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News & Views | 1.7.15

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‘Hostage-Takers’: Republicans Go After Social Security on Very First Day
by Jon Queally
Included in a new set of rules passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday was a new measure making it more difficult to move funds between separate accounts maintained by the Social Security Administration.

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‘Chalk One Up for Main Street’: House Rejects Wall Street Giveaway
by Deirdre Fulton
Progressives celebrated on Wednesday as the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass yet another Wall Street giveaway, rejecting by a slim margin legislation that would have gutted an important financial regulation embedded in the 2010 Dodd-Frank reform act.
Year After Colorado Legalizes, Advocates Say: It’s All Good in Pot-land
by Lauren McCauley
Marking roughly one year since the first marijuana shop opened its doors in Colorado, advocates are declaring the country’s first experiment in full legalization a success.
Paving Path Towards Climate Goal, Denmark Sets World Record for Wind Power
by Andrea Germanos
Marking what the country said was a global record, in 2014, nearly 40 percent of electricity in Denmark was generated by wind.
Costly Border Drone Program Has Failed, Federal Audit Finds
by Nadia Prupis
After eight years in operation, the drone program has not achieved results, according to the audit, which was quietly released on Christmas Eve.
Quarter of Americans and More Than Half of Republicans Still Believe Iraq WMD Myth
by Lauren McCauley
Overall, of the 964 adults who were sampled in the national phone survey, 42 percent said that it was “definitely” or “probably” true that American forces found an active weapons of mass destruction program in Iraq.
Pentagon’s Admission that US Bombs May Have Killed ‘a Few’ Civilians Dismissed as ‘Joke’
by Sarah Lazare
While it is difficult to track exactly how many non-combatants are killed and wounded, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that at least 52 non-combatants have been killed in allied airstrikes in Syria alone since September 23rd.
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Corporate Fiction in the Age of GMOs
by Vandana Shiva
As the New Year begins, I feel compelled to reflect on how fictions and abstract constructions are ruling us; the nature of being and existence is being redefined in such fundamental ways that life itself is threatened.
The New Republican Attack on Social Security Starts Now!
by Nancy Altman, Eric Kingson
Republican opponents of Social Security have not wasted even a single day in their plan to dismantle Social Security brick by brick.
Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a Pending Disaster
by Robert Reich
If you haven’t heard much about the TPP, that’s part of the problem right there.
On Day 1, House GOP Rigs The Rules For The Rich, Against The Disabled
by Isaiah Poole
The House of Representatives wasted no time Tuesday in setting up schemes that are designed to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted.
Consumer Self-Defense: 12 Ways to Drive GMOs and Roundup off the Market
by Ronnie Cummins
The anti-GMO and organic Movement has come a long way in the past two decades. But given the dangers posed by GMOs and Roundup, it’s time to move aggressively forward.
Will Palestine Bring War Crimes Charges Against Israel?
by Salma Karmi-Ayyoub
It may seem like an obvious step, after joining the International Criminal Court. But the legal and political barriers are formidable.
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