News for 2012-03-08

Thursday, March 8, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Senate Bid to Force Keystone Pipeline Fails... Barely
An attempt by Republican US Senators, joined by some Democrats, to push through an amendment to force approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline went down to defeat Thursday afternoon on a 52-46 vote. Eleven Democrats joined a unanimous Republican caucus, but the amendment came up short of...
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[title] International Women's Day: Wise Women the World Should Listen To
On this 101st International Women's Day, here are the voices of some women the world should be listening to: Anjali Appadurai led a mic check from the stage at the Durban climate talks urging climate justice: Author Naomi Klein spoke with Occupy Vancouver in December about the Occupy movement:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Indefinite Detention on Trial: Bill Proposed to Amend NDAA
Two lawmakers have introduced legislation today aimed at stripping the executive branch of the right to indefinitely detain terror suspects captured in the US.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Prolonged Attack on Public Education and Unions Leaves Teaching Profession Woeful
Teachers are more dissatisfied with their jobs than they have been in decades, according to MetLife's latest Survey of the American Teacher report.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Despite Fukushima Disaster, Nuclear Industry Says, "Full Steam Ahead"
Though global resistance to nuclear power has been growing, the nuclear industry and its supporters are dismissing fears and moving ahead with plans for nuclear plants worldwide. Der Spiegel reports :
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[field_image_caption-raw] Insurers to 'Get Out of Storms' Way' After Tornado Disasters
Following an abrupt start to this year's tornado season, insurers have begun reconsidering tornado coverage in storm-prone states. Over 150 tornadoes touched down between Feb 28 and March 3. Friday's thunderstorms generated more tornadoes in one day than the usual monthly average in all of March...
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[field_image_caption-raw] International Women's Day in Pictures: Protests, Celebrations
International Women's Day is being marked across the globe with political protest as well as celebration. What are you doing today for International Women's Day? * * *
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bank of America: Maximizing Profits Off the Backs of Struggling Homeowners
A complaint unsealed in court yesterday from a whistleblower alleges that Bank of America defrauded the federal Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), designed to help homeowners facing foreclosure, by preventing "scores of eligible homeowners" from receiving loan modifications in order to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US/Israeli Arms Deal: No Attack Until After Election?
The United States has offered Israel 'advanced weaponry' in exchange for a commitment to hold off on an attack on Iran until next year, leaving room for US presidential elections, according to a report today in the Israeli daily Maariv. The deal was allegedly placed on the table during Obama and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 10,000 GM Customers Tell Auto Giant: Stop Funding Climate Deniers
General Motors, a company that has made strides to lower the carbon footprint of driving, is taking heat from 10,000 of its customers for a donation its charitable foundation made to an institute that casts doubt on climate science, according to a report from McClatchy .
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[title] Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards Talks Women's Reproductive Health
President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards believes that birth control is a health topic, not a religious topic, for 99% of American women.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Documents Show Cozy Relationship Between Blackwater, Canadian Troops
The Canadian military has had a close relationship for years with Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater, and was paid $2.4 million to train Canadian soldiers in 2011. Postmedia News reports today: U.S. firm linked to civilian deaths hired to train Canadian soldiers
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rightwing Hate Groups in US on the Rise: Report
Fueled by superheated fears generated by economic dislocation, a proliferation of demonizing conspiracy theories, and the reality of an African-American president in Barack Obama, radical hates groups and antigovernment groups grew explosively in 2011, according to a new report by the Southern...
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