News for 2011-08-11

Thursday, August 11, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Welcome to Bizarro World
UXBRIDGE, Canada -- Canada and the United States are now the center of Bizarro World. This is where leaders promise to reduce carbon emissions but ensure a new, super-sized oil pipeline called Keystone XL is built, guaranteeing further expansion of the Alberta tar sands that produce the world's...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Jan Schakowsky Announces New Budget Plan With Focus On Jobs
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced on Wednesday that she will introduce a progressive-minded budget outline aimed at putting more than two million people to work.
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[title] Alex Steffen: The Shareable Future of Cities
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mitt Romney Heckled, Presidential Candidate Says Corporations 'Are People, My Friend'
WASHINGTON D.C. -- Speaking to an occasionally rowdy crowd two days before the Ames Straw poll, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made what seems likely to become a much-discussed flub, declaring to a group of Iowans that "corporations are people."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Liberals See Peril as 'Compromise Hawk' Appointed to Debt Committee
Sen. John Kerry’s appointment to the debt-reduction supercommittee is his big moment to shine as a dealmaker and silence critics who have questioned his modest record of legislative accomplishments. Kerry’s big opportunity, however, is troubling to some liberal leaders and labor union officials who...
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP 'No Tax' Loyalists Named to 'Super Congress' Debt Committee
WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the House of Representatives and the Senate appointed six conservative lawmakers Wednesday to the so-called "super committee" that's charged with finding ways to trim the federal deficit by more than $1 trillion by year's end. Analysts immediately suggested that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Israel Plan More Housing in Disputed East Jerusalem
Israel's interior minister has given final authorisation to build 1,600 apartments in disputed east Jerusalem and will approve 2,700 more in days, officials said today. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office knows the construction plans are moving ahead, interior ministry spokesman Roi...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Anti-Nuclear Groups Shower Federal Regulators with Legal Challenges
More than two dozen groups will file challenges with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Thursday calling for a moratorium on reactor licensing until the agency addresses a series of safety concerns laid out by a federal task force last month. In total, the groups — which include nuclear critics like...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Nervous Democrats say President Obama Must Be Bolder on Economy
WASHINGTON - With President Obama’s reelection on the line, Democrats are increasingly anxious about what they see as his failure to advance a coherent and muscular strategy for addressing the nation’s economic ills.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Advisory Group on Fracking Has Abundant Ties to Energy Industry
All but one member of a government advisory panel weighing the safety of one of the most contentious forms of energy development, known as fracking, have financial ties to the natural gas industry, scientists and some environmental groups are asserting. The scientists called for the ouster of its...
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[title] Diane Ravitch: The Problem With Standardized Tests
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[field_image_caption-raw] Somali Children Struggle in Famine-Struck Mogadishu
MOGADISHU — In drought-ravaged Somalia where food is scarce, three-year-old Ibrahim is so severely malnourished he weighs less than eight kilos (18 pounds), about the same as an eight-month-old baby. "My child is very sick, he's had a fever, vomiting and got diarrhoea," said his mother Rukyo...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Relies on Contractors in Somalia Conflict
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Richard Rouget, a gun for hire over two decades of bloody African conflict, is the unlikely face of the American campaign against militants in Somalia. A husky former French Army officer, Mr. Rouget, 51, commanded a group of foreign fighters during Ivory Coast’s civil war in...
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[title] Was S&P Downgrade a Preemptive Strike Against Prosecution?
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rights Group: NATO Must Probe Allegations it Killed Libyan Civilians
TRIPOLI, Libya -- A leading human rights organization is calling on NATO to investigate allegations that it killed 85 civilians during airstrikes on forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. The demand by Amnesty International Wednesday followed government accusations days earlier that NATO killed civilians...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Citizen Group Tracks Down Japan's Radiation
The aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis has been marked by an outcry in Japan over radiation leaks, contaminated food and a government unable to put the public's fears to rest. Perhaps the most worrying aspect of the meltdown that resulted from March's earthquake–triggered disaster,...
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