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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Newly Unveiled Texas School 'Reform' Proposals In Step With Right-Wing Agenda
Following a national trend, Texas Senate leaders this week announced an ambitious and ideologically driven education-reform agenda, which critics say is aimed at undermining public schools and advancing privatization. Among the provisions laid out on Tuesday, according to Austin's American-...
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Why McDonald's Announcement on Chicken Is Important for Everyone's Health
Chicken McNuggets might not be part of your diet, but a new announcement from McDonald's could have an impact on your health. According to a statement issued Wednesday, the roughly 14,000 farms that supply chicken to U.S. locations of the fast food restaurant have a two-year window to stop the use...
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'Dead on Arrival': Senate Vote Fails to Override Keystone Veto
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to override President Barack Obama's recent veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. The 62-37 vote fell just five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to nullify the presidential veto. Eight Democrats—the very same...
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As Darren Wilson Walks Free, DOJ Reveals Blatant Racism at Ferguson Police Department
The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced that it will not prosecute former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown. However, an internal probe by the federal agency also released Wednesday charged that the Ferguson Police...
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In Net Neutrality Fight, Both Sides Gear Up for Long Haul
A week after the Federal Communications Commission passed a landmark vote enshrining protections for net neutrality and mobile broadband, Republicans and cable industry giants are reiterating their vows to fight the ruling—but new comments by FCC chief Tom Wheeler indicate that the commission is...
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In Tikrit Offensive, Confusion and Tragedy of US Policy Laid Bare
As Iraqi government forces and Shia militias wage the largest counter-offensive yet against the ISIS-held city of Tikrit, the United States is publicly distancing itself from the attack, in a move that analysts say underscores the confusion—and tragedy—of U.S. policy in the Middle East. Launched...
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Alabama Judges Issue 'Last Ditch' Order to Halt Gay Marriage
Defying the nation's highest court, the Alabama Supreme Court late Tuesday issued an order for state probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Alabama justices voted 7-1 in an "emergency petition," brought to two private-interest groups that oppose the freedom to marry...
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Clinton's 'Highly Unusual' Private Email System Thwarted Records Requests
A deeper look into this week's revelations surrounding Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account while serving as U.S. Secretary of State suggests that such a breach of protocol allowed the prominent politician and presumed Democratic candidate for president to avoid having her...
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'Cynical' Obamacare Challenge Exposes Persistent Flaw of For-Profit System
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on Wednesday in King v. Burwell , the case that could decide the future of the Affordable Care Act and the healthcare status of an estimated 9.6 million people who have purchased insurance through HealthCare.gov. While the lawsuit has been called...
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