News for 2012-12-31

Monday, December 31, 2012
[field_image_caption-raw] Recent Storms Recall Dust Bowl Days as Drought Persists
As the devastating drought of 2012 looks set to continue into 2013, recent storms in parched areas of the country are bringing visions of the Dust Bowl to some residents. Reuters reports:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gang Rape in India Galvanizes Nation
Hundreds of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University marched silently through the streets of South Delhi Saturday night to the bus stop where a 23-year-old woman was picked up before being gang raped and murdered on December 16. The shocking violence of the incident perpetrated by six men—now all...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'World's Worst Poker Player': Obama Readies Gift for GOP
UPDATE 2:50 PM: As rumors of a 'deal' continue, a new Paul Krugman post on Obama's 'dealmaking':
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[field_image_caption-raw] Shell Oil Rig Adrift in Alaskan Arctic
Once again highlighting the risks of drilling in far-off and freezing seas, officials are struggling to secure an unmanned Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling rig set adrift in the waters south of Kodiak Island. Pointing out the danger of exploratory drilling in remote locations, senior counsel with...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Philadelphia's Charter School Expansion Crushing Public Schools
Charter school expansion in Philadelphia has 37 public schools—nearly one in six—slated for the chopping block come June, and has sparked outrage in local communities. Critics of the mass school closures plan argue that it will take students away from their own communities, that there is no proof...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Democracy Denied: Michigan Gov. Signs Replacement Emergency Manager Law
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[field_image_caption-raw] Idle No More Protest Halts Trains, 2,500 Passengers for Hours
More than a dozen Idle No More protesters blocked trains in Ontario for hours Sunday evening in support of Northern Ontario First Nations Chief Theresa Spence, who on Monday began her 21st day of a hunger strike to back her demand for a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 7th Circuit Blocks Contraception Mandate, Suggests Expansion of "Religious Liberty" for Corporations
A divided panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked the Obama administration from requiring that an Illinois company comply with the mandate that insurance policies provide full coverage of birth control methods.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Quietly Signs Abusive Spy Bill He Once Vowed to Eliminate
Under the cover of holiday weekend slumber, President Obama signed into law a five-year extension of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, successfully solidifying unchecked surveillance authority for the remainder of his presidency. Known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law extends...
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[title] Amid "Cliff-Hanger" Antics, Senator Bernie Sanders Defends Middle Class
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[title] 2012 In Review: A Year of Extreme Weather, Mass Shootings, Drone Wars and Dark Money in Politics
Today we look back at 2012. In the most expensive election in U.S. history, President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney, forcing the Republicans to reconsider their policies, among others, around women and immigrants. While the major party presidential candidates did not take on climate change in...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US War Machine Leaves Ugly Imprint in Afghanistan
If only in a microcosm, a dispatch from a remote outpost in Afghanistan reveals the damage and dysfunction created by years of US occupation and how little regard western military forces have for local communities when a final determination is made that an outpost should be abandoned.
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