News for 2014-08-14

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Leaked Doc Puts Spotlight on Corporate-Friendly Trade Deal
"It's all about effectively giving corporations rights."
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GOP Seeks to Further Weaken Campaign Finance Laws
Republican lawmakers hoping to rake in more campaign cash from Wall Street are challenging a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule that limits the amount of money financiers can give to governors and state officials. Last week, the state Republican committees of New York and Tennessee filed...
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'Stand Your Ground' Laws Linked to Rise in Homicides, Extreme Racial Bias: Study
States that have enacted "Stand Your Ground" laws have seen an increase in homicide rates and problems in law enforcement, a task force with the American Bar Association said last Friday when they released a study (PDF) conducted on the controversial law. Stand Your Ground, which removes the "duty...
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Israel Obtained US Arms Without White House, State Department OK: WSJ
Israel obtained arms from the Pentagon without the knowledge of the White House or State Department, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The newspaper reports that this marks one in "a string of slights and arguments that have bubbled behind the scenes during the Gaza conflict" between the...
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Pulitzer Winners Rally for Risen
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters and press freedom organizations gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. at 1 p.m. Thursday to voice their support for New York Times journalist James Risen's right to protect his sources. Preceding the event, a petition signed by over 125,000...
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Pentagon Hands Lucrative Guantanamo Bay Deal to Notorious Private Security Company
A British private security company that has been accused of numerous human rights violations has been handed a $118 million deal by the Pentagon to provide " operating support services " for the Guantanamo Bay naval base that houses the U.S. military's notorious prison. The Department of Defense...
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Fracking Operators Illegally Injecting Diesel Fuel, Study Finds
Fracking companies have continued to illegally inject diesel fuel into the ground over the last four years, despite repeated denials by the drilling industry, according to a report by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) released Wednesday. EIP’s report, “ Fracking Beyond the Law ,” uses self-...
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Ferguson Police Descend on Protesters with Arrests, Tear Gas, and Martial Law
Police in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday arrested reporters and activists, launched tear gas at protesters, and used armored tanks and helicopters to force media out as residents continued to demand answers about the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old who was shot to death by an...
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Rail CEOs to Investors: 'Bomb Trains' Safe At Almost Any Speed
The rail industry’s position on speed limits for “bomb trains” is simple: they continuously claim velocity has nothing to do with oil-by-rail accidents or safety.
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