News for 2014-07-25

Friday, July 25, 2014
Resolution Against New Iraq War Passes House in Landslide
The House on Friday overwhelmingly passed a symbolic resolution that calls for the executive branch to attain explicit approval from Congress before deploying troops to Iraq in a "sustained combat role," in what peace campaigners are heralding as an important milestone in efforts to prevent a new...
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As Gap Between Rich and Poor Widens, Global Safety Net in Danger
Advances in human development risk being erased without a renewed global commitment to eradicating inequality, tackling climate change, and providing basic services, according to the UN's 2014 Human Development Report, Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Enhancing Resilience (...
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(Photo: Jonas Seaman) Missouri to Vote on Adding Phone, Email Privacy to State Constitution
Missouri voters in August will decide whether to add an electronic privacy provision to the state constitution, giving telecommunications the same protections that currently prevent police officers from searching through people's paper documents, mailboxes, homes, and possessions without a warrant...
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Colorado Judge Lets Fracking Trump Public Health
A Colorado district court judge on Thursday invalidated the city of Longmont's fracking ban, a decision celebrated by oil and gas industry and denounced by critics who say it prioritizes the extractive process over public health and the environment. Longmont made a landmark move in 2012 when voters...
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Study: 'Shocking' Water Loss in Western U.S.
The drought-stricken Colorado River Basin has experienced rapid and significant groundwater depletion since late 2004, posing a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought, according to a new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine. The...
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Ryan Anti-Poverty Plan a Wolf in GOP Clothing, say Critics
Congressman Paul Ryan's (R - Wisc.) new vision for how the Republican Party will address poverty in the United States is facing its strongest criticism from key people in the debate: the poor themselves and those who advocate on their behalf. With inequality and financial hardship constituting top...
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Third Intifada: 'Of Course It Has Begun'
Large-scale protests against the ongoing blockade and bombardment of the Gaza Strip are expected to continue and grow across the occupied West Bank on Friday, a day after at least two Palestinians were killed during an enormous demonstration outside Jerusalem on Thursday night. At least two people...
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Gen. Dempsey: We're Pulling Out Our Cold War Military Plans over Ukraine
Hours after the U.S. State Department on Thursday claimed (though failed to describe) new evidence that Russia's military was both increasing the flow of arms to rebel fighters in eastern Ukraine and firing artillery at Ukrainian Army positions across its border, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs...
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