News for 2012-09-24

Monday, September 24, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] 'You Shall Not Pass': Activists Take to the Trees to Stop Tar Sands Pipeline
Eight people are engaged in a direct action on Monday to thwart the construction of the tar sands-carrying Keystone XL pipeline in Texas. The activists with Tar Sands Blockade have scaled trees in an attempt to stop TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, from clear cutting an area near...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 78% of Outside Campaign Spending Due to 'Citizens United Effect'
According to a new report released Monday by the Sunlight Foundation , 78% of 2012 outside election spending can be attributed to the 2010 Citizens United ruling, which allows unregulated amounts of corporate and otherwise outside campaign donations.
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[title] As Anti-Immigrant "Papers" Law Takes Effect, Jeff Biggers on Arizona, the "State Out of the Union"
Last week a federal judge lifted an injunction against a key component of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, requiring police to check the immigration status of people they stop before releasing them. On Saturday, hundreds of protesters marched in Phoenix to protest the law,...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change, Ocean Acidification Threaten Food Security of Billions
Climate change and ocean acidification are threatening food security for billions of people who depend on fish and seafood for all or part of their diets, according to a report released Monday from ocean conservation group Oceana .
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[field_image_caption-raw] TV Stations Accept Political Ad Cash -- and Leave Viewers in the Dark
The political ad invasion is upon us.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Expert: US Plan for Uranium-233 Disposal "Shocking"
Uranium 233, a man-made substitute for natural uranium that was produced mostly in the 1960's and 70's to provide fuel for the nation's nascent nuclear energy program, turned out to be a highly expensive material with almost no practical application. Now, nearly fifty years and many billions of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Civilian Blood Continues to Spill in Afghanistan
Civilians continue to pay a deadly price in Afghanistan, as the United Nations reports that the country just experienced its second deadliest month for civilians. The UN's special representative in Afghanistan, Ján Kubiš, stated that in August 374 civilians were killed and 581 were injured, and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Chevron Refinery Faces Criminal Investigation
A Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California is now under investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency over claims that the site has been illegally burning off toxic pollutants, according to the San Francisco Chronicle .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Alternative to Wikileaks Arises in Iceland
With the imprisonment of Bradley Manning and detainment of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks is effectively on hold. But that does not mean that leaks and whistleblowing activities have stopped. GlobaLeaks lists a large number of leak sites , which are active to different degrees. Soon The Associated...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iranian Diplomat Says Iran Offered Deal to Halt 20-Percent Enrichment
WASHINGTON - Iran has again offered to halt its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent, which the United States has identified as its highest priority in the nuclear talks, in return for easing sanctions against Iran, according to Iran’s permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Guantanamo Isn't a Campaign Issue in 2012
In 2007, Mitt Romney set himself apart from the pack of presidential candidates by staking out an extreme position on the prison camps at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. He said he wanted to “grow them” at a time when both Barack Obama and John McCain were advocating closure to improve America’s standing in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: New Laws Could Disenfranchise 10 Million Latino Voters
Regressive voting laws pushed by Republican controlled legislatures in 23 states across the country could keep more than 10 million Latino citizens from registering and voting this year, according to a new study to be released Monday.
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[title] Bill Moyers Essay: More Money, Less Democracy
Bill examines how the enormous amounts of money spent on political consultants and TV ads corrupt our elections and distort our democracy.
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