All News Articles for 2009-02-10

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
White House Delays Move Toward More Offshore Drilling
WASHINGTON- Calling it a "headlong rush of the worst kind," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today scrapped a Bush administration proposal to open up as many as 300 million acres off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to oil and gas drilling. Salazar set aside a March 23 deadline for the public to weigh in on the Bush-era draft plan and said the Obama administration would instead wait until September to decide whether to expand U.S. offshore drilling.
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Guy Chichester, Clamshell Alliance Co-Founder, 1935-2009
Chichester, activist force, dies at age 73
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Immigration Agency's Airline Flies Tens of Thousands of Deportees out of US
ICE Air flew 367,000 illegal immigrants home last year
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US Dominance Over Iraq Has Ended: Maliki
BAGHDAD - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Tuesday that the era of US dominance in Iraq was over, in a broadside to Washington almost six years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. The Shiite premier, boosted by the strong showing of his allies in provincial elections, said Iraq was now taking charge of its own destiny and was making good progress towards rebuilding the war-torn country.
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William Greider on the Democrats' Money Dilemma
William Greider has covered politics from D.C. for The Washington Post, Rolling Stone Magazine, and currently The Nation. Greider's most recent book, Come Home America, examines the implications of our country's predicament. He talks about the Democrats' role in deregulating the financial markets and their current dilemma between representing their funders and their constituents.
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Opponents in Missouri Mobilize Over Positioning Nuke Plants as 'Clean'
When the "Clean and Renewable Energy Construction Act" was introduced in the Missouri Senate, the bill's title evoked images of new wind turbines sprouting from the northwest Missouri plains and solar panels lining St. Louis rooftops. A more fitting image might be two more massive cooling towers rising in Callaway County.
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New Media Breaks in, but Tradition Lives On
WASHINGTON - It was a bookend moment. President Obama on Monday evening became the 10th American president to call on Helen Thomas at a White House news conference. And he was the first to call on Sam Stein, a reporter for The Huffington Post, whose Internet publication sprung to life during Mr. Obama's candidacy. For years, Ms. Thomas has held the honorific title as dean of the White House press corps. At 88, she has been questioning presidents since John F. Kennedy.
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Under Obama, Same Stance on Rendition Suit
SAN FRANCISCO - President Obama's Justice Department signaled in a San Francisco courtroom Monday that the change in administrations has not changed the government's position on secrecy and the rights of foreign prisoners - and that lawsuits by alleged victims of CIA kidnappings and torture must be dismissed on national security grounds.
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GRITtv Roundtable: Pratap Chatterjee, Eugene Jarecki, Scott Ritter
The Business of War
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UK Minister Fears Rise of Fascism Amid Economic Gloom
The economic crisis could spark a resurgence in the Far Right, a close ally of Gordon Brown has suggested.
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Are Bush's Secrets Safe With Obama?
For years, Democrats in Congress and open government groups battled, with little success, to expose many of the most closely guarded secrets of President George W. Bush’s time in office. Now President Barack Obama holds the power to reveal them, but some of his allies may be disappointed when he doesn’t pull back the curtain as far — or as fast — as they would like.
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Global Warming Changing Birds' Habits
Study: Many North American species spending winters farther north
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Petraeus Leaked Misleading Story on Pullout Plans
WASHINGTON - The political maneuvering between President Barack Obama and his top field commanders over withdrawal from Iraq has taken a sudden new turn with the leak by CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus - and a firm denial by a White House official - of an account of the Jan. 21 White House meeting suggesting that Obama had requested three different combat troop withdrawal plans with their respective associated risks, including one of 23 months.
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