News for 2011-08-30

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Hearts End-Times Insanity
I’m submitting a memo to my bosses at Rolling Stone this morning, asking for permission to skip all coverage of the Republican primary season from this point forward. Why? Because Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann have just summed up the entire Republican storyline with perfect precision, through their...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Daryl Hannah Arrested At Keystone XL Pipeline Protest
Actress Daryl Hannah has joined the over 500 people who have been arrested since August 20 for a sit-in protest outside the White House. The "Splash" and "Wall Street" star was one of nearly 100 people who were arrested on Tuesday for protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, according to a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Let’s Make It Official: Obama Is Not Serious About a Real Recovery
Just over one year ago, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner wrote a New York Times op-ed titled "Welcome to the Recovery," in which he proudly announced that "a review of recent data on the American economy shows that we are on a path back to growth." It was the domestic equivalent of George W. Bush's...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Exxon Gains Access to Arctic Oil in Exchange for Teaching Russians to Frack
Exxon Mobil Corp. signed a deal with Russia's Rosneft that gives the Irving oil giant access to oil in the Arctic in exchange for teaching the Russians to use technology developed here in North Texas.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Put America Back To Work
The biggest domestic policy failure has been the refusal of top officials in the White House and in Congress to recognize the severity of the employment crisis that has settled like a plague over American workers.
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[title] Hundreds Arrested in Sustained Tar Sands Protests at White House
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[field_image_caption-raw] Panel Condemns US Syphilis Study in Guatemala
The US research project in which government researchers deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates and mental patients with syphilis in the 1940s has been described as an "institutional failure" by a US presidential commission. Nearly 5,500 people were subjected to diagnostic testing and more...
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[field_image_caption-raw] IDF Training Israeli Settlers Ahead of 'Mass Disorder' Expected in September
The IDF has conducted detailed work to determine a “red line” for each settlement in the West Bank, which will determine when soldiers will be ordered to shoot at the feet of Palestinian protesters if the line is crossed. It is also planning to provide settlers with tear gas and stun grenades as...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tax Us More, say Wealthy Europeans
First it was Warren Buffett announcing that he and his chums had been "coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress".
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[field_image_caption-raw] August is Deadliest Month for US in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan — August has become the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan, where international forces have started to go home and let Afghan forces take charge of securing their country. A record 66 U.S. troops have died so far this month, eclipsing the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Feds: Earthquake May Have Exceeded Virginia Nuclear Plant's Safeguards
The earthquake that prompted the shutdown of a Virginia nuclear power plant last week may have been more severe than the plant’s reactors were designed to withstand, federal regulators said. The revelation is likely to put increased pressure on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to quickly...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Florida Jails Found to Abuse Prisoners
Federal investigators say they found a pattern of constitutional violations at Miami-Dade County jails, the eighth-largest jail system in the country.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Corruption, The 'War on Terror' Hindering Food Aid to Southern Somalia
As the famine in southern Somalia worsens, aid experts fear that corruption and the politics of terrorism are crimping the flow of humanitarian relief to areas where starvation is worst.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greenpeace: Fukushima Schools Unsafe After Clean-Up
Greenpeace said on Monday that schools and surrounding areas located 60 km (38 miles) from Japan's tsunami-hit nuclear power plant were unsafe for children, showing radiation readings as much as 70 times internationally accepted levels. The environmental group took samples at and near three schools...
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[title] Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson Respond to Cheney's Version of History
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wikileaks' Internal Conflict Leads to Accidental Release of US Cables
The ongoing conflict between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his former German spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg has led to the accidental release of confidential data that was in WikiLeaks' possession. Since the beginning of the year, an encrypted file has been circulating on the Internet...
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[field_image_caption-raw] From Waterbury to Wilmington, Vermonters Shocked by Irene's Destruction
BURLINGTON - Vermonters will need weeks to begin to recover from massive flooding from Tropical Storm Irene that killed at least three people and left a trail of devastation from St. Johnsbury to Bennington. That sentiment is reverberating across Vermont, echoed by everyone from Gov. Peter Shumlin...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Democrats Seek 'Boldness' in Obama Jobs Speech
As President Obama prepares to deliver another major speech on the economy, his supporters demand a job growth plan that's big and bold, even as they prepare to be underwhelmed. "The president has just got to become much more aggressive about what his vision is, where he wants to get the economy...
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