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In game of fiscal chicken, top Republican in hot seat

Sunday, December 09, 2012

In game of fiscal chicken, top Republican in hot seat (via AFP)

With room for maneuver slipping away, top US Republican John Boehner is in a bind over how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff: embrace higher taxes and earn conservatives' ire, or scupper a deal and incur Americans' wrath. Another option, one that few non-partisans see as very viable, is for President…

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Stubborn US drought could be costlier than hurricane Sandy

Stubborn US drought could be costlier than hurricane Sandy (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Less than 18 months after the US Army Corps of Engineers blasted gaps in a levee on the Mississippi River to cope with a record flood, it's getting ready to detonate explosives for the opposite reason – to clear rock outcroppings on the bottom of the drought-depleted waterway so cargo can keep moving…

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Supreme Court takes up gay marriage: what the justices have to decide

Supreme Court takes up gay marriage: what the justices have to decide (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The US Supreme Court has set the stage for the most important judicial examination of gay rights in America – so far. By agreeing on Friday to decide two different appeals involving same-sex marriage, the high court has set itself up as ultimate arbiter in an emotional and divisive battle at the…

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Doha climate talks produce more hot air

Doha climate talks produce more hot air (via GlobalPost)

As negotiators try to replace the aging Kyoto protocol, failed negotiations could result in more emissions. Eric J. Lyman DOHA, Qatar — The latest round of UN climate change talks will probably be remembered as the final resting place of the Kyoto protocol on climate change, done in by longstanding…

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No regrets for Malawian jailed for gay wedding

No regrets for Malawian jailed for gay wedding (via AFP)

Thrown into jail for 14 years under Malawi's anti-gay laws, Tiwonge Chimbalanga has no regrets about the marriage ceremony that became a symbol of Africa's intolerance toward homosexuality. In the first press interview since being granted asylum in South Africa, the 24-year-old, who was freed amid…

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Resetting the reset: Hillary warns Moscow against a new Soviet Union

Resetting the reset: Hillary warns Moscow against a new Soviet Union (via GlobalPost)

In a sign the United States may be finally changing its line toward Russia, Hillary Clinton has warned that Moscow is trying to recreate a new version of the Soviet Union under the guise of economic integration. Gregory Feifer In a sign the United States may be finally changing its line toward Russia…

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Same-sex marriage: Waiting now for the Supreme Court to act

Same-sex marriage: Waiting now for the Supreme Court to act (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The US Supreme Court’s announcement this week that it will take up two key same-sex marriage cases sets the scene now for several months of legal speculation and deeply-felt advocacy. The speculation has to do with how the high court will act once it begins considering the issue, likely next spring…

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Charlie Crist joins the Democrats: What drives a political chameleon?

Charlie Crist joins the Democrats: What drives a political chameleon? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to formally join the Democratic Party – making the announcement via Twitter after a fist bump from President Obama – suggests to his critics a savvy political chameleon prepping for a 2014 gubernatorial run against Republican Gov. Rick Scott. But Mr.…

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Harris-Perry Guest: It’s ‘Astonishing’ That Alcohol is Legal and Pot Isn’t





Harris-Perry guest: It’s ‘astonishing’ that alcohol is legal and pot isn’t (via Raw Story )

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” host Melissa Harris Perry and a panel made up of Doug Fine, the author of “Too High to Fail,” filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, Reason magazine editor Matt Welch and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) discussed whether or not stereotypical notions of “…

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Egyptian Man Arrested in Connection With Benghazi attack





Egyptian man arrested in connection with Benghazi attack (via Raw Story )

An Egyptian man and alleged terrorist cell leader was arrested in connection with the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, NBC News reported Saturday. Mohammed Abu Jamal Ahmed was arrested in Cairo and accused of not only being involved with the attack that killed American ambassador…

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West Point Cadet Quits Military Academy Because of Pervasive Christian Evangelism





Too much religion at military academies? West Point cadet revives charge. (via The Christian Science Monitor)

When Blake Page announced this week that he was quitting West Point a few months before graduation, citing the overt religiosity on campus, he raised recurring questions about the pervasiveness and impact of evangelical Christianity within the ranks of the US military. “I do not wish to be in any…

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Is ‘Energy Independence’ Worth Becoming ‘Saudi America’?





Hayes: Is ‘energy independence’ worth becoming ‘Saudi America’? (via Raw Story )

Saturday on “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes discussed the ways a looming fossil fuel boom could change U.S. society, as well as the impact it could have on our environment and standing in the world. Is the promise of so-called “energy independence” worth the risk of turning our nation…

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Anderson Cooper Destroys GOP Sen. Lee’s Argument Against U.N. Disability Treaty





Anderson Cooper destroys GOP Sen. Lee’s argument against U.N. disability treaty (via Raw Story )

Friday night on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Cooper welcomed Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to discuss Lee’s vote against the United Nations treaty for the “Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”  Cooper questioned why Republicans are so dead set against a treaty that would ultimately have no power…

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‘Zombie Apocalypse’ Training Group Questions GOP Senator’s Criticisms





‘Zombie Apocalypse’ training group questions GOP senator’s criticisms (via Raw Story )

The training group behind a “zombie apocalypse” exercise ripped by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) pushed back against his criticism, KNSD-TV reported Friday. “It’s been insinuated that Homeland Security and taxpayer money was used to fund the summit and that’s where we are seeing the most…

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Climate Change-Denying English Lord Crashes U.N. Conference





Climate change-denying English Lord crashes U.N. conference (via Raw Story )

A video released by environmental group TckTckTck captures Lord Christopher Monckton, a longtime climate-change denier and conspiracy theorist as he impersonates a delegate from Myanmar in his latest attempt to reject theories against global warming. Set in part to “Yakety Sax,” the video shows…

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