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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Beijing knows that Kim Jong Un ‘has gone too far,’ Susan Rice says — MSNBC

With tensions rising over young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s bellicose rhetoric and nuclear threats, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell Friday that longtime North Korean ally China is knows that “Kim Jong Un has gone too far.”
“What’s interesting about China’s stance now is that you can tell by the nature of their statements, by the nature of their actions, that unlike in the past, they also are very much of the view that Kim Jong Un has gone too far and that this now is a situation that has the potential to directly threaten their interests in the region, both economic and security,” Rice told Mitchell in an interview at the Newsweek/Daily Beast Women in the World Summit at New York City’s Lincoln Center.


Beijing knows that Kim Jong Un ‘has gone too far,’ Susan Rice says — MSNBC

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Historic fast food strike draws lessons from MLK’s last campaign — MSNBC

Thursday morning, hundreds of fast food workers in New York City walked off the job in what could be the largest strike in the fast food industry’s history. This is the second major labor action in a long-term campaign by fast food employees, the community organizing group New York Communities for Change, and community allies. The first day-long strike came in late November 2012, when the organizing workers first announced themselves to the world and demanded higher wages and union recognition

Historic fast food strike draws lessons from MLK’s last campaign — MSNBC

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

N.Y. Lawmakers Charged in Plot to Buy Spot on Mayoral Ballot - NYTimes.com


The two men sat in the state senator’s parked car in suburban Rockland County, but New York City was at the front of their minds and the focus of their conversation.

N.Y. Lawmakers Charged in Plot to Buy Spot on Mayoral Ballot - NYTimes.com

Monday, April 01, 2013

Legislators in Connecticut Agree on Broad New Gun Laws - NYTimes.com

HARTFORD — More than three months after the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., state legislative leaders announced on Monday that they had agreed on what they called the most far-reaching gun-legislation package in the country.

Legislators in Connecticut Agree on Broad New Gun Laws - NYTimes.com

Exxon Pipeline Breaks in Arkansas

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Supreme Court Rejects Antritust Suit Against Comcast - NYTimes.com


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a proposed class-action antitrust lawsuit against Comcast, the nation’s largest cable television company, in which a group of more than two million current and former Comcast subscribers sought to prove that the company had unfairly eliminated competition and overcharged customers.
In a 5-to-4 decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court said that the proposed class of Comcast subscribers failed to meet formal legal guidelines for how to certify that evidence of wrongdoing was common to the group and that damages could be measured on a classwide, rather than an individual, basis.

Supreme Court Rejects Antritust Suit Against Comcast - NYTimes.com

The conservative majority on the Supreme Court continues it's pattern of denying class status to groups of similarly situated people in order to protect large corporations from being sued by people who have been injured by corporations but could not afford to sue them individually.  This was also the case in the class action suit against Walmart, who was denying female employees promotions.

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BBC News - Churches hold prayers for ailing Nelson Mandela


Churches across South Africa are holding prayers for Nelson Mandela, who has been in hospital for four days being treated for pneumonia.
Several hundred people gathered at the Regina Mundi church in Soweto - once a focal point of the struggle against apartheid.
On Saturday, South Africa's presidency said Mr Mandela, 94, was breathing without difficulty.
It said excess fluid had been drained from the lungs to ease his breathing.
There are no details yet on how long he will remain in hospital and no statement on his condition has been given for the past 24 hours.
After Mr Mandela was admitted to hospital late on Wednesday, President Jacob Zuma said people "must not panic".
The former president first contracted tuberculosis in the 1980s while detained on windswept Robben Island.


BBC News - Churches hold prayers for ailing Nelson Mandela

From scandal at APS to suspicious scores nationwide


The data showed anomalous gains at a dozen Atlanta schools. At some schools, the AJC found, the odds were greater than a billion to one that scores improved without some intervention, such as cheating. The state soon began a lengthy investigation that culminated in Friday’s indictments of Hall and 34 others at APS.
As the criminal investigation plodded on, the AJC decided to look beyond Atlanta: Was it possible that this was the only big-city school district with artificial gains on standardized achievement tests?

From scandal at APS to suspicious scores nationwide