News for 2012-05-03

Thursday, May 3, 2012
[title] Happy Birthday, Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger helped introduce America to its own musical heritage, devoting his life to using the power of sing as a force for social change. Standing strong for deeply-held beliefs, Seeger went from the top of the pop charts to the top of the blacklist and was banned from American commercial...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chinese Activist: I'm Very 'Disappointed in the United States'
Insinuating that officials at the US Embassy in Beijing misled him, Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng told CNN in an interview that he was 'very disappointed' in the United States following six days under their protection before leaving the embassy on Tuesday. Chen sought refuge in the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Provocateur Unmasked: The FBI's Cleveland Bridge Bomb Plot Informant
The attorney of one of the five men charged in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a northeast Ohio bridge has revealed the identity of the provocateur/informant hired by the FBI to infiltrate Occupy Cleveland. John Pyle, the Cleveland attorney representing suspect Brandon Baxter, said that...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Facelift' to Bank of America Stadium Highlights Bank's Funding of Coal
Five activists with Rainforest Action Network (RAN) were arrested on Wednesday when they dropped a banner "renaming" Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. “Bank of Coal” to highlight the bank's financing of the coal industry.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Brady Campaign: NRA Uses Fear and Paranoia to Protect 'Shoot First' Law
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the largest lobby of citizens against gun violence in the US, has now condemned the NRA for their latest campaign to strengthen 'stand your ground' legislation in response to the blow-back from the murder of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood vigilante George...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Media Get Bored With Occupy—and Inequality
Occupy Wall Street is rightly credited with helping to shift the economic debate in America from a fixation on deficits to issues of income inequality, corporate greed and the centralization of wealth among the richest 1 percent. The movement has chalked up other victories as well, from altering...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Corporations Sponsor Carbon Scam in Europe
BRUSSELS - Major publicly traded U.S. corporations, including Dow Chemical, ConocoPhillips, Chevron and Cabot Corporation, have secured multi-million-dollar dubious carbon credits to compensate for their greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, as revealed in this investigative report.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: How CEO Compensation Is Fueling Inequality
New analysis from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) details how massive compensation to CEOs is driving inequality. “CEOs have fared far better than the typical worker, the stock market and the U.S. economy as a whole since the late-1970s,” EPI President Lawrence Mishel said. “Compensation growth...
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[field_image_caption-raw] High Cost Health Care: US Spending 'Dwarfs' Other Countries
A new study released today by the Commonwealth Fund reveals the US spends far more on health care than 12 other 'industrialized countries'; however, the US does not provide 'superior' care in any way. Rather, the high spending is attributed to steep prices in medication, health services, and...
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[title] North Carolina Fights Back Coal Ash Pollution
It's no secret that coal is our dirtiest energy source. However, what many people don't know is that as coal burns, many of its most toxic elements, including heavy metals like arsenic, mercury and chromium, are concentrated in the ash that remains and the sludge that's scrubbed from smokestacks...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Border Vigilante, White Supremacist Goes on Rampage in Arizona
An Arizona border militia founder and familiar face in the world of vitriolic anti-immigration rhetoric in the southwest opened fire on Wednesday inside a home near Phoenix, killing three adults and a toddler before taking his own life, police say.
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[field_image_caption-raw] John Yoo, Bush's Torture Lawyer, Given Immunity
John Yoo, the UC Berkeley law professor who penned legal memos that provided cover for President George W. Bush's torture program, can't be sued by one of the victims of that program, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
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