News for 2013-01-30

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Student Loan Delinquencies Skyrocket Signaling 'Latest Red Flag'
Young people are more likely than ever to default on their students loans, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Fair Isaac Corp. (FICO Labs), signaling that the monstrous debt situation is worsening and will continue to plague our next generation of graduates.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Americans Working More, Earning Disappointing Returns
If you've found yourself working harder and longer for little payout, you're not alone. Most U.S. workers, according to a new paper released Wednesday from Economic Policy Institute president Lawrence Mishel examining trends in work hours and wages from 1979 to 2007, have been working more hours...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama’s Flip-Flops on Money in Politics: A Brief History
When President Obama told supporters that he would morph his campaign into a new nonprofit that would accept unlimited corporate donations, the announcement set off a familiar round of griping from campaign finance reformers. The creation this month of Organizing for Action, which will promote the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Washington Urged to Stress Diplomacy in Mali
WASHINGTON - As Washington broadens its military “footprint” in the Sahel region of Africa, U.S. analysts are urging the administration of President Barack Obama to devote more effort to diplomacy, especially in Mali.
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[title] The Hoax of Entitlement Reform with Robert Reich
Conservatives are touting entitlement reform as a solution to looming deficits. But, as the title of this video suggests, this is not the route to take. Entitlement reform is a distraction. Changing social security and medicare doesn't affect the deficit, and changing the rules to raise the age for...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Outbreak of Rage' and Egypt on the Brink
Reporting from Port Said, Egypt, Democracy Now! correspondent and frequent Nation contributor Sharif Abdel Kouddous explains why the young Egyptian government could be on the brink of collapse:
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Development' at Any Cost: US Coasts Left 'Extremely Vulnerable' to Climate Change
The coastal United States is more vulnerable to the dramatic effects of global warming than ever because of rampant over-development and the subsequent destruction of protective coastal wetlands and sand dunes, a new report confirms. Despite this growing affirmation, politicians continue the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Update: Syria Confirms Israeli Strike
Update : The Syrian army claimed Wednesday night that unofficial reports of an Israeli airstrike across the Syrian border earlier in the day are true. Officials said Israeli jets crossed into Syria below the radar level at dawn and hit a military research center in Jamraya, near Damascus.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Parents, Teachers Slam Department of Education Over Mass School Closures
Over 200 activists, community organizers, parents and students from cities across the U.S. gathered in Washington Tuesday to tell U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that Obama's signature 'Race to the Top' education policy—which has lead to widespread public school closures—is wreaking havoc...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Coral Reef Will Serve as Industrial 'Operating Table' for US Naval Ship
In order to be removed from a coral reef in the Philippines, a US Naval ship will be cut into pieces by salvage workers, effectively turning the protected marine reserve into an industrial operating table, imperiling the fragile ecosystem with a project that could take months to complete. After...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Climate Change Has Already Brought Catastrophe to US Wildlife
Climate change has already pushed the nation's wildlife into crisis, according to a report released Wednesday from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), and further catastrophe, including widespread extinction, can only be curbed with swift action to curb the carbon pollution that has the planet...
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[title] Keystone XL Tar Sands: Imminent Climate Threat
New information shows that dirty oil from the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would create even more dangerous carbon emissions and add to the threat of climate change. Come to the Forward on Climate Rally to stop the Keystone XL pipeline Feb. 17, 2013, in Washington, DC.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Dutch Court Delivers Blow to Nigerians with Shell Acquittals
In a blow to environmental and human rights campaigners in Nigeria, a Dutch court has thrown most of a lawsuit brought by local farmers and residents against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell for vast pollution related to the company's extraction and refinery processes in the Niger Delta. As The Guardian...
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[field_image_caption-raw] CIA Nominee John Brennan's Worry Over Torture Ended with Who Might Get Blamed
As John Brennan readies for confirmation hearings as CIA director, re-surfaced episodes of how the spy operative and national security adviser dealt with knowledge about the torture program under the Bush administration shows that his reticence about painful coercive techniques employed by the CIA...
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