News for 2013-01-22

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] In the Fight for Secrecy, Are the Koch Brothers Like Rosa Parks?
Civil rights organizations like the NAACP and groups dedicated to overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision have found common ground in recent months, coming together under the "Money Out, Voters In" banner to fight the dual threats of money in politics and voter suppression.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Weak and Diminished' Netanyahu Barely Hangs On As Israeli PM, Exit Polls Predict
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is projected to win another term by a narrow victory, according to exit polls on Tuesday, dealing a blow to his hardline coalition. Israeli television's Channel 2 announced the results Tuesday evening, noting, "Big surprises." Barak Ravid, a diplomatic...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Going Nuclear? Reid Vows Filibuster Reform, Whether GOP Likes it or Not
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Tuesday that he's ready to use the "nuclear option" allowing a simple majority to reform the " untamed menace " of the filibuster, indicating that it doesn't matter whether his Republican cohorts are with him or not.
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[title] Dirty Wars: Jeremy Scahill and Rick Rowley’s New Film Exposes Realities of Covert US Warfare
Premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new documentary "Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield" follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen as he chases down the hidden truths behind America’s expanding covert wars. We’re joined by...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Yemeni Official Condemns US Drones
Yemeni human rights minister Hooria Mashhour voiced a rare public criticism by a government official as she condemned the US use of drones and urged for justice and a renewed regard for human rights. Though Mashhour did not explicitly mention the US or assert that any specific strike had killed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Goldman Sach's Food Speculation Turns Global Hunger Into Wall Street Profit
As the world's most vulnerable populations succumb to surging global food prices—driven in part by drought, climate change, and a global food system increasingly vulnerable to the whims of commodity speculation—Goldman Sachs has managed to turn the poverty and suffering of others into profits for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Support for Seattle Teachers Grows: A Revolt Against 'Standardized Testing Industrial Complex'
A boycott against a mandated standardized test at Garfield High School in Seattle, first initiated two weeks ago , has now received support from prominent national educators and—despite threats from school administrators and state officials—has spread to other schools across the city.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Citizens United at Three: Grassroots Fight Against 'Corporate Personhood' Swells
Grassroots groups are marking the third anniversary this week of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling with the continued message: 'corporations are not people.'
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[field_image_caption-raw] Record Support as Roe v. Wade Turns 40
As today marks 40 years since the landmark women's rights decision Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion across the country, a new poll finds that for the first time a majority of Americans support the ruling, indicating that the recent GOP assault on reproductive rights has only renewed the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] World's Dirtiest Energy Projects Could Push Climate Past 'Point of No Return'
Global leaders should be ashamed of their approval and ongoing support for "climate-changing mega projects" underway in countries around the world, said Greenpeace on Tuesday as the international environmental group released a new report showing that if such dirty energy strategies continue the...
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[title] Three Things Obama Can Do if He is Serious About Promise to Middle Class
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[field_image_caption-raw] Geoengineering Schemes: Destroying the Earth to Save It?
If world leaders refuse to follow the sane advice of climate scientists and innovators in sustainable energy and agriculture much longer, it should be noted that there's a group of people out in the margins willing to perform planetary experiments to halt the progress of climate change by whatever...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Groups: Keystone XL Decision Will Show If Obama's Climate Promises Are Real or Just Rhetoric
If you want to know if the lofty rhetoric on climate change included in Obama's second inaugural address on Monday was all talk or a projection of a real shift in policy priorities, environmental campaigners say the evidence will be available soon enough.
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