News for 2013-02-28

Thursday, February 28, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] After GOP Version Defeated, House Passes Violence Against Women Act
The House passed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday by a 286-138 vote after a weaker, Republican version failed to win a majority. As People for the American Way 's Leslie Watson Malachi explained ,
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[title] Robert Reich on Viewpoint: 'Let's Just Repeal the Sequester'
Robert Reich, former U.S. labor secretary and professor at U.C. Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, tells Current TV’s John Fugelsang why Democrats and Republicans need to cooperate in order to avert the looming sequester.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Not Enough': Critics say Obama's $9 Minimum Wage Too Small
President Obama's call for a national increase of the minimum wage to $9 an hour is a practical nonstarter among conservatives and Republicans. But advocates of a higher and more decent, living wage—including members of Obama's own party—say that an adequate increase would bring hourly pay up to $...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Unequal Internet Access "Widening the Gap" Between Rich and Poor Students
As many schools are racing to adopt the latest technologies—tablets, e-readers, cell phones—in their classrooms, low income students and poorly funded school districts are being left in the dust. A survey of middle and high school teachers released Thursday found that the growing gap in internet...
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[field_image_caption-raw] What's Causing Explosion in Type 2 Diabetes? Sugar, Says New Study
Sugar. That's what's behind the increasing worldwide numbers of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published Wednesday in the online journal PLOS ONE. The study's authors write: Our results show that sugar availability is a significant statistical determinant of diabetes prevalence rates...
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[field_image_caption-raw] A Drilling Dream Deferred: Shell Suspends Arctic Drilling Program
To the cheers of environmental groups, Shell announced on Wednesday it was suspending its 2013 Arctic drilling program following a mishap-laden year in which its " ships have caught fire, run aground, lost control and become the subject of criminal investigation ."
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[field_image_caption-raw] Manning: Before Wikileaks, Leaked Docs Offered to NYT, WaPo
In what The Guardian 's correspondent Ed Pilkington describes as a "bombshell" revelation, Bradley Manning on Thursday revealed that prior to reaching out to Wikileaks with a trove of government and military documents, the whistleblower first contacted more established media outlets, including the...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Bankers Cry as EU Deal Aims to Cap Bonuses for Financial Industry
Once again proving more adept at reining in the financial sector than its US counterpart, the European Union's parliament on Thursday approved a plan for new restrictions on banks operating on the continent that would cap bonuses for financial executives and bankers. Outsized bonuses have been part...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Fracklash': Colorado Governor Threatens to Sue Over Fracking Bans
One week after members of the Fort Collins city council voted to ban the polluting oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing within city limits, former oilman and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared he will sue any city that enacts a fracking ban. When asked by local news...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 1,000 Gallons of Radioactive Sludge May Be Leaking a Year From Hanford: Governor
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday that as much as 1,000 gallons of radioactive sludge may be leaking a year at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the Associated Press reports. After an initial report of only one tank leaking, last weekend it was confirmed that six single-shelled...
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[title] Rachel Maddow: SCOTUS Conservatives Signal Intention to Dismantle Voting Rights Act
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[field_image_caption-raw] Despite Warning for Women, WHO Report on Fukushima Slammed as 'PR Spin'
A new study released by the World Health Organization says that women, and especially female infants, exposed to radiation released following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan are at a significant risk of developing cancer later in life.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Revealed: British Citizens Stripped of Status Then Targeted For Killing
The British government has secretly been stripping citizenship status from British nationals it suspects of terrorism, some of whom were later targeted and killed by drone attacks abroad.
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