News for 2011-06-02

Thursday, June 2, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Lawmakers Introduce Reality-Based Plan to Achieve “Freedom From Oil”
Members of Congress of all stripes are trying to show that they’re concerned and responsive to the financial strain caused by high gas prices. Some are recommending more oil drilling. Some want to end subsidies to oil companies. Today, members of the Congressional Livable Communities Task Force...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Citizens United 2.0 and the 'Regressive Era of Money in Politics'
Campaign fundraisers are already at work on the upcoming presidential election—Obama 2012 is soliciting donations, and Republican candidates like Tim Pawlenty are spending more time meeting donors than voters.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sen. Sanders Calls Out GOP and Dems on Corporate Tax Rates, Breaks for Wealthiest
WASHINGTON - Congress and the White House are now focused on how we deal with our huge deficit -- a crisis brought about over the last 10 years by two wars, tax breaks for the rich, the Wall Street bailout and a prescription drug program -- all unpaid for. The deficit also increased as a result of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Democrats Push for Warren to Lead Consumer Agency
WASHINGTON - A group of more than 90 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are urging President Obama to appoint Elizabeth Warren as head of the new consumer agency without Senate approval if Republicans threaten to block her nomination. Last month, Senate Republicans said they will block...
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[title] Bill Moyers: 'Journalism Undermines Itself by Putting Opinion over Reporting'
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[field_image_caption-raw] Locked Up for Reading a Poem
Bahrain's security forces are increasingly targeting women in their campaign against pro-democracy protesters despite yesterday lifting martial law in the island kingdom. Ayat al-Gormezi, 20, a poet and student arrested two months ago after reading out a poem at a pro-democracy rally, is due to go...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'The Last Mountain': The Fight Against Coal
NASHVILLE, TN - Right now in Tennessee, there are four active mountaintop removal mining operations and 13 such permits pending. Each of them is in East Tennessee, clustered along the Appalachian side of the Cumberland Plateau, which is home to one of the largest and most biodiverse forest systems...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Reagan: Too Left Wing for Today’s Republicans
They were doing a roaring trade at the Ronald Reagan Library this holiday weekend, with crowds so big that the car-park overflowed and visitors were forced to undergo the most un-American ordeal of parking up to a mile from the gate and walking up a steep hill to the ticket office.
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[field_image_caption-raw] The War in Libya Growing More Illegal by the Day
To the extent that the War Powers Resolution (WPR) authorized President Obama to fight a war in Libya for 60 days without Congressional approval -- and, for reasons I described here , it did not -- that 60-day period expired 12 days ago . Since that date, the war has been unquestionably i
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[field_image_caption-raw] Doctor’s Video Blog Offers a Window on Yemen’s Revolution
Amid the chaos and violence engulfing parts of Yemen’s capital , Sana, on Wednesday, thousands of protesters remain camped out in a central square, still calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.
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[field_image_caption-raw] How Police Brutality Helped Spain’s 15-M Protests
In recent days, music fans and political activists in Spain have been remembering Gil Scott-Heron, the singer-songwriter who died last Friday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] DoE Moves Forward With Gainful Employment Rule for For-Profit Colleges
The Department of Education advanced their gainful employment rule that targets for-profit colleges and vocational programs who have successfully used public money through grants and student loans to increase their business, while delivering little of value to students.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Carbon Market May Bring Financial Bubble, Bolivian Envoy Says
NEW YORK - The global carbon market, valued at about $124 billion in 2010, may create a new financial bubble and is a poor way to address the climate crisis, Bolivia's United Nations ambassador said. "The possibility of a new financial bubble that will be created through this carbon market is very...
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[title] US Probes Banks over Recession
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenpeace Arctic Oil Protest Ended by Danish Navy
Danish navy commandos have ended the occupation of an Arctic drilling rig by Greenpeace by breaking into the protesters' survival pod hanging off the drilling platform.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US-Led Global War on Drugs a Failure: Report
A 19-member international panel has condemned the US-led "War on Drugs" campaign as a failure and has recommended major reforms of the global drug prohibition regime. The Global Commission on Drug Policy report , released on Thursday, argues that the four-decades-long campaign has failed to make...
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