News for 2013-09-17

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
[field_image_caption-raw] New Census Figures on Poverty Show 'Crisis of Democracy'
Amid "renewed assaults" on vital social programs, a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows little improvement in the rate of poverty and rate of those with health insurance coverage.
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[title] NYPD Undercover Spying Unit Revealed As Extensive, Far-Reaching
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[field_image_caption-raw] If KXL Opponents 'Draw The Line,' Will Obama Dare to Cross?
In a coordinated day of action this Saturday, people in the U.S. will gather in their own communities nationwide to deliver what they hope will be a dramatic final public salvo in their multi-year campaign aimed at forcing President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Unleashed and Unaccountable': FBI's Post-9/11 Abuse of Power
The FBI has abused its ever-widening post-9/11 powers to target immigrants, minorities, and political dissidents through secret surveillance and infiltration programs that trample constitutional rights and run roughshod over principles of fairness and justice, the ACLU finds in a breaking report...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Antibiotic-Resistant 'Superbugs' Pose Urgent Threat to Public Health: CDC
Drug-resistant "superbugs" have become an urgent public health concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Monday , echoing years of research by groups such has Food & Water Watch who warn that the overuse of antibiotics on industrial farms leads to drug-resistant...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Brazil's President Rousseff Cancels US Visit Over NSA Spying
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has canceled her trip to the U.S. over spying by the National Security Agency. The news was first reported by O Globo on Tuesday and later confirmed in an official statement by the Brazilian government.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Snowden in Top Running for Prestigious EU Human Rights Award
Former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden is in top running for the Sakharov Prize, a prestigious human rights award handed out by the European Parliament and whose past recipients include Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Thousands of Canadian Scientists Protest 'Death of Science-Based Policy'
Thousands of scientists gathered in cities across Canada on Monday to protest the ongoing "muzzling" of the scientific community by the conservative-led government al
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[field_image_caption-raw] NYT Editor Calls Out Own Paper for Ignoring NSA, Israel Revelations
New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan on Monday publicly challenged her paper's decision to ignore last week's revelations that the National Security Agency shares unfiltered raw data intelligence files with the Israeli government. http://www.commondreams.org/sites/commondreams.org/files/...
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[title] Rania Masri on UN Syria Report
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[field_image_caption-raw] Frackademia: The People & Money Behind the EDF Methane Emissions Study
The long-awaited Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)-sponsored hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") fugitive methane emissions study is finally out .
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[field_image_caption-raw] A New Raw Deal: Corporations to Profit While Workers, Planet Pay the Price
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[field_image_caption-raw] Colorado's Oil and Gas Infrastructure Drowning in Climate-Driven Floodwaters
According to reports, massive flooding across Colorado over the last week is wreaking havoc with the state's oil and gas infrastructure as cresting rivers and heavy rainfall submerged drilling and storage facilities, allowing the release of fuel and toxic chemicals.
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