News for 2011-07-29

Friday, July 29, 2011
[title] Why the American People Are Angry
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[field_image_caption-raw] EPA Proposes New Rules on Emissions Released by Fracking
Prohibited from regulating hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act, yesterday the EPA took to the air, proposing federal regulations to reduce smog-forming pollutants released by the fast-spreading approach to gas drilling.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Norway Prime Minister Urges Nation to 'Embrace Freedom'
The Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, has told a remembrance service for the 76 people killed by Anders Behring Breivik that his country had been "struck by evil", but urged his countrymen to respond by embracing democracy and freedom. Speaking as the first funerals were held for victims...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Safety of Tar Sands Pipelines Has Not Been Studied, According to Regulation Agency
The agency that would be responsible for oversight of the Keystone XL pipeline has not studied the safety measures necessary for a pipeline that carries tar sands crude. The U.S. State Dept. is in charge of deciding whether to issue a permit for the proposed TransCanada pipeline because it would...
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[title] Katrina vanden Heuvel: The GOP Wants to Sabotage the Economy
Republican politicians and conservative activists have taken the American economy hostage, refusing to raise the debt ceiling until their demands are met. Even House Speaker John Boehner admits that members of his own caucus are now trying to precipate a government default in order to pass a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tens of Thousands Rally for 'Unity' in Egypt
Tens of thousands of people have packed Cairo's Tahrir Square on a day that representatives from Egypt's political parties have dubbed "The Friday of Unity and the People's Will". The rally comes as part of efforts by political parties to show a united front and the country's political forces...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Former Intel Chief: Stop the Drone Strikes
ASPEN, Colo.—Former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair unloaded on the White House Thursday evening, strongly criticizing the administration’s reliance on U.S.-directed drone strikes and saying officials have failed to implement the lessons of Sept. 11 by backing away from efforts to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protected Land, Ocean Areas Not Enough to Prevent Mass Biodiversity Loss
HALIFAX — A pair of Canadian scientists say protected spaces on land and in the world's oceans are not enough to stem the worsening problem of biodiversity loss. Peter Sale of the United Nations University says conservationists are relying too heavily on marine and terrestrial protected areas to...
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[title] Colbert Report: "Poor" in America
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U.S. Accuses Tehran of "Secret Deal" with Al-Qaeda
WASHINGTON - In a significant escalation in the rhetorical battle against Iran, the U.S. Treasury Department Thursday accused Tehran of having forged a "secret deal" with Al-Qaeda to allow it to use Iranian territory to transport money and operatives to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The statement...
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Postpones Debt Vote on Boehner Debt Ceiling Measure
House Republican leaders have postponed indefinitely a vote on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) debt limit bill after they could not persuade enough Republicans to support the measure. "No vote tonight," the third-ranking House Republican, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), told reporters...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 18 Civilians Killed in Helmand Bomb: Afghan Police
KANDAHAR — Eighteen civilians died when a roadside bomb destroyed their minivan in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province on Friday, a day after a Taliban attack in Uruzgan killed 21 people. The latest bomb blast comes as UN figures show civilian deaths up 15 per cent in the first half of this...
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