News for 2012-12-14

Friday, December 14, 2012
[title] Dean Baker: The Biggest Myth in Obama-GOP Spending Showdown is the So-Called "Fiscal Cliff" Itself
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama: 'Bigger Fish to Fry' Than Pot Smokers Gettin' High
Telling ABC News ‘ Barbara Walters that “we’ve got bigger fish to fry,” President Obama broke his administration's silence on how it intends to deal with new marijuana legalization laws in both Washington state and Colorado.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dueling Factions Out in Force on Eve of Egypt's Referendum
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[field_image_caption-raw] How the Mighty (Mississippi) Has Fallen: Historic Drought Plagues US
As the worst drought in decades continues to plague the US, the Mississippi River is withering towards historic lows with widespread impacts for commerce.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Slaughter in Connecticut: 20 Children, 6 Adults Dead in Kindergarten Massacre
Latest reports from the school massacre in Connecticut put the number of dead at 26; including 20 children and 6 adults, making it the second most deadly school shootings in the nation's history - surpassed only by the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech when 33 people were killed. Lt. Governor Malloy...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Texas Landowner to Tar Sands Oil Company: 'The Fight Is On'
Texas landowner Michael Bishop vowed Thursday that "the fight is on," even after a judge rescinded a restraining order that temporarily halted construction of part of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline across his property.
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[title] Mary Bottari: Michigan Anti-Union Law Drafted by ALEC
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[field_image_caption-raw] Updated and Previously Suppressed Report Still Finds: Tax Cuts for Rich Only Help the Rich
The US trend to continually lower tax rates for the country's wealthiest in the name of economic growth is deeply flawed, says an updated non-partisan government report that shows tax cuts for the rich—most recently exemplified by the Bush-era tax cuts—serve mostly to increase income inequality by...
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[title] Storm-Hit Philippines Struggles to Rebuild
Barely a week after Typhoon Bopha destroyed their homes, people in Monkayo in the southern Philippines are starting to rebuild their lives. The typhoon has left at least 902 people dead mostly on the southern island of Mindanao, where floods and landslides caused major damage in nearly 2,000...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Panetta Orders US Missiles, Boots on the Ground Along Syrian Border
Amid a deepening involvement by the US in the ongoing civil war in Syria, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced he has ordered the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 US soldiers to Turkey as part of a wider NATO effort to militarize the border between the two countries...
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