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  • Jon Queally , Common Dreams

    New reporting by the Washington Post based on materials leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals an unprecedented view of how the private information of millions of "ordinary people" are caught up in the spy agency's massive surveillance dragnet. Though the files show how the targeting of one individual may have ultimately led to... » read this article
  • Chris Floyd , Empire Burlesque

    On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that a sectarian college in Illinois, Wheaton College, did not have to fill in a federal form to claim its exemption from regulations providing contraception coverage in its employee insurance programs.  Note that the issue was not a question of whether the college was exempt from... » read this article
  • Deirdre Fulton , Common Dreams

    Supporters collected double the signatures necessary; voters will have their say in November. Voters in Oregon want to know what's in their food and in November they will be given the chance to have their voices heard. Food safety advocates on Wednesday submitted over 150,000 signatures, nearly twice the amount required, in support... » read this article
  • Nadia Prupis , Common Dreams

    In a victory for fracking opponents, towns in New York today won the right to ban oil and gas production operations from their communities. The ruling may have widespread effects on the drilling industry as towns continue to file moratoriums on the environmentally harmful process. The decision sets a precedent for environmental activists in... » read this article
  • Paul Craig Roberts , VDare

    It did not take the Israel Lobby long to make mincemeat out of the Obama administration’s "no new settlements" position.  Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is bragging about Israel’s latest victory over the US government as Israel continues to build illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land. In May President Obama read... » read this article
  • AFP , Raw Story

    Decrying Barack Obama as "white power in black face," hundreds of African-Americans marched on the White House Saturday to protest policies of the first black US president, and demand that he bring US troops home. More than 200 people gathered for the first public demonstration by African Americans against the... » read this article
  • Ryan Singel , Wired Threat Level

    U.S. district court judge Dora L. Irizzary found no reason to throw out the government’s search of the home of a 41-year old social worker who used the micro-publishing service Twitter to help anti-globalization protestors at the recent G-20 convention, clearing the way for the feds to look through the... » read this article
  • Frank Clifford , Los Angeles Times

    Reporting from Los Alamos, N.M. - More than 60 years after scientists assembled the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, lethal waste is seeping from mountain burial sites and moving toward aquifers, springs and streams that provide water to 250,000 residents of northern New Mexico. Isolated on a high... » read this article
  • Aletho , Aletho News

    The new Democratic climate change bill, introduced in the Senate by Barbara Boxer and John Kerry, contains more advantages for nuclear power than even the legislation which passed in the House of Representatives last June. Included are waste management, financing and loan guarantee arrangements, regulatory risk insurance, as well as... » read this article
  • Andrew Wander , Al Jazeera

    Just 45 days after the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Bush administration passed the US Patriot Act, a raft of legislation that gave the federal government far-reaching powers to gather information about their citizens.   Civil rights groups were horrified by what the act allowed. Under the new laws, the... » read this article
  • David Kravets , Wired

    Powerful Senate leaders on Thursday bowed to FBI concerns that adding privacy protections to an expiring provision of the Patriot Act could jeopardize “ongoing” terror investigations.   The Patriot Act was adopted six weeks after the 2001 terror attacks, and greatly expanded the government’s power to intrude into the private... » read this article
  • Daniel Moss , Grist Magazine

    Chances are, the average U.S. citizen has no idea that their demand for electricity might require that a Mexican village be flooded for a hydroelectric dam. The question is: if the environmental and human costs were known, would we consume just a little bit less? As part of my own... » read this article
  • John Dunbar , Center for Public Integrity

    Firms that fed off the subprime lending frenzy that devastated the banking system are lining up to collect more than $21 billion in taxpayer funds meant to help bail out borrowers now in trouble on their loans. The funds come from the federal government’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), begun... » read this article
  • Tom Barry , Borderlines BlogSpot

    Contracts with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are spewing billions of dollars into private industry, largely to companies that also rely on Pentagon military contracts. In this new variation of the military-industrial complex a new revolving door is now in full swing. Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, the two... » read this article
  • Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzales, Elizabeth Jacobson , Democracy Now!

    The following is a transcript of a Democracy Now! interview with Elizabeth Jacobson, former Wells Fargo Subprime Loan Officer. Video and audio of the interview are available at Democracy Now!. -------------------- Up until two years ago, Elizabeth Jacobson was the top producing loan officer in the subprime division at Wells... » read this article
  • Eric Seitz , The Socialist Worker

    On August 21, Leonard Peltier, one of America's longest-serving political prisoners, was denied parole by the U.S. Parole Commission. In 1977, Leonard was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for the deaths of two FBI agents who were killed in a gunfight on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota... » read this article
  • News Article , Freedom from Religion Foundation

    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog and the nation's largest association of atheists and agnostics, filed a federal lawsuit today to stop the prominent engraving of "In God We Trust" and the religious Pledge of Allegiance at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit was filed... » read this article
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