Bush Claims Power to Open Americans' Mail
Fri Jan 5, 2007 00:35

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Subject: Bush Claims Power to Open Americans' Mail
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007 15:08:05 -0800
From: t r u t h o u t messenger@truthout.org
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Bush quietly claims new power to open Americans' mail; Nancy Pelosi makes history today as first female speaker of the House; Bush's failed Supreme Court nominee, Hariett Miers, resigns from counsel; India's prime minister urges West to use alternative energy; high court to review case of workers unions' right to be politically active; AFL-CIO and food workers union sue OSHA to require employers to provide protective gear; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

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Bush Signing Statement Claims Power to Open Americans' Mail
President Bush has quietly claimed sweeping new powers to open Americans' mail without a judge's warrant. The president asserted his new authority when he signed a postal reform bill into law on December 20, followed by a "signing statement."

Pelosi Becomes Speaker, Preparing to Confront Bush
Nancy Pelosi, making history today as the first female speaker of the House, is taking office with two goals: becoming an effective counterweight to President Bush, and proving that a woman can thrive at the summit of US political power.

Miers Resigns as White House Counsel
Harriet Miers, President Bush's failed Supreme Court nominee and longtime adviser, submitted her resignation as White House counsel on Thursday.

NOW | Can the Red State Stay Green?
Can environmentalists and conservative lawmakers get along in the Idaho wilderness? This time on NOW.

India's PM Says West Is Environmentally Wasteful
Slamming the West for its "environmentally wasteful lifestyle," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called on Wednesday for industrialized nations to look at alterative energy sources to save the environment.

The Baltimore Sun | Shut Out of the Forests
"The (Bush) administration has decided to simply eliminate the bothersome environmental reviews previously applied to management plans for the 193 million acres of national forest," writes the Baltimore Sun.

Carbon-Offsetting: All Credit to Them
Some dismiss carbon-offsetting as a way of buying a clear conscience. These Indian farmers disagree. James Hopkirk sees how Western "guilt money" transformed their lives.

Mother Wonders If Psychosis Drug Helped Kill Son
An autopsy showed that 41-year-old John Eric Kauffman, who was 5 feet 10 inches, weighed 259 pounds when he died. His mother believes that the weight he gained while on Zyprexa contributed to the heart disease that killed him.

Labor Activism Case Goes to High Court
The US Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next week on whether public employee unions must receive permission before spending workers' dues on political causes.

Unions Sue OSHA to Implement Safety Rule
The AFL-CIO and the United Food and Commercial Workers union sued the federal agency in charge of workers' health and safety on Wednesday, saying it has failed to implement a rule that would require employers to buy protective equipment for their employees.

Pregnant Women's "Bill of Rights"
Every pregnant woman in Scotland will receive an employment "bill of rights" at her 12-week scan as part of a campaign to stamp out sex discrimination at work.

VIDEO | Keith Olbermann: Special Comment About "Sacrifice"
Keith Olbermann states: "The former labor secretary, Robert Reich, says Senator John McCain told him that the 'surge' would help the 'morale' of the troops already in Iraq. If Mr. McCain truly said that, and truly believes it, he has either forgotten completely his own experience in Vietnam ... or he is unaware of the recent Military Times poll indicating only 38 percent of our active military want to see more troops sent ... or Mr. McCain has departed from reality."

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