US Senate Approves $500 Million to Arm Syrian Militants

Despite loud warnings from many quarters—including foreign policy experts, the anti-war left and dissenting CIA analysts—that such a move could prove disastrous, the U.S. Senate on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to approve $500 million in government funds to help arm, train, and support so-called moderate military forces inside Syria. The 78-22 vote—which came packaged as part […]

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Report: Tar Sands Contaminate First Nations' Foods, Give Residents Cancer

The development of Alberta oil sands is contaminating area wildlife, and as a result degrading the health of indigenous people in Canada’s First Nations, including by contributing to higher cancer rates, according to a report released Monday by the University of Manitoba’s Environmental Conservation Lab. Titled Environmental and Human Health Implications of the Athabasca Oil […]

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Ferguson Withdraws Militarized Police Force

  “It feels like there’s been a military occupation lifted off of the area,” Patricia Bynes, Democratic Committeewoman of Ferguson Township, told Democracy Now! Friday. Such was the change in atmosphere in Ferguson, Missouri, where daily protests since the police shooting on Saturday of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown had been met with tear gas, rubber […]

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Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration

President Barack Obama will unveil much-anticipated executive actions on immigration in a televised address on Thursday at 8 pm, the White House announced Wednesday.  In his Facebook video announcement, Obama said he will reveal “steps that I can take to start fixing our broken immigration system.” “Unfortunately Washington has allowed the problem to fester for […]

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Senate Kills 'Citizens United' Reform

Hope for a measure of campaign finance reform fell apart on Thursday after an amendment to overturn the Citizens United ruling failed to move forward in the Senate. Senators voted 54-42 to end debate on the Democracy for All measure, as supporters called it, falling short of the necessary 60 votes needed. “Senate Democrats want […]

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