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China and India Join Forces on Climate

China and India, which together represent well over a third of the world’s population, will be negotiating in concert at the upcoming climate summit in Copenhagen. The two booming economies produce most of the developing world’s CO2, but they’ve also made big commitments—China especially—to ... (continued)

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Seeing Red

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AP / Rafiq Maqbool

War Is a Hate Crime

The first major federal civil rights law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, passed last week, was attached to a measure funding ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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babble.com

Disney Offers Refund for Baby Bupkis

Somehow the Walt Disney Co. managed to convince the parents of one-third of America’s babies to spend $200 million a year on Baby Einstein videos. The tapes were supposed to smarten kids up, but watching TV from ages 1-3 could actually cause attention problems. Under pressure, Disney is now offering refunds. (continued)

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End of the Line for a Political Legend?

A couple of dynamic upstarts are campaigning to keep Tom Menino from serving 20 years as Boston’s mayor.

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Rich Germans Want More Taxes

While America’s super rich are coping with bailouts and bonus envy, a group of well-to-do Germans, led by a brewery heir, has delivered a petition demanding a 5 percent wealth tax—on themselves. Imagine if Pete Coors demanded that the government spend more of his money on “ecology, education and social justice.”

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AP / Karim Kadim

Baghdad Shaken by Worst Attack in Two Years

Two explosions near Baghdad’s Green Zone on Sunday killed more than 132 people and injured at least 520 more, by the BBC’s count. The suicide attacks targeted the Justice Ministry and ... (continued)

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Vaccine

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Once and for All

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Democracy Now
democracynow.org

Going to Jail for Health Care

Dissent is alive and well in Los Angeles, with actions like sit-ins against health insurance companies showing a growing disapproval of the sorry state of the health care debate. Some activists are choosing to stay in jail in protest of insurers’ denial-of-coverage policies and in support of universal health care.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 READ MORE


Iran uranium plant
AP / Vahid Salemi

U.N. Gets a Look at 2nd Iranian Uranium Plant

The continuing drama surrounding Iran’s nuclear program took a daring turn earlier this month when the U.S. revealed the existence of a secret uranium enrichment plant. Now U.N.  inspectors have checked out that plant, and will do so again in the next couple days.

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 READ MORE



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CNN, Dobbs Under Fire

CNN is in some agua caliente with pro-immigration groups after airing a four-hour “Latino in America” documentary—an attempt to woo a Latino audience—while at the same time employing Lou Dobbs, the commentator notorious for his anti-immigration views.

Posted on Oct 24, 2009 READ MORE


Karzai votes

Afghanistan: Fraud, Opium and Taliban

If an athlete is caught cheating in the Olympics or another sports competition, that person is disqualified, and it is seen as a disgrace. In the case of the recent election in Afghanistan, however, cheating has been rewarded and even praised by no less than the president of the United States, says Link TV’s Jamal Dajani in this week’s “Mosaic Intelligence Report.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Darko Bandic

End of an Era for Lebanon’s Free Press

For decades, Lebanese journalism has been applauded as the freest, most outspoken and most literate in the heavily censored Arab world. Alas, no more. The Lebanese media are being hit – like the rest of the world – by the Internet and falling advertising revenues. But this is Lebanon, where politics is always involved. Is something rotten in the state of the Lebanese press?

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Pushes Climate Bill in Cambridge

Continuing on his Doing Too Many Things at Once ’09 Tour, President Barack Obama made a stopover at Cambridge, Mass., on Friday to push for “the passage of comprehensive legislation that will finally make renewable energy the profitable kind of energy in America.” Echoing himself on the subject of health care reform, Obama warned that the negative buzz from naysayers will get louder as the pro-reform team inches closer to its goal.

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Public Option Redux; Obama vs. Fox; Bonus Bust

Well, that public option idea keeps creeping back to the table as Congress debates the health care conundrum, but will it stick around? Does the federal government have the right to limit executive bonuses when taxpayers hold a majority interest in the company? And is President Obama wasting his time by tangling with Fox News? So many questions this week!

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 READ MORE


Bush
mikebeckham.net

Bush Says He Regrets Standing in Front of ‘Mission Impossible’ Banner

Whoops! Some six years after performing his infamous “Top Gun”-inflected “Mission Accomplished” press stunt aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, former President George W. Bush let fly with quite a telling gaffe during a talk he gave Thursday to the Montreal Board of Trade.

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TARP Turns Its Attention to Small Banks

The government-run TARP program is preparing to shift its focus from large banks—such as Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America—to smaller banks, noting that small businesses are still struggling to get access to credit.

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Zelaya
blogia.com

Honduras Talks Fall Apart

Despite overwhelming international support and the fact that he was removed in an illegal coup, Manuel Zelaya is still having problems winning reinstatement as Honduras’ president: Talks between the interim government and his ousted administration collapsed Thursday.

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Jonathan Kirsch on ‘The Woman Who Named God’

Is the biblical tale of Hagar “a creation story as important as the Garden of Eden,” as Charlotte Gordon argues in her provocative new book?

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NLN / Thomas Good

Don’t Ruin the Public Option for Everyone Else, Arkansas

While the House is chugging along with what’s shaping up to be a strong public option, the Senate has come up with a compromise that might make room for government insurance. Essentially, states that don’t dig government-run health care wouldn’t have to have it.

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Wall Street ‘Crimes’ Need Better Policing

Slashing bonuses at bailed-out companies is like arresting jaywalkers while ignoring the bank robbery that’s happening in broad daylight down the block.

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A Tale of Two Supermen—and Their Drugs

We can look to two superjocks—Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps—for the key lesson about our absurd drug policy.

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Some Americans Won’t Believe in Global Warming Until They’re Actually Melting

In just three short years, Americans have gotten 20 points dumber. That’s if you count a belief in the climate crisis, and the mounting science behind it, as a sign of brains.

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U.S. Army / Spc. Tia P. Sokimson

The Country That Cries Wolf

European allies have tired of America’s cries of “wolf! wolf!” in Iraq (yesterday), Afghanistan (today), and (I fear) Pakistan or Somalia or Kashmir tomorrow.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE


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geocities.com

Senate Votes in Favor of Expanded Hate-Crime Measure

President Barack Obama represents the final stop for a measure, passed by the Senate on Thursday, that would expand the definition of hate crimes to include “those committed because of a victim’s gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability,” as The New York Times put it. Obama is expected to approve the legislation.

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Frank
serenitythruhaiku.wordpress.com

Frank Hails ‘Major Breakthrough’ in Financial Regulation

On Thursday, the House Financial Services Committee voted in favor of a bill aimed at creating the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Agency, a watchdog organization designed in response to President Barack Obama’s call for greater oversight and regulation of banks and other financial companies in light of the past year’s economic implosion.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



Where Have All the Ramparts Gone?

Peter Richardson’s new book about the groundbreaking Ramparts magazine says the rag changed America. Truthdig arts and culture editor Kasia Anderson asks the author and former Ramparts Editor Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, why the magazine’s impact isn’t better remembered and what will take its place.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Cohen A. Young

Does Military Service Turn Young Men Into Sexual Predators?

It can be shown that the patterns of military sex crimes are old and widespread—for generations, military service has transformed large numbers of American boys into sexual predators. So it seems reasonable to ask whether perhaps there is something about military culture or training or experience that can be identified as causative, and then, perhaps, changed.

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Where Have All the Ramparts Gone?

Peter Richardson’s new book about the groundbreaking Ramparts Magazine says the rag changed America. Truthdig arts and culture editor Kasia Anderson asks the author and former Ramparts Editor Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor-in-chief, why its impact isn’t better remembered, and what will take its place.

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R.E.M.
remhq.com

R.E.M. and Their Musical Friends Push to Shut Down Guantanamo Bay

The veteran alt-rockers of R.E.M. are joining forces with other musical acts such as Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails and Roseanne Cash in a bid to close Guantanamo Bay. Their group effort, the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, sprung in part from their joint outrage about their music reportedly being blared at high volumes to upset prisoners held at the detention center in Cuba.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan election runoff

Afghanistan Prepares for Election Runoff

Ballots are being distributed to voting centers throughout Afghanistan for the runoff between incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his top challenger from Round 1, Abdullah Abdullah, slated to take place on Nov. 7.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama Orders Salary Cuts

In a move to quell public outrage, President Obama has ordered the government’s “pay czar” to cut by 90 percent the multimillion-dollar salaries that executives of seven bank and auto companies are receiving, citing the fact that these firms are entirely dependent on U.S. taxpayer money for financial survival.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



ecoautoninja.com

Chinese Electric Car Claims 250-Mile Range

There’s a capitalist mantra that says if one person doesn’t do something well enough, someone else will always come along to do it better. Well, it turns out that “one person” is us in this scenario, the “someone else” is Chinese carmaker BYD, and “it” is an electric car that can travel 250 miles on one charge.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



chinadigitaltimes.com

China’s Economy Hums Along

As the U.S. struggles to recover its footing due to the economic crisis, China is expecting yet another stellar year as it reports that the country’s economy is on track to reach its target of 8 percent GDP growth this year.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Archive

‘Get Motivated’ With George W. Bush

The 43rd president is reinventing himself as a motivational speaker. He earned his credentials, the New York Daily News jokes, by “inspiring millions to vote Democratic.” Wifey Laura also signed on for a few git-r-done seminars. The power couple will doubtlessly be showered in cash for their trouble.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Rich Pedroncelli

Blinded by Reform

The Obama administration has committed serious money to education reform, but many of the Department of Education’s big ideas are flawed.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE


Playing Monopoly With America’s Health

Anyone infuriated by the grossly inflated compensation of the masters of finance should check out the incredible earnings of the top executives in the health insurance business.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE


Don’t Worry About Us Seniors

You can’t go wrong in politics giving money to seniors, but it’s the poor and hungry—often kids—who need $250 checks.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE


GOP Civil War Flares in New York

Judging by the race in upstate New York, conservatives are determined to keep the Republican Party as small and irrelevant as possible.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE


Racism Down Under and Beyond

One country’s taking the piss is another’s bigotry. A blackface sketch on an Australian variety show has exposed what the Global Post calls “an ugly side of the Australian character.”

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

White House Lawyer in Trouble for Doing His Job

The gossipy schoolchildren who make up Washington’s power elite have sunk their claws into White House counsel Greg Craig. The president’s top lawyer has had one of the toughest jobs in the building—reversing George W. Bush’s torture policies, finding a Supreme Court justice and vetting some of the nation’s most complex legislation—and he has the scars to prove it.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



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A Cruel and Unusual Waste of Money

Executing people is expensive. A new report by the Death Penalty Information Center says California is spending more than 10 times as much on capital punishment—$137 million a year—as it would on an alternative life-without-parole system. New York and New Jersey repealed ...

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE


Iran nuclear program
payvand.com

A Tentative Deal on Iran’s Uranium

Prodded by the U.S., Russia and France at talks in Vienna, Iranian negotiators have agreed to carry back to Tehran a proposed deal that would see Iran ship out most of its enriched uranium—the stuff of nuclear weapons—to Russia.

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Geithner
AP / Gerald Herbert

Zooming In on the Year’s Biggest Hoax

Who are these people? I am not referring to the pathetic parents of “Balloon Boy,” whose fake drama I have been unable to escape while on the treadmill this week, thanks to my gym’s insistence on tuning its flat-screen TVs to Wolf Blitzer’s nonstop self-parody.

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Nancy Pelosi Promises Public Option on the Cheap

The House speaker is thrilled to hear from the Congressional Budget Office that all three versions of the public option under consideration in the lower chamber would be cheaper than expected and would actually reduce the deficit over 10 years.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
AP / Gerald Herbert

Obama, Facing Old Messes, Tells GOP to ‘Grab a Mop’

Certain members of the Republican Party need to stop knocking the current administration’s attempts to clean up the messes caused by the previous one and “grab a mop,” President Barack Obama said during a Democratic National Party fundraiser in New York on Tuesday night.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE



DEA

Boom Times for Pot Growers

The lousy economy has driven some Californians into the marijuana industry, which is doing a lot better than, say, construction. According to this Miller-McCune profile, California will grow an estimated $15 billion worth of weed in 2009, a good portion of it in the backyards and basements of amateurs and newcomers.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


Turkish Cooperation—and Coffee—in Short Supply for Israel

Other than the United States, Turkey has probably been the most important of Israel’s allies, but now it is getting the “freedom fries” treatment.

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When You’re Smiling

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