t r u t h o u t | 07.05Wexler: Censure Bush Over LibbyThu Jul 5, 2007 17:18
Wexler: Censure Bush Over Libby
Representative Robert Wexler (D-Florida) has drafted a resolution to censure Bush for his commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence, reported Larry Lipman of the Palm Beach Post today. Wexler says Congress must go on record in strong opposition to Bush's actions.
Mortgage Brokers Are in Congress's Sights
Hearings last year made it clear to Congress that mortgage brokers and nonbank lenders have taken advantage of lax oversight to make unsound loans to people with the weakest credit history, reports Kevin G. Hall of McClatchy Newspapers. As a result, Congress is seeking a way to federally regulate these brokers.
Health Care Looms as Major Campaign Issue
Eighteen months before the election, presidential candidates are already discussing a major overhaul to the health care system, reports Robin Toner of The New York Times. Toner writes: "Their approaches are very different, reflecting longstanding divisions between the parties on the role of government versus the private market in addressing the affordability and availability of health insurance."
Bill Moyers Journal | Biologist E. O. Wilson
Dedicating his life to the exploration of life on Earth, E. O. Wilson is one of the world's foremost authorities on biology. Bill Moyers Journal profiles the author of 25 books and recipient of two Pulitzer prizes, who speaks about what humankind needs to understand about the Earth to heal it, and about his latest project, "The Encyclopedia of Life," - a digital, online catalog of every single living species on the planet.
Gore Slams US-Led Climate Pact as Sham
In an interview, former US Vice President Al Gore slammed the United States and Australia's motives in creating a global warming pact that is separate from the rest of the world, reports Michelle Nichols for Reuters.
Could This Be the Global-Warming Generation?
Peter Ford of the Christian Science Monitor asks if the "Live Earth" shows, which begin on Saturday and span 15 time zones, are going to signal the debut of a "Global Warming Generation. Ford wonders if the event will go beyond the fun and music to mark a significant shift in attitudes and behavior.
Oxford Research Group: Nuclear Industry's Proposal for Clean Power Is a Myth
John Vidal of the Guardian UK reports: "A worldwide expansion of nuclear power has little chance of significantly reducing carbon emissions but will add dangerously to the proliferation of nuclear weapons-grade materials and the potential for nuclear terrorism, says a leading research group that has analyzed the possible uptake of civil atomic power over the next 65 years."
750,000 a Year Killed by Chinese Pollution
A World Bank report on pollution in China, which was produced in cooperation with the Chinese government, found that about 750,000 people die prematurely in China each year, mainly due to air pollution in large cities, reported Richard McGregor for The Financial Times.
Unions Ask Court to Strike Down DoD Labor Rules
"A coalition of Defense Department unions is asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision to uphold the department's plans to curb collective bargaining and employee rights to contest disciplinary actions," reports MZ Hemingway for The Federal Times.
Doctor Challenges Kansas Abortion Law
Dr. George Tiller, one of the few US physicians performing late-term abortions, filed a legal challenge Monday to the constitutionality of part of a Kansas law restricting late-term procedures, according to John Hanna of The Associated Press.
Sunbathers: Beware the A-ray
Jessica Marshall of The New Scientist says that growing evidence linking UVA rays to melanoma, is raising questions on whether we should be relying on sunscreen to protect us from skin cancer.
VIDEO: Olbermann: Bush, Cheney Should Resign
Keith Olbermann's impassioned plea to President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney Tuesday evening, during the "special comment" segment of his news show "Countdown," was succinct: "resign."
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