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President Obama Should Follow Bush Sr.'s Example and Green Light a Wilson Prosecution 25.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was "sickened and outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later, following the acquittal of four LAPD cops by a Simi Valley jury with no blacks on it, Bush ordered then-Attorney General William Barr to begin the process of slapping federal civil rights charges on the four officers. He issued a terse statement telling why "the verdict has left us all with a deep sense of personal frustration and anguish." He backed this up with a televised address on May 1 in which he strongly signaled that civil rights charges would be brought against them. Bush had one reason and one authority for ordering a prosecution. The authority was the string of federal criminal civil rights laws that specifically authorize the prosecution of police officers who blatantly violate the law by using deadly or excessive force against civilians. The reason was the often ...
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Tech, medical sectors mixed on Obama's immigration changes 24.11.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Nestled in President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul aspects of the US immigration system are tweaks to rules for high-skilled workers long frustrated with hurdles to getting work or residency approval. "I'll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed," the president said during an immigration speech Thursday. Silicon Valley had been hoping for action for high-skilled workers too, but many in the innovative sector felt the proposed changes fell short. "We appreciate President Obama's efforts to make minor incremental improvements to the high-skilled visa and STEM visa programs and look forward to seeing more details," said Consumer Electronics Association president and CEO Gary ...
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Current immigration laws hamstring U.S. economy, tech industry says 22.11.2014 L.A. Times - Technology News
The presidential orders on immigration Thursday night offered little relief to the nation’s technology industry, with company executives, venture capitalists and lobbyists expressing frustration that Congress hasn’t moved to improve the processes that would allow more highly skilled...
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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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Silicon Valley lukewarm to Obama's immigration reform moves 21.11.2014 LA Times: Business
SAN FRANCISCO — Technology leaders in Silicon Valley and the Southland collectively reacted to President Obama's national address with a shrug and a slight smile. But nobody's jumping for joy.
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Multiplying the Green Vespa effect 19.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On November 11th US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a deal on carbon emissions . As part of the agreement, President Obama said the US would emit 26-28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. Some days afterwards (November 15th-16th) the G20 Leaders' summit gathered in Brisbane to discuss macroeconomic policies and the development of comprehensive national growth strategies aimed at strengthening the private-public partnership to enable productivity, growth, job creation and more welfare for all population. Initially unscheduled, the climate change talk was brought up to the Australian table where Mr. Obama announced that the US would be contributing to $3billion to the Green Climate Fund that aims to help developing nations cope with the effects of global warming. Two major climate change conferences will take place in Lima, Perù in December 2014 and in Paris, France in 2015 where negotiations are underway to develop a new international climate change ...
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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President Barack Obama vs. His Conscience: Why His Veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Is a Symbol That Matters 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Fresh off his perceived victory at the G20 Summit and what's being heralded as great strides made with the Chinese Government on the drawing down of carbon emissions over the next several decades -- the president is looking into the fiery face of Keystone. The facts are in, the spin is in, the polls are in and the science -- to most -- is undeniable. These are not the issues anymore... The politicians on both sides of the aisle have chosen their masters and decided how they are going to justify their vote. In the case of the house, that happened yesterday. And newly minted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared with total certainty that moving forward on the XL pipeline is just "common "sense." A "shovel-ready jobs project" that will increase American energy and make virtually no impact to the changing climate. The Senate will vote later today, and right now, the bill is one vote away from either passage or failure. The environmental leaders, non-profits, think tanks, activists, journalists and ...
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The Clean Air Act and Climate Change: Where We've Been and Where We're Going 18.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: On November 14th I had the honor of delivering the annual Fedder Lecture on Environmental Law at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law in Baltimore.  Here are my remarks: It’s a great pleasure to speak with you today...
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Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, We Need Radical Change to Prevent Catastrophic Warming 18.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
House lawmakers passed legislation Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline to bring carbon-intensive tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a similar pro-Keystone bill backed by Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu is facing a tough battle to keep her seat in a runoff next month against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who also happens to be the sponsor of the pro-Keystone bill in the House. Landrieu spoke last week about her support for Keystone. We speak to Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: House lawmakers passed legislation Friday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would bring carbon-intensive tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. It has been in the works for more than six years amidst mass protests over its potential to accelerate climate change. The ...
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Obama, in latest climate move, pledges $3 billion for global fund 15.11.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
President Barack Obama on Friday pledged a $3 billion U.S. contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change, putting the issue front and center of the G20 Leaders Summit in ...
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Why China might be ready to clear the air 15.11.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
It's easy to throw cold water on the U.S. climate change agreement with China and, for spite, chill your glass in an energy-guzzling refrigerator: These are nonbinding goals for the far-off future, tossed out at a summit to make two leaders look ...
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Senate, President Obama Should Stand Strong on Keystone XL 15.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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After House Votes for Pipeline Approval, Will Senate Democrats Buck Obama on Keystone XL? 14.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Obama to pledge $3 billion in climate aid for developing countries 14.11.2014 LA Times: Environment
President Obama will pledge $3 billion to an international climate fund aimed at helping developing countries prepare for and slow the effects of climate change, a White House official said Friday.
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Obama to pledge $3 billion for international 'green' fund 14.11.2014 World

Obama arrives in Yangon airportWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday will announce a $3 billion U.S. contribution to the green climate fund, an international effort to help poor countries cope with the affects of climate change, according to an administration official. Obama is expected to announce the pledge at this weekend's meeting of G-20 industrial nations in Australia. The contribution would make the second major move on climate change taken by Obama after big Democratic losses in last week's midterm elections. ...


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Nearly 40% Of American Red Cross Employees Question Charity's Ethics: Survey 14.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A survey of American Red Cross employees shows a crisis of trust in the charity's leadership and deep internal doubts about the Red Cross' commitment to ethical conduct. A summary of the survey results, obtained by ProPublica and NPR , was released internally in September. The survey was completed by a bit more than half of the Red Cross' roughly 25,000 employees. In response to the statement, "I trust the senior leadership of the American Red Cross," just 39 percent responded favorably. In response to the statement, "The American Red Cross shows a commitment to ethical business decisions and conduct," 61 percent responded favorably. That means about 4 in 10 respondents doubt the ethics of the venerable charity. "Candidly, the results could have been stronger," Chief Executive Gail McGovern acknowledged in an email to employees. She also called the Red Cross' score on ethics "very high" and identified ethics as one of "our strengths." During McGovern's six-year tenure, the charity has faced periodic ...
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KXL Veto a Strong Move 14.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Obama Reaches Climate Deal With China - and GOP Congress May Not Be Able to Stop It 13.11.2014 Truthout.com
The United States and China, the world’s two largest polluters, have agreed on new target limits for greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Announcing the deal in China with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Obama said the United States will set a goal of reducing carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, a doubling of current reduction efforts. China has also made its first-ever commitment to stop emissions from growing by 2030. We are joined by Jake Schmidt, director of the International Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council. TRANSCRIPT: JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The United States and China, the world’s two largest carbon polluters, have announced a joint plan to begin implementing limits on greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. President Obama announced the accord at a news conference in Beijing. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Today I can also announce that the United States has set a new goal of reducing our net greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below ...
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Racing to the Top With China 13.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
What a difference a week makes. This morning we awoke to the news that President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have negotiated a historic joint announcement on climate change and clean energy cooperation . Coming from the world's two largest economies and two biggest carbon emitters, the new targets set by President Obama and President Xi Jinping have put the international community on notice: It's time to put up or shut up. Three major, overarching goals were announced:   The U.S. will cut its net greenhouse gas emissions to between 26 and 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. China will attempt to peak its CO2 emissions by 2030 (and possibly sooner). Also by 2030, China will increase the share of non-fossil fuel energy it uses to around 20 percent. China's pledge to cap its emissions is momentous -- and should compel India and other developing nations to set their own ambitious targets. But the game changer in this announcement -- and an underreported one at that -- is China's goal of producing 20 ...
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