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February 23 2014

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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

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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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February 20 2014

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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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February 17 2014

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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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February 13 2014

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The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

firstlook.org - By Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald - Feb. 13 (Investigative Report) - The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

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February 11 2014

08:00

Robert Greenwald Takes on Obama's Out-of-Control Drone Warfare in New Documentary: 'Unmanned'

AlterNet - By Jeffrey Fleishman - Feb. 11 (Review) - Much of the American public is unaware of what's going on, "and sadly there's a bipartisan national security state dedicated to making sure we don't find out," said Greenwald. "If you're losing your house or you don't have a job or you're trying to get your kid through school, the global challenges are generally the ones you don't feel equipped to take on.

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February 10 2014

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Defying Threats to Journalism, Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Launch New Venture, The Intercept

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Feb. 10 (News Report) - Investigative journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald join us for their first interview upon launching The Intercept, their new digital magazine published by First Look Media, the newly formed media venture started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Greenwald is the journalist who first broke the story about Edward Snowden's disclosures on the National Security Agency. He was previously a columnist at The Guardian newspaper. Scahill is producer and writer of the documentary film "Dirty Wars," which is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. "We are really about a journalistic ethos -- which is not doing things like helping the U.S. continue its targeting of U.S. citizens for death, but by being adversarial to the government," Greenwald says. "Telling the public what it ought to know, and targeting the most powerful corporate factions with accountability journalism." Greenwald and Scahill founded TheIntercept.org with filmmaker Laura Poitras.

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February 08 2014

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Wave of new state bills: Religious freedom or license to discriminate?

aljazeera.com - By Sarah Posner - Feb. 08 (News Analysis) - If a bill approved by the Kansas House Committee on Federal and State Affairs Thursday becomes law, businesses and government employees could legally refuse service to citizens because of their sexual orientation or marital status, claiming it violates their religious beliefs.

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08:00

Elizabeth Warren: We Need to Stop Packing the Courts With Corporate Judges

Mother Jones - By Erika Eichelberger - Feb. 08 (News) - Of Obama's judicial nominations so far, just ten—fewer than four percent—have worked as lawyers at public interest organizations, according to a report released Thursday by the Alliance for Justice, a network of civil rights organizations. Only 10 nominees have had experience representing workers in labor disputes. Eighty-five percent have been either corporate attorneys or prosecutors. At an event Thursday sponsored by several civil rights organizations, including the Brennan Center for Justice and the Alliance for Justice, Warren called for more balance in the system.

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February 03 2014

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Why Are Bitcoiners Going to Jail for Money Laundering While Big Banks Walk?

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Tags: Law Money

January 20 2014

08:00

Maybe you’ve received this warning, too? (TPP)

The Moderate Voice - By Prairie Weather - Jan. 20 (Opinion) - A Pacific Nafta is about to hit us. This time it’s the TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is an expansive, highly secretive international free trade agreement. It’s being negotiated by delegates from twelve Pacific Rim countries, including the United States, along with hundreds of industry leaders. Elected officials, civil society, and the press have [...]

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January 15 2014

08:00

TPP: Poison for Local Community Resilience

Common Dreams - By Richard Heinberg - Jan. 15 (News Analysis) - Now comes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a new trade deal negotiated in secret (only corporations get to contribute to, and look at, the draft language). The point of the Treaty: to double down on globalization at precisely the moment in time when the entire enterprise is beginning to fail as a result of stubbornly high oil prices, worsening climate change impacts (floods, droughts, wildfires), debt deflation, and middle-class fears of losing even more ground.

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January 14 2014

08:00

What Most People Think They Know About Marijuana Is Unscientific, Paranoid and Even Racist Propaganda

AlterNet - By Maia Szalavitz - Jan. 14 (Special Report) - Everyone thinks they know something about drugs—whether from personal experience or from 8th grade prevention classes or simply because the media presents so many stories about them. Unfortunately, most of what people think they know is inaccurate, and comes from years of government war-on-drugs propaganda, with little understanding of its medical and historical context.

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Tags: Racism Law Drugs

January 02 2014

08:00

Why Is the IRS Fighting Efforts to Unmask Karl Rove and U.S. Chamber Political Money Laundering?

AlterNet - By Steven Rosenfeld - Jan. 02 (News Report) - An IRS whistleblower lawsuit that attempts to finger an overseas non-profit affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a dark money conduit that put tens of millions into Karl Rove’s hands during the 2010 elections may soon die in an obscure federal court—unless the judge allows evidence-gathering over the IRS’s objections.

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08:00

The Snowden Obama Amnesty Double Standard

NBC News - Jan. 02 (News) - The Snowden Obama Amnesty Double Standard MSNBC Many people otherwise inclined to concur with the New York Times op-ed page and support President Barack Obama may disagree with the paper's call for leniency for Edward Snowden. “Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, ... The New York Times and Guardian newspapers call for clemency for Edward ... Fox News US, British Newspapers Call for Snowden Clemency Voice of America Newspapers urge Obama to treat Edward Snowden as a whistleblower CBS News New York Magazine UPI.com all 141 news ...

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December 30 2013

08:00

The NSA Can "Literally Watch Every Keystroke You Make"

Democracy Now - By Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman - Dec. 30 (News Report) - The German publication Der Spiegel has revealed new details about a secretive hacking unit inside the National Security Agency called the Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO. The unit was created in 1997 to hack into global communications traffic. Hackers inside the TAO have developed a way to break into computers running Microsoft Windows by gaining passive access to machines when users report program crashes to Microsoft. In addition, with help from the CIA and FBI, the NSA has the ability to intercept computers and other electronic accessories purchased online in order to secretly insert spyware and components that can provide backdoor access for the intelligence agencies. American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer and journalist Glenn Greenwald join us to discuss the latest revelations, along with the future of Edward Snowden, who has recently offered to assist U.S. targets Germany and Brazil with their respective probes into NSA spying.

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December 28 2013

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Talking anonymous sources, under oath

The Politico - Dec. 28 (Opinion) -

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December 27 2013

08:00

Federal judge finds NSA phone surveillance is legal

USA Today - Dec. 27 (News) - Federal judge finds NSA phone surveillance is legal USA TODAY A federal judge ruled on Friday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone and Internet records is lawful and a critical component of the country's effort to combat the threat of terrorism. In his 54-page opinion, U.S. ... NSA Phone Surveillance Is Lawful, Federal Judge Rules New York Times NSA gets win in court over bulk data collection CNN 'Counter-punch': Federal judge rules NSA data collection legal Fox News Wall Street Journal ABC News Washington Post all 91 news ...

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Tags: Law Privacy

December 21 2013

08:00
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