News for 2013-07-10

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] ALEC Agenda Tips the Scales of Justice to Help Corporations Win
At least 71 bills introduced in 2013 that make it harder for average Americans to access the civil justice system resemble "models" from the American Legislative Exchange Council, or "ALEC," according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of ALECexposed.org . ALEC Agenda...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Manning's Defense Rests After Final Blows to 'Aiding the Enemy' Charges
The defense for Pfc. Bradley Manning rested Wednesday afternoon after hearing testimony from Harvard Professor Yochai Benkler, a "fourth estate" scholar who argued that WikiLeaks is "a legitimate journalistic organization" rather than an organization which aids "terrorist organizations," as has...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Historic' Drone Landing Paves Way for 'Killer Robots' Anytime, Anywhere
In an event sure to make "history"—if not for its technical prowess, then for its long-term impact on international warfare—the US Navy Wednesday successfully completed the landing of a fully automated aerial drone on an aircraft carrier at sea.
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[title] Oliver Stone: 'Our Civil Liberties Are Being Eaten by the NSA Surveillance Machine'
After The Guardian and The Washington Post revealed the astonishing scope of some of the NSA's surveillance activities, some people claimed that Americans wouldn't care. But Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone doesn't accept that.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Outrage Flares Across Latin America Following NSA Revelations
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[field_image_caption-raw] Privatization's the Name of the Game for Accident-Prone Train Company Behind Lac-Mégantic Oil Disaster
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama's DOJ Moves to Keep Secret Spy Court in the Shadows
The rulings and rationale behind the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's (FISC) decisions must remain a secret because... that's just how it works, reasoned the Department of Justice in a court filing Friday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Wal-Mart to DC: We'll Skip Town Before We Pay a Living Wage
Wal-Mart executives claim they will slam the brakes on plans to open six mega-stores in Washington DC if the city council passes a living-wage bill that would force billion dollar retailers to pay workers at least $12.50 an hour.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Daylight Robbery': UK Announces Privatization of State-Run Mail Service
The official plan for the privatization of the UK's centuries old mail service, Royal Mail, was announced by business secretary Vince Cable on Wednesday to the ire of trade unions and others who have slammed the biggest privatization since the railways in the 1990s
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Significant' Destruction of Canadian Wildlife Serves 'Public Interest,' says Govt Panel
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[title] 'Two American Families': Is There Hope for The Middle Class?
It’s a central premise of the American dream: If you’re willing to work hard, you’ll be able to make a living and build a better life for your children. But what if working hard isn’t enough to ensure success — or even the basics of daily life?
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[field_image_caption-raw] Rebuking Political Establishment, Americans Say Snowden Is a Whistleblower, Not a Traitor
A majority of Americans believe that Edward Snowden is a whistleblower, not a traitor, according to results of a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. 55% of respondents said Snowden was more of a whistleblower, compared to 34% who said he was more of a traitor.
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[title] Republicans Continue to Wage War on Women's Health Rights
Planned Parenthood NC President Janet Colm, who was arrested on Monday during a pro-choice rally, talks to Chris Hayes.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Snowden's Primary Challenge: Avoiding Reach of US Empire
Though a rush of speculation mounted on Tuesday, the ongoing saga surrounding NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's attempts to find political asylum continued Wednesday.
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[field_image_caption-raw] "Stasi-Like": Obama's Program to Thwart Unwanted Leaks Not Only Creepy, It Won't Work
What's worse than a government program that "creates a culture of intimidation," "represses creative thinking," and acts to subvert the protections offered by the First and Fourth Amendments of the constitution?
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