News for 2012-10-24

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Marriage Equality 2012
Four states will be voting on marriage equality on November 6th. In Maine , Maryland and Washington state, it's an up-or-down vote on legalizing same-sex marriage. In Minnesota , there's a measure to place a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution, as 30 other states have done previously...
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Reproductive Rights 2012
Only two states— Florida and Montana —will take up questions about abortion this November, although the issue remains a controversial question for candidates everywhere. Voters in Florida and Montana will decide on election day whether to weaken reproductive rights in those states, and — in Florida...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Third Party Candidates Add Fresh Perspective to Debates
Eclipsed by the wake of the final presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama, four third-party candidates took the stage last night in Chicago: Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party, Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party and Virgil Goode of the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Sudan Says Israel Bombed Arms Factory, Threatens Retaliation
The Sudanese government announced Wednesday that they believe Israel is to blame for the bombing of a military factory in Khartoum earlier in the day. Four Israeli planes allegedly attacked the factory, causing major munitions explosions and two deaths, the Culture and Information Minister Ahmed...
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[title] Stop Killing Our Youth: Protest Against Police Brutality
On September 7, 2012, Reynaldo Cuevas was shot and killed by a police officer as he was fleeing from robbers inside a bodega. The 20-year-old was unarmed. Sadly, Cuevas is one of hundreds of minorities killed by the police every year. On October 22, people gathered in New York City's Union Square...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Exposed 'Kill Matrix' Gives Permanence to US 'War on Terror'
An in-depth Washington Post story reveals that the drone warfare and bottomless "kill list" that have become signature features of the Obama administration's foreign policy have evolved.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Drone-Targeted Pakistan Favors Romney Over Obama
A recent world opinion poll shows Pakistan, in sharp contrast to other countries polled, with higher approval ratings for Republican presidential contender Romney over President Obama. The BBC World Service opinion poll surveyed 21,797 people in 21 countries. None of the other countries surveyed is...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Woman Arrested Blocking Trucks for "Pipeline of Death"
Putting her body on the line and citing solidarity with the efforts of others trying to block construction of tar sands pipelines in the US and Canada, Cherri Foytlin—wife of a Gulf coast oil worker and mother of six from Louisiana—chained herself to a gate at the Keystone XL pipeline storage yard...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US to Sue Bank of America for $1bn Over 'Brazen' Mortgage Fraud
Federal prosecutors are suing Bank of America for $1 billion over mortgage fraud. The civil mortgage fraud lawsuit centers around the bank's program known as "Hustle," a program it absorbed from Countrywide Financial when it bought the company in 2008. Ben Protess reports in the New York Times :
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Crime Against Humanity': Poisonous Gas Flaring on the Rise
The Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR), led by the World Bank, on Wednesday urged oil producing companies and countries to reduce flaring of natural gas associated with oil production by 30 percent by 2017. The BBC reported that the group agreed "to press oil firms" to reduce the flaring, or...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Ecuador Officials 'Very Concerned' over Health of Assange
Ecuador officials announced that they are "very concerned" about the health of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange this week, who has lost a considerable amount of weight since he began his stay at the Ecuadoran embassy in London. "In case of his illness we will have to pick among two options: to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change Scientist Sues for Defamation
An internationally recognized climatologist who has focused on global warming on Monday sued the National Review , a Capitol Hill-based think tank and two writers for accusing him of academic fraud and improperly manipulating data—and for comparing him to former Penn State assistant football coach...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Another Drone Strike in Pakistan, Another Civilian Casualty
At least one woman has died from a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Wednesday. There are conflicting reports on whether two more may have been killed or injured . Associated Press reports that the strike was in Tappi Khun Khel village in the North Waziristan tribal area, which borders Afghanistan.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Stinger Missiles vs. Russian Cluster Bombs in Syria?
The government military forces of President Bashar al-Assad have continued and expanded their use of Russian-made cluster bombs, according to an investigation by Human Rights Watch released Wednesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Industrial Pollution Brings Suffering to 125 Million People: Report
One hundred and twenty-five million people around the world suffer from serious health problems that stem from industrial pollution -- a public health crisis on par with malaria or tuberculosis (TB) -- according to a report released this week by the Blacksmith Institute.
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[field_image_caption-raw] "No More Cuts!": Crowds Surround Spain's Congress
Surrounded by police in fleets of riot vans, thousands of protesters gathered outside of Spain's Congress building in Madrid Tuesday to voice their continued opposition to the austerity measures pushed by the Rajoy government and the two ruling parties.
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[title] Phyllis Bennis: Should Progressives Vote for Obama?
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[field_image_caption-raw] GOP Senate Candidate: Pregnancy from Rape is "Gift from God"
During a debate for the US Senate in Indiana on Tuesday, GOP candidate Richard Mourdock stirred outrage by saying he considers pregnancies occuring after a women's rape a "gift from God."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Released Docs Reveal Deadly Blow to Whales After BP Disaster
Previously unreleased emails and photos obtained by Greenpeace and shared with The Guardian newspaper show that US officials downplayed and kept secret information regarding the impact of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil disaster on the health of whale populations in the Gulf of Mexico.
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