taxes for the rich to balance the budget, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll released on Monday. President Barack Obama last month signed into law a two-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for millions of Americans, including the...
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How Republicans and Tea Party Will Use Congress to Bash Barack Obama
The Republican party is to use the new Congress, which begins on Wednesday, to mount a guerrilla campaign aimed at destroying Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, slashing the federal budget and preparing the ground for his defeat in the 2012 White House race.
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How Republicans and Tea Party Will Use Congress to Bash Barack Obama
The Republican party is to use the new Congress, which begins on Wednesday, to mount a guerrilla campaign aimed at destroying Barack Obama's healthcare reforms, slashing the federal budget and preparing the ground for his defeat in the 2012 White House race.
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[title] Australian Floods: 'Disaster of Biblical Proportions'
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Israel Preparing for 'Large Scale War': Cable
OSLO - Israel's army chief told a US Congress delegation in late 2009 he was preparing for a large war in the Middle East, probably against Hamas or Hezbollah, leaked US diplomatic cables showed on Sunday. "I am preparing the Israeli army for a large scale war, since it is easier to scale down to a...
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Greece Defends 'Anti-Migrant' Fence
Greece has defended plans to build a 12.5km fence across part of its border with Turkey in a bid to prevent a wave of immigrants from flowing into the country, its public order ministry has said. Asian and African migrants increasingly use the northern Greece Evros border with Turkey to reach...
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US to Deploy Gorgon Stare Drone
Called Gorgon Stare, after the ancient Greek creature whose gaze turned enemies to stone, the new airborne surveillance system can send dozens of live images to a maximum of 10 soldiers on the ground who would use hand-held devices similar in size to an iPad or Kindle. It could also transmit to...
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The State of Native America: Very Unemployed and Mostly Ignored
As the new year begins, it’s as good a time as any to look at a topic almost completely ignored by mainstream media: how Native American people are faring in the U.S. labor market. The economy and its paucity of jobs dominated U.S. headlines throughout 2010, but news media overlooked the...
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US-Japan Discussed 'Action' Against Anti-Whalers
TOKYO - Japanese and American officials discussed taking action to weaken a prominent anti-whaling group, with Tokyo insisting that Sea Shepherd's confrontations on the high seas actually hurt efforts to reduce whaling, U.S. diplomatic cables show. The U.S. representative to the International...
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Tax on Carbon: The Only Way to Save Our Planet?
Professor James Hansen's last formal engagement was delivering a keynote paper to the American Geophysical Union Autumn meeting. After that, he spent the holidays not enjoying wintry walks or taking advantage of the sales, but doing something altogether more industrious. "I'm writing a paper to...
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[title] Econ 101 with the 2011 GOP
Keith with NY Congressman Anthony Weiner: Will the GOP Hurt the Economy?:
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Thousands Pay Tribute to Judy Bonds: She Has Been to the Mountaintop, and Now We Must Fight Harder to Save It
She was a tireless, funny, and inspiring orator , and a savvy and brilliant community organizer . She was fearless in the face of threats . As the godmother of the anti-mountaintop removal movement, she gave birth to a new generation of clean energy and human rights activists across the nation.
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