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Thursday, July 12, 2007
Code Pink: Those Pesky Peaceniks
WASHINGTON -- When a lawmaker's office is stormed, a hearing is disrupted or a protester is handcuffed on Capitol Hill these days, it's a safe bet the activist being hauled away will be female and wearing pink. CodePink , a group spawned by Bay Area peace activists, has become the vibrantly hued...
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Poll: 92 Percent Want 'Country of Origin' Labels
WASHINGTON - U.S. consumers overwhelmingly support stricter food labeling laws, with 92 percent of Americans wanting to know which country produced the food they are buying, a consumer magazine said on Tuesday. Consumer Reports said recent food scares, including worries about peanut butter and...
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Fear and Fragile Peace: A Long-Suffering People Prepare for a New War
In the video diary that Ali Dagher intended as his last testament of the 34-day war between Israel and Hizbullah, there is a scene where he produces two cupped handfuls of metal bomb fragments that landed in his kitchen. "I collected these here in the house," he tells the camera. "I am not telling...
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Health Group Opposes Bush Surgeon General Pick
A leading public health group opposed President George W. Bush's surgeon general nominee on Wednesday, a day before Dr. James Holsinger, already under fire by Democrats and gay rights groups, faces a tough Senate confirmation hearing. The American Public Health Association, founded in 1872 and made...
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A Dead Iraqi is Just Another Dead Iraqi... You Know, So What?'
It is an axiom of American political life that the actions of the US military are beyond criticism. Democrats and Republicans praise the men and women in uniform at every turn. Apart from the odd bad apple at Abu Ghraib, the US military in Iraq is deemed to be doing a heroic job under trying...
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Pennsylvania Democrats Want Nader to Pay for Bush's Election
WASHINGTON - Ralph Nader, the independent presidential candidate Democrats love to hate, is afraid that Pennsylvania authorities trying to dun him for $61,000 are about to freeze his personal bank account. Nader ran into a buzz saw when he tried to get on the Pennsylvania ballot in 2004 as an...
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World Population Day: Enlightened Men Prescribed for Maternal Health
JOHANNESBURG - What is a common factor in ensuring that women do not marry too young, do not have more children than they can cope with, do not die giving birth -- and contract HIV in smaller numbers? Men. That is the message for World Population Day 2007, which is being marked Wednesday under the...
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On Global Warming, MoveOn Voters Pick Edwards
In a recent virtual town hall meeting on climate change with the Democratic presidential candidates sponsored by MoveOn.org, former Senator John Edwards renewed his call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States by 80 percent by 2050 and said that his plan for getting there was the "...
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Wolfowitz - Return to Sender?
OAKLAND, Calif. - Recently forced out as president of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz, one of the primary architects of U.S. President George W. Bush's Iraq war, is heading back to familiar surroundings. And the Washington-based American Enterprise Institute (AEI), one of the United States' premier...
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Bush Again Links Iraq Violence to 9/11
WASHINGTON - Struggling to stem growing opposition to his Iraq policy even among Republicans, President Bush contended anew Tuesday that the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States are the same as al Qaida in Iraq, a violent Iraqi insurgent group that didn't exist until...
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Sheehan Brings New Campaign Through Houston
HOUSTON, Texas - Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan spent her 50th birthday in Houston today, attending events aimed at ending the war in Iraq. Sheehan joined other activists who gathered on the Montrose bridge during the afternoon rush hour to hold signs calling for the impeachment of President Bush...
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Musharraf's Fate Hangs on Knife Edge
Bullets are flying, casualties mounting, but whose heads will roll? The siege of the Red Mosque in Islamabad raged on yesterday as government forces battled heavily armed militants who holed up there with dozens of hostages. Abdul Rashid Ghazi, the radical cleric who led the extremists, was killed...
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New Analysis Counters Claims that Solar Activity is Linked to Global Warming
It has been one of the central claims of those who challenge the idea that human activities are to blame for global warming. The planet's climate has long fluctuated, say the climate sceptics, and current warming is just part of that natural cycle - the result of variation in the sun's output and...
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Panel Says: 14 Million Refugees Worldwide
WASHINGTON - The number of refugees worldwide increased by nearly 2 million last year, driving the total to nearly 14 million, the highest level since 2001, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants reported Wednesday. The rise was due in part to a continued exodus from Iraq, where 790,000...
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Iraq-Afghanistan: Overlooking the Air War
WASHINGTON - On Jun. 18, seven children were killed during a U.S.-led air strike against a suspected al Qaeda sanctuary in eastern Afghanistan. Three days later, at least 25 civilians died during a similar "incident" in Helmand province in the south of the country. The same day, a U.S. air strike...
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Ex-Surgeon General Accuses Bush Officials of Censorship
WASHINGTON - President Bush's first surgeon general alleged yesterday that administration officials prevented him from providing the public with accurate scientific and medical information on such issues as stem cell research and teen pregnancy. "The reality is that the 'nation's doctor' has been...
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Neo-Cons Try to Rally, Bully Republicans
WASHINGTON -- In the face of a critical Senate debate on future U.S. strategy in Iraq, neo-conservatives and other hawks are trying to rally increasingly skeptical -- and worried -- Republicans behind continued support for President George W. Bush's five-month-old "surge" strategy. They are arguing...
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Unpopular Congress Enduring Tough Times
WASHINGTON - These are tough times for the Democratic-led U.S. Congress, where partisan battles have led to little progress on big issues and have made lawmakers collectively less popular than President George W. Bush. Congress, typically never all that popular to begin with, starts the second half...
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US Opposition to Iraq War Hits New High: Poll
WASHINGTON - Opposition to the Iraq war has climbed to a record high and President George W. Bush's approval rating dropped to a new low amid growing dissent from members of his own Republican party over his war strategy, according to a new USAToday/Gallup poll. Bush's approval dropped to 29...
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We spend Far More, but Our Health Care is Falling Behind
Filmmaker Michael Moore might be onto something in his new documentary, "Sicko." These days, fewer Americans are buying the claim that the United States has the best medical system in the world. With polls showing that health care is Americans' top domestic concern, politicians are scrambling to...
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Preaching the Anti-Shopping Gospel
NEW YORK - Familiar in his clerical collar, cream-colored suit and dyed-blond pompadour, the Rev. Billy has spent much of the last decade parading through the streets of Manhattan, shouting through a megaphone messages such as: "Mickey Mouse is the anti-Christ!" Accompanied by a robed choir belting...
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Congress Braces for Fight Over Fairness Doctrine
WASHINGTON - After conservative radio talk show hosts helped bury an immigration bill, Republican Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott complained that "talk radio is running America." Lott suggested a remedy that immediately got talk-show hosts talking: He suggested bringing back the Fairness Doctrine,...
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Monday, July 9, 2007
White House Denies Debating Troop Withdrawal
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush has no plans to withdraw troops from Iraq now, the White House said on Monday, despite increasing pressure from members of his own Republican party for a change in war strategy. The New York Times reported on Monday that debate was intensifying inside the White...
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White House Rebuffs Congress, Nears Legal Showdown
WASHINGTON - The White House moved toward a showdown in court with the Democratic-led Congress on Monday by refusing to provide demanded information and testimony in an investigation into the firing of prosecutors. In a letter to congressional leaders, White House counsel Fred Fielding called their...
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Expert Says Rising Sea Levels Pose Threat to Rice
MANILA - Rising sea levels triggered by climate change pose an "ominous" threat to some of the world's most productive rice-growing areas, the International Rice Research Institute has warned. The Philippines-based institution is devoting fresh efforts to mitigating the coming threat, but senior...
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A Battle Over Expansion of Children's Insurance
WASHINGTON, July 8 - The fight over a popular health insurance program for children is intensifying, with President Bush now leading efforts to block a major expansion of the program, which is a top priority for Congressional Democrats. The seemingly uncontroversial goal of insuring more children...
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Peace Marchers of the Loneliest Kind
LOVELAND, Colo. -- Against the majestic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, in the far eastern corner of Colorado where the land begins to flatten into a vast golden prairie, two teenagers trudge along the weed-bitten edge of an isolated highway. Blistered and sunburned, they endure wind, rain and...
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Weekend of Death and Destruction Dents Bush's Hopes of Turning the Tide in Iraq
WASHINGTON - President George Bush's hopes for making progress with his new Iraq strategy suffered a double blow when there was an upsurge in violence over the weekend and fresh political turmoil in the country. Twenty-three Iraqi army recruits were killed yesterday the day after a truck bomb...
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Conyers: Libby Might Have Talked
WASHINGTON -- The Democrat investigating President Bush's decision to erase the prison sentence of a former White House aide said yesterday that there is "the suspicion" the aide might have implicated others in the Bush administration if he served time. House Judiciary Committee Chairman John...
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Sunday, July 8, 2007
Sheehan Plans Run Against Pelosi Unless Bush Impeachment Sought
CRAWFORD, Texas - Cindy Sheehan, the fallen soldier's mother who galvanized the anti-war movement, said Sunday that she plans to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unless she moves to oust President Bush in the next two weeks. Sheehan said she will run against the San Francisco Democrat in 2008...
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Administration Shaving Yardstick for Iraq Gains
WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government is unlikely to meet any of the political and security goals or timelines President Bush set for it in January when he announced a major shift in U.S. policy, according to senior administration officials closely involved in the matter. As they prepare an interim...
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Germany to Stay Nuclear in Merkel U-Turn
BERLIN - Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, is preparing to perform a major U-turn by scrapping plans to abandon nuclear power. The move would bring Berlin into line with many of its European neighbours, who are investing heavily in new and existing sources of atomic energy, but puts Mrs Merkel...
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Bush Shielding of Musharraf Policy at Risk
WASHINGTON - The growing crisis over Islamic extremism in Pakistan is drawing attention to the complicity of that country's military government in the rise of the biggest haven for Islamic terrorism in the world. The issue, which is also linked to the threat to U.S. troops in Afghanistan from...
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Russia Accuses US of Building 'New Berlin Wall'
MOSCOW - A senior Russian government minister accused the United States on Sunday of building a "new Berlin wall" with its plans for a missile defence system in Central Europe that have infuriated Moscow. "They are trying to push us into knocking heads with Europe... in order to create a new...
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Power to the People: Citizens' Group Rebuts PPL Plan to Expand Susquehanna Nuclear Plant.
THREE MILE ISLAND ALERTWhat: A watchdog group based in Harrisburg. It monitors the three nuclear power plants on the Susquehanna River. Founded: 1977 Membership: about 500 Web site: http://www.tmia.com Chairman: Eric Epstein, 47, Harrisburg ''We view our role as making sure that nuclear plants are...
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White House Expected to Block Aide from Testifying
WASHINGTON - The attorney for a former White House aide told Congress on Saturday he expects the Bush administration to try to block the aide from testifying on last year's firings of U.S. prosecutors, as the White House and Congress appeared headed for a court battle. In a letter to the Senate...
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Republican Revolt: Some Discuss Defying President
After a week-long recess, Congressional members will head back to Capitol Hill this week. And some top Republicans openly are discussing defying President George Bush and supporting a bill to bring home overseas troops. Six Republican Senators have signed a bill that calls for implementing the...
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White House Again to Defy Congress on Attorney Firings
WASHINGTON - The White House has decided to defy Congress in its latest demand for information regarding the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys, sources familiar with the decision said Saturday. Such an action would escalate the constitutional struggle and propel it closer to a court showdown. Senate...
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U.S. Aborted Raid on Qaeda Chiefs in Pakistan in '05
WASHINGTON - A secret military operation in early 2005 to capture senior members of Al Qaeda in Pakistan's tribal areas was aborted at the last minute after top Bush administration officials decided it was too risky and could jeopardize relations with Pakistan, according to intelligence and...
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Saturday, July 7, 2007
Global Compact with Business 'Lacks Teeth' - NGOs
GENEVA - The U.N.'s Global Compact with international big business "at the moment is so voluntary that it really is a happy-go-lucky club," says Ramesh Singh, chief executive of ActionAid, a non-governmental organisation. The international initiative, proposed by the United Nations to bring...
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Missouri: Governor Signs Abortion Bill
Abortion providers will face new regulations for their clinics and new restrictions on teaching sex education classes under a bill signed into law by Gov. Matt Blunt, a Republican. The measure places more abortion clinics under government oversight by classifying them as ambulatory surgical centers...
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Lonely and Lame, Bush Agonises Over Legacy
President George Bush turned 61 yesterday but he had little to celebrate at the end of a week in which his isolation has been exposed as never before. Laura Bush held an early family party for him on Wednesday, to which a few professional golfers were also invited, and on Thursday the president...
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Report: Israeli Settlements in Land Grab
Nine in 10 Israeli settlements sprawl beyond their official boundaries in an attempt to grab more land in the West Bank, which the Palestinians claim for a future state, a group that tracks Israeli construction in the territory said Friday. Israel's settlements encroach on unallocated land even...
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Report: Scores Still Jailed in Secret after Fleeing Somali War
NAIROBI, Kenya - At least 76 people who were captured while fleeing the war in Somalia in January are still being held in Ethiopia under a program of secret prisoner renditions backed by the United States, Kenya and Somalia, human rights activists said Friday. The Muslim Human Rights Forum, a...
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US Coal Firm Linked to Colombia Militias
BRIMINGHAM, Ala. - The bus had just left Drummond Co. Inc.'s coal mine carrying about 50 workers when gunmen halted it and forced two union leaders off. They shot one on the spot, pumping four bullets into his head, and dragged the other one off to be tortured and killed. In a civil trial set to...
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Friday, July 6, 2007
Errant Afghan Civilian Deaths Surge
U.S. and NATO troops killed more noncombatants in the last six months than did Taliban insurgents, several tallies indicate.
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Much of US Favors Bush/Cheney Impeachment: Poll
WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of the US public wants President George W. Bush to face impeachment, and even more favor that fate for Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a poll out Friday. The survey by the American Research Group found that 45 percent support the US House of Representatives...
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US Appeals Court Throws Out Ruling Against Eavesdropping
CHICAGO - - A US federal appeals court on Friday struck down a lower court's order against the US government's domestic eavesdropping program, launched in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The ruling allowed President George W. Bush's administration to continue its controversial program...
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A Message from the Melting Slopes of Everest
Fifty-four years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to scale Everest, their sons have said the mountain is now so ravaged by climate change that they would no longer recognise it. On the eve of the Live Earth concerts this weekend, Peter Hillary and Jamling Tenzing...
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Venezuela Brands US Envoy Failure
Venezuela has criticised the outgoing United States' ambassador to the country, saying his three-year term there was a failure. William Brownfield was accused of trying to undermine the government of the left-wing President, Hugo Chavez. Earlier this week, Mr Brownfield said he regretted that he...
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Poll: Majorities Say Income Gap Too Wide
Income differences in the U.S. are too stark, and the government should provide jobs and training for those having a tough time, according to majorities in a national poll released Thursday. About seven in 10 said discrepancies between income levels are too large, a sentiment voiced by nearly two-...
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How US Policy Missteps Led to a Nasty Downfall in Gaza
WASHINGTON - Officials in the Bush administration awoke on the morning of January 26, 2006 to catastrophic news. Hamas, a violent Islamist movement whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel, had won Palestinian parliamentary elections - elections that were deemed free and fair and a...
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China Blames Growing Social Unrest on Anger Over Pollution
BEIJING - The head of China's environmental agency has blamed the rising number of riots, demonstrations and petitions across the country on public anger at pollution. Echoing the language of the Cultural Revolution, Zhou Shengxian called for a "struggle" against polluters, and said the public...
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Bush's al Qaeda Problem
WASHINGTON - As U.S. President George W. Bush's military adventure flounders in Iraq, his administration appears to be increasingly depicting the conflict as a struggle between the U.S.-led Coalition forces and the archetypal terrorist threat posed by the shadowy "radicals and extremists" of al...
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Decade After Meltdown IMF Less Relevant in Asia
BANGKOK - As the Asian financial crisis struck 10 years ago, beginning in Thailand and then spreading rapidly to eight other economies in the region, the desperate call for help was answered from the West. In rode the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with the customary swagger of a powerful...
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After Lobbying, Wetlands Rules Are Narrowed
WASHINGTON, July 5 - After a concerted lobbying effort by property developers, mine owners and farm groups, the Bush administration scaled back proposed guidelines for enforcing a key Supreme Court ruling governing protected wetlands and streams. The administration last fall prepared broad new...
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Secrecy at Nuclear Agency Is Criticized by Lawmakers
WASHINGTON - A factory that makes uranium fuel for nuclear reactors had a spill so bad it kept the plant closed for seven months last year and became one of only three events in all of 2006 serious enough for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to include in an annual report to Congress. After an...
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Thursday, July 5, 2007
'No More War' Float Ruffles Iron Range
When Peter Edmunds and some friends decided to build a float to protest the war in Iraq, they did so thinking it would be a better way of promoting their perspective than by standing on street corners in small Minnesota cities with a few homemade signs. But the float Edmunds and his Veterans for...
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Gore Slams US-Led Climate Pact as Sham
NEW YORK - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore slammed the United States and some other big polluters for forming what he called a sham global warming pact separate from the rest of the world. Those countries -- including Australia, China, India, South Korea and Japan -- must join the rest of the...
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Critics Say Species List is Endangered
The bald eagle may be soaring back from near-extinction, but hundreds of other imperiled species are foundering, as the federal agency charged with protecting them has sunk into legal, bureaucratic and political turmoil. In the last six years, the Bush administration has added fewer species to the...
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Erosion of Alaska's North Coast Speeding Up
The speed of coastal erosion on Alaska's far northern coast has doubled over the past 50 years and coastal cliffs saturated with melting permafrost have crumbled into the sea as the world's climate has warmed, scientists report. Using evidence from satellite observations and aerial photographs, two...
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Antiwar Speakers on Campus are Lecturers, Not Students, This Time
SAN FRANCISCO - Dan Lowenstein passionately opposes the war in Iraq and recently helped stage an antiwar teach-in at UC San Francisco. "We must listen to our conscience and speak out," he told the hundreds of people who had gathered. Lowenstein is no student organizer; he's a noted professor and...
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A Place to Push Impeachment
BEVERLY CENTER, Calif. - If President Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney were ever to be impeached, their foes could cite this Independence Day as a milestone - the day that the nation's first "impeachment headquarters" opened its doors in a storefront near the Beverly Center. "This is an...
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Fed Up With War, Some Won't Pay Taxes
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - When the United States invaded Iraq more than four years ago, war opponent David Gross asked his bosses for a radical pay cut, enough so he wouldn't have to pay taxes to support the war. "I was having a hard time looking at myself in the mirror," Gross said. "I knew the bombs...
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Mideast Has an Old Cold War Look
BEIRUT - In the Gaza Strip, Islamists aided by Iran finish off forces loyal to Washington's ally, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. To the east, in Iraq and Afghanistan, governments attempt to prevent their nations from turning into proxy battlegrounds. In the warm waters of the...
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Oil a Key Factor in Australian Role in Iraq: Minister
Oil is a key factor keeping Australian troops in the US-led war in Iraq, Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said Thursday, before his boss Prime Minister John Howard sharply contradicted him. Nelson's startling comments caused an immediate stir in Australia, one of the United States' few major allies...
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Body Count In Baghdad Up in June
BAGHDAD - Nearly five months into a security strategy that involves thousands of additional U.S. and Iraqi troops patrolling Baghdad, the number of unidentified bodies found on the streets of the capital was 41 percent higher in June than in January, according to unofficial Health Ministry...
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Wednesday, July 4, 2007
House Balks at Bush Order for New Powers
President Bush this month is giving an obscure White House office new powers over regulations affecting health, worker safety and the environment. Calling it a power grab, Democrats running Congress are intent on stopping him. The House voted last week to prohibit the Office of Information and...
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Urban Chic: City Growth Can Be 'A Force for Good'
WASHINGTON -- The growth of cities will be the single largest influence on human society in the 21st century, according to a new United Nations report, which argues that urbanization can be a much more powerful force for positive change than many currently believe. Around the world, urban areas are...
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California Universal Health Bill Advances, but Faces Veto
SAN FRANCISCO - Sixteen months ago, while working as a contract registered nurse in San Francisco, Cynthia Campbell purchased a short-term health insurance policy. Blue Cross of California refused to extend her policy after she used the plan once for a minor infection, Campbell said, and in a pinch...
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Schwarzenegger 'Blocked Own Green Policy'
The executive director of California's air-quality board, which is responsible for implementing the state's landmark environmental emissions law, has resigned amid allegations that the office of the Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been deliberately getting in the way of its work. The...
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For Most Americans the War in Iraq is Already Lost
Opponents frequently accuse George Bush of being in denial over Iraq. But in recent weeks the dire urgency of the situation, in both Baghdad and Washington, appears to have penetrated even the insulating layers normally enveloping the Oval Office. The White House is increasingly alarmed at the...
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US On the Sidelines As Nations Meet to Advance Global Tobacco Treaty
The U.S. is on the sidelines as public health officials from around the world meet in Bangkok this week to put into action a global treaty to curb death and disease caused by tobacco use. More than 190 countries unanimously adopted the treaty in 2003. Since then, 148 countries have moved to...
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Commuting Prison Term Is Implicit Critique of Sentencing Standards
WASHINGTON - In commuting I. Lewis Libby Jr.'s 30-month prison sentence on Monday, President Bush drew on the same array of arguments about the federal sentencing system often made by defense lawyers - and routinely and strenuously opposed by his own Justice Department. Critics of the federal...
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Not All Would Put a Heroic Sheen on Thompson's Watergate Role
WASHINGTON -- The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight -- asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system -- he telephoned Nixon's lawyer. Thompson tipped off the White...
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Private Contractors Outnumber US Troops in Iraq
The number of U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceeds that of American combat troops, newly released figures show, raising fresh questions about the privatization of the war effort and the government's capacity to carry out military and rebuilding campaigns. More than 180,000 civilians -...
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Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Consider the Source: 'NYT' Reporter Targets Iran
As if he hadn't done enough damage already, helping to promote the American invasion of Iraq with deeply flawed articles in The New York Times, Michael R. Gordon is now writing scare stories that offer ammunition for the growing chorus of neo-cons calling for a U.S. strike against Iran - his most recent effort appearing just this morning.
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Editorials Hit Libby's Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card
NEW YORK - The bloggers, politicians, and TV pundits weighed in quickly Monday after President Bush took the surprisingly sudden step of commuting Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 30-month prison sentence for perjury and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak case. Now newspaper editorials are appearing,...
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US Social Forum Forges Common Ground
ATLANTA - In all, the crowds were huge, the workshops passionate and inspiring, and participants made ideological, relational and personal gains, both large and small. The U.S. Social Forum wrapped up Sunday in the southern city of Atlanta with a People's Assembly, where civil society and native...
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Bill Would Ease US Vets' Return to School
SAN FRANCISCO - Marine Corps reservist Todd Bowers was half-way through his degree in Middle Eastern Studies at George Washington University when the Pentagon pulled him out of school and sent him on two combat tours to Iraq. When he returned, he found his student loans had been sent to collection...
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China Pressured World Bank to Cut Deadly Pollution Figures: Report
BEIJING - Research showing that 750,000 people die prematurely in China each year from pollution was cut from a World Bank report following pressure from Beijing, the Financial Times said Tuesday. Beijing successfully lobbied for the removal of a third of the report, entitled the "Cost of Pollution...
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Bush Presidency Enters Terminal Phase
WASHINGTON - There may be moments during their summit at his family's compound in Kennebunkport, Maine when U.S. President George W. Bush looks with envy on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, whose popularity at home guarantees him vast influence even as he prepares to leave office just nine...
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Indian Protests, Hypocrisy at US Nuclear Carrier's Port Call
NEW DELHI - The port call of a United States nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to Chennai in southern India has provoked strong protests from a spectrum of political parties, trade unions, peace groups and environmentalists. It has also exposed a yawning gap between India's professions of non-...
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Monday, July 2, 2007
Bush Commutes Libby Prison Sentence
WASHINGTON -- President Bush commuted the sentence of former aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case. Bush left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for Libby, according to a senior White House official, who spoke on condition...
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Scooter Libby Cannot Delay Sentence
A federal appeals court panel has unanimously ordered that a former White House aide, I. Lewis Libby Jr., is not entitled to remain free while he appeals his convictions for obstruction of justice, false statements, and perjury in connection with an investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's...
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Human Rights Group Warns on Israeli/Palestinian War Violations
Qassam rocket attacks by Palestinian militants into Israel and Israeli artillery strikes landing near populated areas in Gaza are serious violations of the laws of war, according to a report by the US-based group Human Rights Watch (HRW). The claim follows an investigation into Palestinian rocket...
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Fred Thompson: As Senator Rose, Lobbying Became Family Affair
WASHINGTON - On Christmas Eve 1994, Fred D. Thompson Jr. was out of a job. A 34-year-old self-described late bloomer, Mr. Thompson had graduated from law school just two years before and practiced law only for his father, Fred D. Thompson Sr., who was about to be sworn in as a senator from...
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UN Calls for Pedal Power to Reduce Environmental Damage
KUALA LUMPUR - More bicycle riding and other lifestyle changes are urgently needed to reduce climate-altering carbon emissions that are damaging Asia's health and could also threaten the economy, the World Health Organisation said Monday. Climate change contributes directly or indirectly to about...
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Anti-Poverty Targets in Africa Will Not Be Met, UN Warns
The whole of sub-Saharan Africa - the poorest region of the world - will fail to meet the goals set seven years ago for eradicating global poverty by 2015 - the United Nations warned today. In a progress report at the halfway point to the target date for hitting the Milllennium Development Goals (...
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Bush's Missile Defense Radar Plan Riles Czechs
VESIN, Czech Republic - After four decades of Russian domination and the oppressive presence of a nearby Czech military base, villagers in the Brdy region west of Prague got back access to their rolling hills at the end of the Cold War and along with it myriad paths into the thick forests leading...
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Survey Finds Action on Information Requests Can Take Years
WASHINGTON - The Freedom of Information Act requires a federal agency to provide an initial response to a request within 20 days and to provide the documents in a timely manner. But the oldest pending request uncovered in a new survey of 87 agencies and departments has been awaiting a response for...
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Labels Lack Food's Origin Despite Law
In every American supermarket, labels tell shoppers where their seafood came from. But there are no such labels for meat, produce or nuts. Behind the contradiction is a lesson in political power in Washington, where lobbyists and members of Congress have managed to hold off the enforcement of a...
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Sunday, July 1, 2007
Anti-War Protesters Rally Before Bush-Putin Talks
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - More than a thousand anti-war protesters rallied near President George W. Bush's family compound on Sunday as he prepared to host Russian President Vladimir Putin for a fence-mending summit. Bush was ready to greet Putin with a traditional lobster dinner at the start of a two...
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Was Campaigning Against Voter Fraud a Republican Ploy?
WASHINGTON - A New Mexico lawyer who pressed to oust U.S. Attorney David Iglesias was an officer of a nonprofit group that aided Republican candidates in 2006 by pressing for tougher voter identification laws. Iglesias, who was one of nine U.S. attorneys the administration fired last year, said...
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Rich World's Consumerism May Cause African Famines, Experts Warn
Food production in developing countries will halve in the next 20 years unless wealthy nations lower their rate of consumption, the Stockholm Environment Institute warned at a weekend conference. The livelihoods of more than three billion people in the world are being undermined by the wealth of...
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Capitalism is Bad for Men's Health: Study
Communism may be oppressive, but it seems as though capitalism is bad for men's health, according to a recent study which found significant increases in mortality rates after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The life expectancy for men freed from the Iron Curtain dropped by six years between 1991...
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Castro Charges CIA More Murderous Than Ever
HAVANA - Convalescing Cuban President Fidel Castro charged on Sunday the release of classified CIA documents detailing past abuses was a smoke screen behind which the Bush administration hoped to hide even worse methods. "I think that this action could be an attempt ... to make people believe that...
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Big Powers Skirt Anti-Nuke Terrorism Treaty
UNITED NATIONS - A long-awaited international convention against nuclear terrorism will come into force next week, nine years after it was originally proposed by Russia and 10 months after it was adopted by the 192-member General Assembly. But most of the major powers, including those with nuclear...
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'Up to 80 Civilians Dead' After US Air Strikes in Afghanistan
Air strikes in the British-controlled Helmand province of Afghanistan may have killed civilians, coalition troops said yesterday as local people claimed that between 50 and 80 people, many of them women and children, had died. In the latest of a series of attacks causing significant civilian...
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Saturday, June 30, 2007
Blackwater Blues for Dead Contractors' Families
Ten years ago, Erik Prince, the son of a conservative multi-millionaire, founded the security consulting firm Blackwater USA.The company has since grown into what journalist Jeremy Scahill terms "the world's most powerful mercenary army," in his recently released book titled " Blackwater ." Both...
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