News for 2012-03-28

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
[title] John Nichols: Fighting Back Against Austerity
Despite Americans' belief that the United States is immune to the deprivations of austerity, the country is actually only a few bad elections away from a radical right-wing leadership, John Nichols declares, and its agenda could devastate many American lives through cuts to social programs and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Admin Takes Steps Towards More Oil Drilling
The Obama administration has taken steps towards increased oil drilling today in Alaska and off the east coat. It approved Shell's oil spill response plan for the Arctic waters of the Beaufort Sea, a move slammed by environmental groups who warn of a likely environmental catastophe if Shell is...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rep. Bobby Rush Kicked Off House Floor for Wearing Hoodie in Support of Trayvon Martin
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill) was kicked off the House floor today for wearing a hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin. During Rush's speech he said, "racial profiling has to stop." As Rush began his speech, he was in his regular glasses and suit. But as he continued, he exchanged his regular glasses for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Global Food Crisis Imminent, Drastic Changes Needed: Planet Under Pressure
According to a new report released today at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London, drastic changes must be made to agriculture and food consumption around the world to avoid a global food crisis in the near future.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Single-payer Advocates Express Opposition to Individual Mandate
Update: Oral arguments during day three of the hearings have ended.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Arizona Senate Votes to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks
On Tuesday the Arizona Senate passed a bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. If the state House passes the bill, Arizona would join six states that have passed similar legislation.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Experts: Radiation at Fukushima Plant Far Worse Than Thought
Radiation levels inside Fukushima's reactor 2 have reached fatally high levels, and levels of water are far lower than previously thought, experts say today. The current radiation levels are so high that even robots cannot enter. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) says that new robots and equipment...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Incarcerated Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher Moved to Restricted Cell
Climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who is serving a two-year sentence for unlawfully disrupting a Bureau of Land Management gas and drilling lease auction in 2008, has been moved from the minimum security section at the Herlong Federal Correction Facility in California to a more restrictive and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'In the Realms of the Unknown': North Sea Gas Leak Enters Day 4
Four days into a gas leak which forced the evacuation of an oil rig in the North Sea, the French energy giant, Total, has said it "may be months" before the leak stops. The leak has led to, according to Reuters, a "cloud of explosive natural gas boiling up from the North Sea."
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[title] Occupy Wall Street: Surviving the Winter
When Occupy Wall Street faced violent police crackdowns around the country, most people thought it had come to an end. But the protesters had no intention of abandoning a movement that had already brought out thousands of Americans to demand attention to the country’s economic inequalities...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Reports: US Invoked 'State Secrets' to Hide 9/11 Intelligence Failings
Infighting between US intelligence agencies delayed a secret plan to tap every phone in Afghanistan that could have helped prevent the September 11, 2001 events in New York City and Washington, according to reports in UK media outlets today.
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[field_image_caption-raw] New EPA Rules Welcome, But Loopholes Remain Warn Green Groups
Head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, announced new Clean Air Act standards on Tuesday that will limit the ability, and likely halt, the construction of new coal power plants in the United States. The new rules place caps on the amount of carbon pollution new plants will be...
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