News for 2011-07-08

Friday, July 8, 2011
As Unemployment Spikes, Obama's Got a Bigger Problem Than the Debt Ceiling
The big story out of Washington—and rightly so—is the debt-ceiling fight that President Obama seems to be coming very close to losing. If the president abandons his 2008 campaigvn promise to be an absolute defender of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, he will have very little indeed to run on...
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[title] Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Why Is Tim DeChristopher Going to Jail While Massey Energy's CEO Walks Free?
Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher is going to jail, but Don Blankenship isn't—despite the fact that he illegally destroyed an entire mountain range. Why? Because he's the CEO of Massey Energy Company—and has completely bought off the judicial system in West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
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[field_image_caption-raw] House Passes $649B Defense Spending Bill
WASHINGTON — The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a $649 billion defense spending bill that boosts the Pentagon budget by $17 billion and covers the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The strong bipartisan vote was 336-87 and reflected lawmakers' intent to ensure national security,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Lawsuits Predicted as New York Towns Ponder Whether to Block Fracking
New York environmental officials have released a blueprint for regulations that eventually would allow hydraulic fracturing to begin in most parts of the state—except for key watersheds and aquifers and on state land.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NATO Strikes at Libya's Oil in Bid to Oust Gaddafi
NATO forces have attacked Libya's oil facilities for the first time in this conflict in an attempt to starve Muammar Gaddafi's army of fuel, as rebels, following fierce clashes, moved to within 50 miles of the capital Tripoli. The airstrikes on the complex at Brega, one of the countries' biggest...
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[title] The Big Cave: Obama Serves Up "Slice of Democratic Soul" to GOP Demands
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel Thwarts Palestinian 'Flytilla' Campaign
BEN GURION AIRPORT, Israel — Israel said on Friday that it has prevented hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists from flying to its main airport in a mass protest but that security forces will stay on alert for the time being. Organizers of the "Welcome to Palestine" campaign, which some have called...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Thousands Fill Egypt's Tahrir Square
Thousands of Egyptians have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand faster reforms and swifter prosecution of former officials from Hosni Mubarak's toppled government.
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