News for 2011-06-24

Friday, June 24, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Bipartisan House Coalition Votes to Rebuke Obama on Libya
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives sent President Barack Obama a strong bipartisan message Friday that it's frustrated and impatient with the U.S. military mission in Libya. The House voted 295 to 123 to deny congressional consent for extending the three-month-old effort for another year, a...
Read more
[title] Rebuild The Dream
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Rove-Associated Groups Vow $120 Million In Attack Ads, Say More Is Needed
WASHINGTON -- The leaders of two behemoth Karl Rove-associated unlimited donation campaign fundraising groups on Friday promised to spend $120 million against Democrats in the 2012 election cycle, much of it in the form of attack ads. At the same time, the leaders of American Crossroads and...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Nuclear Terrorism Can Cause Another Fukushima: Expert
Global action to protect the nuclear industry against possible terrorist attacks is urgently needed, a leading expert said, as are safety steps to prevent any repeat of Japan's Fukushima accident. "Both al Qaeda and Chechen terrorist groups have repeatedly considered sabotaging nuclear reactors --...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] New Patriot Act Controversy: Is Washington Collecting Your Cell-Phone Data?
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee is weighing fresh concerns about the sweeping nature of domestic spying using one controversial section of the Patriot Act. This particular part of that law is notable because it has been divisive for years — and because during those years President Obama has...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] US State Dept. Threatens Activists with 'Fines or Incarceration' if They Proceed to Gaza
The United States on Friday warned activists against plans to send a new aid flotilla to challenge Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, saying it would be irresponsible and dangerous. "Groups that seek to break Israel's maritime blockade of Gaza are taking irresponsible and provocative actions that...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] US House Rejects Obama's Libya Policy
The House delivered a stinging rejection of President Barack Obama’s military intervention in Libya on Friday, voting in bipartisan fashion against authorizing the mission for another year. The president’s supporters still held out hope that they could stop an effort to restrict funding for...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] President 'Becoming an Absolute Monarch' on War Powers, Dem Says
A House Democrat warned Friday that the U.S. president is becoming an "absolute monarch" on matters related to the authority to start a war. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Congress must act to limit funding for military operations in Libya in order to correct that trend.
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Ignoring Emissions, UN Negotiations Fixate on the Green Climate Fund
BERLIN, Germany – Just prior to the UN climate negotiations that concluded last week in Bonn, Germany, a committee met to continue designing the Green Climate Fund – an entity in which the World Bank is currently vying to take up a key position. Little headway was made at the climate talks to reach...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] House Bill Would Grant States Right to Regulate Marijuana
WASHINGTON - The federal ban on marijuana would end and states would earn the right to regulate the drug under a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 would allow states to decide how to regulate marijuana, opening the...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Roundup: Birth Defects Caused By World's Top-Selling Weedkiller, Scientists Say
WASHINGTON -- The chemical at the heart of the planet’s most widely used herbicide -- Roundup weedkiller, used in farms and gardens across the U.S. -- is coming under more intense scrutiny following the release of a new report calling for a heightened regulatory response around its use. Critics...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Calls for Mass Rally to Bring Egypt Revolt 'Back to Basics'
CAIRO – Egyptian activists are calling for a massive rally on July 8 to "save the revolution" that toppled Hosni Mubarak, urging politicians to drop debates on the timing of elections and focus on restoring basic freedoms. On a Facebook page entitled "The 2nd revolution of anger", activists say the...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Private Prisons Love Mass Incarceration, And Want Politicians To Love It Too
Private prison companies have helped fuel government policies which lead to an increase in prison population and boost their profits, according to a recent report. The private prison population has grown 353.7 percent in the past 15 years, according to a study by the Justice Policy Institute. Major...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] The Arab Spring’s Looming Refugee Crisis
The trajectory of peaceful demonstrations in Libya and Syria has been impacted by regime violence. The result: large populations of internally displaced peoples (IDP's) have been created inside of those countries as well as great numbers of refugees fleeing to bordering countries. Furthermore, the...
Read more
[title] Mexico's Hidden War
The spectacular violence of Mexico's drug war grabs international attention. Some 40,000 people have been killed since 2006, when President Felipe Calderon deployed Mexican military and security forces in the so-called war against the cartels -- often in gruesome and sadistic ways. But behind the...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Amnesty Questions Claim that Gaddafi Ordered Rape as Weapon of War
Human rights organizations have cast doubt on claims of mass rape and other abuses perpetrated by forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, which have been widely used to justify NATO's war in Libya. NATO leaders, opposition groups and the media have produced a stream of stories since the start of...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Can Progressives Start Their Own Tea Party?
At last weekend’s Netroots Nation gathering in Minneapolis, liberal activists expressed frustration that they lacked the political power or media focus given to the conservative tea-party movement. Former White House environmental official Van Jones is hoping to change that with a new political...
Read more