News for 2012-11-13

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
[title] Petraeus Resignation Reveals Divisions Over Iran
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[field_image_caption-raw] Federal Flood Insurance Program Running Out of Money
With insurance claims from Hurricane Sandy pouring in by the thousands each day and damage from the storm potentially reaching $7 billion, the debt-ridden federal flood insurance program may run out of money. Hurricane Sandy is on track to be the second worst-insured flood in US history, Reuters...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tar Sands Producers Lay Tracks to Sidestep Keystone XL
As activists wait anxiously to see if Obama will rectify the Keystone XL pipeline that was postponed in 2011, at least wiley one Canadian tar sands producer is taking steps towards an alternate path to the Gulf.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Lobbyists Feign Budget 'Fix': Trojan Horse Filled with Corporate Tax Breaks
As boisterous threats of the 'fiscal cliff' persist and progressive voices urge President Barack Obama to avoid falling for shortsighted solutions to illusory ultimatums, a group of corporate lobbyists and CEO's going by the name of "The Campaign to Fix the Debt" are set to unleash an onslaught of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Google: 'Government Surveillance Is on the Rise'
Web giant Google stated on Tuesday that " government surveillance is on the rise ." The troubling and continuing trend is noted in its sixth and most recent Transparency Report disclosing the number of government requests for user data, as well as removal requests, Google has received.
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[field_image_caption-raw] New Website Brings Drone Strikes to Light
A new website by writer and technologist James Bridle shines an important spotlight on some of the "names of places most of us will never see." By using images from Google earth and target details from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, he identifies the "towns, villages, junctions and roads"...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Super-PACs Already Planning for 2014
Election Day has come and gone, but the super-PAC era is just beginning. The heads of the outside spending groups that pumped more than $1 billion into the 2012 election are already making plans for 2014. Conservative outside groups Crossroads and Freedomworks for America told The Hill they made a...
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[field_image_caption-raw] ‪Will Progressive Groups Press or Be Pressed in Fiscal Cliff Meeting with Obama?‬
As President Obama meets Tuesday meeting with labor union leaders and the heads of liberal advocacy groups to discuss the so-called "fiscal cliff," many leading progressives argue that no such cliff exists, and that President Obama must stand firm in opposition to any compromise with Republicans.
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[title] As Talks Begin on "Fiscal Cliff," Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
As the White House begins a series of meetings today on the looming "fiscal cliff," a coalition of the largest corporate firms and advocacy groups is lobbying for wide-ranging cuts in government spending, including to programs like Medicare and Social Security.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Hit 'Em Where It Hurts': New Campaigns Target Fossil Fuel Giants
The election is over, but the fight to save the planet from the rapacious fossil fuel industry is just gearing up. Hurricane Sandy reminded us that our slowly warming planet will continue to produce bigger and more dangerous monster storms, coupled with other types of severe weather, until we begin...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rise of the Bacterial Superbug: Systemic Misuse of Antibiotics to Blame
A new health report shows that bacterial superbugs are on the rise while health and consumer advocacy groups blame overuse among both humans and livestock as the root cause. Research by international NGO, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, found that "residents of Appalachian and...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fossil Fuel Industry Trumps Climate Change in Public Land Sell-Off for Oil Shale, Tar Sands
An Obama administration plan to open over 800,000 acres of public land for oil shale and tar sands development in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming is another sign of the fossil fuel industry's reign of control trumping environmental and climate change concerns, say environmental groups.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Flood Crisis in Nigeria is of Unprecedented Proportions, Aid Groups Warn
Historic flooding in Nigeria that has affected 7 million people, displaced 2.1 million and killed 363 between July and October of 2012, has become a disaster of unprecedented "scale or magnitude," according to Oxfam's deputy regional humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Dierdre McArdle, who urged...
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[title] Robert Reich on the Fiscal Cliff: ‘We’re Back to Where We Were Before the Election’
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, assesses the latest from House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP when it comes to the so-called fiscal cliff and the looming expiration date of the Bush tax cuts with “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer. “...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Human Intelligence Peaked Thousands of Years Ago: Study
Humankind's intelligence peaked thousands of years ago and advanced civilization has made life so easy for so many that our trend towards stupidity will continue as the ingenuity and intellect once needed for basic survival erode even further.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Powers Designed for 'Terrorists' Entangle US Top Brass
As the New York Times reports Tuesday morning that the Petraeus sex scandal has now spread and the Pentagon has initiated an investigation into top NATO commander in Afghanistan, US General John Allen, what is becoming increasingly clear—beyond all the seemingly bizarre twists of this unfolding...
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