News for 2012-09-18

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Chicago Teachers Vote to End Strike (But Not the Fight)
The Chicago Teachers Union voted late Tuesday afternoon to end their labor strike which has lasted more than a week and return to their classrooms on Wednesday morning. The union conceded that it was time to end the strike. Though they did not achieve all their demands, they confirmed that their...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Hits Roadblock as Court Orders Review of Decision
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday has ordered the lower court to revisit its decision in the controversial voter ID law, which voting rights advocates have said would have disenfranchised as many as 750,000 . The ruling stated :
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[field_image_caption-raw] '49 Minutes of Mitt': Full Fundraiser Video Released
Following a request from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to release the full video, and in addition to the previously released segments , Mother Jones has now released the complete footage of Romney speaking at a private fundraising dinner earlier this year.
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Study Links BPA to Obesity in Kids
Children with higher levels of BPA (bisphenol A) may be more likely to be obese, according to a study published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association . "To our knowledge," the authors write, "this is the first report of an association of an environmental chemical exposure with...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Voters Lose, Secret Money Wins (Again) in Court's Campaign Finance Decision
In a setback for those trying to curb the secrecy behind election year 'issue ads' funded by shadowy special interests groups, the DC Circuit Court today overturned a lower federal court’s ruling which made public disclosure of such spending a statutory requirement.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bahrain Charges Police Officers for Torture During 2011 Uprising
Seven lieutenants in Bahrain were charged on Monday with torturing up to 20 Shia medics in order to obtain confessions during last year's uprising and pro-democracy protests. The medics had been detained for helping protesters at the height of the protest movement. The seven officers charged are...
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[field_image_caption-raw] The Bush Administration’s Oft-Repeated (and Now Challenged) Waterboarding Claims
For many years, Bush administration officials have said that the CIA waterboarded only three terror suspects. Despite nearly endless revelations and investigations about the U.S.'s treatment of detainees, there has never been evidence contradicting those claims. But that changed earlier this month.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Robot Wars: How High Frequency Trading Changed Global Markets
Welcome to the world’s most intense electronic battle. It’s waged on world stock markets and the ammunition is tiny fractions of pennies, fired through super-charged computers. The object is to wipe out the opposition. The theatre of war is a long way from the raucous bear pit of baying stock...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Insider Attacks in Afghanistan Prompt NATO to Scale Back Joint Operations
NATO announced on Tueday it is scaling back joint operations with Afghan security forces in the wake of an increasing number of insider attacks which have killed 51 NATO troops this year.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Fights to Continue Indefinite Detentions, NDAA
The US government filed an "emergency stay" with the US Second District Court on Monday, in a bid to maintain its ability to indefinitely detain any person without charge or trial.
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[title] David Corn Talks About Romney Video Leak and Source
David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief for Mother Jones Magazine, talks with Rachel Maddow about the origins of the secret videos of a Mitt Romney fundraiser published yesterday by Mother Jones, identifying the setting as the Boca Raton home of financier Marc Leder on May 17, 2012.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Study: Deeper CO2 Cuts Needed to Save World's Dying Corals
UXBRIDGE, Canada - Limiting climate change to two degrees C won’t save most coral reefs, according to new, state-of-the-art research. About 70 percent of corals are projected to suffer from long-term degradation by 2030 with two degrees C of warming, the first comprehensive global survey reported...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Latest Video of Romney Fundraiser Reveals Candidate of the 1% Has No Hope for Middle East Peace
If Mother Jones is secretly running Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, the strategy of the last 24 hours seems to be: Day One) Insult and write-off half nearly of all Americans. Day Two) Denigrate and write-off all Palestinians in the world.
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