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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Climate Change's 'Terrifying Math' Coming to City Near You
350.org launches national tour that takes direct aim at fossil fuel industry
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For Champions of Degrowth, Less Is Much More
NEW YORK - The concept of degrowth is not a very comfortable one in overdeveloped countries such as the United States. But with the planet’s resources stretched to the limit, many argue that an action plan is needed to prevent the world’s largest economy from getting any bigger, especially with the global population projected to grow by another two billion by 2050.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
President Obama Re-Elected
It's over. Shortly after 11 PM eastern, the major television networks, including NBC News, CNN, CBS News, and even a reluctant Fox News, put the state of Ohio in the column for Barack Obama and moments later—given the national projections—those same networks announced they felt comfortable calling the evening as a re-election victory for Obama.
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Elizabeth Warren Took on Wall Street, Wins US Senate Seat
Progressive champion Elizabeth Warren, who built her campaign around an intellectual and moral attack on Wall Street malpractice in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008, has unseated Republican Senator Scott Brown in Massachusetts. "This victory is for you," Warren told her supporters just before 11:00 PM on Tuesday, following a concession speech by Brown. She vowed to protect working families and small business owners, and promised to "hold the big guys accountable."
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Chaos Reigns as Hundred Thousand Greeks Rally Against Austerity
Second day of general strike brought both numbers and violence
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Pakistan's American-Flag Makers in High Demand after Obama Win
More Obama means more drones and more protests, says Pakistani flag business owner
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Netanyahu Faces 'Payback' After Obama Victory?
"This is probably not a very good morning for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Wednesday. Netanyahu and his Likud Party had actively supported Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in what Israeli opposition leader Shaul Mofaz described as “a rude, blunt, unprecedented, wanton and dangerous intervention in the United States election.” On January 22nd, the day after Obama's re-inauguration, Netanyahu will face Israeli voters in his own attempt to get re-elected.
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[title] Nader on What To Do Now
As results came in last night, Nader urged voters to push Congress towards progressive policies, post election
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Michigan Voters Reject Emergency Manager Law
Victory for both unions and democracy
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Direct Democracy: Results of Ballot Propositions Across the Country
Across the country in states that allow for citizen lawmaking through ballot propositions, yesterday voters in many states had a direct say in the laws that govern them. There were 188 measures on the ballot in 38 states . Below we review the official, unconfirmed election results of some of the key propositions.
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Bad Day for GOP Super Donors
Biggest contributors to super PACs in 2012 election backed losing candidates
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A Referendum on "Legitimate Rape": Akin, Mourdock Defeated
The people of Missouri and Indiana were, in effect, given a referendum on "legitimate rape" on election day, and they soundly rejected the concept by defeating U.S. Senate candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. The two legislators had stirred controversy over their verbal attempts to characterize the validity of a rape victim's experience in order to push forward their anti-abortion agendas.
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Recreational Marijuana Passes in CO and WA
Marijuana use has been decriminalized across the board in both Colorado and Washington, after voters passed ballot initiatives in the states on Tuesday -- a landmark victory for the legalization movement.
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Big Agriculture Bankrolls Defeat of California's Proposition 37
Proponents remain positive about the future fight against GMOs
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'Corporations Are Not People' in Montana, Colorado
In a landslide victory Tuesday night, Montana voters approved an initiative stating "that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights because they are not human beings" -- corporations are not people. The initiative directly challenges the now infamous Citizens United decision, which allows corporations to contribute unlimited amounts of money for campaign groups know as super PACS and 'shadow money' organizations.
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Love for All: Marriage Equality Triumphs in Maine, Maryland, Washington, Minnesota
Historic votes may shift national tide, supporters say
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
[title] LIVE Election Night 2012 Coverage with Democracy Now!
Tune in Tuesday, November 6, 7pm to 1am ET for Democracy Now!’s live special coverage of the 2012 election.
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State Ballot Issues We're Watching
Election Night 2012
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40 Thousand Homeless as Second Storm Descends on Northeast
Forecasters predict high winds and cold temps for the battered region
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Brazil Embarks on Cloning of Wild Animals
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian scientists are attempting to clone animals in danger of extinction, like the jaguar and maned wolf, although the potential impact on the conservation of these threatened species is still not clear. The cloning initiative is being undertaken by the Brasilia Zoological Garden in partnership with the Brazilian government’s agricultural research agency, EMBRAPA, and is now in its second phase. The research is aimed at adapting cloning techniques to wild animal species as a means of contributing to conservation.
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Justicia: Spain Upholds Gay Marriage Law
Spain affirmed Tuesday that gay marriage is constitutional , upholding a law from 2005.
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Welcome to Election Day: Seven Things That Could Go Wrong (or Already Have)
Get ready. Here are all the things that could go wrong (or already have) as Americans head to the polls. 1. Confusion over voter-ID laws spurred by ongoing ads, litigation and misinformation
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Possible Record Turnout as Warren Leads Brown for Massachusetts Senate
Warren's election 'of near-totemic importance to progressives across the country'
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The Serious Flaw With Ohio’s Plan To Count Provisional Ballots
Thousands of Ohio voters have been falsely notified that they are not registered to vote due to a database error in Ohio’s voter rolls. An Ohio voter advocacy group alerted Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (R) to this major system problem on October 30. But instead of fixing it, Husted issued a directive instructing local boards to use the same flawed search method to count provisional ballots after Election Day.
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In U.S., Corporate Cash Pouring into State Campaigns
BOSTON - Local and state campaigns have become a moneyed battleground this year for corporations and special interest groups hoping to sway the results of elections for local and state offices on Nov. 6.
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[title] Tom Engelhardt on Supersized Politics in the 2012 Election
If we’ve learned anything from the 2012 race, it’s that American politics have gotten way out of our control. Bill Moyer's guest, Tom Engelhardt says that, like our sodas and our military, our elections have become “supersized.”
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Monday, November 5, 2012
[title] Imran Khan on US Elections, Pakistan-US Relations
Al Jazeera speaks to Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, about the prospects of the Pakistan-US relationship in light of Tuesday's US presidential election. Khan, who has severely criticised the US policy of conducting drone strikes on targets inside Pakistan, has previously said that he would order the Pakistani armed forces to shoot drones down if he were to become prime minister.
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Global Peace Network: 'Unlawful' to Award Nobel Peace Prize to EU
International Peace Bureau: EU not a 'champion of peace'
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Our Readers: Obama 74%, Jill Stein 18%
Highlights of our 2012 Readers' Survey
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Polls Show Obama, Romney in Dead Heat on Eve of Election
On the eve of the 2012 US presidential elections, leading candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama met in a dead heat as the final national polls came in.
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California's Prop 37: The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act
Ballot Issues We're Watching
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Keystone XL Protestors Occupy TransCanada's Lobby Firm
Tar sands solidarity protestors arrested for barricading doors to DC firm
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Voting Rights Group Empowers Citizen Journalists to "Fight Back"
Video the Vote calls on voters to "Shoot" and "Share" poll suppression and intimidation
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Paul Ryan's 'Judeo-Christian' Fear Mongering
In a conference call on Sunday, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan warned tens of thousands of Evangelical Christians that President Barack Obama would jeopardize "Judeo-Christian, Western civilization values" if he is re-elected.
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Study: Predicted 6ºC Rise by 2100 Should End "Business as Usual"
'This isn't about shock tactics, it's simple maths' says global accounting firm
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Greece Jumpstarts Week of Protests as General Strike Takes on Austerity
End of austerity cuts as likely as 'Father Christmas'
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[title] In Florida, Voting as Endurance Challenge
Scott Arceneaux, executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, talks with Maddow about the legal efforts being made in Florida to extend early voting to offer some relief to Floridians waiting for hours to cast their ballot, enduring a hardship imposed by Governor Rick Scott and state Republican legislators trying to discourage voter turnout.
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Drive to Label GMO Food Battered by Industry's Big Bucks
A state ballot initiative in California with big implications for the nation's food system has seen massive opposition by industrial agricultural corporations in the final weeks, and an infusion of nearly $46 million dollars may just be enough to thwart the grassroots effort demanding that consumers get the right to know exactly what's in the food they're buying.
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Despite Radical Vision, GOP Set to Keep House
Aggressive Redestricting, big money, and a poorly organized opponent may give congressional Republicans victory
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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Sandy Victims to Confront Cold, Another Storm
Dropping temperatures and a nor'easter on the way bring more crisis for residents still coping without housing, heat
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[title] Glenn Greenwald on Voters 'Disenchanted' With Obama
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Florida Democrats Sue Over Burdensome Voting Lines
The Florida Democratic Party filed a federal lawsuit on Saturday, the last scheduled day for early voting in the state, to extend early voting hours after some Florida voters spent up to seven hours waiting in line to vote which " unduly and unjustifiably burdened the right to vote ." Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith said in a statement:
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Obama, Romney in Final Push for White House
With less than two days before the election, Obama and Romney stake out battleground states
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More Fossil Fuel Companies Pressure Workers to Vote GOP
In a bid to assert their influence on issues relating to climate change as well as environmental and labor regulations, fossil fuel companies are making an unprecedented election-season push. Documents obtained by The Nation reveal that oil, gas and coal companies are taking advantage of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision to not only blanket swing states with ads but also push their employees and contractors into voting GOP.
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Saturday, November 3, 2012
Haiti Still Reeling From Disaster Upon Disaster
Hurricane Sandy, the most recent natural disaster to hit Haiti, leaves more homeless
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Outside Election Spending Up 400% Since 2008
Reported spending by outside groups like Super PACs and dark money organizations has topped $1.11 billion, a 400 percent increase over total spending in 2008, according to a new analysis from Demos and U.S. PIRG.
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Continued Power Outages Mean No Work, No Pay for Many
Continued power outages in the wake of Hurricane Sandy mean many businesses and shops are still closed and their employees are not working. The consequences of these days without work underscore the vast difference between the hardships faced by low-wage, hourly workers and salaried workers.
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KBR Negligent, Ordered to Pay $85 Million to Soldiers
Federal jury finds former Halliburton corporation negligent of exposing soldiers to carcinogen while guarding water plant in Iraq in 2003
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'The Time to Choose Sides on Climate Change Is Now'
As the devastation from "superstorm" Sandy continues for millions, Up host Chris Hayes urged viewers on Saturday that the time to choose sides on climate change is now.
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‘OK, Fine. Shoot Him.’ Four Words That Heralded a Decade of Secret US Drone Killings
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) usually gets all the credit for the first US drone targeted killing beyond the conventional battlefield. But it was the military which gave the final go-ahead to kill on November 3 2002.
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[title] Florida Suffers Under Manmade Voting Disaster
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[title] Living Downstream
An American ecologist probes the effects of chemical industry polluting water supplies, while battling cancer.
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Friday, November 2, 2012
Michigan's Veto Referendum on the 'Emergency Manager Law'
Michigan voters can vote 'No' to repeal the undemocratic measure
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California Proposition 30: Taxes to Fund Education, Public Safety
California Proposition 30: Temporary Taxes to Fund Education, Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding The Basics
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[title] A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money
Explore political ad spending through creative cartography. This animated map shows where superPACs and other outside groups spent their money — over a six-month period during the general election — to air political ads aimed at influencing the presidential race.
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Great Lakes Plastic Concentration "Higher Than Anywhere in the World"
Researchers astounded by size and amount of plastic in the Lakes
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Frustration Grows as Storm-Ravaged Communities Face Fourth Day Without Power
UPDATE: News agencies are reporting Friday evening that New York City has canceled the marathon scheduled for Sunday. As residents in New York and New Jersey enter their fourth day since the devastating storm brought tearing wind, surging water and widespread power outages, feelings of desperation and anger are growing with the growing need for electric power, food, and fuel.
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US Chamber of Commerce Becomes #1 'Shadow Money' Spender
"Shadow Money" organizations, who channel millions of dollars from undisclosed corporate donors into partisan campaign drives, refuse to relent as the 2012 election season nears the end -- least of all, the US Chamber of Commerce who pulled ahead this month as the number one non-disclosed outside money spender in 28 Senate and House of Representatives races across the country, according to Public Citizen.
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Dispatch from "Bainport": Sensata Workers Protest Romeny's Vulture Capitalism
Late in the evening on Halloween about 100 people gather around the campfire in "Bainport," Illinois, marking the 50th day of the encampment. People gather close to warm up as they help each other put on hand-made vulture masks and prepare for an evening rally.
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Climate Protester Interrupts Romney Sandy Speech
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was interrupted at a campaign rally in Doswell, Va., Thursday, as he gave a speech on Hurricane Sandy, when a climate change protester revealed himself in the front row, shouting : "What about climate? That's what caused this monster storm. Climate Change!"
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Fukushima Worker Sues TEPCO Alleging Negligence, Injuries
'We shouldn't even have been there'
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Dark Money Rises
About a week before election day, a young girl, maybe 10 years old, confronted Colorado House candidate Sal Pace in a pew at his Pueblo church. "She said, 'Is it true that you want to cut my grandmother's Medicare?'" Pace remembers.
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Tar Sands Costs May Jeopardize Their Future
The rising costs of the tar sands industry in Canada may bring projects to a halt, CBC News reports . According to a memo CBC News obtained from Mark Corey, an official in the federal Department of Natural Resources, the increasing costs in extracting the dirty crude may be prohibitive. Corey wrote in the memo:
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Jobs Report Shows Positive Signs, But Wages Remain Low
Four days before election day, new statistics indicate the US economy added 171,000 new jobs in October, inching the unemployment rate up from 7.8 to 7.9 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised statistics for September and August to reflect greater increases than previously reported, and that the employment-to-population rate increased to 58.8 percent, the highest level since August 2009.
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[title] Low-Income NY Residents Weather Super Storm Sandy Aftermath
Weathering Super Storm Sandy in Chinatown Super storm Sandy hit lower Manhattan hard over the night of October 29-30. Floodwaters spilled over doorsteps in Alphabet City, cars floated through Battery Park, and power went out for almost all of the residents of the island below 39th street. Electricity remained off for those residents on Thursday, four days after the storm struck, and was expected to remain off for at least another day.
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How Hurricane Sandy Will Impact the Election
Thanks to a wave of new voting restrictions passed by Republicans, the 2012 election was already shaping up to be pretty chaotic before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy , which left 8.2 million households witho
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Ravaged Staten Island: Torn Apart, Comes Together
Anger seethes but community shows resilience in storm's deadly aftermath
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Penn. Town Mayor Pushes Privatization to Prevent Falling Off 'Fiscal Precipice'
Allentown is heading towards privatizing its water and sewer systems
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[title] Without Power and Aid, Low-Income Residents of NYC’s Lower East Side Struggle in Storm’s Aftermath
Democracy Now! talks with residents of the low-income and largely minority community of Manhattan’s Lower East Side who live in the shadow of a Consolidated Edison substation that flooded during Superstorm Sandy and has left thousands in the dark. With no sign of help from the city or the Federal Emergency Management Agency, residents talk to Democracy Now! producer Renée Feltz about the storm’s impact on their lives.
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'Pronounced Recovery' for Oil Drilling in Gulf of Mexico
In the face of any lessons learned from the 2010 BP oil disaster and the impacts climate change up, oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is booming. Drilling permit approvals are back to pre-Deepwater Horizon levels, and the future holds deeper wells held by a handful of big companies, according to an outlook on drilling in the Gulf from Quest Offshore, Texas-based deepwater oil and gas analysis and marketing group.
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NGO Report: Global Inequality at Highest in 20 Years
Save the Children finds growing inequality within "middle-income" countries
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Public Health Emergency Declared in Storm's Aftermath
Post-Sandy hazards include 'toxic stew' of floodwater, food borne illness
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Obama's First Rule About 'Climate Change': Don't Say 'Climate Change'
Off-the-record meeting in 2009 exposes long history and underlying strategy of President's "climate silence"
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Sandy Ruptures Oil Tank, 350,000 Gallons Spilled
Oil from Saudi-Shell facility pours into New Jersey waterway
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Corporate Media Breaks Climate Silence, Following Undeniable Sandy Superstorm
'Its global warming, stupid'
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US: Obama Given Slight Edge in Final Week of Presidential Race
WASHINGTON - With less than a week left in the 2012 election campaign and much of the Northeast recovering from Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former governor Mitt Romney, are running neck and neck in the national popular vote, according to the most recent surveys.
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For New Jersey, Rebuilding in Hurricane-Ravaged Area a Path Towards Disaster
Gov. Chris Christie wants to "get everything back to normal" but some fear it's an investment in future disaster
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[title] More 'Once in a Lifetime' Weather Events Likely
Rachel Maddow points out the proportion of Americans living in coastal cities threatened by the increasing frequency of extreme weather situations -- a consequence of man-made climate change -- and the necessity that government leaders plan ahead for more "once in a lifetime" events.
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Climate Reality Smacks, But What Change Ahead?
Iconic city grapples with new vulnerabilities as climate change exposes weaknesses ignored
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Green Party Candidate Arrested at Tar Sands Blockade in Texas
Police escalate their attempts to "un-tree" anti-pipeline activists, creating dangerous situations
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
[title] Climate Change, Hurricanes and the Fate of America’s Coastal Cities
Climate author and activists Mike Tidwell argues "we are all New Orleanians up and down the East Coast," as he relates the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy to the experience of those in the past of similar storms that hit the Gulf Coast. "The fingerprints of climate change are all over this storm" and others, says Tidwell as he joins us from Takoma, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., where the federal government has shut down and life has come to a complete stop as the nation’s capital faces power outages and flooding related to Superstorm Sandy.
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Struggle, Loss, Ruin in Sandy's Wake
East Coast residents face devastation and long road to recovery
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Iranian Charity: Sanctions Hurting Health of Millions of Patients
"For anyone or any group to say that sanctions don't target people is childish," says Fatemeh Hashemi of the Foundation for Special Diseases
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Sandy "Wreaked Havoc" on Century-Old NYC Subway
Some lines to reopen Thursday, but damage estimates will take time
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Romney Repeatedly Ignores Questions About His Plans for FEMA
In days following Hurricane Sandy, Romney doesn't want to talk about why he thinks FEMA would ideally be privatized
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Sandy Devastating, But Not Surprising, Say Climate Experts
The images and video footage now available in the afermath of Hurrican Sandy show communities throughout the northeast devastated by the superstorm.
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Super PACs, Nonprofits Favored Romney Over Obama: Citizens United Decision Helped Romney Neutralize Obama's Fundraising Advantage
Super PACs and nonprofits unleashed by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision have spent more than $840 million on the 2012 election, with the overwhelming majority favoring Republicans, particularly GOP presidential nominee Mitt Ro
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[title] US 2012 Climate Dialogue Runs Aground
Why have the US presidential candidates been avoiding discussing climate change in the run up to the elections?
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
[title] LIVE Superstorm Sandy Continuing Coverage, Aftermath
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Hurricane Sandy Pushing Obama, Romney to Break Climate Silence
"The presidential candidates decided not to speak about climate change, but climate change has decided to speak to them"
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Education Reform on the Ballot 2012
CORPORATE EDUCATION REFORM: On November 6, three states— Washington , Idaho , and Georgia —will allow voters to vote on ballot initiatives that will have direct impact on the future of public education in their state.
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Watchdog: Storm Released 'Staggering' Amount of Pollution into Hudson
“The toxic legacy from this storm will continue"
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Blow to Pro-Democracy Movement as Bahrain Bans Public Dissent
Government and Shia Muslim majority continue to clash
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Oyster Creek on "Alert" as Sandy Threatens Nuclear Facilities
Hurricane Sandy tests the U.S.'s nuclear facilities as New Jersey's Oyster Creek declares a rare "alert" while half a dozen other plants slow or shut down operations.
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Bank of England Executive: Occupy Movement Was 'Right'
Arguments of anti-banking movement 'loud and persuasive'
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Industrial 'Ocean Grabbing' Causing Untold Damage: UN Expert
'Future generations will pay the price when the oceans run dry'
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Twitter Photos of Superstorm Sandy's Impact
Twitter is providing us with some of the most dramatic photos of the impact of Superstorm Sandy: 10/30 update: Recovering from Hurricane #Sandy bit.ly/W2JTT8 twitter.com/JetBlue/status…
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Continued Crises in Haiti Post-Hurricane Reveal International Priorities
While US media has focused on Hurricane Sandy's destruction in the nation, the historic storm's global impact started days ago in Caribbean nations. In Haiti, the storm has left worries of a food crisis and another cholera outbreak, while the "disaster of decades of policies" by the international community compounds misery.
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