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February 23 2014

08:00

Big Oil, Bad Air

Center for Public Integrity - By Alex Cohen, Chris Zubak-Skees, Zahra Hirji, Sabrina Shankman, Marcus Stern. - Feb. 23 (Special Report) - When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor’s office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie. About 40 miles down the road, between Poth and Falls City, drilling rigs, crude oil storage tanks and flares trailing black smoke appear amid the mesquite, live oak and pecan trees.

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February 22 2014

08:00

New Details of Attack on Yemeni Wedding Prompt More Demands Obama Explain Drone Policy

firstlook.org - By Ryan Devereaux - Feb. 22 (Investigative Report) - A new report on the U.S. drone missile strike that killed 12 members of a Yemeni wedding convoy has renewed calls for the Obama administration to make public its own investigations into the incident — and explain how such strikes are consistent with international laws of war. The detailed, 28-page report from Human Rights Watch describes conflicting accounts of the December 12 attack, but nevertheless concludes that some, if not all, of the victims may have been civilians. The laws of war prohibit attacks on civilians that are not discriminate or attacks that cause civilian loss disproportionate to the expected military advantage.

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08:00

Anatomy of the Deep State

billmoyers.com - By Mike Lofgren - Feb. 22 (Opinion) - Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face.  Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome.  By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks …

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February 21 2014

08:00

More megatons to megawatts | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

thebulletin.org - By Dawn Stover - Feb. 21 (Opinion) - Some experts have argued that even if Moscow were amenable to extending the Megatons to Megawatts program under generous terms, doing so would be wrongheaded because the risks associated with transporting highly enriched uranium to and from Russian processing facilities outweigh the benefits. However, there’s no reason that the United States can’t safely turn more of its own weapons into fuel, a process that would not have to involve large, risky shipments over such long distances.

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08:00

Thank You, Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone - By Matt Taibbi - Feb. 21 (Comment) - Today is my last day at Rolling Stone. As of this week, I’m leaving to work for First Look Media, the new organization that’s already home to reporters like Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras.

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Tags: Journalism

February 20 2014

15:45

Finland 3, Russia 1: In Hockey Loss, Russian Pride Yields to Gloom

New York Times - By By KAREN CROUSE - Feb. 20 - The men’s hockey team, which was put forward as the host country’s most important entry in the Winter Games, made a surprising early exit.

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08:00

A New Cold War? Ukraine Violence Escalates, Leaked Tape Suggests U.S. Was Plotting Coup

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Feb. 20 (News Analysis) - . At least 50 people have died since Tuesday in the bloodiest period of Ukraine’s 22-year post-Soviet history. While President Obama has vowed to "continue to engage all sides," a recently leaked audio recording between two top U.S. officials reveal the Obama administration has been secretly plotting with the opposition.

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08:00

Venezuelan Protests: Another Attempt By U.S.-Backed Right-Wing Groups To Oust Elected Government?

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez - Feb. 20 (News Analysis) - In Venezuela, at least six people have died in recent days during a series of anti-government protests. The latest casualty was a local beauty queen died of a gunshot wound. The protests come less than a year after the death of Hugo Chávez and present the biggest challenge to Venezuela's new president Nicolás Maduro. Earlier this week, right-wing opposition leader Leopoldo López turned himself in to the National Guard after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest last week, accusing him of inciting deadly clashes. On Monday, Maduro ordered the expulsion of three U.S. consular officials while claiming the United States has sided with the opposition. Our guest, George Ciccariello-Maher, looks at the recent history of the U.S. role in Venezuela opposing both the Chávez and Maduro governments. He is author of “We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution” and teaches political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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08:00

Liberal Groups Lobby Senators To Reject Controversial Obama Judicial Nominee

Huffington Post - By Jennifer Bendery - Feb. 20 (News Report) - More than two-dozen progressive groups are appealing directly to Senate Democrats to sink the confirmation of Michael Boggs, a judicial nominee they say is far too socially conservative.

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08:00

Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal

Huffington Post - By Ryan Grim, Zach Carter - Feb. 20 (News Analysis) - GOP leaders in Congress support the trade pact, which is still being negotiated. But Democratic opposition is broad in both the House and Senate, making Froman's mission critical if the Obama administration hopes to clear the agreement through Congress when it is finished. And if the reception at the Common Purpose gathering is any indication, a lot more charm will be needed. The liberal coalition was unusually unified -- against the administration.

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08:00

On the UK's Equating of Journalism With Terrorism

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February 19 2014

08:00

Trade leak shows U.S.’s weak environmental pitch, groups say

The Politico - By Eric Bradner - Feb. 19 (News) - “Climate change” has gone missing in trade talks between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries. Top U.S. trade negotiators appear to be trying to steer their counterparts away from even using the phrase in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership pact, a leaked summary of the the U.S.’s most recent proposal seems to show. The document indicates that the White House’s rewrite would replace “trade and climate change” as the title of a section with “transition to a low-emissions economy.”

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08:00

5 reasons why climate change is back in the news

CNN - Feb. 19 (News) - In the space of 48 hours, Secretary of State John Kerry likened climate change to a weapon of mass destruction, Newt Gingrich called Kerry delusional, Sunday talk shows argued about it and President Barack Obama announced another executive action to combat it.

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08:00

Major Oil Companies Making Double Profits from Oil Spills

ringoffireradio.com - By Alisha Mims - Feb. 19 (Investigative Report) - An investigation led by a former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) engineer and an environmental and civil rights attorney is uncovering evidence that major oil companies are being paid twice for cleaning up toxic oil spills. Multibillion-dollar companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil, and BP are being paid for cleanup efforts with state government funds and again, in secret, by insurance companies, Reuters reports.

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February 18 2014

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The 4 Most Profound Ways Privatization Perverts Education

AlterNet - By Paul Buchheit - Feb. 18 (News Analysis) - Profit-seeking in the banking and health care industries has victimized Americans. Now it's beginning to happen in education, with our children as the products. There are good reasons - powerful reasons - to stop the privatization efforts before the winner-take-all free market creates a new vehicle for inequality. At the very least we need the good sense to slow it down while we examine the evidence about charters and vouchers.

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08:00

Capital One says it can show up at cardholders' homes, workplaces

Los Angeles Times - By David Lazarus - Feb. 18 (News) - Capital One says it can show up at cardholders' homes, workplaces

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Tags: Finance

February 17 2014

08:00

Obama Admin's TPP Trade Officials Received Hefty Bonuses From Big Banks

republicreport.org - By Lee Fang - Feb. 17 (Investigative Report) - Officials tapped by the Obama administration to lead the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations have received multimillion dollar bonuses from CitiGroup and Bank of America, financial disclosures obtained by Republic Report show. Stefan Selig, a Bank of America investment banker nominated to become the Under Secretary for International Trade at the Department of Commerce, received more than $9 million in bonus pay as he was nominated to join the administration in November. The bonus pay came in addition to the $5.1 million in incentive pay awarded to Selig last year.

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08:00

Boeing looks to U.S. Congress to fund fighters after Navy skips orders

MSN.com - Feb. 17 (News Report) - Boeing Co is mounting a last-ditch campaign to convince U.S. lawmakers to buy more fighter jets and stave off a shutdown of a St. Louis production line after the U.S. Navy failed to fund the jets. The Navy's fiscal 2015 budget plan omits funding for any extra F/A-18E/F Super Hornets or EA-18G Growlers, according to several sources familiar with the issue. The White House is due to submit its 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4. While the 2015 budget does not include funding for shutting down the F/A-18 production line in St. Louis after 2016, the Navy plans to add such termination funding to its 2016 budget, said one of the sources, who could not speak publicly.

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08:00

California Farms Are Slow to Adopt Water-Saving Technology

Newsweek - By David Cay Johnston - Feb. 17 (Special Report) - Coming soon to a grocery store near you: higher food prices, because California, which grows more half of the nation's fresh fruits and vegetables, is in its third consecutive year of getting only about one-eighth the usual amount of water from snow melting in the High Sierras.

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