News for 2011-04-12

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Kucinich's Lonely Fight Against Obama's Libya War
Sometimes it seems like Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is carrying the ball all by himself in criticizing President Obama’s misguided war in Libya. Earlier this week, Kucinich warned that Obama was “prolonging a civil war” in Libya by aiding “mysterious ‘rebels’” who rejected an African...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US-Pakistan Relations Facing Biggest Crisis Since 9/11, Officials Say
Bitter disputes over covert CIA activities and drone attacks inside Pakistan , lack of progress over peace talks in Afghanistan , and rising Islamist-led opposition to the presence of foreign forces in the region are fuelling the biggest crisis in US-Pakistan relations s
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[field_image_caption-raw] Japan Radiation Fears Grip Town on Edge of Destruction
The debris strewn along the coastal neighborhoods of Minamisoma should be proof enough of the devastation wrought by the tsunami that hit Japan's north-east coast on 11 March. But for the past month this sprawling town in Fukushima prefecture has been confronted by a second, more insidious threat:...
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[title] The US and the Green Battle
According to a report by Pew, a US non-profit organisation that provides analysis on public policies, global funding for alternative power grew by more than 30 per cent in the past three years, reaching a record $243bn in 2010. China leads the push for clean energy development, while the US - the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] An Appalachian Radio Voice Threatened From Afar
WHITESBURG, Ky. — Rich Kirby, a part-time producer for WMMT, the community radio station here , was interviewing two local aid officials the other day about the effect of Washington’s proposed budget cuts on this region, in the heart of Appalachia.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mr. Serious: The Ryan Budget Plan and the Beltway Media
NEW YORK - The budget proposal released last week by Rep. Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) includes tax cuts for the wealthy, tax hikes for the middle class, drastic cuts in spending and a radical restructuring of Medicare that would shift most of the cost of healthcare to seniors.
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Some States, Working Poor Could Pay More Taxes
Several states want to scale back or eliminate a tax credit for the working poor, as they try to balance their budgets. Anti-poverty groups say some of these same states also want to cut taxes for businesses. Governors say they're trying to balance the need to promote jobs with deficit reduction...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ruling Against Arizona Immigration Law Upheld
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court in San Francisco refused Monday to let Arizona require its police to demand documentation from suspected illegal immigrants, saying the state is intruding into federal authority and harming U.S. foreign policy. In a 2-1 ruling, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] DC Mayor Vincent Gray Released After Being Arrested For Protesting Budget Restrictions
WASHINGTON — The budget deal lawmakers struck to avoid a government shutdown was greeted by some with relief, but it has one city already reeling: the capital itself. City officials say Washington was used as a pawn in last week's budget bargaining, with new restrictions part of the price of a deal.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Shale Gas as Dirty as Oil, Coal for Warming
Shale gas, an energy source enjoying a boom in North America and Europe, carries a greater carbon footprint than oil, coal and conventional gas over at least a 20-year period, according to a study released on Tuesday. Scientists led by Robert Howarth from New York's Cornell University looked at...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chopped: Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services
WASHINGTON - More than half of the $38 billion in spending cuts that lawmakers agreed to last week in the 2011 budget compromise that averted a government shutdown would hit education, labor and health programs.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Governors Cut Taxes — and Medical Aid to the Poor
AUGUSTA, Maine— In their drive to cut medical assistance to the poor while pushing tax breaks benefiting the affluent, congressional Republicans are following the lead of a group of governors who have championed this approach to balance state budgets. The strategy — reprising the supply-side...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pakistan 'Asks US to Cut CIA's Role'
CIA is considering greater co-ordination and information sharing with Pakistan's intelligence agency, US officials say. Leon Panetta, the CIA director, and Ahmed Shuja Pasha, the head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, met on Monday at the CIA headquarters in Washington to discuss the...
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[title] Obama Budget Tactics Baffle, Disappoint Left
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