News for 2012-02-22

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Chicagoans Protest Mayor Emanuel's Corporate School Plan
UPDATE : After hearing several hours of testimony from community members and after their own discussions, the Chicago Public Schools board went with their original plan to close or turn around 17 schools. Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said of the decision:
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[field_image_caption-raw] UC Davis Faces Lawsuit for Occupy Protest Pepper Spray Incident
The University of Califoria-Davis is facing a lawsuit following an incident at a student-led Occupy rally last November where students were pepper-sprayed by campus police. Video footage of the incident went viral and was among a handful of particularly alarming video-documented cases of police...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Silencing of Women on Women’s Health Continues
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow on women's health to hear from the woman who was not allowed to testify at Chairman Darrell Issa's all-male hearing last week. But Democrats say Republicans won't let them televise the hearing, adding fuel to what many see as...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Judge Affirms NY Town's Right to Ban Fracking
In a victory for opponents of natural gas fracture drilling, or fracking, a New York judge has upheld that the town of Dryden, NY has the right to ban the practice within its borders. Reuters reports : In a ruling released late Tuesday, state Supreme Court Justice Phillip Rumsey held that the...
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[title] The Greek Debt Crisis: It's, Like, Totally Over
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[field_image_caption-raw] Swedish Paper: WikiLeaks to Reveal Swedish Foreign Minister Bildt as US 'Spy'
WikiLeaks aims to release documents exposing Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt as a US spy, as part of a campaign to stop Sweden from extraditing founder Julian Assange to the United States, according to a Swedish daily.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Warrantless Surveillance?: Gov't Subpoenas OWS Activist's Twitter Records
A government subpoena requesting an Occupy Wall Street protester's Twitter records raises questions about the government's use of warrantless surveillance and attempts at squashing activists' use of social media. Hanni Fakhoury of EFF explains the case involving request for Malcolm Harris' Twitter...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wall Street Oil Speculation Driving Surge in Gas Prices
The price of Brent Crude, the world's most traded category of oil, dipped slightly today after reaching a nine-month high earlier in the week. Overall, US gas prices have continued to surge despite declining demand, and the airwaves and national media are flooded with worrying headlines about...
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[title] Russ Feingold on Citizens United and the Destruction of Collective Bargaining Rights
In this unedited, extended interview, Russ Feingold discusses the McCain-Feingold Act and explains why Citizens United was one of the worst decisions in U.S. history.
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Wake of Global Protests, ACTA Heads to Court
In the wake of global protests, the European Commission has asked the EU's highest court to rule on the legality of the controversial anti-piracy treaty known as ACTA . EU trade chief Karel De Gucht said :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Police Fire on Anti-US Protesters in Afghanistan
UPDATE: (1:01 PM EST) "At least nine demonstrators were shot dead and dozens wounded Wednesday in violent protests across Afghanistan over the burning of the Koran at a US-run military base," http://news.yahoo.com/shots-fired-anti-us-protesters-kabul-073338950.htm...
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