News for 2013-04-23

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] Senate Hearing on Drone Warfare
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights held its first hearing on the Obama administration's targeted killing program entitled “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing” Tuesday afternoon.
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[title] A Conversation with Common Dreams: 'From Austerity Economics... to Drone Warfare... to Climate Change'
Continuing a short video series by Common Dreams , we interviewed seven of of our long-time contributors—R obert McChesney, Fran Korten, Norman Solomon, Sonali Kolhatkar, John Nichols, Marjorie Cohn, and Michael Winship —to reflect on their assessment of the current political and historical moment.
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[field_image_caption-raw] France Becomes Fourteenth Country to Legalize Gay Marriage
In a vote Tuesday afternoon French parliament elected to become the fourteenth country to legalize gay marriage, following a pattern initiated by Uruguay two weeks ago and New Zealand last week.
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[title] Amy Goodman: Texas Blast a Form of Industrial Terrorism
Current TV’s John Fugelsang talks with “Democracy Now!” journalist Amy Goodman about the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, that has killed at least 14 people and injured more than 200. Goodman says the media has paid more attention to the Boston bombing than the Texas tragedy.
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[field_image_caption-raw] AP's Hacked Twitter Account Falsely Announces Explosions, Injured Obama at White House
The Associated Press' @AP twitter account was taken offline on Tuesday after the account was hacked and a false message was tweeted out that read: "Breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Obama is injured." Screenshot:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Kansas Governor Writes 'JESUS + Mary' on Notes for Anti-Abortion Bill
Next to the extreme anti-abortion bill Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) signed into law on Friday were notes on which he wrote JESUS + Mary at the top and further down that it was a bill that would create "a culture of life," an Associated Press photo http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Common Cause President Bob Edgar Dies Suddenly at 69
Common Cause President and former Congressman Bob Edgar died suddenly Tuesday at the age of 69, the group announced.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Renewables Could Power Nearly All US Energy Usage by 2050
If the US ceases to burn coal and ratchets down both nuclear and natural gas usage, the resulting reliance on wind, solar and other renewables "could meet or exceed demand in 99.4 percent of hours" by 2050, according to a recent report (pdf) by Synapse Energy Economics for the nonprofit think tank...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Report: Deadly Human-Made 'Cocktail' Threatening World’s Pollinators
A "cocktail" of human-made "pressures" are threatening insect pollinators across the world, whose decline will have "profound environmental, human health and economic consequences," according to a new report released Monday by the Insect Pollinators Initiative .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Iran says $10 Billion Infusion of US Weaponry Will Further 'Destabilize' Middle East
As the US State Department pushes to finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, Iran on Tuesday said that such a massive infusion of US weaponry would be a destabilizing force in the Middle East.
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[field_image_caption-raw] No Charges for Police Who Punched, Pepper-Sprayed Occupy Protesters
Two NYPD officers who were filmed assaulting non-violent Occupy Wall Street protesters will not face any charges , New York District Attorney's Office announced late last week. Of the two officers, Anthony Bologna was filmed in September 2011 spraying a group of non-violent Occupy Wall Street...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Community Residents Reject ExxonMobil's Claims of 'No Oil in Lake' Following Tar Sands Spill
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Hopeful Sign, EPA Slams State Department for 'Insufficient' KXL Review
On the final day of the Keystone XL public comment period for the State Department's draft supplementary environmental impact statement (SEIS) of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a sharply critical assessment declaring the analysis "insufficient."
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[title] Jeremy Scahill: The Obama Administration's Global Battlefield
The Obama administration has expanded the global war on terror by placing the first American citizen on the kill list. Chris Hayes talks to Jeremy Scahill about his new book "Dirty Wars" and the impact of the administration's war on terror. Part 1:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tsarnaev No “Enemy Combatant” But Rights Concerns Remain
WASHINGTON - Civil liberties and human rights groups are applauding the White House’s announcement Monday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the lone surviving suspect in last week’s bombing in Boston, will not be charged as an enemy combatant, as some conservative politicians here had been urging.
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[field_image_caption-raw] After More Than 200 Days on Hunger Strike, Palestinian Gains Freedom
Close to death after more than eight months on hunger strike a Palestinian man held by Israel will end his self-imposed fast following an agreement that will see him released to his home in Jerusalem. Samir al-Assawi, who has gone more than 200 days without food, was protesting the Israeli practice...
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