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Saturday, December 15, 2012
Voices of Dissent as Egyptian Referendum Threatens Aims of a Revolution
National vote on draft constitution comes after weeks of strife that are unlikely to be settled by referendum's outcome
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'None Dead' in China: Sensible Laws vs. Maniacal Attacks
8,000 miles away from Connecticut, a vicious attack on school children has only one grace: all survived
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Following Massacre in Newtown, A National Call for Action on Gun Violence
Can massacre in Newtown break pattern of US indifference to gun violence and cultural depravity that allows it?
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[title] US Mourns Victims of School Shooting
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Friday, December 14, 2012
[title] Dean Baker: The Biggest Myth in Obama-GOP Spending Showdown is the So-Called "Fiscal Cliff" Itself
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Obama: 'Bigger Fish to Fry' Than Pot Smokers Gettin' High
President's statement does not make clear how federal agencies will deal with medical dispensaries or if he would support federal legalization efforts
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Dueling Factions Out in Force on Eve of Egypt's Referendum
Fighting between pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrators in Alexandria
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How the Mighty (Mississippi) Has Fallen: Historic Drought Plagues US
Continuing drought forecast for already dessicated US as low river levels thwart traffic
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Slaughter in Connecticut: 20 Children, 6 Adults Dead in Kindergarten Massacre
Latest reports from the school massacre in Connecticut put the number of dead at 26; including 20 children and 6 adults, making it the second most deadly school shootings in the nation's history - surpassed only by the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech when 33 people were killed. Lt. Governor Malloy joined State Police Lt. Paul Vance at press conference just after 3:30 to express his regret and give thanks for the outpouring of early support and sympathy for the victims and their families.
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Texas Landowner to Tar Sands Oil Company: 'The Fight Is On'
Judge Rules Keystone XL Construction Can Proceed—For Now
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[title] Mary Bottari: Michigan Anti-Union Law Drafted by ALEC
At the last minute, Michigan governor uses right-wing group's draft of legislation that gives workers the "right" to work without collective bargaining...
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Updated and Previously Suppressed Report Still Finds: Tax Cuts for Rich Only Help the Rich
A non-partisan government report, pulled after GOP objection, is back. And its finding won't make elites happy (again)
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[title] Storm-Hit Philippines Struggles to Rebuild
People are rebuilding their homes, days after Typhoon Bopha killed 902 people.
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Panetta Orders US Missiles, Boots on the Ground Along Syrian Border
Warnings of blowback as US Secretary of Defense sends US weapon systems to increasingly unstable region
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Susan Rice Withdraws from Secretary of State Consideration
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from consideration for secretary of state, NBC News is reporting after obtaining a letter from Rice to President Obama Thursday afternoon. “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly – to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote. “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.”
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Anti-Poverty Network: Large Corporations Avoid $150 Billion Per Year Through Tax Loopholes
Jubilee USA Network: 'It should not be tolerated'
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[title] Matt Taibbi: After Laundering $800 Million in Drug Money, How Did HSBC Executives Avoid Jail?
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Michigan Right to Work Law Brought to You by Billionaire Kochs, ALEC
Anti-worker law the result of years of campaigning by AFP, American Legislative Exchange Council
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Leaked AP 'Iranian Bomb' Graph Appears Adapted from One on Internet
WASHINGTON - The suspect graph of a nuclear explosion reportedly provided to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as evidence of Iranian computer modeling of nuclear weapons yields appears to have been adapted from a very similar graph in a scholarly journal article published in January 2009 and available on the internet.
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Study Identifies 15 Top Threats to Biodiversity
'Most of the effects we have on the natural environment continue to give rise to negative consequences for biodiversity.'
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UK Gives Fracking Industry Green Light Despite Tremors, Toxins
Credentials of self proclaimed 'greenest government ever' in tatters, say environmental groups
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Google on 'Immoral' Tax Evasion: 'It's Called Capitalism'
'Hypocritical assertion of its corporate motto, 'Don’t Be Evil'"
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Deadly Risk to Bees Ignored, Say British MPs
Regulators ignored "data on the danger that one of the world's biggest selling pesticides could pose to bees and other pollinators," says committee chair
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Israeli Troops Tear Gas West Bank Protesters Following Death of Teen
17-year-old boy shot by Israeli border police on his birthday
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Historic Court Ruling: CIA's Rendition Program Clear Case of 'Torture'
Court's verdict a 'comprehensive condemnation of the worst aspects of the post-9/11 war on terror tactics'
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[title] Dronestream: Every Reported US Drone Strike Over the Past 10 Years
NYU's Josh Begley has launched a Twitter account where he's tweeting every reported US drone strike over the past 10 years...
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[title] The US' School to Prison Pipeline
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Calls for Veto as "Anti-Women Super Bill" Heads to Michigan Governor's Desk
Lame duck passage of extreme anti-choice legislation faces backlash
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Tunisia Gears Up to Host World Social Forum
TUNIS - Following in the wake of the wave of revolutions dubbed the ‘Arab Spring’, which originated here nearly two years ago, North Africa is gearing up to host the World Social Forum (WSF) for the first time. While Egypt was initially considered for the role, organizers finally settled on Tunisia...
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'I'd Rather Fight Like Hell': Naomi Klein's Fierce New Resolve to Fight for Climate Justice
'Climate change is the human-rights struggle of our time'
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
California Public Land Sold to Frackers Despite Public Outcry
800,000 acres and counting going to fossil fuel industry on Obama's watch
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Latest Round of Talks on 'Supersized NAFTA' Block Out Civil Society
Most recent negotiations on Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) continue theme of secrecy
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After Deadly Siege in Gaza, US to Restock Israeli Munitions
Israel continues its retaliation over Palestinian observer status
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Calls for Urgency as UN Plan to Defeat Cholera Announced for Haiti
'A positive first step, but there is still a long way to go'
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[title] Reich on Why Right-to-Work Legislation is Anti-Labor: ‘As Labor Unions Have Declined, Wages Have Declined in Tandem’
“Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer and Robert Reich, former U.S. labor secretary and professor at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, analyze why Michigan’s right-to-work law is bad for the economy and the middle class. “As labor unions have declined, workers have had less power, and — significantly — the median wage has declined in tandem. In fact, over the last 30 years, most workers have seen no increase in their wages at all,” says Reich.
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Alarms Go Off as Obama Plays Footsie with Raising Medicare Age
Progressives from all quarters warn against unnecessary cuts to key social programs
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Judge OKs Censorship of Torture at Guantánamo Bay Military Commission Trial
Decision will bar statements about 'illegal CIA torture, rendition and detention'
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Report Confirms: JOBS Act Does Little but 'Undermine Market Transparency'
Ernst & Young study finds increased secrecy in new IPO filings
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Egypt: Thousands Protest over Constitutional Referendum
Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Cairo in new rallies for and against a controversial referendum backed by embattled Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Thousands of Morsi’s supporters gathered at a mosque three miles from the presidential palace after busing in demonstrators from across the country.
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Citing Climate Change, Democrat AGs Sue Obama's EPA over Methane Emissions
A coalition of seven states prepares to sue the bureau for failing to regulate oil and gas industries
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WWF: Efforts to Halt $19 Billion Illegal Wildlife Trade Have Failed
Endangered species beng slaughtered 'on a massive scale'
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US Military 'Pivot' in Motion as Officials Meet in Philippines
Five-year joint US-Philippine military exercise plan to be approved this week
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US Calls North Korea's Falling Debris 'Highly Provocative'
US angered by seemingly successful long-range rocket test
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[title] Anaheim: A Tale of Two Cities
Fault Lines examines the underlying causes of recent unrest and violence in Anaheim, the home of Disneyland.
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Is Embrace of Syrian Rebels Preparation for US Intervention?
Complexities of various militias in Syria heighten concern for those warning against military intervention
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'Godfather of World Music' Ravi Shankar Dead at 92
Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitar maestro and world renowned musician, has died at the age of 92 in San Diego. According to the Times of India , Shankar passed away in a local hospital, where he had been admitted last week after complaints of breathing difficulties.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Activists Picket Walmart CEO Speech on Corporate Responsibility
Workers-rights groups greeted Mike Duke as he arrived for the talk
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In Blow to Tar Sands Pipeline, Texas Landowner Wins Restraining Order
Judge find landowner would suffer "immediate and irreparable injury" from Keystone XL
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Dramatic Gas Line Explosion in West Virginia Closes Interstate
Nearby structures were also reported on fire
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Study: World's Mighty Giants Dying off at Alarming Rate
'We are talking about the loss of the biggest living organisms on the planet'
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Watchdog Sues FDA For Information on Antibiotic Abuse in Cattle
Physicians, scientists say practice leads to drug-resistant infections
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Sport Hunting to be Banned in Costa Rica
Hunting for sport is 'not a sport but a cruelty,' say lawmakers
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A 'National Attack': Michigan Passes 'Right-to-Work' Law
Police in riot gear confront thousands as legislation seen as blow to collective bargaining power, middle class passes
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Sea Shepherd Buys Anti-Whaling Ship Under the Nose of Japanese Whalers
Four vessels now heading to Antarctic to halt this year's catch
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Protests and Polarization in Egypt Ahead of Referendum
Opposition debates tactics as Morsi prepares for controversial vote
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Closing Arguments Scheduled in Bradley Manning Pretrial Hearing
Guardian readers vote Manning 2012 Person of the Year
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[title] Eugene Jarecki: When Will the Drug War Finally End?
The drug war has been a colossal waste of money, resources and, most importantly, lives. For Eugene Jarecki, the director of The House I Live In, the time has never been better to end this destructive cycle.
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[title] Rising Waters: 2 Minutes on Disappearing Land
Friends of the Earth: Climate Stories
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[title] Class War in Michigan
Frank Hammer: GOP Governor and State Legislature to Pass Law Weakening Union Rights
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Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply
Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation's drinking water. In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer exemptions in Western states now stricken by drought and increasingly desperate for water.
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Israeli Pre-Dawn Raid on Palestinian NGOs Called 'Retaliatory'
'An attack on human rights and civil society organizations' in occupied West Bank
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Monday, December 10, 2012
[title] Climate Stories: Surviving Sandy: 2 Minutes of Heartbreak
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Google's $2 Billion Tax Dodge Prompts Inquiries by European Governments
Strategy is legal in US
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Israel Implicated in Leaking Misleading Info on Iran Nuke
Faulty graph, now debunked, came from likely source
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'Zero Dark Thirty': Likely US Blockbuster Slammed for Glorifying CIA Torture
Film that recounts hunt for Osama Bin Laden injects torture despite factual inaccuracies
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Mandela 'Doing Very, Very Well,' Remains Hospitalized for Tests
Spokesman: 'No cause for alarm'
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Peace Prize Protest: 'The EU is not a Worthy Winner'
Critics cite arms sales, use of military force and 'financial war' in condemnation
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US Intel Report Predicts US Decline as Global Resource Wars Rise
Latest National Intelligence Council assessment reads like 'script for the next James Bond movie'
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New Study: Scientists' Early Climate Predictions Prove Accurate
As politicians continue to neglect challenge, scientific work on global warming increasingly vindicated
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Morsi Grants Egyptian Army Police Powers on Eve of Mass Protests
Morsi opposition readies for Tuesday rival protests
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Showdown in Michigan: Labor Fights Back Against Anti-Worker Laws
Obama: Right-to-Work 'Gives You the Right to Work for Less Money'
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[title] The Bottom Line: Jobs
Real answers about unemployment, inequality, and the policies that would put America back to work
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[title] Obama's "Rules" for Killing People with Drones
Michael Ratner: Pres. Obama debating rules that allow him to kill extra-judicially anyone considered an enemy combatant anywhere in the world including US citizens and by logical extension, within the United States
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Report from Gaza: Latest Israeli Attack Brings Renewed Strength for Hamas
GAZA CITY - The Islamist party Hamas had been losing support as a result of economic difficulties and factional fighting. Today Hamas is popular again, heralded for its retaliation in Israel’s latest military assault on the Gaza Strip. Forty-year-old Ahmed Al Biltaji says his sympathy with Gaza after its election in 2006 had waned of late. Now he says he is ready to “gift” any of his five sons to join the resistance against Israel.
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Killing of World Famous Wolf Reignites Battle in the Rockies
Kill programs in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming reveal how fragile protection programs can be
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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Drone Strike Killing Suspected al-Qaeda Operative Leaves Woman Dead, Child Wounded
Predator drone attack in North Waziristan area of Pakistan puts drone program under scrutiny
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President Hugo Chavez Admits Relapse
As he prepares for surgery, the Venezuelan leader designates Vice President Madura as heir
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Corporate Cash to Flood Obama Inauguration
Departure from previous inauguration seen as "undermining the case for corporate-free elections."
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Opposition Defiant After Morsi Rescinds Decree
Despite demands, Egyptian President refuses to postpone controversial referendum
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Is Fracking Coming to the Arctic?
Geologist "highlights the potential of Alaska’s shale resources" at Houston conference
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[title] 'Give Peace a Chance' Still Rings True
John Lennon, whose message of peace still rings true today, died thirty-two years ago Saturday. To commemorate his legacy, here is footage of him and Yoko Ono in 1969 participating in their notorious 'Bed-Ins' in Amsterdam and Montreal. Video posted on Youtube by Y0K0ON0.
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The Senate Report on CIA Interrogations You May Never See
A Senate committee is close to putting the final stamp on a massive report on the CIA's detention, interrogation and rendition of terror suspects. Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who heads the Select Committee on Intelligence, called the roughly 6,000-page report "the most definitive review of this CIA program to be conducted." But it's unclear how much, if any, of the review you might get to read.
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[title] Mich. Rep. Brandon Dillon Takes House to Task Over Right-to-Work
On Thursday, the Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature passed the anti-worker right-to-work bill that Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to sign into law next week. The proposal was pushed through the House in one day without a single committee hearing and without taking a single word of testimony.
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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Mich. Unions Galvinizing to Confront 'Right-to-Work' Legislation
Thousands preparing to march to Capitol
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US Military Detains More Than 200 Afghan Teens as 'Enemy Combatants'
'Children as young as 11 or 12' detained at Bagram
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Climate Fail: Cop18 Ends in 'Betrayal'
UN climate negotiations end in Doha, Qatar with Kyoto extension
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Upping the Ante: Morsi Readies for Martial Law
Military urges dialogue, warns of 'dark tunnel with disastrous results'
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[title] "Your Governments Have Failed You": Syrian-American Student Munira Sibai Calls For Climate Justice
Speaking on behalf of youth organizations, 19-year-old Munira Sibai criticized the actions of world leaders as she addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar. "Over the past two weeks, we have seen not only a complete absence of vision, but also an active effort by some to move backwards," Sibai said. "Those who have caused the climate crisis already accepted the responsibility to solve it two decades ago. Today, after 18 years of inaction, the same countries are backing away from that obligation.
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Friday, December 7, 2012
[title] How Out-of-Control Finance Led to the Housing Crisis (and What to do About It)
Bottom Line Series: Housing
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Supreme Court Takes On Gay Marriage
Will courts ride wave of support following November's election results?
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'Showdown' Imminent as Rival Protests Fill Cairo Streets
ElBaradei: Morsi has 'closed the door for dialogue' by 'ignoring the demands of the people'
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2012 Nearly Certain to Be Warmest Year Ever
Latest climate analysis from NOAA shows continuing drought in record warm stretch
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Majority of Americans to Feds: Let the Weed Smokers Be
As the government weighs their options, polls show that Americans are light on marijuana
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US Positions Navy Warships Off North Korea in Advance of Rocket Launch
Pyongyang claims rocket will launch satellite by Dec. 22
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[title] Saket Soni: Fighting for a Better Future After Sandy
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Saket Soni hurried to the Gulf and started the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice. What he found in the days after the storm was that corporations and politicians were doing everything they could to reshape the damaged city in their favor. Now, after Super Storm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Northeast, Saket has some words of advice for New York, New Jersey and other affected areas: It's never too earlier to start rebuilding and reimagining the city we all want to live in.
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[title] U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown: What Happened to the "We" Society in America?
Thom Hartmann talks with U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) about how changes in American politics are helping the rich and hurting everyone else.
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Climate Justice Advocates Slam Doha's Emerging 'Sham of a Deal'
'Sluggish' climate talks missing essential ingredient—Urgency—as COP18 climate summit in Doha nears end
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Iran Nuclear Accord 'Unlikely' Without Easing Sanctions
WASHINGTON - Iran is unlikely to agree to curb its nuclear program unless the U.S. and its Western allies are prepared to ease tough economic sanctions imposed against the Islamic Republic over the past decade, according to a major new report signed by more than three dozen former top U.S. foreign-policy makers, military officers, and independent experts.
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[title] Democracy Now! Live from COP18 Doha Climate Change Conference
This week, Dec. 3-7, Democracy Now! will be broadcasting live from the annual UN Climate Change Summit as it convenes in Doha, Qatar. See their coverage of the official proceedings, as well as events outside the conference, here:
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Climate Skeptic Sen. Inhofe Makes Surprise Appearance at COP18
Accuses Obama of 'handing over billions to UN in the name of global warming'
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