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Friday, November 16, 2012
Economists: US Wages Stagnant for Over a Decade
Overall earnings in 'mostly downward slope' for past forty years
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'Down with the King': Jordan Protests Intensify as Police Threaten 'Iron Fist'
'This is a real revolt against corruption'
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Two Missing, Four Critically Injured in Gulf Oil Rig Explosion
Fire extinguished on rig off the coast of La.; no word yet on oil leak
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Rolling Jubilee: Over $5 Million of Debt Erased, and Counting
Successful kickoff for 'People's Bailout' campaign
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Mental Trauma of War to Haunt Generation of Afghanistan's Children
"Day by day the mental health problems caused by the war are increasing," said psychiatrist Said Najib Jawed
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New Studies: Austerity Is Crushing, Not Saving, Europe
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[title] UN Holds Urgent Security Council Meeting, US Stands With Israel
Vijay Prashad: US blocks UN Security Council from condemning Israeli attack on Gaza
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Gaza Twitter War Intensifies over Pictures of Infant Casualties
Pictures of BBC cameraman's 11-month-old son – who died in Gaza attack – are followed by response from Israel's PM
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Egyptian PM Visits Gaza, Condemns Israeli Assault
As US seeks to influence new government in Egypt, Israel continues to pummel Gaza
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
[title] Rolling Jubilee Live Telethon (8pm est): A Bailout of the People by the People
The Rolling Jubilee is holding a live telethon tonight, Thursday November 15 at 8pm eastern. Watch the live stream of the event here.
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Walmart Workers Walk Off Job in First Wave of 1000 Protests
As Black Friday approaches, Walmart workers speak out
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[title] 180 Seconds of Coal Ash Problems
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“Writing Is on the Wall” at Upcoming Climate Summit
Two-thirds of the world’s proven fossil fuel reserves cannot be used without risking dangerous climate change, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned this week. Preventing the consumption of those two-thirds will be the primary task of the annual U.N. climate negotiations that resume at the end of this month. Late Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama surprised many by saying climate change will be a personal mission in his second term.
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Woman's Death by Denial of Life-Saving Abortion in Ireland Prompts Fury
Vigils held across Ireland on Wednesday following death of Savita Halappanavar
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Ahead of Telethon, Rolling Jubilee Already Quadruples Goal
Slated to begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, The Rolling Jubilee telethon has already raised nearly four times its stated goal of $50,000. For every $1 raised during the telethon, the group can buy $32 of distressed debt from lenders. The group's stated goal is to raise $50,000 to buy (and eliminate) $1 million worth of debt.
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Broadwell Defended Petraeus’ Village Destruction Policy
Paula Broadwell, whose affair with Gen. David Petraeus brought his career to a sudden end last week, had sought to help defend his decision in 2010 to allow village destruction in Afghanistan that not only violated his own previous guidance but the international laws of war. But her efforts had the opposite effect. The new Petraeus policy guidance allowed the destruction of villages in three districts of Kandahar province if the population did not tell U.S. forces where homemade bombs were hidden.
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Riots Escalate in Jordan Wednesday Marking First Fatality
Protests mark 'an unparalleled show of anger'
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Radiation Still High in Seas Around Fukushima, Scientists Look to Sea Floor
High levels of radiation in sediment threaten marine life
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Crime, No Punishment: BP Gulf Settlement Deal "Pathetic" say Groups
'Fine amounts to a rounding error for a corporation the size of BP'
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Experts: 50 Million Poor Need Safety Net, Not Austerity
New Census data shows millions in poverty as well as millions saved from poverty by crucial government programs like Social Security, food stamps
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Death Toll Rises in Iraq as Car Bombs, Explosions Escalate
Attacks on eve of Muslim New Year
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[title] The "Fiscal Cliff" Fiction
John Weeks: The fiscal cliff has simply been created by Congress in order to push austerity which is no solution during a recession
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Fracking Database: New Weapon Against 'Sinister Secrecy' of Industry
SkyTruth reveals new tool for research and analysis of fracking chemicals
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Report: Wind Energy Could Provide One-Fifth of World's Electricity by 2030
Wind energy could provide up to a fifth of all global electricity needs by 2030, according to a new report by the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International.
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Ground War? Israeli Forces Amass on Gaza Border
Assault on Palestinian territory continues as Netanyahu tells Israelis to expect further action and regional leaders condemn 'viciousness'
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Environment Canada Report: Tar Sands Leaching Into Snow, Harming Fish
Study confirms previous findings, but may not get much play
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Obama Remarks Reveal DC's Unwillingness to Address Climate Change
Between the lines: Obama's answer shows 'addressing climate change is secondary to promoting economic growth'
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LIVE: Al Gore's "Dirty Weather Report"
International dialogue combats climate change myths
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Poll: Americans Declare War on Drugs a Failure
Further indication that tide is turning in U.S.
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[title] Glenn Greenwald: Starting with Fiscal Cliff, Obama’s 2nd Term Rests on Organizing, Not Cheerleading
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Designing Duo Hopes to Bring Sustainable Phone Charging to NYC
Need a Bike? Want to Charge Your Phone? Try the Charge Cycle
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Fracking Rush Threatens US Energy Security: Report
Despite gas industry claims that the natural gas extraction "revolution" will create energy security and affordable fuel for US consumers, fracking will in fact benefit those in the US very little, as the natural resource will most likely be shipped offshore to those who will "pay the highest price," according to a new report released Wednesday by Food and Water Watch.
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Jordanians Take to Streets as Thousands Demand "Fall of Regime"
Fuel hike sparks widespread demonstrations amidst mounting impatience
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Pakistan Announces Armed Drone Program
Pakistan, which is home to endless lethal drone strikes conducted by the US, has decided to carry armed drones of its own, according to officials in Islamabad.
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Across Continent, Millions of Europeans Rise Up Against Austerity
Coordinated day of action brings parts of Europe to standstill; Strikers call painful cuts "dead end"
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UN: Access to Contraception a Human Right
222 million women in developing countries lack access
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'All Options on the Table' as Israel Launches 'Operation Pillar of Cloud'
Multiple airstrikes already started, ground invasion may follow
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Israel Ranked World’s Most Militarized Nation
WASHINGTON - Israel tops the list of the world’s most militarised nations, according to the latest Global Militarisation Index released Tuesday by the Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC). At number 34, Israel’s main regional rival, Iran, is far behind. Indeed, every other Near Eastern country, with the exceptions of Yemen (37) and Qatar (43), is more heavily militarised than the Islamic Republic, according to the Index, whose research is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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[title] The Battle for the Arctic
Fault Lines travels to the Arctic Circle to investigate the impact a resource rush might have on local communities.
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Already? Obama Tells Supporters to Expect 'Bitter Pills'
In a conference call with key supporters Tuesday night, President Obama urged Democratic activists to stay engaged in the coming budget negotiations concerning the so-called "fiscal cliff" but also telegraphed plainly his intent to give away much in his showdown with Republican lawmakers As the Huffington Post , who listened in on the call, reports :
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
[title] Petraeus Resignation Reveals Divisions Over Iran
Ray McGovern: It's likely one reason there was no attempt to save Petraeus by White House was his Hawkish Stance on Iran...
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Federal Flood Insurance Program Running Out of Money
Congress questions premium structure
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Tar Sands Producers Lay Tracks to Sidestep Keystone XL
In 'just a few weeks' Canadian firms will be shipping via rail to Mississippi
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Lobbyists Feign Budget 'Fix': Trojan Horse Filled with Corporate Tax Breaks
As boisterous threats of the 'fiscal cliff' persist and progressive voices urge President Barack Obama to avoid falling for shortsighted solutions to illusory ultimatums, a group of corporate lobbyists and CEO's going by the name of "The Campaign to Fix the Debt" are set to unleash an onslaught of campaign ads which propose bipartisan 'compromises' to the problem, but in reality would act as a "Trojan horse concealing massive corporate tax breaks that would make our debt situat
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Google: 'Government Surveillance Is on the Rise'
Internet giant's most recent Transparency Report shows US has filed most requests for user data
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New Website Brings Drone Strikes to Light
Dronestagram: "A Little Closer. A Little More Real."
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Super-PACs Already Planning for 2014
Election Day has come and gone, but the super-PAC era is just beginning. The heads of the outside spending groups that pumped more than $1 billion into the 2012 election are already making plans for 2014. Conservative outside groups Crossroads and Freedomworks for America told The Hill they made a long-term commitment to their donors that won’t be altered by the disappointing results Republicans saw in 2012. [...]
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‪Will Progressive Groups Press or Be Pressed in Fiscal Cliff Meeting with Obama?‬
Chorus slams "grand bargain" as "grand lie"--Urge Obama to take firm stance against austerity-style deal
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[title] As Talks Begin on "Fiscal Cliff," Report Warns "Fix the Debt" a Front for More Corporate Bailouts
As the White House begins a series of meetings today on the looming "fiscal cliff," a coalition of the largest corporate firms and advocacy groups is lobbying for wide-ranging cuts in government spending, including to programs like Medicare and Social Security.
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'Hit 'Em Where It Hurts': New Campaigns Target Fossil Fuel Giants
The fight to save the planet from the fossil fuel industry heats up with divestment campaign
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Rise of the Bacterial Superbug: Systemic Misuse of Antibiotics to Blame
'Strong link' between antibiotics in livestock and resistence in humans
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Fossil Fuel Industry Trumps Climate Change in Public Land Sell-Off for Oil Shale, Tar Sands
Bureau of Land Management opens over 800,000 acres for oil shale and tar sands development in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming
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Flood Crisis in Nigeria is of Unprecedented Proportions, Aid Groups Warn
Millions affected as food, housing crisis worsen; Cholera outbreak looms
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[title] Robert Reich on the Fiscal Cliff: ‘We’re Back to Where We Were Before the Election’
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, a professor at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, assesses the latest from House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP when it comes to the so-called fiscal cliff and the looming expiration date of the Bush tax cuts with “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer. “There is a core — and a very significant core — to the Republican Party that simply will not raise taxes under any circumstances,” Reich says. “They’re not going to go along even if Boehner wants them to go along.”
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Human Intelligence Peaked Thousands of Years Ago: Study
Stupidity trend will continue, says new research, but collective education can save us
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Powers Designed for 'Terrorists' Entangle US Top Brass
In an ironic twist, law enforcement's ability to secretly examine online email accounts yields unlikely targets
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Monday, November 12, 2012
Sanders: Going Over 'Fiscal Cliff' Better than Bad Tax Deal
Senator says new Congress could recover 'in the first month or two'
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[title] Juan Cole: Real Petraeus Failure Was Counterinsurgency in Iraq, Afghanistan
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Climate Change May Mean End of Giant Panda
'We're standing on the edge of a mass extinction event'
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Bailout 'Of the People, By the People' Exposes Bankers' Greed
Coalition kicks off 'Rolling Jubilee' campaign to eliminate debt
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As Thousands of Hurricane Sandy Survivors Still Need Homes and Heat, the 'Disaster Tourists' Come to Gawk
Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy walloped parts of the U.S. northeast, thousands remain without power or their homes. The Guardian 's Ryan Devereaux reports :
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Palestine Fights for UN Status in Defiance of Obama
Palestinian officials will stay the course in attempting to achieve 'non-member state' recognition at the UN by November 29, despite a request by US President Barack Obama to postpone the move.
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'Stop the Net Grab' Opposes UN Control of Internet
Proposal would 'restrict political freedoms and harm civil society'
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Despite Record, US Retains Seat on UN Human Rights Council
Human rights groups call election 'more rhetoric than reality'
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Israel's 'Direct Hit' on Syrian Artillery
Israeli Defense Forces shows zero tolerance for Syrian spillover
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International Energy Agency: World Failing at Sustainable Energy
World Energy Outlook shows continued domination of fossil fuels on a thirstier planet
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Israel Threatens Ground Troops, Escalation in Gaza after Weekend Strikes
Tensions between Israel and Gaza have intensified once again, as Israeli officials opened up the possibility of a ground troop invasion in the occupied territory.
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Spain to Tackle Mortgage Reform Following Eviction-Related Suicides
In the Basque region of Spain, residents of the town of Barakaldo held a vigil Friday to pay homage to a 53-year-old woman who jumped from a balcony to her death as she was about to be evicted. The death of Amaia Egana marked the second suicide in two weeks related to evictions in Spain as a growing mass movement has put pressure on the authorities to act.
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[title] Hastings: From Iraq War to Covert Drone Attacks: Examining Petraeus for Affair is Ironic
Buzzfeed's Michael Hastings tells msnbc's Martin Bashir that he finds it ironic that former General David Petraeus' accomplishments will now be examined due to an affair, and not past failures.
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Progressive Economists Warn Obama Against Austerity Path
Americans don't want a "Grand Bargain"--they want sound and fair economic policies
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Questions Mount in Wake of Petraeus Resignation
New information leads to desire for better answers as accusations fly over who knew what and when
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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Is Netanyahu Planning Nuclear Attack on Iran?
The Sunday Times of London is reporting that 'Rivals fear Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu is plotting nuclear strike on Iran.' Netanyahu thinks ballistic missiles carrying tactical nuclear warheads will be necessary to take out Iran's Fordow uranium enrichment facility near the city of Qom. The site is buried deep beneath a mountain.
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Iran Warns US Against Airspace Violation
Iran warned the United States Sunday that it will take strong action against any further intrusion by the US into its airspace, Iranian media reported. Sunday's strong warning comes 10 days after two Iranian jets shot at a US drone. "Yes, we opened fire, and it was with warning shots. If they do it again they can expect an even stronger response," the Iranian Students News Agency quoted General Amir-Ali Hadjizadeh, head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Air and Space Forces.
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Saturday, November 10, 2012
Immigration Reform May Be Big Winner in US Elections
WASHINGTON - In the aftermath of a surprisingly lopsided victory for President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party and for progressive causes more broadly, one of the key discussions taking place here is over the suddenly increased prospects for comprehensive immigration reform, long an issue so divisive that few politicians have been willing to tackle it.
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Grinning 'Kibitan' Teaching Fukushima Children How to Avoid Radiation
Nearly two years after Japan was struck by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, officials have begun printing leaflets featuring a yellow cartoon bird that instructs children on radiation safety – though it may be too late for thousands. Fukushima’s disaster task force has started issuing leaflets with a bird character called Kibitan telling children to stay away from pools and ditches where radioactive cesium from the damaged nuclear power plant might have accumulated.
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Friday, November 9, 2012
[title] Tavis Smiley, Cornel West on the 2012 Election and the Neglected Issue of US Poverty
As the most expensive presidential election in U.S. history comes to an end, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and professor, activist Dr. Cornel West join us to discuss President Obama’s re-election and their hopes for a national political agenda in and outside of the White House during Obama’s second term.
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Voting Rights Act To Go Before Supreme Court
Act requires federal oversight in some states before voting laws changed
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Yes, Companies Are Harvesting and Selling Your Facebook Profile
Yesterday, we got a rare look at how information on your public social media profiles—including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn—is being harvested and resold by large consumer data companies. Responding to a congressional query, nine data companies provided answers to a detailed set of questions about what kinds of information they collect about individual Americans, and where they get that data.
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CIA Director General Petraeus Resigns
Director of CIA General David Petraeus announced his resignation today after admitting an extra-marital affair. Petraeus was the Obama Administration's highest-ranking neocon holdover from George W. Bush’s Administration. NBC's Andrea Mitchell, who broke the story on air, said the resignation was announced in a letter to the CIA work force dated Friday.
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UN: Syrian Humanitarian Crisis to Double if Violence Continues
President Bashar al-Assad denies 'civil war'
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Cracks in South Korea's Nuclear Program
Cracks in tunnels and doctored docs cause shut downs that threaten winter power
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Cold and Dark: Gas Shortages Still Plague Sandy Survivors
'It feels a lot like being in the field in a foreign country'
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Elizabeth Warren Could Tackle Wall Street Through Senate Banking Seat
Newly elected Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose career and recent campaign incorporated a vigorous critique of Wall Street misdeeds and power in Washington, stands a good chance of securing a seat on the Senate Banking Committee, according to Senior Senate Democratic aides who spoke anonymously to Reuters .
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Hugo Chavez to Obama: Stop Invading Countries, Focus on Your Country's Social Woes
Chavez slams "superelite" that exploits US
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Secret Documents Show Weak Oversight of Key Foreclosure Program
The Obama administration launched its main program to prevent foreclosures in the spring of 2009 with $50 billion and abundant promises. What the Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, lacked — and wouldn't have for years — was effective oversight of the big banks that were crucial to the program's success.
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[title] Bill McKibben: Global Warming's Dystopian Future
Having just come out of one of the hottest summers on record, wrought with droughts and wildfires, it's a wonder that "climate change" doesn't seem to exist in either of our 2012 presidential candidates' vocabularies. Author and activist Bill McKibben notes that we can't stop global warming, as the earth's temperature has already risen, but "we can keep it from getting worse."
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Worst Case Climate Projections Likely: Study
Global warming "likely to be on the high side of current projections," according to analysis from National Center for Atmospheric Research scientists
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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Crossroads' $175 Million Strikeout
Just because George W. Bush has been out of the White House for four years doesn't mean Karl Rove has stopped trying to influence who controls Washington.
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[title] Jeremy Scahill and Dennis Kucinich: In Obama’s 2nd Term, Will Dems Challenge U.S. Drones, Killings?
During Democracy Now!'s seven-hour election special Tuesday night, investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill asks Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich about the secret drone war that has expanded under President Obama's first term and the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen struck by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year.
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Rallying Cry: Unity and Hampshire College Divest Endowments from Fossil Fuels
Schools join 350.org's campaign against climate change
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Pentagon: Iran Fighter Jets Fired at US Drone
The Pentagon confirmed on Thursday that two Iranian fighter planes fired on, but did not hit, an unarmed US drone late last week. The incident was first reported by CNN , and Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed the incident on Thursday. Reuters adds:
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Jared Loughner Sentenced to Life in Prison
Jared Loughner, who went on a shooting rampage in 2011 that left 6 people dead and 13 wounded, including former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has been sentenced to life in prison Thursday afternoon, the Associated Press reports. 24-year-old Loughner, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia after the shooting, was given seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
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Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise Could Put an End to South China Sea Disputes
Conflicting claims to islands and reefs in the South China Sea have added to tensions in the Pacific between countries such as Japan and China, but those tensions "may all soon be rendered obsolete" thanks to climate change and rising sea levels that could engulf the disputed territories, Japan's The Diplomat reports Thursday.
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War on Gardens: Orlando Man Fights City Over Front Yard Farm
Sustainability in the face of cookie cutter ordinances
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[title] Inside Story US 2012: Obama's Second Take
Rocky Anderson, Ryan Grim and Bill Fletcher Jr on what comes next
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200,000 More in the Dark as Nor'easter Badgers a Besieged Region
Airbnb offers silver lining for homeless Sandy victims
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Climate Change Puts Coffee at Risk
New study shows "profoundly negative influence" from climate change on wild arabica coffee
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Whistleblower Manning Highlights 'Overcharging' in Strategic 'Guilty' Plea
US Army whistleblower Pfc Bradley Manning offered his first plea deal in court Wednesday, admitting to only a selection of charges against him, in a move experts say is designed to strengthen the defense's arguments that Manning has been severely "overcharged" -- or purposefully given charges that exceed what the soldier is alleged to have done.
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Despite Massive Opposition, Greece Passes New Austerity Measures
Years and months of anti-austerity protests in Greece that culminated in a two-day national strike that saw over a hundred thousand people in the streets of Athens on Wednesday was not enough to prevent the ruling coalition government—late in the night—of passing the most recent, and critics say most severe, package of austerity measures for the economically shattered nation. As protesters battled against riot police outside, prime minister Antonis Samaras announced that a deal was struck following hours of tense negotiations.
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[title] Bursting the Right's Bubble
Rachel Maddow lists the wins and loses from Tuesdays's elections and notes that the national results were predicted accurately by fact-based models while denizens of the right-wing media bubble were caught off guard. Maddow asks Republicans to join the fact based community to help workshop real ideas to help make America better.
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