News for 2012-10-16

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
[title] Katrina vanden Heuvel: The Media Can Fight Back Against 'Citizens United'
The Supreme Court's 'Citizens United' decisions opened the floodgates for corporate money to be used in elections in previously unprecedented ways. That's why, The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel argues, independent media must work harder than ever to expose the abuses of power that will inevitably...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama, Romney Square Off in Second Presidential Debate
Progressives react to Tuesday night's presidential debate on twitter:
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[field_image_caption-raw] BBC Profile: Big Tobacco Lawyers Target Big Food
More than a dozen lawyers who took on big tobacco in the 1990's have turned their attention to the food industry and the criminal mislabeling of food products. BBC Newsnight spoke with Don Barrett, one of the attorney's who's career capstone was the decade-long battle that forced tobacco companies...
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[field_image_caption-raw] SCOTUS Upholds Early Voting in Ohio
Ohio voters will maintain their right to vote early, the US Supreme Court decided Tuesday afternoon. The decision turns down a recent Ohio law that banned the established practice of voting within three days before the election and posed a challenge to voter's rights in the state, critics of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sanders: Proposed Social Security Cuts 'Morally Grotesque'
US Senator Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that a "draconian" proposal to chain the cost-of-living increase to the Consumer Price Index is "not only morally grotesque, it is extremely bad economics." The Social Security Administration on Tuesday announced a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Romney/Ryan-Like Medicare Privatization Plan Would Raise Premiums Nationwide: Report
An analysis of a Medicare voucher plan generally based on the approach included in vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's budget plan passed by the House earlier this year, says that at least 6 in 10 Medicare recipie
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[field_image_caption-raw] Surging Domestic Oil Production a 'Windfall' for Refiners, Investors, But No Help at the Gas Pump
The surge in U.S. crude production has benefited the 1%, bringing profits to oil companies and investors while leaving the rest of the country paying high prices at the gas pump.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Americans Eat Their Body Weight in GM Foods
Every year, Americans consume their body weight—and more—in genetically modified foods, says a new analysis by the Environmental Working Group. The analysis found that people eat an estimated 193 pounds of genetically engineered food each year; and the average weight of a typical american, 179...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Leaked Documents Reveal "Monopoly-Like" Control of Presidential Debates
Following the release of the official 'memorandum of understanding'—the agreement signed by both the Romney and Obama campaigns that governs the presidential and vice presidential debates—critics say the document reveals the contrived nature of the nationally televised forums and highlights how the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN: Agricultural Cooperatives Key to Eliminating Hunger
Nearly 1 in 7 people worldwide suffers from undernourishment as the United Nations and Oxfam America mark the 33rd World Food Day today, hoping to raise awareness of global poverty and hunger. Nine hundred million people are hungry, even though the means to eliminate that hunger exist.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Student Loans Bear 'Uncanny Resemblance' to Subprime Crisis
Techniques currently used by student loan lenders bear an "uncanny resemblance" to those used by subprime mortgage lenders leading up to the subsequent housing bubble burst and financial crisis of 2008, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NOAA: September Tied for Planet Earth's Warmest September Ever
The world just experienced its warmest September ever, tied with a 2005 record, the NOAA said on Monday.
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[title] Matt Taibbi: 'Romney/Ryan Tax Plan Still Makes No Sense’
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone contributing editor, joins “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer to discuss his recent article explaining why he feels the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan tax plan should not be taken seriously.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Time is Now to Make a Stand': Tar Sands Pipeline Blockade Grows as Company Lashes Out
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[field_image_caption-raw] Mission Creep in Libya: Drones in the Sky, Boots on the Ground
During a nationally televised debate last week, Vice President Joe Biden responded to a question about the attack in Libya that led to the death of four Americans, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens, by saying "the men responsible" would face "justice" from the United States. "If you do harm to...
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