News for 2012-06-15

Friday, June 15, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Why the Economy Has Only Recovered for the One Percent
For the fortunate few scanning America's economic recovery from luxurious penthouse suites, they are treated to the magnificent scenery of record profits, escalating CEO pay and an ever-growing share of the nation's income.
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[title] Ralph Nader: 30 Million Workers Would Benefit From Raising Minimum Wage to 1968 Level
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[field_image_caption-raw] German Newspaper's Election Endorsement Sparks Greek Uproar
Greek parties have reacted furiously to a front-page editorial by a leading German newspaper urging Greeks to vote for the pro-bailout conservative New Democracy Party in Sunday's elections. The anti-bailout SYRIZA party condemned the German Financial Times ' editorial as “a crude and unprecedented...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Michigan Lawmaker Banned From Speaking After Saying 'Vagina' in Abortion Legislation Debate
Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown (D) has been blocked from speaking on the House floor in an apparent attempt to punish her for using the word "vagina" on Wednesday during a debate on legislation on reproductive rights. Speaking out against anti-abortion bills on the floor, Brown said “I’m flattered...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Suzuki: 'Absurd' to Let Corporations Profit in Name of 'Saving Planet'
GUELPH, Ontario — Allowing economic forces to be a role player in saving the environment is “absurd,” says Canada’s most prominent environmentalist. David Suzuki made the comment Thursday while participating in a University of Guelph President’s Dialogues panel discussion. The title of the session...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Austerity in Ohio: State's Most Vulnerable—including 40,000 Children—To Be Kicked Off Poverty Assistance
Since January 2011, Ohio has thrown nearly 70,000 people—including 40,000 children—off of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance program, called Ohio Works First (OWF). That’s nearly 25 percent of the state’s TANF caseload. The reason? The state faces up to $130 million...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wal-mart PR Officer Posed as Journalist to Spy on Union Workers
As Walmart union workers in Southern California continue an ongoing fight to improve working conditions in warehouses, workers were dismayed this week to uncover a spy in their midst. A public relations officer working for Mercury Communications and contracted by Walmart has posed as a journalist,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama to Stop Deportations of Undocumented Youth
A Department of Homeland Security directive announced today brings changes to the nation's immigration policy and will reduce the number of deportations of undocumented youth. The policy, effective immediately, bypasses congressional authority. Obama made the formal announcement shortly after 2 PM...
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[title] Air Watch: Tom Frantz's Words and Pictures Have Led to Better Air Standards, but More Work is Needed
Tom Frantz has lived his whole life in California's Central Valley, where the small farms of his boyhood have given way to modern day mega-farms. The pollution from the farms combines with the area's other industries - oil, waste disposal, and trucking - to form some of the worst air pollution in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Public Outcry, Calls for Election Boycott Grow After 'Counter-Revolutionary Coup' in Egypt
A pair of judicial decisions on Thursday by Egypt's high court have set the nation back into revolutionary mode on the eve of presidential elections that were supposed to solidify a pathway to a new democracy. Instead, the parliament was dissolved and legislative authority was handed back to the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Activists Aren’t Mourning Obama’s Absence at Rio Summit
RIO DE JANEIRO - When a reluctant George H.W. Bush, Sr., then U.S. president, changed his mind and decided at the eleventh hour to address the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, he sounded defensive in his strong response to charges that the United States was one of the major powers responsible for the some...
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