News for 2013-09-13

Friday, September 13, 2013
[title] Inequality for All: Robert Reich Warns Record Income Gap Undermines Democracy
Five years ago this weekend, the Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers collapsed triggering the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Today, the divide between the 1 percent and the 99 percent is as great as ever. According to one recent study, the top 1 percent has captured about 95...
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[field_image_caption-raw] California Lawmakers Render Fracking Regulations 'Unrecognizable'
A bill heading to California Governor Jerry Brown's desk for approval, originally slated to impose regulations on the hydraulic fracturing industry, has been so watered down with amendments it is "no longer recognizable," an L.A.
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[field_image_caption-raw] TEPCO Official: Fukushima is Out of Control
"I’m sorry, but we consider the situation is not under control." Those were the words of Kazuhiko Yamashita, executive-level fellow for Fukushima plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company when he was pressed by the opposition Democratic Party of Japan.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Epic Deluge' Ravages Colorado
An " epic deluge " continues to wreak havoc on Colorado for a third day.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Little Love for Wall Street Five Years Post-Crash
Five years since the financial crisis began, Americans' animosity toward Wall Street rages on.
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[field_image_caption-raw] NSA Review Panel Snubs Reform in First Hearing
The first meeting of a panel hand-picked by the Obama administration to review the controversial surveillance practices of the National Security Agency failed to mention any proposed changes to those practices, two attendees told the Guardian Thursday .
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama Appoints Bain & Co Consultant to Top Post
President Obama has appointed Jeff Zients as head of the National Economic Council. A former executive of Gov. Mitt Romney’s Bain & Company investment firm—Zients worked at Bain & Co. from 1988 to 1990.
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[field_image_caption-raw] California Set to Increase Minimum Wage to $10 an Hour
California's lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday to raise the state minimum wage to $10 an hour over three years.
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Report of GE Alfalfa Contamination Was “Inevitable”
WASHINGTON - With state and federal government agencies investigating a U.S. farmer’s complaint that his alfalfa crop may have been contaminated by a genetically modified strain, consumer rights groups are suggesting that such reports were inevitable.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Corporate Lobby Machine Takes Aim at US/EU Trade Deal
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[title] 100 Women Arrested in Pro-Immigration Reform Protest
More than 100 women were arrested on Thursday while protesting Congress's inaction on dealing with comprehensive immigration reform. President Obama and immigrant advocates have urged action on immigration reform, but it appears unlikely the House will approve a bill this session. The Senate passed...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Amid Diplomatic Process on Syria, US Clings to Threat of Force
The United Nations has confirmed receipt of a letter signed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of his country's intention to sign the international chemical weapons treaty and submit to its protocols, but the Secretary of State John Kerry says the threat of U.S. military force remains.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Meanwhile, In America's Longest Running War, Consulate Attacked in Afghanistan
Though a steady focus on Syria may have left some forgetting that the U.S. remains involved in another civil war on the Asian continent, a Taliban attack on a U.S. consulate in the west of Afghanistan on Friday may send a bloody reminder.
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