News for 2012-12-18

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
[title] Lawrence Lessig: The Right to Remix
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's Deficit Proposal: Cut Social Security Benefits
"Chained CPI," a major piece of President Obama's latest proposal in the budget deficit talks, really means, as progressives point out today, a real cut in benefits.
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[field_image_caption-raw] To NRA: 'Shame, Shame, Shame' — To Congress: 'Now, Now, Now'
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[field_image_caption-raw] Corporate-Occupied Government: A 'Redistribution Machine' for the Wealthy
The income inequality gap has vastly expanded over the past 20 years thanks largely in part to federal policies, which have decreased large chunks of revenue through unprecedented tax cuts for the wealthy and redistributed what's left of that revenue away from public services and federally managed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tar Sands Battle Takes Distinct Turns in Vermont, Montana
As the battle over transporting tar sands out of Alberta continues, two distinct paths emerged on Monday, one chosen by Burlington, Vermont and the other by Montana, and show how decisions made at the local level can have serious impacts for ongoing battles over fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Hastening Climate Change, Worldwide Coal Consumption to Increase Within 5 Years
Only weeks after climate change talks in Doha produced no significant plan to address climate change, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday that coal will likely rival oil as the world's largest source of energy within five years, dramatically increasing global warming.
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[title] Will the US Ever Change Its Gun Laws?
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Wal-Mart's Mexico: There's a Bribe for That
The global retail giant Wal-Mart ran neither a casual nor introverted bribery scheme when it came to getting what it wanted in Mexico. As a new exposé by The New York Times reveals, efforts by Wal-mart to get what they wanted, regardless of local concerns and opposition, were extremely effective...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wealthiest Kissed, Weakest Kicked: Obama's Ugly 'New Deal' Offers to Cut Social Security
Reports indicate that Obama has willingly affronted public opinion, sound economics, and his political base of supporters by agreeing to make significant cuts to Social Security, health programs, education, and other programs while at the same time making some of the most odious benefits for the...
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