News for 2011-12-16

Friday, December 16, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Financial Transaction Tax Sparks Hopes That Obama Will Play Robin Hood In 2012
WASHINGTON -- Advocates of a tiny but lucrative tax on financial transactions are increasingly hopeful that President Barack Obama's need to more firmly establish himself as the Main Street candidate in 2012 will lead him to back the measure. The tax -- though nearly inconsequential on a per-trade...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Green Groups Outraged at Accelerated Pipeline Plan
WASHINGTON - Environmental opponents of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline aimed to deluge the White House and Congress with phone calls on Friday, slamming a Republican plan to speed approval of the project in exchange for extending a payroll tax cut.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Desmond Tutu Urges Trinity Church to Allow Occupy Protester Camp
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has waded into an ecclesiastical row over a New York church's refusal to allow protesters from Occupy Wall Street to camp on a vacant lot it owns.
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[field_image_caption-raw] BREAKING: Calls Needed Now to Obama to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline
It all comes down to Barack Obama. As I type this, Big Oil’s representatives in the House and Senate are pushing legislation that would rush approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Up until now, President Barack Obama has stood strong, threatening to reject any bill that includes the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] SEC Charges Ex-Fannie, Freddie CEOs with Fraud
WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday brought civil fraud charges against six former top executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying they misled investors about risky subprime loans the that mortgage giants held when the housing bubble burst. Those charged include the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Boehner on Keystone: We’re Fighting for the Pipeline Provision
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won't support a payroll tax cut extension unless it includes language speeding work on a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline. House Speaker John Boehner expressed the same view earlier Friday. The Ohio Republican told reporters that if the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Kadhafi Killing Could Be War Crime: ICC Prosecutor
The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor has said there are serious suspicions that the killing of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi was a war crime.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change May Modify Half Earth's Plants
PASADENA - By 2100, global climate change will modify plant communities covering almost half of Earth's land surface. Climate change will also drive the conversion of nearly 40% of land-based ecosystems from one major ecological community type - such as forest, grassland or tundra - toward another...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Protestors Cry Foul over Proposed G8, NATO Restrictions
Protesters are criticizing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to raise fines and tighten security measures during the upcoming G8 and NATO summits.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Indefinite Detention' Bill Passed by Senate
The US Congress has approved a controversial defence bill that would deny terror suspects, including US citizens, the right to trial, permit authorities to detain them indefinitely and require the US military to handle terror-suspected foreign nationals.
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[title] Rev. Billy: Shopocalypse Is Upon Us
Many people across the world have claimed that they are addicted to shopping and one man is helping wean people of their obsession with spending money. Rev. Billy is showing people there is life after shopping and performs credit card exorcisms. He joins us to give some advice on how to kick the...
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[title] Happy World Travel In the Age of the War on Terror
Indefinite detention, torture, Islamophobia, Guantanamo, the "war on terror". Ten years after 9/11 this remains the new normal that we live in, and there's nothing funny about it.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bradley Manning Pre-Trial Hearing Opens Amid Tight Security (Live Twitter Feed)
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupy Our Homes: Movement Rallies Around Disabled Teacher's Pending Foreclosure
Lesliane Bouchard's left hand trembled Thursday as a crowd gathered in her living room. While the rain poured outside, Bouchard took on the role of a teacher, like she had for years before becoming bedridden, and she reminded those in her living room about the Bill of Rights and the U.S...
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[title] 'Almost Gone': Graham Nash & James Raymond's Song in Support of Bradley Manning
Nash and Raymond composed the song "Almost Gone (The Ballad of Bradley Manning)" during this spring's US tour of Crosby-Nash, and the new recording serves as the music bed for the video; it features an impassioned lead vocal by Nash, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted (Crosby, Stills...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Killing of Wolves from Air Draws Fire
SEATTLE — For years, the federal agencies that helped the U.S. wolf population recover under the Endangered Species Act have also quietly killed hundreds of wolves that threaten livestock or prized game. They've even taken to the skies - and are considering doing so again. Officials in Idaho said...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Japan Declares 'Cold Shutdown' at Fukushima
Japan has declared that its tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has reached cold shutdown, passing a key milestone in efforts to bring under control the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl 25 years ago. "The reactors have reached a state of cold shutdown," Yoshihiko Noda,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Fight to End Corporate Personhood Heats Up
It’s been nearly two years since an intensely divided Supreme Court solidified the idea of corporate personhood by ruling that political spending by corporations is protected as a form of free speech under the First Amendment. Since then, that landmark decision in Citizens United vs.
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