News for 2011-12-20

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] House Rebuffs Senate Payroll Tax Cut Extension, Calls for Conference
The House voted Tuesday to disagree with the Senate-passed payroll tax cut extension bill and call for a House-Senate conference to sort out differences between the bills. The move is intended to put pressure on Senate Democrats to reconvene and meet with the House over the bill, but Senate...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Politifact Has Decided That A Totally True Thing Is The "Lie Of The Year," For Some Reason
Paul Krugman wakes up this morning, mourning the death of Politifact . He has good cause! In announcing its 2011 "Lie Of The Year," the truth-squadding agency has settled on something that isn't so much a "lie" as it is "100 percent true on its face," and the selection seems to have been made...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Europe Moves to Block Trade in Medical Drugs Used in US Executions
The European Commission has imposed tough new restrictions on the export of anaesthetics used to execute people in the US, in a move that will exacerbate the already extreme shortage of the drugs in many of the 34 states that still practice the death penalty.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ani DiFranco Talks Music, Politics
Protests and political gridlock may not inspire all musicians, but for folk singer Ani DiFranco, that’s the stuff lyrics are made of. The 41-year-old Grammy winner will make her return from hiatus next month with “ ¿Which Side Are You On? ,” an album she calls her “most political yet.”
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[field_image_caption-raw] Occupy London Protesters Take Over Disused Court
Occupy London's ever-growing portfolio of protest venues in the capital has expanded to a fourth site, with a group of activists taking over a disused courthouse in the east of the capital.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Egypt Uses 'Startling' Amount of Firepower in Charge on Tahrir
Cairo -- Egyptian security forces wielding batons, firearms and tear gas attacked defiant protesters Tuesday on the fifth consecutive day of clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square, witnesses told CNN. Sherif Barakat, a businessman, heard machine gun fire early in the morning and saw the unrest from the...
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[title] The Decline of Labor Unions in the US
For decades, labour unions in the US have been on the decline. While they are widely credited with boosting safety standards and worker pay, many have received blame for wanting too much in times of a struggling economy.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Argentina Shows World How to Beat the Crisis
BUENOS AIRES - What is happening in the European Union and the United States today happened a decade ago in Argentina, when it was a hotbed of protest and the streets of major cities were seething with people telling their leaders they had had enough. And then a new story began to be written.
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[field_image_caption-raw] House GOP Coalesces Around Plan To Reject Bipartisan Payroll Tax Compromise
After a much-longer-than-anticipated caucus meeting Monday night, House Republican leaders announced a plan to vote Tuesday to nix a broadly bipartisan Senate stopgap bill to extend the current payroll tax cut for two months. But they won’t be doing this with a standard up or down vote. The...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Prosecutors Claim Bradley Manning Wanted to Remove 'the Fog of War'
US army prosecutors claim to have found email correspondence between alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning and Julian Assange , the founder of the whistleblowing website.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Secrecy Defines Obama’s Drone War
Since September, at least 60 people have died in 14 reported CIA drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions. The Obama administration has named only one of the dead, hailing the elimination of Janbaz Zadran , a top official in the Haqqani insurgent network, as a counterterrorism victory.
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