News for 2014-06-10

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
GOP House Majority Leader Ousted in Primary Shocker
In a historic primary upset in Virginia on Tuesday, House Majority Leader and Republican Congressman Eric Cantor, was defeated by his Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat.
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'Abuse' and 'Despair' at For-Profit Immigrant Prisons Exposed
Behind closed doors, in the custody of for-profit prisons, non-U.S. citizens face "shocking" neglect, abuse, mistreatment, discrimination, arbitrary solitary confinement, and family separation, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report released Tuesday. The growing "criminalization of...
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Al Gore: Snowden Revealed Crimes 'Way More Serious' Than Any He Committed
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Tuesday said that Edward Snowden's revelations showed the NSA's "threat to democracy" and revealed violations by the agency "way more serious" than any crime committed by the whistleblower.
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[title] As Obama Moves to Cap Student Debt Payments, Activists Push For Broader Write-Off of Crushing Loans
President Obama has unveiled new executive actions to address what some have called the nation’s next financial crisis: the over $1.2 trillion in student loans. Obama’s order will expand the "Pay as Your Earn" program capping loan payments at ten percent of monthly income. The program also forgives...
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Arctic Sea Ice Loss Prompts Biggest Change to Maps 'Since Breakup of USSR'
Cartographers working on the latest edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World say that Arctic sea ice loss is the greatest visible change compared with previous editions of the map outside of the "breakup of the U.S.S.R."
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Canada's Harper, Australia's Abbott Forge 'Climate Deniers Club'
The prime ministers of Australia and Canada joined their conservative voices in Ottawa on Monday to stress the need for economic growth over policies that address the climate crisis.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Agreement over Massive Coal Ash Spill Ignores Lingering Dangers
In an agreement signed on Monday, Duke Energy has said it will pay for all "reasonable" costs associated with the clean-up of the more than 82,000 tons of toxic coal ash spilled into North Carolina's Dan River earlier this year. Though some are hailing the agreement as a milestone in a protracted...
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'Mosul Is Now Hell': Civil War Fears Become Reality in Iraq
The entire nation of Iraq is under a declared state of emergency on Tuesday after a military assault by Sunni insurgents overpowered government soldiers in the northern city of Mosul.
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[field_image_caption-raw] One Student, Plus Shooter Reported Dead at Oregon High School
Police report that one student was killed during the shooting incident at Reynolds High School in Oregon.
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And the First US Commercial Drone License Goes To... BP
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday it has granted oil giant BP the first-ever approval to fly drones for commercial purposes over U.S. land.
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[title] Israeli Violent Perpetrators: Not Just a Few 'Bad Apples'
The Real News Network's Israel/Palestine Correspondent Lia Tarachansky and Political Analyst Shir Hever discuss recent violent incidents by soldiers and settlers.
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Japan Prime Minister's Plan: 'Kill the Whales'
Despite the international ban that took hold in 1986 and years of ensuing controversy over its "scientific" hunting, prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe has sparked outrage across the world by announcing his intent to restart the nation's commercial whaling industry.
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Five US Soldiers Killed in US Airstrike in Afghanistan
Five U.S. Special Operation soldiers and at least one Afghan soldier were killed in southern Afghanistan late Monday when an errant airstrike struck their position during a skirmish with Taliban forces. As the New York Times reports : The incident occurred Monday night in Zabul Province as...
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