News for 2016-01-05

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Greece's Varoufakis to Launch Pan-European Progressive Movement
Hoping to show Europeans they have an alternative to the prevailing system of "authoritarianism" and austerity, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has announced a new cross-continent movement with a "simple, common agenda:" To democratize Europe. The movement, known as the Democracy in...
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Campaign Reminds Voters: In General Election, Sanders Comes Out on Top
With just weeks to go before the critical New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders' campaign is trumpeting the fact that, in a head-to-head contest with any Republican candidate, he fares better than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. "The truth of the matter is if you look at...
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If Obama is a Climate Leader, Why Is US Oil Industry Booming?
Despite President Barack Obama's claims of climate leadership, the U.S. oil industry is booming under his watch. Bloomberg Business journalist Jennifer Dlouhy reported on Tuesday that "U.S. oil production has surged 82 percent to near-record levels in the past seven years and natural gas is up by...
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Oklahoma Is Now the Earthquake Capital of America
Earthquakes in Oklahoma increased by 50 percent in 2015, surpassing the previous year's record and sounding new alarms over the risks of oil and gas operations like hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. In fact, according to the state public utilities regulator, Oklahoma now officially experiences...
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The Trouble with For-Profit Healthcare: Even the Insured Face Mountains of Debt
For one in five Americans, just having medical insurance isn't enough to forestall the damaging consequences of the nation's for-profit healthcare system. A comprehensive new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the New York Times finds that while an unsurprising 53 percent of people who are...
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Fortress Europe Looms as EU Countries Implement Heightened Border Controls
After the governments of both Sweden and Denmark announced Monday new border controls to stem the flow of migrants and refugees, fear is spreading across Europe that the continent's landmark open border policy will soon be nothing but a dream. In an attempt to halt the tide of migration at its...
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Organic Farmers Score New Victory in 'David and Goliath' GMO Fight
Organic farmers are racking up new victories in the fight against 'franken-food', as a growing number of counties line up to bar genetically engineered (GE) crop cultivation throughout the country. A federal judge in Jackson County, Oregon recently upheld a consent decree that designates the region...
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Surprise! Corporate America Is Throwing Down for the TPP
American big business has now officially endorsed the Trans-Pacific Partnership ( TPP ), giving many all the proof they need that the 12-nation deal—poised to be the largest ever—is bad news for people and the planet. An association of Chief Executive Officers known as the Business Roundtable (BRT...
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'Break Em Up!': Sanders Speech Takes Aim at Big Bank Greed
Speaking just blocks away from the belly of the beast, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Tuesday gave a major policy speech during which he laid out his plan to take on Wall Street and end the era of "too big to fail" banking. "To those on Wall Street who may be listening today, let me be very...
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Upholding Power of the People, Court Says Voters Can Weigh In on Citizens United
When it ruled Monday that California lawmakers can ask for voters' opinions on campaign-spending laws, the state Supreme Court underscored "that the ultimate power of our government is vested in the people," Common Cause senior vice president Karen Hobert Flynn declared in the wake of the decision...
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Canada Condemns Saudi Executions, But Arms Sales Speak Louder Than Words
Amid mounting evidence of human rights abuses, the Canadian government said this week it is moving forward with a controversial $15 billion weapons sale to the Gulf state.
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