News for 2012-11-09

Friday, November 9, 2012
[title] Tavis Smiley, Cornel West on the 2012 Election and the Neglected Issue of US Poverty
As the most expensive presidential election in U.S. history comes to an end, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and professor, activist Dr. Cornel West join us to discuss President Obama’s re-election and their hopes for a national political agenda in and outside of the White House during Obama’s second term.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Voting Rights Act To Go Before Supreme Court
The Supreme Court announced Friday that it would decide whether an historic portion of the Voting Rights Act protecting against racial discrimination is constitutional. Section 5 of the act, passed in 1965, requires states and localities with a history of discrimination to get federal approval...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Yes, Companies Are Harvesting and Selling Your Facebook Profile
Yesterday, we got a rare look at how information on your public social media profiles—including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn—is being harvested and resold by large consumer data companies. Responding to a congressional query, nine data companies provided answers to a detailed set of questions...
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[field_image_caption-raw] CIA Director General Petraeus Resigns
Director of CIA General David Petraeus announced his resignation today after admitting an extra-marital affair. Petraeus was the Obama Administration's highest-ranking neocon holdover from George W. Bush’s Administration. NBC's Andrea Mitchell, who broke the story on air, said the resignation was...
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[field_image_caption-raw] UN: Syrian Humanitarian Crisis to Double if Violence Continues
As the United Nations estimates the number of refugees fleeing Syria would nearly double to 700,000 by early next year, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied a civil war in his country, and insisted his country supports him.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Cracks in South Korea's Nuclear Program
Nuclear watchdogs in South Korea discovered microscopic cracks while conducting regular maintenance at a unit in the Yeonggwang nuclear complex. Though no radioactive leak has been found, necessary shutdown prompts fears of power shortages during the upcoming winter months.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Cold and Dark: Gas Shortages Still Plague Sandy Survivors
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said Hurricane Sandy may have caused $33 billion in damage to his state, but for hundreds of thousands still without power, tallying costs was less of a concern than the cold and dark—and gas shortages they endured as Wednesday's noreaster descended on the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Elizabeth Warren Could Tackle Wall Street Through Senate Banking Seat
Newly elected Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose career and recent campaign incorporated a vigorous critique of Wall Street misdeeds and power in Washington, stands a good chance of securing a seat on the Senate Banking Committee, according to Senior Senate Democratic aides who spoke...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hugo Chavez to Obama: Stop Invading Countries, Focus on Your Country's Social Woes
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez on Thursday urged newly re-elected President Obama to "stop invading" other countries and "think about his own country" which suffers from social and economic problems. Chavez made the comments during a cabinet council meeting broadcast on the state channel, VTV.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Secret Documents Show Weak Oversight of Key Foreclosure Program
The Obama administration launched its main program to prevent foreclosures in the spring of 2009 with $50 billion and abundant promises. What the Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, lacked — and wouldn't have for years — was effective oversight of the big banks that were crucial to the...
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[title] Bill McKibben: Global Warming's Dystopian Future
Having just come out of one of the hottest summers on record, wrought with droughts and wildfires, it's a wonder that "climate change" doesn't seem to exist in either of our 2012 presidential candidates' vocabularies. Author and activist Bill McKibben notes that we can't stop global warming, as the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Worst Case Climate Projections Likely: Study
The worst case projections for global warming may be the most likely, according to an analysis from scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The NASA-funded research by NCAR scientists John Fasullo and Kevin Trenberth was published Thursday in the journal Science . Fasullo...
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