News for 2014-05-22

Thursday, May 22, 2014
During his stint as a lawyer at the Department of Justice, David Barron authored memos used to legally justify killing American citizens with drone strikes without trial. (File) Drone Killing Memo Author Confirmed as Federal Judge
The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed drone killing memo co-author David Barron for U.S. Circuit Judge for the First Circuit. The confirmation came in a 53 to 45 vote, with the sole Democratic nay votes from Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (W. Va.). Barron's nomination was criticized...
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[title] Lavabit Founder: Gov’t Bold-Faced Lies & Mass Surveillance Effort Forced Me to Close My Company
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Sign of the Times? More Towns Warned They Could Run Out of Drinking Water
Over 30 areas in drought-plagued Texas have been given a warning their municipal water systems are at risk of soon running out of water. According to the latest list issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, there are 21 water systems that could be out of water in 90 days or less...
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[field_image_caption-raw] NBC's Brian Wiliams Lands Snowden/Greenwald Interview in Moscow
Evening anchor for NBC News Brian Williams traveled to Moscow this week, it was revealed on Thursday, in order to conduct a joint interview with exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald—two of the key individuals behind nearly a year's worth of...
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(Photo: Steve Rainwater / Flickr Creative Commons) Southern States Crushing Women's Right to Choose
An anti-choice bill targeting abortion providers passed through the GOP-controlled Louisiana legislature on Wednesday, raising fears that Louisiana will follow in the footsteps of other southern states by drastically cutting reproductive health care access. "Opponents are waging a stealth war on...
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'Rachel and the Bulldozer.' Painting by Joe Carr. (Credit: ISM-NC/cc/flickr) 'The World Is Watching': Rachel Corrie Appeal at Israeli High Court
More than 11 years after their 23-year-old daughter was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to prevent the destruction of Palestinian homes, the parents of peace activist Rachel Corrie are still seeking justice. Their legal battle to get accountability took a significant on...
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US Congress on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. (Photo: Bjoertvedt / Wikimedia Creative Commons) House Members Join Hands to Pass 'Weak' NSA Reform
A "watered down" NSA reform bill that may curb, but certainly not end, the bulk surveillance of innocent people passed the House Thursday morning with bi-partisan support. The USA Freedom Act passed with a final vote of 303 to 121, thanks to backing from a majority of Republicans and Democrats. In...
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[title] New Populism Conference Featuring Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Rev. William Barber
The New Populism Conference, hosted by the Campaign for America's Future, is an all-day event focused on strategies for educating, energizing and mobilizing around an agenda for economic change that strong majorities of Americans already support, including:
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[title] Activists Launch 1,000 Mile Caravan to Raise Plight of 37 Sikh Detainees
Advocates Palinvinder Kaur and Silky Shah discuss the case of the El Paso 37, asylum seeking detainees who have launched hunger strikes to protest their indefinite detention.
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Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has declared a military coup in an attempt to end the political crisis and "restore peace and order." (Photo: Bangkok Post) Army Moves from Martial Law to Coup D'Etat in Thailand
Less than three days after declaring martial law in Thailand, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha on Thursday has announced the military has now taken full control of the government and justified the coup d'etat by saying it has been executed to avoid further "violence" and ensure "peace and order" amid a...
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(Image: via Reprieve.org) Judge to US Govt: Hand over Secret Video of 'Torturous' Force-Feedings
Once secret video recordings of a Guantanamo detainee being force-fed by his U.S. captors must be released to lawyers for review, a U.S. federal judge ordered on Wednesday. The ruling marks the first time the US government has been ordered to give detainees' lawyers videotapes of force-feedings and...
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