News for 2011-04-07

Thursday, April 7, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Unnecessary Austerity, Unnecessary Shutdown
WASHINGTON - "We're broke." Or so claim governors and lawmakers all over the country. Our states and our nation can no longer afford, their plaint goes, the programs and services that Americans expect government to provide. We must do with less. We need "austerity."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Who, Not What, Is Behind GOP Medicare Plan? The Private Insurance Industry
Democrats who think Paul Ryan and his Republican colleagues have foolishly wrapped their arms around the third rail of American politics by proposing to hand the Medicare program to private insurers will themselves look foolish if they take for granted that the public will always be on their side.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Government Shutdown in Budget Battle May Hinge on Clean Air, Abortion
Washington— Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Democrats and Republican in Congress have essentially agreed on spending levels for the rest of the year, but a budget deal is being held up by a split over policy measures related to abortion funding and clean-air regulation.
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[title] Nobel Economist Joseph Stiglitz: Assault on Social Spending, Pro-Rich Tax Cuts Turning US Into Nation "Of the 1 Percent, by the 1 Percent, for the 1 Percent"
This week Republicans unveiled a budget proposal for 2012 that cuts more than $5.8 trillion in government spending over the next decade. The plan calls for sweeping changes to Medicaid and Medicare, while reducing the top corporate and individual tax rates to 25 percent.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Breaking: Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake Hits Off Japan Coast; Localized Tsunami Warning Follows
Japan -- Japan was rattled by a strong aftershock and tsunami warning Thursday night nearly a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the northeastern coast. The Japan meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for a wave of up to one meter. The warning was issued for a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 1Sky and 350.org Merge under 350.org Banner to Unite Large-scale Powerful Grassroots Climate Movement
Washington, DC -- Even as Congress passes laws designed to gut the Clean Air Act and prevent action on global warming, the merger of two of the strongest climate campaigns signals the beginnings of a powerful mass movement for real action.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Schools Face Cliff as Education Money Dries Up
As lawmakers around the country debate their states' budgets, they're staring over the edge of a massive fiscal cliff — the point where about $100 billion in federal stimulus money for education will run out. The end of that money will compound states' severe budget woes and likely lead to...
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[title] Aileen Mioko Smith: Cleaning Up Nuclear Crisis in Japan
The news today from Japan is that the leak at the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant has been stopped but the crisis is far from over. Radiation levels remain high even outside the evacuation zone, contaminated fish are turning up, and the government seems to be insisting on business as usual,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Lawyer, Once Supportive of Bush Removal, Drafts Obama Impeachment
A prominent libertarian constitutional lawyer and civil libertarian has drafted an article of impeachment against President Obama over his attack on Libya , throwing down a legal gauntlet that could be picked up by some Congressional Republicans
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[field_image_caption-raw] Following Death Row, An Award for Prison Journalist
After spending 44 years behind bars for murdering a bank teller during a botched robbery in 1961, Wilbert Rideau will finally stand in to receive Long Island University’s prestigious George Polk Award for journalism today in a midtown Manhattan hotel. Rideau won the award in 1980, while on death...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Defies Unions, Human Rights Advocates with Colombia Deal
President Obama broke with union supporters Wednesday over a controversial trade agreement with Colombia that is vociferously opposed by organized labor. The administration announced it would move forward with the deal after agreeing to an “action plan” with Colombia in which that country promises...
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[field_image_caption-raw] CBO: Seniors Would Pay Much More for Medicare under Ryan Plan
WASHINGTON — Seniors and people with disabilities would pay much more for Medicare under a new plan by Republicans in the House of Representatives that's aimed at curbing the nation's growing budget deficit, a Congressional Budget Office analysis shows. For example, by 2030, typical 65-year-olds...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rush to Use Crops as Fuel Raises Food Prices and Hunger Fears
The starchy cassava root has long been an important ingredient in everything from tapioca pudding and ice cream to paper and animal feed.
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