News for 2011-08-31

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] WikiLeaks Prompts New Round of Diplomatic Uproar
WASHINGTON — In the Philippines this week, officials are fuming about criticism by a former American ambassador of the late Corazon C. Aquino, a national icon. Australians have learned that just two years ago American authorities were considering declaring that Australia’s air safety system no...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Justice Dept. to Block AT&T's T-Mobile Deal
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed suit in a federal court in Washington, D.C., to block AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Arctic Oil Spill Response Plans are Triumphs of Hope over Expectation
An oil spill response plan is, all can agree, a critical document, particularly when drilling is breaking new ground in the Arctic .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Progressives Urge Bold Measures in Obama's Pending Jobs Proposal
Progressive activists are urging President Obama to go big and go daring when he releases his new jobs proposals next week. Whether they get what they want is a different story entirely.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Texas Judge Blocks Perry-Backed Abortion Provisions
The law, which had been due to go into effect on Thursday, was a major part of Republican Governor and US presidential candidate Rick Perry's agenda in this year's Texas legislative session. But the judge, in a victory for abortion rights activists, ruled in a preliminary injunction that there was...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Warren Not Set to Announce a Run, But She’s Ready for a Fight
BOSTON - Elizabeth Warren has been in full live-wire mode for 45 minutes, joking about her grandchildren, pounding the table as she dissects the mortgage crisis, insisting she will not temper her two-fisted style if she runs for US Senate. Repeatedly, she declares that middle-class families don’t...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Thousands of Public Employees Laid Off in 2010
Local and state governments axed more than 200,000 jobs in 2010, according to U.S. Census data released on Tuesday that showed the growing threat of public employee layoffs to the economic recovery. According to the Census, local and state governments had 203,321 fewer full-time equivalent...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Irene Could Be Among Costliest Storms
NEW YORK -- Hurricane Irene likely will be among the costliest catastrophes in U.S. history, analysts say, adding that much of the damage may not be covered by insurance. Analysts said much of the damage was caused by flooding, which is excluded from many standard insurance policies, The New York...
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[title] Radioactive Waste Swamps Japan Sewage Plants
Environmental experts in Japan are warning of new fallout from the country's nuclear crisis. Radioactive waste is piling up at several sewerage plants, well away from the crippled Fukushima reactor. Months after the tsunami and earthquake that triggered the nuclear meltdown, the government still...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Former Bush Official Promises to Testify if Someone Will ‘Pinochet’ Cheney
The former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell pledged Tuesday to testify against former Vice President Dick Cheney if he is ever tried for war crimes. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson told Democracy Now ‘s Amy Goodman that he would participate in a trial even if it meant personal...
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[title] Republicans Look to Avoid Job Creation With More Stunt Legislation
Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research Center, talks with Melissa Harris-Perry abut the games Republicans are playing instead of taking serious steps toward job creation in America.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Palestinian UN Bid 'Greater Threat' than Hamas
The Palestinian campaign to secure full UN membership presents a greater threat to Israel than that posed by Hamas, the Israeli finance minister said on Wednesday. "This Palestinian initiative represents a more serious threat than that posed by Hamas," Yuval Steinitz told Israel's public radio,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Some US Firms Paid More to CEOs Than Taxes: Study
WASHINGTON - Twenty-five of the 100 highest paid U.S. CEOs earned more last year than their companies paid in federal income tax, a pay study said on Wednesday. It also found many of the companies spent more on lobbying than they did on taxes.
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