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Secret Cuba talks show Obama willing to take foreign policy risks, but on his own terms 20.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms 20.12.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close aides....
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Upbeat Obama in weekly address: 'America's resurgence is real' 20.12.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
The six years since the financial crisis have demanded hard work and sacrifice on everyone’s part. But as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we’ve got to show for it. More jobs. More insured. A growing economy. Shrinking deficits. Bustling industry. Booming energy. Pick any metric you want – America’s resurgence is real. President Obama struck a near-jubilant note in this morning's weekly address, pointing to numerous successes in the past year—and since his first term began—from the economy to diplomacy to ending the war in Afghanistan. On his lengthy list: deficit cut by two-thirds, affordable health care for millions of Americans, a rescued auto industry, job growth, rising wages, lower gas prices. World leadership roles were on his mind as well: Meanwhile, around the world, America is leading. We’re leading the coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. We’re leading the global fight to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. We’re leading global efforts to address climate ...
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Dystopian Fiction’s Popularity Is a Warning Sign for the Future 20.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, writer Naomi Klein discusses dystopian fiction and her new capitalism-vs.-the-climate nonfiction book This Changes ...
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Continuing Maryland’s energy boom 20.12.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Trivia question: What governor signed the first legislation in Maryland to boost solar energy from a cottage industry to a major business in the state? Was it liberal Democrat Parris Glendening? Current Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat? Or conservative Republican Robert Ehrlich?Read full article ...
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President Obama relaxed, upbeat during traditional end-of-year news conference 20.12.2014 Washington Post: Politics
President Obama shook off the grim resignation that had become a hallmark of his recent appearances during his traditional end-of-year news conference on Friday, replacing it with the upbeat, easy confidence that helped propel him into office. Read full article ...
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Obama on hack: "Sony made a mistake" in killing 'The Interview' 20.12.2014 Boing Boing
Citing increased cybersecurity threats, President suggests "more rules about how the internet should operate" Read the rest
Whiny Conservatives Are Upset That Professor Wrote 'It's Okay To Hate Republicans' 19.12.2014 NewsTrust Yahoo Pipes Feed
Dumb thing to do. She should have said "despise" instead! What synonyms do you suggest? University of Michigan communications professor and department chair Susan Douglas is facing calls for her resignation following an op-ed she wrote, titled “It’s Okay To Hate Republicans.” “I hate Republicans,” Ms. Douglas wrote for the nonprofit magazine In These Times. “I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal ‘personhood.’ “ She then accused conservatives of having “certain psychological characteristics,” such as “[d]ogmatism, rigidity and intolerance of ambiguity; a need to avoid uncertainty; support for authoritarianism; a heightened sense of threat from others; and a personal need for structure.” “According to researchers, the two core dimensions of conservative thought are resistance to change and support for ...
5 topics for Obama's year-end news confrence 19.12.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The president ends 2014 on an upbeat note. In the weeks since the election, he's wielded his executive powers on immigration, climate change, and U.S. policy toward Cuba.
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Antarctic tourism may pose disease threat to penguins 19.12.2014 New Scientists HIV
The Antarctic's blossoming tourist industry and warming climate could be placing penguins at greater risk of infectious ...
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Peru investigating Greenpeace activist's role in PR stunt alleged to have damaged Nazca lines 19.12.2014 Star Tribune: World
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EBay Just Became The Latest Tech Company To Leave Conservative Group ALEC 19.12.2014 Think Progres

The departure comes two months after a coalition of more than 80 organizations asked eBay to leave ALEC, citing the conservative group's "extreme agenda" that includes "denying the science of climate change, defunding public services, curtailing workers’ rights and opposing net neutrality."

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4 Legal Battles This Year That Were All About Climate Change 19.12.2014 Think Progres

Here's a look at some of the year's biggest climate court cases and the legal battles that await us in 2015.

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A post-election flurry: Obama tests his powers 19.12.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
With a recent streak of activism, President Obama is shaking up the governing status quo and creating a new normal for his successors.
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Obama closing 2014 with year-end news conference before heading to Hawaii 19.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference 19.12.2014 AP National
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference....
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This Week’s Weirdest Wild Animal Encounters 19.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
A feral cat broke into a Russian airport and ate $1,000 worth of seafood, a black bear beat up a Santa Claus, and a tiger released into the wild by Vladimir Putin was caught on camera devouring a pet dog in China for two ...
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Videogame Designers Could Learn a Lot From 19th-Century Board Games 19.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
If we put a videogame from 2014 into a time capsule, what would the people playing it 100 years later think about us? Julia Keren-Detar wants to get us thinking about this before it ...
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Report suggests forest-cutting can have an immediate effect on climate 19.12.2014 Washington Post: World
RIO DE JANEIRO — The critical role that vast tropical forests like Brazil’s Amazon play in suppressing climate change is well-known: They store huge quantities of carbon, acting as “carbon sinks.”But as a new report out this week argues, scientists are making the case that cutting down these forests does more than simply release carbon into the atmosphere — it has a direct and more immediate effect on the climate, from changes in rainfall patterns to rising temperatures. The amount of water that forests pump into the air is key to this. But scientists don’t agree on how that happens.Read full article ...
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Sustainable development goals: eight ways to make reality match ambition 19.12.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The development targets that will come into force next year reflect high ideals, but delivering on them will involve a transformation of the global economy Next year, governments will agree a new global development framework of breathtaking ambition. We already know the likely shape of the sustainable development goals (SDGS) , which will include targets ranging from ending poverty to reducing inequality both within and between countries; from better governance and peaceful societies to action on climate change, ecosystem restoration, and a big shift towards sustainable consumption and production. But the real test of governments’ commitment isn’t the loftiness of the goals. It’s what they’re prepared to do to reach them. The SDGs are far more ambitious than the millennium development goals (MDGs), which they will replace, and delivering them will be harder. Unfortunately, there seems little prospect of a deal on delivery that is as ambitious as the goals ...
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