News for 2012-11-08

Thursday, November 8, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Crossroads' $175 Million Strikeout
Just because George W. Bush has been out of the White House for four years doesn't mean Karl Rove has stopped trying to influence who controls Washington.
Read more
[title] Jeremy Scahill and Dennis Kucinich: In Obama’s 2nd Term, Will Dems Challenge U.S. Drones, Killings?
During Democracy Now!'s seven-hour election special Tuesday night, investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill asks Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich about the secret drone war that has expanded under President Obama's first term and the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen struck by a U.S. drone...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Rallying Cry: Unity and Hampshire College Divest Endowments from Fossil Fuels
Unity College of Maine answers 350.org's rallying call against fossil fuel investment by announcing on Monday that it would divest its endowment from oil, gas and coal companies. At the heart of 350.org's national "Do the Math" tour is a campaign to push colleges and universities to divest their...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Pentagon: Iran Fighter Jets Fired at US Drone
The Pentagon confirmed on Thursday that two Iranian fighter planes fired on, but did not hit, an unarmed US drone late last week. The incident was first reported by CNN , and Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed the incident on Thursday. Reuters adds:
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Jared Loughner Sentenced to Life in Prison
Jared Loughner, who went on a shooting rampage in 2011 that left 6 people dead and 13 wounded, including former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has been sentenced to life in prison Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press reports. 24-year-old Loughner, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia after...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise Could Put an End to South China Sea Disputes
Conflicting claims to islands and reefs in the South China Sea have added to tensions in the Pacific between countries such as Japan and China, but those tensions "may all soon be rendered obsolete" thanks to climate change and rising sea levels that could engulf the disputed territories, Japan's...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] War on Gardens: Orlando Man Fights City Over Front Yard Farm
Local news station reports on the battle waging in Orlando between the city and gardener resident Jason Helvingston. Helvingston was ordered to dig up his front yard garden by Thursday; however, he remains defiant. “You’ll take my house before you take my garden,” he reportedly told city officials.
Read more
[title] Inside Story US 2012: Obama's Second Take
It was a convincing victory for Barack Obama, who retains his position as president of the United States. But according to the popular vote, the US is split roughly in half, with the president only winning by a two per cent margin. Obama will also have to face a House of Representatives that...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] 200,000 More in the Dark as Nor'easter Badgers a Besieged Region
Wednesday's nor'easter brought cold and darkness to the storm battered east, but spared them from any significant destruction. As the storm blanketed the region with thick, wet snow, over 750,000 households from Connecticut to New Jersey remained without power—200,000 of which were new outages...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change Puts Coffee at Risk
Climate change is threatening to put wild arabica coffee at risk of near extinction by 2080, a new study shows . The "moderate" predictions from researchers at Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew with scientists in Ethiopia show that indigenous arabica plants, a bank of genetic diversity for the...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Whistleblower Manning Highlights 'Overcharging' in Strategic 'Guilty' Plea
US Army whistleblower Pfc Bradley Manning offered his first plea deal in court Wednesday, admitting to only a selection of charges against him, in a move experts say is designed to strengthen the defense's arguments that Manning has been severely "overcharged" -- or purposefully given charges that...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Despite Massive Opposition, Greece Passes New Austerity Measures
Years and months of anti-austerity protests in Greece that culminated in a two-day national strike that saw over a hundred thousand people in the streets of Athens on Wednesday was not enough to prevent the ruling coalition government—late in the night—of passing the most recent, and critics say...
Read more
[title] Bursting the Right's Bubble
Rachel Maddow lists the wins and loses from Tuesdays's elections and notes that the national results were predicted accurately by fact-based models while denizens of the right-wing media bubble were caught off guard. Maddow asks Republicans to join the fact based community to help workshop real...
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] Climate Change's 'Terrifying Math' Coming to City Near You
Less the 24 hours after Barack Obama won his reelection campaign on Tuesday, a new kind of campaign was launching in a sold out auditorium in downtown Seattle.
Read more
[field_image_caption-raw] For Champions of Degrowth, Less Is Much More
NEW YORK - The concept of degrowth is not a very comfortable one in overdeveloped countries such as the United States. But with the planet’s resources stretched to the limit, many argue that an action plan is needed to prevent the world’s largest economy from getting any bigger, especially with the...
Read more