News for 2012-10-02

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Judge: Obama Administration Can Indefinitely Detain Anyone
On Tuesday afternoon an appeals court stopped an order blocking indefinite detention, siding with the Obama adminstration's right to indefinitely detain terror suspects. Politico reports on the ruling from Appeals Court Judges Denny Chin, Raymond Lohier and Christopher Droney:
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Romneycare: Patient Pays More
Last week, Mitt Romney published an op-ed in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, " Replacing Obamacare With Real Health Care Reform ." In this report, Romney discusses certain details of his plan which, critics say, would leave 72 million people without health insurance by 2022.
Read more
[title] As U.S. Death Toll in Afghanistan Passes 2,000 Mark, Phyllis Bennis on America’s Longest War
The official U.S. military death toll in Afghanistan has just passed the 2,000 mark. On Monday, a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan army uniform killed 14 people, including three U.S. soldiers, in the eastern province of Khost. Amidst a spate of attacks by Afghan troops on NATO forces, NATO chief...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] California Governor Vetoes Immigration Bill
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed an immigration bill that would have curtailed a program proponents say has "horrifically impacted our families, safety and communities" since its implementation. The bill would have limited state law enforcement's ability to hold undocumented immigrants...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] White House Mulls 'Unilateral Strikes' in Africa
The White House is mulling the use of "unilateral strikes" in Africa as part of its ever-expanding war on terror, the Washington Post reports .
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Obama or Romney? Regardless, Offshore Drilling Threat Remains
Environmentalists and opponents of offshore oil and gas drilling are up for a fight regardless of the outcome of November's presidential election. Despite critical opposition, the possibility of drilling off the coast of the Atlantic is being discussed by both the Obama administration and the...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] NY Attorney General Sues JPMorgan over Financial Crisis
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a civil lawsuit against JP Morgan Chase over allegations of fraud in deals made leading up to the brink of the housing bubble burst. The case, which is the first to be filed by the Justice Department's Federal Mortgage Task Force since it was...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Scientists: Climate Change Could Cause Coral Reef Extinction
A top marine scientist said Tuesday that climate change could cause large reef-building corals—such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef—to be extinct within this generation. The comments, by Matthew Huelsenbeck of Oceana, follow two new studies that contribute damning evidence that climate change is...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Winning Message? 'If You Love Waterboarding, Vote For Romney'
In a little noticed story in The New York Times last week, it was reported that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, if elected, would reverse the Obama executive order which put an end to the use of torture practices—euphemized by many as "enhanced interrogation" practices—employed by...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Detroit Workers Fight Back Against 'Union Busting,' Privatization Plans
The battle over the privatization of public water services is playing out in Detroit, as water department workers now risk losing their jobs as they continue a strike over what they see as a "union busting and privatizing" plan by the city.
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Judge Halts Pennsylvania's Controversial Voter ID Law
A judge has halted Pennsylvania's controversial voter ID law on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports , so it will not be in effect for this year's election. The PIttsburgh Post-Gazette adds that the ruling from Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson is a "partial injunction":
Read more
[title] Little Debate About Afghan War in Election Campaign
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] 'Intimidation, Threats, and Lawyers': The Great American Gas Fracking 'Land Grab'
Introducing a couple from Texas who, despite their objection, had the natural gas sucked out from beneath their property by the Chesapeake Energy Corporation without paying a dime in compesation, an investigative report by Reuters recounts how the gas giant has embarked on an aggressive nationwide...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] In Afghanistan, a War with No Plan for Peace Continues
A series of confessions this week from top US and NATO officials leave dim hopes for a negotiated peace settlement in Afghanistan as western nations head for the exit doors with no plans in place for a stable transition to Afghan rule after 2014. The New York Times reports Tuesday that both "...
Read more