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Monday, December 31, 2012
Recent Storms Recall Dust Bowl Days as Drought Persists
2012's record drought set to continue into 2013
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Gang Rape in India Galvanizes Nation
Tens of thousands protest demanding stronger sexual assault laws, focus on women's rights
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'World's Worst Poker Player': Obama Readies Gift for GOP
President refuses to hold his line as clock ticks in Washington
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Shell Oil Rig Adrift in Alaskan Arctic
Crisis raises flags about oil companies' preparedness and dangers of drilling
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Philadelphia's Charter School Expansion Crushing Public Schools
Communities push back against plan to close nearly one in six of the city's public schools
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Democracy Denied: Michigan Gov. Signs Replacement Emergency Manager Law
New law contains most contentious aspects of previous emergency manager law
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Idle No More Protest Halts Trains, 2,500 Passengers for Hours
'First Nations-Canada relations are headed in a dangerous direction'
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7th Circuit Blocks Contraception Mandate, Suggests Expansion of "Religious Liberty" for Corporations
A divided panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily blocked the Obama administration from requiring that an Illinois company comply with the mandate that insurance policies provide full coverage of birth control methods.
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Obama Quietly Signs Abusive Spy Bill He Once Vowed to Eliminate
After Senate rejects oversight amendments, bill sails into law
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[title] Amid "Cliff-Hanger" Antics, Senator Bernie Sanders Defends Middle Class
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[title] 2012 In Review: A Year of Extreme Weather, Mass Shootings, Drone Wars and Dark Money in Politics
Today we look back at 2012. In the most expensive election in U.S. history, President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney, forcing the Republicans to reconsider their policies, among others, around women and immigrants. While the major party presidential candidates did not take on climate change in any of their debates, it was a year of extreme weather — from the melting of the Arctic to Superstorm Sandy, to the massive typhoon in the Philippines.
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US War Machine Leaves Ugly Imprint in Afghanistan
Dispatch from remote base reveals physical and political damage left in wake of US occupation
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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Bicycles No Longer Mere Recreation in Argentine Capital
A programme launched in Buenos Aires three years ago to encourage the use of bicycles has already brought results: the use of this environment-friendly means of transport has increased fivefold in the Argentine capital. “Buenos Aires, mejor en bici” (Buenos Aires, Better by Bike) is the name of the project that emerged in 2009 in the Healthy Mobility Office of the Transport Subscretariat of the Argentine capital, with the aim of extending protected bike lanes in the city.
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Bolivia Nationalizes Electricity Companies in Hopes of Improving Rural Access
Bolivia President Evo Morales has nationalized two electricity distribution companies owned by Spanish utility company Iberdrola in the latest of several industry nationalizations since Morales took office, which has included oil, mining, telecommunications, and energy generation companies. Morales said the move was an attempt to improve rural energy services in the country, adding that Iberdrola will be compensated according to the value of the company to be decided by an independent arbiter.
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US Drone Attacks Spike in Yemen
Fourth drone attack in one week as Obama administration focuses on Yemen
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Saturday, December 29, 2012
France Overturns Progressive Tax on the Rich
A tax measure introduced by France's socialist dominated government and recently elected President Francois Hollande, which would have placed a 75 per cent tax on incomes above $1.32 million, was overturned in the country's highest court Saturday. A challenge to the tax was placed by opposition conservatives, whom the Constitutional Council sided with in the ruling, saying the the tax was unfair to millionaires and billionaires.
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Midnight Weddings Commence as Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Official in Maine
Mainers celebrated around the state at the stroke of midnight Saturday, December 29, 2012, when a law legalizing the marriage of same-sex couples went into effect . Couples congregated at city hall in Portland, ME to be the first of many to be issued marriage licenses under the new law, as a large crowd of supporters cheered in the streets.
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Hebron: Renovating an Embattled City
Every day, Anas Maraka sees his family’s home, but can’t go inside. “It’s hardest for my grandfather,” said Maraka, referring to the house overlooking Shuhada Street, once the central marketplace in Hebron’s old city.
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[title] Rewriting the Story of America
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz straddles two cultures while telling the story of America’s past and future.
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Friday, December 28, 2012
Rainforest Action Network's Rebecca Tarbotton, 39, Dies in Swimming Accident
Leading environmentalist and human rights activist Rebecca Tarbotton, 39, executive director of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), has died while vacationing along the west coast of Mexico. According to RAN, Tarbotton died Wednesday on a beach while vacationing with her husband and friends. The coroner ruled cause of death as asphyxiation from water she accidentally inhaled in while swimming.
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[title] Israel and Iran: A Love Story?
When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."
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'Where Do the Children Play?' In Shadow of Fukushima Disaster... Inside
Victims of Fukushima say Japanese government 'trivializing the disaster'
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Support Grows as Harper Continues to Ignore Indigenous Upswell
'Idle No More' support spreads from Hawaii to Palestine
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Echoes of Arab Spring as Sunni Protests Spread Across Iraq
Week of protests, road blockages against Prime Minister al-Maliki continue
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Port Workers' Threat of East Coast Shutdown Knocks Owners Off Stance
Fight by organized labor puts workers' rights to test
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Seven States Propose 'Irresponsible and Dangerous' Laws to Arm Teachers
National Education Association: 'Guns do not belong in schools, period'
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UN's Last Stand on Arms Trade Treaty
UNITED NATIONS - Amidst a politically divisive debate on gun control in the United States following a rash of mass shootings, the United Nations will meet in March to finalise an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) after nearly two decades of negotiations. Dr. Natalie Goldring, a senior research fellow at the Center for Security Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, told IPS the upcoming conference probably represents the last opportunity to reach an Arms Trade Treaty within the U.N. structure.
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[title] The Odyssey: After Austerity Greeks are Returning to the Land to Survive
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[title] Elevated Ocean Acidity Eating Away at Corals
One of the biggest impacts of climate change is on the oceans. They absorb up to 30 percent of all the carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere. This is making sea water more corrosive in such a fast pace that scientists fear marine life will not be able to adapt. Al Jazeera's Nicole Johnston reports from Eilat in Israel.
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Senate Votes to Extend Sweeping Bush Era Surveillance Powers
Even modest attempts to reign in domestic spying law fail as Senators defend sweeping powers for NSA
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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Winter Storm Euclid Punctuates Year of Extreme Weather
Record breaking tornadoes, 'thundersnow' and cross-country snow fall: a sign of things to come
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Amid All the Death and Destruction, Is There Any Noble Purpose for US Drone Technology?
Pilotless aircraft called on to help save nearly extinct White Rhinos
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EPA Chief's Resignation Imperils Obama's Already Ambiguous Environmental Policy
Environmentally friendly replacement for Lisa Jackson would face GOP gauntlet for confirmation
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Egyptian Opposition Blasts Newly Signed Constitution: 'Autocratic Tyranny in the Name of Religion'
Revolutionary youth rebuff calls for 'farcical' talks; Plans begin for new protests
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Thousands in Los Angeles Exchange Guns-for-Groceries
In wake of Newtown tragedy, more cities look to gun exchanges 'to remove unwanted guns from communities'
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TEPCO Can't Keep Up with Costs of Its Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima
Corporate utility looks for increased public funding yet again
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[title] Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi on the Biggest Wall Street Story of the Year: Libor
Matt Taibbi, a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, cites the Libor scandal as the biggest Wall Street-related story of 2012 in this “Viewpoint” Web exclusive. The ongoing investigation into possible rate-rigging is embroiling banks around the globe.
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Support Pours In As 'Idle No More' Movement Steams Ahead
Rail blockades, street protests, flash mobs and an ongoing hunger strike give fuel to indigenous rights campaign in Canada
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
On a Wyoming Ranch, Feds Sacrifice Tomorrow’s Water to Mine Uranium Today
GILLETTE, Wyo. — On a lonely stretch at the edge of the Great Plains, rolling grassland presses up against a crowning escarpment called the Pumpkin Buttes. The land appears bountiful, but it is stingy, straining to produce enough sustenance for the herds of cattle and sheep on its arid prairies. "It's a tough way to make a living," said John Christensen, whose family has worked this private expanse, called Christensen Ranch, for more than a century.
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Egyptian Women Chop Their Locks in Protest of Fundamentalist Constitution
“It’s not our hair which crowns us women; our freedom does”
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Record Breaking Deportations in 2012
Nearly half include "parents and breadwinners and heads of American families"
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Yemen's Government Tries to Cover Up Death of Civilians by US Drones
DHAMAR, Yemen — A rickety Toyota truck packed with 14 people rumbled down a desert road from the town of Radda, which al-Qaeda militants once controlled. Suddenly a missile hurtled from the sky and flipped the vehicle over. Chaos. Flames. Corpses. Then, a second missile struck. Within seconds, 11 of the passengers were dead, including a woman and her 7-year-old daughter. A 12-year-old boy also perished that day, and another man later died from his wounds.
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Monday, December 24, 2012
[title] Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas: "Ain't No Hole in the Washtub"
This holiday season, we celebrate our blessings large and small.
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[title] Jon Stewart: The War on Christmas—Friendly Fire Edition
For Fox News, the war on Christmas has become a rote observance devoid of all its original meaning.
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Canada's 'Idle No More' Movement Spreads Like Wildfire
Chief Theresa Spence on 14th day of hunger strike
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A Retort to US Military Expansion in Africa: 'Dismantle AFRICOM'
As US makes plans to blanket continent with soldiers and drones, an alternative: Don't
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Iran Warns Citizens About Traveling to 'Dangerous' United States
'Iranophobia' a trend in the US
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'Ominous' New Research: Earth's Coldest Regions Warming Fastest
Latest research adds to litany that puts climate crisis in stark perspective
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
FBI Investigated Occupy Movement as 'Domestic Terrorists, Criminals'
'Coordination between the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and corporate America'
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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Obama Administration Snubs Risks, Set to OK 'Frankenfish'
'Obama Administration continues to push approval of this dangerous and unnecessary product'
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Sen. John Kerry Chosen for U.S. Secretary of State
U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry on Friday to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, calling him “the perfect choice to guide American diplomacy in the years ahead”. But Obama offered no hints as to whom he will pick for the rest of his national security team, including replacements for Pentagon chief Leon Panetta and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director General David Petraeus (retired), who resigned abruptly last month in the wake of reports of an affair.
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Friday, December 21, 2012
Wikileaks' Assange: One Million Documents Under Preparation for 2013 Release
Upcoming document dump will "affect every country in the world"
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NRA Slammed for Push for Guns in Every School
NRA's Wayne LaPierre's suggestion to put armed guards in every school is met with scathing reaction
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'Extraordinary': Three Weeks Later, Keystone Blockaders Still in Texas Jail
"I think what they are doing is extraordinary"
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British-Somali Man’s Family Fear US Is Secretly Holding Him
The family of a young Somali-British man who disappeared from Mogadishu believes he is being secretly held by US agencies, his father has told the Bureau. Mahdi Hashi, 23, was informed in June that he was to lose his British citizenship because he ‘present[ed] a risk to national security’. Weeks later he disappeared from the outskirts of Mogadishu, and his family later heard from someone who had recently been released from prison in Djibouti that Mahdi had been detained alongside him.
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Challenge to UK Role in Deadly Drone Attacks in Pakistan Blocked by High Court
'Cloud of Secrecy' over Britain's complicity in US drone program
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Protesters Foil NRA Televised Press Conference: 'NRA Killing Our Kids'
NRA's nationally televised press conference does not go well for group that advocates 'more guns' as solution to school massacre
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South Africa's Ruling Party Endorses Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Against Israel
The ANC is 'unapologetic in its view that the Palestinians are the victims and the oppressed in the conflict with Israel'
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Bolivia's Morales Calls for New Era of 'Peace and Unity' to Break Greed of Capitalism
The 'end of the world' it is not, says president of Bolivia, but rather an opportunity to dispose of 'capitalism's greed' and unite in happiness and unselfishness
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[title] Bill Moyers Essay: Remember The Victims, Reject the Violence
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
[title] The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Bribe Its Way Through Expansion in Mexico
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Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'Mr. President, I am Disappointed'
Remember when President Obama promised not to cut Social Security benefits? Remember when president-hopeful Barack Obama promised not to cut Social Security benefits?
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Fight for GMO Labeling Goes On in New Mexico
'New Mexicans deserve the right to know what’s in the food they are eating'
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In Wake of School Massacre, Tea Party Holds 'Great Gun Giveaway'
'Without a word of sympathy,' group raises funds for pro-gun candidates
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Israeli 'Surgical Targeting' of Journalists, Civilians a War Crime: Report
Rights group calls for prosecution of 'Pillar of Defense' crimes
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[title] Student Movement Marks Radical Shift in Chilean Politics
While students have not achieved their demand for free quality public education, movement develops new strategies with an eye towards upcoming 2013 elections
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Report: Ecosystems in Upheaval, Biodiversity in Collapse
New study documenting climate change shows sweeping changes happening faster than previously recorded and bringing 'cascading effects'
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
[title] CODEPINK Protests the Cayman Islands Tax Scandal
On Thursday, December 13, over 100 Americans with CODEPINK and The Nation marched to the Ugland House, the location where some 18,000 corporations hide their tax dollars, to demand that corporations pay their fair share of taxes. The demonstrators held signs saying "Bring our tax dollars home" and "We want our money back." Four of them were dressed as billionaires, waving their money in the air in a theatrical show of corporate greed.
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Israeli Oppression, Palestinian Unity: the Rise of the Third Intifada?
Hebron unrest to 'spread to all of Palestine'
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Blowback: CIA Ploy to Kill Bin Laden Puts Pakistan's Polio Eradication Campaign in Peril
Nine murders of vaccination workers this week has direct correlation to CIA's faux 'polio campaign' in Abbottabad
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Death Penalty Sought for Soldier Accused of Massacre of Afghan Villagers
The US Army announced on Wednesday that it would seek the death penalty for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, who stands accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers, including women and children. RT reports:
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Canada Slammed for Abysmal Human Rights Crisis
UN Committee, Amnesty urge Canadian government to take action
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Education Privatization Group Tries to Justify Silence on Michigan Gun Law
National group, too busy busting teachers unions and pushing charter schools, misses opportunity to put 'students first'
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Corporate Power vs. People Power in Colorado Fracking Fight
Oil and gas industry sues city of Longmont contending their right to frack for profits
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'Take Our Undies Next!': Austerity Leaves Greek Workers with Little Left
'We can no longer live on what we earn,' say workers in Athens
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[title] Robert Reich: Obama Has Compromised Too Much on the Fiscal Cliff
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[title] Israeli Army Killing Palestinian Protestors with Impunity say Activists
Following chronic failure of IDF investigations, activists release the name of soldier involved in killing of Palestinian protester
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Neo-Cons, Israel Lobby Mobilize to Pre-empt Obama Pentagon Favorite
WASHINGTON - Neo-conservatives and leaders of the powerful Israel lobby are mobilising their forces in what looks like an all-out campaign to pre-empt the nomination by President Barack Obama of an outspoken former Republican senator and decorated Vietnam War hero to replace Leon Panetta as secretary of defence.
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Gun Lobby Speaks: We Need More Guns, Especially in Schools
The NRA, its affiliates and the lawmakers it supports did not stay silent for too long. Now, the familiar arguments and strategies to defang a national push for stronger gun regulations
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
[title] Lawrence Lessig: The Right to Remix
Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig discusses remix culture and copyright law
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Obama's Deficit Proposal: Cut Social Security Benefits
Indexing Social Security benefits to chained consumer price index means a cut for all beneficiaries
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To NRA: 'Shame, Shame, Shame' — To Congress: 'Now, Now, Now'
The message from all over the country is to seize moment of sadness and anger to push sensible gun laws
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Corporate-Occupied Government: A 'Redistribution Machine' for the Wealthy
'Redistributing Up': New Reuters series explores expanding US inequality
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Tar Sands Battle Takes Distinct Turns in Vermont, Montana
Environmental victory in Burlington but fossil fuel fail in Montana
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Hastening Climate Change, Worldwide Coal Consumption to Increase Within 5 Years
China, India expected to lead consumption by 2017
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[title] Will the US Ever Change Its Gun Laws?
We analyse the failure of US gun control laws in preventing recurring mass shootings
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In Wal-Mart's Mexico: There's a Bribe for That
NYT: "The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico"
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Wealthiest Kissed, Weakest Kicked: Obama's Ugly 'New Deal' Offers to Cut Social Security
President gives away the store in fiscal negotiations
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Monday, December 17, 2012
[title] Moyers & Company: Bruce Bartlett and Yves Smith on Overhyping the Fiscal Cliff
Independent political and economic analysts Bruce Bartlett and Yves Smith join Bill in a discussion about why Washington insiders are talking about the deficit crisis instead of the jobs crisis. Bartlett, former advisor to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, got into hot water with fellow conservatives when he aired concerns about the direction of their ideology and wrote critically of the second George Bush. His most recent book is The Benefit and The Burden: Tax Reform—Why We Need It, and What It Will Take.
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Group Challenges Corporate Power, Government Secrecy With Crowd-Funded Transparency
'We all have a stake in the Freedom of the Press Foundation'
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New EPA Rules Hit Pernicious Pollution
New standards affecting fine particle pollution bring protection from lethal polluters
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Opposition Claims Egyptian Referendum Rigged, Calls for Protest, Re-vote
Vote on draft constitution to continue on Saturday
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NRA Cowards Go Into Hiding As Gun Control Support Surges
New US Poll: 54%-43% want stricter gun controls
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[title] Michigan Right-to-Work: All Money and Influence Can Buy
Josh Edelson, contributor to The Nation, Edd Ott, formmer political director for the Central Labor Council of New York City, and Bob King, President of United Auto Workers, join Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about Michigan's new right-to-work bill just signed into law.
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10 Girls Dead Following Deadly Blast in Afghanistan
As US mourns 20 children killed in gun massacre amid calls for greater gun control, landmine blast leaves Afghans mourning
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Massacre Muzzles Pro-Gun Lawmakers
Sen. Diane Feinsten vows to submit assault weapons ban on day one of new session
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DOJ Lawyers: Drone Targets Receive 'Due Process' But We Won't Say How
Obama administration asks court to dismiss challenge to 'kill list' program
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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Names of Victims Killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School Released
8 boys, 12 girls between the ages of 5 and 7 were among the dead
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[title] Has Torture Simply Become Acceptable in the US?
The European Court of Human Rights condemns CIA torture and members of the US Senate intelligence committee calls it "a terrible mistake". But will such criticism be overshadowed by a film that falsely suggests that the use of torture led to the killing of Osama bin Laden?
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Poll: Climate Change Skeptics Swayed by Extreme Weather, Not Scientists
Hurricane Sandy, flooding convincing doubters
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