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Labor Ramps Up Effort to Stop Trade Deals
WASHINGTON - Organized labor and other opponents of three pending free-trade deals are ramping up grass-roots campaigns intended to pressure lawmakers to oppose the agreements. While the accords with South Korea, Colombia and Panama have broad support from the White House and Republican leaders,...
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Next Up: After Debt-Ceiling Debacle, New Trade Deals Pushed by Obama
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) boasted that he had won 98 percent of what he sought in the new debt-ceiling deal. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) memorably called the deal a “Satan sandwich.” Half of House Democrats voted against the bill which will dry up funding for any new economic stimulus at a...
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Earth's Systems in Rapid Decline
Protecting bits of nature here and there will not prevent humanity from losing our life support system. Even if areas dedicated to conserving plants, animals, and other species that provide Earth's life support system increased tenfold, it would not be enough without dealing with the big issues of...
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Free Trade Deals: Lobbying Fever Foreshadows Winners, Losers
WASHINGTON -- The three major free trade agreements Congress will soon consider are being promoted as a big win for American workers. But take a good look at who's lobbying for them most enthusiastically, and it becomes evident that the biggest winners will be giant multinational corporations --...
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With GOP Roadmap in Hand, Where Will Obama and Dems Wind Up?
Some pundits imagine that President Obama has thoroughly out-foxed the Republicans on the debt-ceiling debate, arguing that he could safely push for “the biggest deal possible”—including concessions on Social Security and Medicare—because Republicanas are too divided to grasp the deal they'd be...
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'Anonymous' Fires Back at Hacker Hunters
Notorious hacker group Anonymous on posted a defiant message to police Thursday and boasted of plundering sensitive data from NATO computers. "We are not scared anymore," read an online message that purported to be a response by Anonymous and splinter group Lulz Security. "Your threats to arrest us...
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Embattled Colombian Unionists Rally Against ‘Free Trade’
Gathering with fellow unionists in Washington, D.C., Jose Hugo Yanini speaks firmly about labor rights in Colombia. But a few weeks ago, the industrial janitor and shop steward feared that he soon might never utter another word. Yanini, who is campaigning with SEIU and other groups against the...
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Obama’s Rightward Drift in Pursuit of ‘Business Confidence’
President Obama’s news conference last week was seen by liberals as heavily pressuring Republicans to agree to raise the debt ceiling without chain-sawing through the vital functions of government. Some observers thought Obama forcefully cornered the Republicans at their most vulnerable in his...
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U.S. Replaces Japan in Role of Villain on Whales
BUENOS AIRES - The United States has taken over the pro-whaling stance traditionally championed by Japan, but instead of supporting the capture of whales for scientific research purposes, it is doing so under the guise of aboriginal subsistence quotas. This is one of the conclusions reached by...
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Storm Warnings: Extreme Weather Is a Product of Climate Change
More violent and frequent storms, once merely a prediction of climate models, are now a matter of observation.
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