News for 2011-04-08

Friday, April 8, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] The People's Budget: What a "Centrist" Budget Should Look Like
WASHINGTON - Just when it seemed that all of Washington had lost its values and its connection with the American people, a bolt of hope has arrived. It is the People's Budget put forward by the co-chairs of the 80-member Congressional Progressive Caucus . Their plan is humane, responsible, and most...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Scientists Link Oil on Dolphins to BP Spill
Scientists confirmed on Thursday that they have discovered oil on dead dolphins found along the U.S. Gulf Coast, raising fresh concerns about the effects of last year's BP oil spill on sea life. Fifteen of the 406 dolphins that have washed ashore in the last 14 months had oil on their bodies,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Spending Agreed, Abortion is the Impasse: Reid
WASHINGTON — All financial elements of a US budget have been resolved between Democrats and Republicans, with the entire spending plan hinging Friday on an "ideological battle" over abortion, the top Democratic senator said. With a midnight deadline fast approaching, bickering lawmakers have...
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[title] At National Conference for Media Reform, A Roundtable on Journalism, Broadband, and Broadcast Amidst Cutbacks and Consolidation
Negotiations continue between Democrats and Republicans to break a U.S. budget deadlock and avoid a government shutdown. Without an agreement on spending for the next six months, money to operate the government runs out at midnight tonight. We discuss the possible shutdown and the latest news from...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NATO Says No Apology for Strike on Libyan Rebel Tanks
AJDABIYA, Libya – NATO refused on Friday to apologise for a deadly airstrike on Libyan rebel tanks and dismissed talk of a military stalemate, as the insurgents regrouped their scattered forces in the east. British Rear Admiral Russell Harding, deputy commander of NATO's Libya operations, said the...
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US Nuclear-Disaster Preparedness Hobbled by Uncertain Chain of Command
If the United States faced a nuclear disaster, local governments would automatically take charge, followed by federal authorities if the crisis grew too big for local responders to handle. But this system has a flaw: The nation's emergency plans don't spell out when or how the transfer of authority...
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Judge Gains 7,500 Votes in Wisconsin Election after "Inputting Error"
WAUKESHA - Incumbent Justice David Prosser gained a 7,500-vote lead in the hotly contested state Supreme Court race Thursday after the clerk in conservative-leaning Waukesha County announced she undercounted the votes because of an inputting error. If the new results stand, they would swing the...
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WikiLeaks Cables Show US Took Softer Line Toward Libya
WASHINGTON — Dozens of confidential and secret cables sent in recent years by the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to the State Department describe a softer and gentler Libya that Americans following the bloody crisis there now would have a hard time recognizing.
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US Health Care System Unprepared for Major Nuclear Emergency
U.S. officials say the nation's health system is ill-prepared to cope with a catastrophic release of radiation, despite years of focus on the possibility of a terrorist "dirty bomb" or an improvised nuclear device attack.
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