News for 2013-05-30

Thursday, May 30, 2013
[title] Julian Assange: U.S. Probe of WikiLeaks & "Show Trial" of Bradley Manning Aims to Scare Whistleblowers
Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of disclosing a trove of government documents and cables to WikiLeaks, is set to go on trial next week. Manning has already pleaded guilty to misusing classified material he felt "should become public," but has denied the top charge of aiding the enemy...
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[title] Van Jones: Three Myths About the Obama Tar Sands Pipeline
Rebuild the Dream President and former Obama administration green jobs advisor Van Jones cuts through the myths around Keystone XL -- and explains who will be to blame if the pipeline is approved.
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[field_image_caption-raw] From War to Wall Street: Gen. Petraeus Puts "Killer" Skill Set to New Use
Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co has a "killer" new employee—former U.S. General and CIA chief David Petraeus. Petraeus, well known as commander of all U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, who was subsequently appointed to lead the CIA by President Obama in 2011, is now "cashing...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Pushed to the Edge,' Seattle's Low Wage Workers Join Sweeping Movement
In the seventh action in just eight weeks across the United States, fast food workers in Seattle are walking off the job Thursday joining a sweeping movement of low-wage workers who have been "pushed to the edge and are now taking a stand."
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[field_image_caption-raw] "Off the Record" Meetings with DOJ Exposes Deep Subservience of DC Press Corps
While some news outlets are lining up to attend a series of "off the record" media briefings with the Department of Justice, others are balking at the invitation from embattled Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that it would be "inappropriate" to accept the government's conditions of secrecy as...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Britain's Largest Privatization in Over a Decade Underway
Britain is continuing plans to privatize its state-owned mail service, the largest such effort since the privatization of its railways in the 1990s. On Wednesday the government announced that banking giants Goldman Sachs and UBS would be leading the efforts. The Guardian reports :
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Loses Billions to 'Weather Whiplash'
Superstorm Sandy, widespread drought, flooding in the Midwest, devastating tornadoes and, most recently, early season wildfires on the west coast—it seems as if Americans can't catch a break with t
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Mechanical Slaughter' Likely If No Ban on Killer Robots, UN Official Warns
Killer robots, on track to be used by the U.S.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Salvadoran Supreme Court Denies Woman Her Right to Life
In a stunning decision made worse by the length of time it took to be handed down, the Supreme Court of El Salvador gave a young woman a death sentence on Wednesday by denying “permission” for an abortion needed to save her life.
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[title] Chicago Spends $100 Million on Private Stadium After Closing 50 Public Schools
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Accused of Politicizing Weapons of Mass Destruction
UNITED NATIONS - When the United States invaded Iraq back in March 2003, one of its primary objectives was to track down and destroy weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) reportedly stockpiled by the regime of President Saddam Hussein. By its own definition – and by U.N. standards – the United States...
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[field_image_caption-raw] State Department Inspector General Investigating Keystone XL Contractor ERM's Conflicts of Interest
The Checks and Balances Project has announced that the U.S.
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