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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Over 100,000 March in London for 'A Future That Works'
No to Austerity!
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On Eve of Foreign Policy Debate, Voters Sour on Arab Spring
On the eve of Monday’s foreign policy debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the electorate appears increasingly disillusioned with the so-called Arab Spring, according to a new survey released by the Pew Research Center here.
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Friday, October 19, 2012
Guns Sales Soar on NRA's "Obama Conspiracy"
Brady Campaign: "Incredibly Ironic" that NRA opposes Obama
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[title] Ashindi Maxton: America's Founding Inequality and Citizens United
From the founding of the republic, inequality has been built into our country's DNA. As Ashindi Maxton, a former fellow at the New Organizing Institute, says, the first step toward a more just society is to recognize the pervasive nature of that inequality and confront it head-on. [thumbnail image: Donkey Hotey via flickr]
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Chomsky Tells Israel from Gaza: "End the Blockade"
Scholar and critic to speak about Arab Spring and foreign policy
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'Privatized Cities' Rejected in Honduras Supreme Court
A plan to build a series of 'model cities' designed to cater to foreign investors through the privatization of development, municipal services and legal systems within autonomous zones http://news.yahoo.com/honduran-supreme-court-rejects-model-cities-idea-1...
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Investigation: Mexico's War Against Obesity, Sponsored by Coca-Cola
Reuters reports that regional UN gets funding, support from junk food giants
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Texas Keeps Executions Going in Wake of Drug Shortages With Covert Changes
"Any attorney now worth their salt will be challenging the lethal injection procedure,” says law professor and death penalty expert
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Warnings of Domestic Spying as Oakland Police Seek Drones
Local activists worry about abuse, push for updated safeguards
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Beirut Bomb Kills 8, Injures Dozens
Renews Concerns About Sectarian Violence Amid Syrian War
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Anti-Austerity Allies Coming Together for Coordinated European Strikes
Spain's largest unions join call for multi-country day of "action and solidarity" against assault on public programs
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Fracking Poisoning Families at Alarming Rate: Report
Residents living near gas fracking sites suffer an increasingly high rate of health problems now linked to pollutants used in the gas extraction process, according to a new report released Thursday.
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Biodiversity Conference Ends With 'False Solutions,' says Friends of the Earth
Crunch time to make decisions but developed countries wrangle over financial commitments
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[title] Could a Federal Appeals Court Decision Spell Supreme Court Defeat for the Defense of Marriage Act?
Richard Socarides, former LGBT adviser to President Clinton and former president of Equality Matters, joins “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer to react to news that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in the case of Windsor v. United States.
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CIA's Petraeus Tells White House: 'We Want More Drones'
Spy agency requests highlights a focus on expanding, not curtailing, controversial US programs
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Scenes of 'Dust Bowl Days' Return As Oklahoma Storm Causes Highway Pileup
Year of high temps and record drought portends climate future for once fertile croplands
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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Boston Police Caught Spying on Local Peace Groups
ACLU reveals mass of surveillance data on First Amendment activities
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[title] Share Spray: A New Way To Do Everything
Share Spray is a short animation from the Center for a New American Dream and Janelle Orsi, co-author of The Sharing Solution. With creativity, charm, and a bit of fun, Share Spray explores how our lives and communities could transform if sharing became the new way to do everything.
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New Jersey Becomes Ninth State to Back Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
New Jersey became the ninth state to back a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United on Thursday. The state assembly signed the resolution Thursday afternoon that "Expresses strong opposition to U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission ; calls upon Congress to propose amending U.S. Constitution."
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Walmart Workers: End Retaliation or Face 'Black Friday' Strike
Employees Protesting Low Wages, Reduced Hours
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Summer Camp for Super Rich Kids: Training Ground for the Future 1%
Private wealth managers line up to coach and court the next generation of financial elites
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Marriage Equality Victory as (Another) Court Strikes Down DOMA
Law violates US Constitution's equal protection clause, says Second Circuit US Court of Appeals
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Student Debt Climbs Again as Experts Hint at Impending Crisis
Two-thirds of US college students graduated with substantial student loan debt in 2011, with an average debt of $26,600, making up a 5 percent increase from the year before, accor
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US and Israel to Kick Off Biggest Joint Military Drill Ever
'Exercise Austere Challenge' not about sending Iran a message, says US general
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In Conference Call, Romney Urged Businesses To Tell Their Employees How to Vote
In a June 6, 2012 conference call posted on the anti-union National Federation of Independent Business’s website, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney instructed employers to tell their employees how to vote in the upcoming election. (Key section at 26:44):
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[title] Modern Farming Puts India's Biodiversity at Risk
India's southern state of Kerala, home to thousands of rare plants and animals, was once one of the world's most biodiverse areas. But modern farming techniques have destroyed over 70 per cent of the habitat.
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'270 Minutes of Silence': Obama and Romney 'Climate Change Silence' Deafening, say Environmental Groups
350.org announces national tour to build climate movement
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Austerity Fight in Europe: EU Meets, Greeks in the Streets
Battlelines drawn as EU bailouts demand more and more from struggling nations
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
[title] Bill Black and Glen Ford on Presidential Debate #2
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Global Warming Drives Up Weather-Related Insurance Claims
Five-fold increase reported in United States
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George McGovern "No Longer Responsive": Family
Former Senator Ran Against Nixon on Platform to End Vietnam War
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Backed by Adelson, Republican Pro-Israel Group Targets Obama
With hefty backing from billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson – the 800-lb gorilla of this year's GOP megadonors -- the conservative Republican Jewish Coalition is spending millions of dollars in four crucial states to cut into the Jewish vote that President Barack Obama won lopsidedly in 2008.
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Canada and UK Presented with "Prestigious" Dodo Award
Convention for Biological Diversity cites countries "failure to evolve"
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Tar Sands Pipeline Whistleblower Challenges Claims of Safety
Former TransCananda employee Evan Vokes voiced concern over pipeline safety, inspection procedures
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Canadian Government Knew of Illegal Geoengineering Scheme
Investigation by "The Guardian" shows officials failed to act
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Austerity Showdown as EU Summit Set to Open
Hollande draws line in sand; Greek general strike
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Obama Aides Launch Preemptive Attack on New Iran Plan
WASHINGTON - Although the place and time of the next round of talks on Iran’s nuclear programme have not yet been announced, the manoeuvring by Iran and the United States to influence the outcome has already begun. Iran sought support for a revised proposal to the talks during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last month, according to a New York Times report Oct. 4. Then, only a few days later, the Barack Obama administration launched a preemptive attack on the proposal through New York Times reporter David Sanger.
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Gitmo's "Improvised Justice" as Accused 9/11 Planner Dons "Prisoner of War" Attire
Court rulings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Salim Hamdan expose trappings of military commision
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Bottled Water Giant Nestlé Censors Critical Documentary
'Bullies' city into cancelling screening of 'Tapped'
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Over Half of All Wetlands on Earth 'Destroyed' in Last 100 Years
Over half of all wetlands in the world have been destroyed in the last 100 years due to residential and industrial development, water waste, over-consumption, and pollution says a new report released by the United Nations Environment Program.
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[title] Lisa Graves: How Extreme Wealth Is Harming Our Democracy
According to Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy, the most severe threat to our political system is the extreme concentration of wealth in so few hands. And after the 'Citizens United' Supreme Court decision opened the doors for that money to be used for political ends, the harm that wealth can do has only grown.
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Privatization Pushback: Civil Society Slams Water Privatization Conditions for EU Bailouts
Letter from groups to EU Commission says plan is "economically, socially and democratically flawed"
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Green Party Candidates Arrested Outside Presidential Debate
Presidential candidate Jill Stein and running mate Cheri Honkala barred from attending then arrested
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Ghost of George W. Bush Haunts Romney in Second Debate
Mitt Romney’s first name is Willard, which means that he is actually “W. Mitt Romney.” And it was a “W” that did him in Tuesday night. In the middle of the second presidential debate , the one where Barack Obama had to do better and did, moderator Candy Crowley invited a question from Susan Katz, an undecided voter.
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Progressives Score Presidential Debate
Citing "all of the scientific polls," The Nation magazine's Greg Mitchell reports that President Obama came out the clear winner in his debate with Republican Mitt Romney Tuesday night.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
[title] Katrina vanden Heuvel: The Media Can Fight Back Against 'Citizens United'
The Supreme Court's 'Citizens United' decisions opened the floodgates for corporate money to be used in elections in previously unprecedented ways. That's why, The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel argues, independent media must work harder than ever to expose the abuses of power that will inevitably follow when money and politics mix.
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Obama, Romney Square Off in Second Presidential Debate
Obama and Romney squared off in town hall-style debate
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BBC Profile: Big Tobacco Lawyers Target Big Food
Attorney Don Barrett demands mislabelled food be "taken off the shelves"
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SCOTUS Upholds Early Voting in Ohio
Ohio voters will maintain their right to vote early, the US Supreme Court decided Tuesday afternoon. The decision turns down a recent Ohio law that banned the established practice of voting within three days before the election and posed a challenge to voter's rights in the state, critics of the law held.
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Sanders: Proposed Social Security Cuts 'Morally Grotesque'
Cuts to hit oldest, poorest beneficiaries
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Romney/Ryan-Like Medicare Privatization Plan Would Raise Premiums Nationwide: Report
Creating voucher system would impact costs and financial risk for recipients
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Surging Domestic Oil Production a 'Windfall' for Refiners, Investors, But No Help at the Gas Pump
The surge in U.S. crude production has benefited the 1%, bringing profits to oil companies and investors while leaving the rest of the country paying high prices at the gas pump.
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Report: Americans Eat Their Body Weight in GM Foods
Environmental Working Group reveals troubling stats about prevelance of GMOs in American diet
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Leaked Documents Reveal "Monopoly-Like" Control of Presidential Debates
Two party agreement stultifies debates and encroaches on open democracy, say critics
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UN: Agricultural Cooperatives Key to Eliminating Hunger
Nearly 1 billion undernourished
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Student Loans Bear 'Uncanny Resemblance' to Subprime Crisis
Techniques currently used by student loan lenders bear an "uncanny resemblance" to those used by subprime mortgage lenders leading up to the subsequent housing bubble burst and financial crisis of 2008, according to a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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NOAA: September Tied for Planet Earth's Warmest September Ever
Sept. 2012 ties with Sept. 2005 for warmest average global combined temperatures from land and ocean
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[title] Matt Taibbi: 'Romney/Ryan Tax Plan Still Makes No Sense’
Taibbi urges the media to demand answers
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'Time is Now to Make a Stand': Tar Sands Pipeline Blockade Grows as Company Lashes Out
50 campaigners break police lines to re-supply tree-sitters as month-long action continues
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Mission Creep in Libya: Drones in the Sky, Boots on the Ground
Reports show escalating US involvement following embassy assault in Benghazi
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Monday, October 15, 2012
Primates of the World Heading Towards Extinction, says UN
Deforestation, Hunting Put Primates At Risk
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Portugal Unleashes New Extreme Austerity Budget
Portugal's leaders announced a new round of harsh austerity measures in the country on Monday, including steep tax hikes and massive pay cuts in the already unemployment stricken country. The round of cuts is said to be one of the harshest in the country so far, with wage earners losing up to an entire months amount in pay.
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'Fight from the Bottom Up,' says Morello (Also, Paul Ryan is a "Jack-Ass")
"You fight from the bottom up, you don't wait for the top to drizzle down."
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Popular Anger Fuels Protest in Haiti
Demonstrators demand President's resignation as UN renews "hugely unpopular" MINUSTAH
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Humanitarian Aid Blocked As UN Imposes New Iran Sanctions
If Iran sanctions follows that of Iraq's, the future for Iranians does not look good
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Lithuanian Voters Oust Austerity Government in Favor of Left-Wing Leaders
Lithuanian voters came out in force on Sunday to vote out their reigning right-wing government, who has imposed extreme austerity measures in the post 2008 financial crisis. Instead votes went largely in favor of a more left leaning governmental coalition in the parliamentary elections .
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Vermont Leads Way for "Farm to Plate" Planning
10 year plan seeks path to more sustainable local food system
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[title] Rising Sea Levels Threaten US Coastline
The sea level on the east coast of the US is rising five times faster than the global average. The prospect of flooding is a major threat to millions of people who live in the region. Scott Heidler reports from a small community in the state of Delaware, which has found itself on the front line of the problem.
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As 9/11 Pretrial Begins, ACLU Calls Out "Orwellian" Censorship of CIA Torture
Rights group makes constitutional challenge as Guantanamo proceedings start
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Illegal Scheme Exemplifies Threat of Geoengineering
Violates UN Resolutions, Could Worsen Global Warming
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NYT Admits: We Have Not "Aggressively Challenged" Obama on Drones
Public editor says 'paper of record' has not pushed back against administration on secretive program
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Justice Foreclosed: Morgan Stanley Targeted Minorities With Predatory Loans
ACLU, Detroit families sue investment bankers over discrimination
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[title] Fracking Plans Spark Protest In South Africa
A lift on shale gas exploration moratorium has angered environmentalists
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Counting the Bodies in the Pakistani Drone Campaign
New study shows that outside groups alone cannot accurately estimate drone casualties
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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Koch Brothers Rounding Up Employees' Votes
Brothers threaten employees of "consequences" if Romney doesn't win while preventing employees' free speech
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[title] US and Israel Recognize Iran Not Near a Bomb
In spite evidence Iran directing much of its supply of 20% enriched uranium for scientific purposes, “killer” sanctions continue
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Rights Group Says Syria Using Cluster Bombs
Rights group Human Rights Watch reports on Sunday that it has evidence the Syrian air force has recently used cluster bombs. The group cites over a dozen videos that were uploaded by Syrian activists who show evidence of the aftermath of cluster bombs being dropped.
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US Bombing of Iraq: The Toxic Legacy Continues
New study links heavy bombing of Falluja and Al Basrah to staggering rise in birth defects, miscarriages
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'Global Noise' Against Austerity Sweeps Cities Worldwide
Day of action against policies hurting the global 99%
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Saturday, October 13, 2012
[title] The Romney-Ryan Agenda: Cuts to Taxes and the Social Safety Net
Errol Louis, host of NY1′s “Inside City Hall,” and Thomas Frank, columnist for Harper’s Magazine and author of “Pity the Billionaire,” analyze the Romney-Ryan ticket’s economic and social agenda with Current TV’s Michael Shure, sitting in for “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer.
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Global Implications of Case Against Shell
A case in which four Nigerian fish farmers have succeeded in taking the Anglo-Dutch owned oil giant Shell to Court in the Netherlands, marks a historic turning point on whether how oil pollution and oil damage cases are handled. The case has ramifications not just for Shell and other oil companies operating in Nigeria, but around the world.
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Clashes in Tahrir Square Leave 100 Injured
Clashes and confusion broke out in Egypt's Tahrir Square on Friday, with violence leaving at least 100 injured . Supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi led separate rallies in the capital, according to news agencies. The Egypt Independent adds :
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Israel Threatens Force Against Aid Boat to Gaza
Ship to Gaza Sweden informed of Israeli threat to use "force" if boat breaks blockade
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'Recipe for Disaster': Group Says No Financialization of Nature!
Friends of the Earth International warns against corporate approach as UN biodiversity conference meets
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Friday, October 12, 2012
[title] Protesters Clash in Tahrir Square
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood party is urging its supporters to leave Tahrir Square, after fighting took place there between rival groups. More than 100 people have been injured in clashes between protesters who back President Mohamed Morsi and those who oppose him. It is the worst violence under the Morsi presidency. Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reports from Cairo.
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[title] Leading US Officials Support Terrorist Listed Group with Impunity
Michael Ratner Report: Supreme Court finds Telecoms won’t be prosecuted for illegal wiretapping
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Romney: Americans Don’t Die from Lack of Health Insurance
President Obama’s challenger Mitt Romney is facing criticism over his remarks Thursday that uninsured Americans are able to have their healthcare paid for if they simply go to the hospital.
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Tribes Give New Hope To Fight Against Coal Ports
NW tribes flex their muscle over proposed coal terminal project
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TEPCO Avoided Safety Measures for Fear of 'Adding Momentum to Anti-Nuclear Movements'
Fukushima operator admits disaster could have been avoided
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Italian Students Rally to Save Education as Protests Erupt Across Country
'You cannot make cuts to the future!' say teachers
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Texas Ban of Planned Parenthood Could Significantly Increase Unplanned Pregnancies
Tens of thousands of low-income women could lose access to birth control and basic health care if the state of Texas moves ahead with a plan to eliminate Planned Parenthood from its Women's Health Program, according to a study (PDF) released Thursday by George Washington University.
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Penn. Governor Greenlights Fracking on College Campuses
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett thinks state colleges should be tapping in to one of their greatest assets. Youthful energy? No. Great minds? No. Shale gas!
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Consumer Advocates Press Michelle Obama for Genetically Modified Labeling Support
Group brings signatures to White House asking First Lady to remind President of campaign promise
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Thousands Protest in Bahrain
Riot Police Clash with Anti-Government Protesters in Capital City
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Homeowner Struggles Continue as Wall Street Profits Soar
JP Morgan profits, CEO pay at record high as homeowners continue to struggle
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[title] Inside Story: Biden vs Ryan: Who Won the Debate?
Joe Biden and Paul Ryan hold a frank exchange of views with the economy and foreign policy dominating the US vice-presidential debate. So who won? Ryan Grim from The Huffington Post analyses some of the highlights.
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"Is This a Joke?" Critics Slam Decision to Award EU Nobel Peace Prize
Decision diminishes prize say peace advocates with Norway Peace Committee calling on Nobel commissioner to resign
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The Romney-Ryan ticket is extremely dangerous to women’s health and Americans should be very concerned about the future of women’s health and rights if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win," said NARAL Pro-Choice America's Nancy Keenan. If You're Pro-Choice, Admits Ryan: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Romney-Ryan ticket is extremely dangerous to women, say health advocates
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Paul Ryan: No Specifics, Just a Secret Plan
In debate, Republican vice presidential candidate says details of budget will be revealed 'after the election'
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Thursday, October 11, 2012
VP Debate 2012: Progressives React
Vice President Joe Biden meets Congressman Paul Ryan on stage at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky tonight in the only debate between the two candidates. ABC News' Martha Raddatz will moderate the 90 minute debate which will cover both domestic and foreign policy issues.
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