News for 2011-06-14

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Supreme Court clears way for collective bargaining law to take effect
A Dane County judge overstepped her authority when she voided Gov. Scott Walker's measure limiting public sector collective bargaining, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a fractious 4-3 decision. In a nine-page decision -- followed by about 60 pages of concurring and dissenting opinions --...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US House Republican Leader Warns Obama over Libya
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner warned President Barack Obama on Tuesday that he was skating on thin legal ice by keeping U.S. forces involved in Libya for nearly three months without the authorization of Congress. The letter from the Republican leader of the House of Representatives to the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Syria: 'They Shot People Who Were Trying to Get Away'
The haunting memories of savage violence and loss are fresh in their minds. Now, with the vengeful forces of the regime closing in, the terrified and exhausted stream of the dispossessed fleeing Syria's strife await an uncertain fate. More than 10,000 people have headed for the Turkish border in an...
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[field_image_caption-raw] House Progressives Plan Big Summer Tour To Wrest The Jobs Debate From GOP
Republicans have pulled off a neat trick since taking over the House back in January -- they've repeatedly attacked President Obama on the languishing job market while shifting government focus away from job creation and toward the deficit and debt.
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[title] Elk: 'What's Happening in Appalachia Is Really a Canary in a Coal Mine of What Is Happening With Corporate Power Across the US'
The second battle over Blair Mountain is pitting protesters against corporate interests and what activists call "horrific working conditions." The mountaintop removal techniques used in the area have polluted the water and caused health problems and even deaths. Labor journalist Mike Elk has...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Confessions of a Nuclear Power Safety Expert
When Italy decided in the mid-’70s to add nuclear power to its power portfolio, young mechanical and nuclear engineer Cesare Silvi was among those attracted to the opportunities it presented. His work centered on nuclear safety issues — in particular, what might happen if something unexpected...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Trade Policy Undercuts Obama's Jobs Push
President Obama pledged to create new jobs during a visit yesterday to a high-tech lighting manufacturer in North Carolina, but the destruction of jobs unfolding at another lighting plant next door in Tennessee illustrates how U.S. trade policy is complicating those efforts.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Hit Back over 'Out-of-Touch' Criticism
The green movement is "out-of-touch, ineffective and bureaucratic", according to the campaigner who spent a decade leading Friends of the Earth in the UK , which celebrates its 40th anniversary on Wednesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Activists Cry Foul over FBI Probe
CHICAGO — FBI agents took box after box of address books, family calendars, artwork and personal letters in their 10-hour raid in September of the century-old house shared by Stephanie Weiner and her husband. The agents seemed keenly interested in Weiner’s home-based business, the Revolutionary...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Labor-Funded Progressive Leaders Cross Huffington Post Picket Line
Last week was a milestone in journalism, as the Huffington Post exceeded the New York Times in Web traffic and cemented its role as a main rival to the Gray Lady. It was also noted that the combined AOL-Huffington Post newsroom staff of 1,300 people is now bigger than the Times ' 1,200 person...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gaza's Hospital Stock Running on Near Empty
Human rights groups in Gaza are urgently requesting that international aid groups and donor groups to intervene and deliver urgent medical aid to Palestinian hospitals in Gaza. Palestinian officials say that Gaza's medicinal stock is nearly empty and is in crisis. This affects first aid care, in...
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[title] Mexico: Impunity and Profit
Once known as a booming industrial city and a model of economic progress in Mexico, the border city of Juarez has become infamous as the murder capital of the world. More than 8,000 people have been killed there since 2008, when Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent in the army to carry out his...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Canada Spurns Kyoto in Favor of Tar Sands
BONN - Canada was roundly criticised by other nations at a major U.N. climate meeting last week after being caught underreporting carbon emissions from its tar sands oil production facilities, one of the country's biggest and fastest growing sources of global warming gases. But even the "full...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US House Votes to Block Funding for Libya
WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives has voted to prohibit the use of funds for US military operations in Libya. Politicians adopted the amendment to a military appropriations bill by a vote of 248 to 163 late on Monday. A number of members of Congress have expressed their dissatisfaction...
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