Dec 13, 2011

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES DECEMBER 13TH, 2011
 
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The Health of Children and Consumers is Threatened by Conservative Push for Corporate Speech Rights

Some pro-business federal judges have shockingly approved a constitutional right for big companies to avoid revealing product dangers on labels. READ MORE

Steven Rosenfeld / AlterNet

Why is Facebook Protecting Pro Rape Language and Abuse of Women?

Despite a campaign that included 180,000 signatures, Facebook continues to post pro-rape pages, showing, yet again, that they care about users so long as they're profitable. READ MORE

Melissa Gira Grant / AlterNet

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Secretive Millionaires Funding Online Primary For 'Independent' White House Run

They won't tell us who they are, but they are spending tens of millions as part of 'Americans Elect' to nominate and to field an 'Independent' presidential candidate in 2012. READ MORE

Justin Elliott / Salon


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Bigoted Conservative Fringe Group Pressures Advertisers of Program Featuring Law-Abiding Muslims

Why did advertisers listen to an inarticulate, bigoted campaign a fringe Christian group? And can online activism turn the tables? READ MORE

By Sarah Seltzer / AlterNet

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Occupy Activists Make Effort to Shut Down West Coast Ports

Around the country, Occupy activists moved to block ports, halting shipping and making their power felt among the 1%. READ MORE

By Joshua Holland / AlterNet

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Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time

The agency's findings could be a turning point in the heated national debate about fracking. READ MORE

By Abrahm Lustgarten, Nicholas Kusnetz / ProPublica

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50,000 Demonstrate Against Putin's Election in Russia; Leaders Try to Calm Anger as More Rallies Planned

The prime minister's spokesman says Kremlin will listen to protesters, while President Medvedev promises investigation into disputed election result. READ MORE

By Miriam Elder / The Guardian

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Dispatches From Obama's Other Wars — on Immigrants and Drugs

Going into the electoral season, the immigration and drug policy crises have worsened. READ MORE

By Tom Barry / AlterNet

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Participatory Budgeting in New York City? City Council Members Try a New Kind of Citizen Involvement

What if you could weigh in on how your city's money is spent? In some districts of New York City, you can. READ MORE

By Kate Malongowski / YES! Magazine



Obama on "60 Minutes": Let's Have an Honest Conversation About Income Inequity
By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd | AlterNet

 

Rick Perry Thinks 'Solynda' Is a Country (Really)
By Joe Romm | Climate Progress

 

Are Privatized Water Utilities in Cahoots With Shale Gas Companies?
By Rich Bindell | Food and Water Watch

 

Urgent: Ban on Federal Needle Exchange Funding May be Restored in Next 8 Hours
By Kristen Gwynne | AlterNet

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