Weatherford, Texas, homeowner Steve Lipsky has nothing to hide. He is not trying to take down Range Resources, a large oil and gas company with a reputation for bullying its critics, nor is he trying to defame the company as it has accused him of…
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The Pakistani government is warning of a new rift with the United States after a CIA drone strike that killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban. Hakimullah Mehsud and six other militants died on Friday when U.S. missiles hit their vehicle in North Waziristan. Mehsud had a $5 million bounty on his head and was accused of responsibility for thousands of deaths. The attack came just as the Pakistani government had relaunched peace talks with the Taliban. This documentary highlights the stories of civilians directly impacted by drone attacks in Pakistan: "Wounds of Waziristan," directed by Madiha Tahir. "Waziristan is only half the size of New Jersey. How would it feel if bombs rained over New Jersey for nine years?" asks Tahir in the film. "Would you be frightened? If they killed your son, your cousin or your husband, and got away with it, would you be angry? You probably couldn’t forget about it if you tried. You’d be haunted."
"The suddenness of a drone attack and its impact—the things that are happening here now, and especially the drone attacks—they happen completely out of the blue. Within a second your world is turned upside down. You can’t hug a body that’s been blown apart. You can’t hold him and cry. So the neighbor or brother or sister or wife of the dead, she doesn’t know what to do. Whom can she hold near? She doesn’t get closure."
-- Dr. Javed Akhtar
A bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity advanced in the Senate Monday with the help of 7 Republican votes. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which already had the support of the entire Democratic caucus, was backed by GOPers Ayotte, Collins, Hatch, Heller, Kirk, Portman, and Toomey. The final 61-30 vote virtually guarantees passage later this week.
The White House said President Obama “welcomes the Senate’s bipartisan first step” towards passage of the bill.
“[Obama] thanks the lawmakers from both sides of the aisle who have stood up for America’s core values of fairness and equality,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney in a statement.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) — the first openly gay U.S. senator — said the vote was about “freedom, fairness and opportunity” and said Republicans who support the bill would be remembered for their “courage.”
ENDA, which was first proposed in 1994, passed the House in 2007 but has never passed the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said a federal law is needed “to ensure all Americans, no matter where they are, will not be afraid to go to work.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) affirmed on Monday morning that he would oppose a law that would prohibit discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the workplace, citing the possibility that it would put a financial burden on small businesses.
Doctors and nurses tasked with monitoring the health of terror suspects were complicit in abuses committed at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA, an independent report said Monday. The Defense Department and the CIA demanded that the health care…
Chuck Schumer is more than ready for 2016. The New York senator gave one of the first endorsements of the upcoming presidential election Saturday night in Iowa when he backed Hillary Clinton. With Clinton at the top of the ticket, Schumer said the Democrats can “vanquish Ted Cruz, Tea Party Republicans in 2016.” “It’s time for a woman to be president,” Schumer told the crowd of 750 Democratic supporters, who rose to their feet with enthusiastic applause. Clinton did not respond immediately to Schumer’s remarks, although she told New York magazine in September she will make a decision on running “soon,” but she’s “not in any hurry.”
"It's time for a woman to be president," Schumer said as people rose to their feet with enthusiastic applause. "And so tonight here in Iowa, and I won't get this opportunity again, I am urging Hillary Clinton to run for president and, when she does, she will have my full and unwavering support. You know her well: as first lady, senator, secretary and as a wife and mother. Hillary's experience is unrivaled and her vision is unparalleled."
Clinton aides did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the remarks.
Polls show that Clinton would be the leading contender for the Democratic nomination if she were to run. She told New York magazine in an article published in September that she was wrestling with whether to run again and offered no timeline for an announcement.
"I'm not in any hurry. I think it's a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but it's also not one that has to be made soon," Clinton told the magazine.
Sanford, Florida -- the city where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman -- has changed its Neighborhood Watch rules, and will now perform background checks and all volunteers will have to undergo a six-week training program. The police department will also recommend that volunteers not carry firearms. The city’s police chief, Cecil E. Smith, who took over after the previous chief resigned amid the handling of the Martin case, will announce the new rules at a community meeting on Tuesday. The new rules could open the city up to lawsuits, since the state’s gun laws allow licensed gun owners to carry conceal weapons. Zimmerman was acquitted earlier this year of second-degree murder charges.
"Francis Oliver, who has lived in Sanford for 65 years, said her trust in law enforcement and people in Sanford had diminished, and restoring it would be a slow process.
"Not trusting law enforcement in Sanford didn't just start with Trayvon Martin; it was there before Trayvon Martin. It's been there 100 years. You just don't undo that kind of mentality in six months," she said.
But Oliver, 70, said the background checks and other changes were a good start to regaining that trust on both fronts.
Chris Tutko, who retired in June as director of national neighborhood watch for the National Sheriffs' Assn., said a volunteer is merely supposed to be the eyes and the ears of the police department. The association recommends that neighborhood watches be unarmed.
"All you do is make the phone call, step back and let law enforcement do their job," he said."
A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of the US, Africa and Europe on Sunday. Described as a "hybrid eclipse," some areas were witnessing a total blackout with others experiencing a partial version.
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"North Dakota, the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said.
According to records obtained by The Associated Press, the pipeline spills -- many of them small -- are among some 750 "oil field incidents" that have occurred since January 2012 without public notification.
"That's news to us," said Don Morrison, director of the Dakota Resource Council, an environmental-minded landowner group with more than 700 members in North Dakota."
The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
A month after over 865,200 gallons of oil spilled from Tesoro Logistics' 6-inch pipeline near Tioga, North Dakota, the cause of the leak is still largely unknown to anyone but Tesoro. The pipeline resumed operations today. Carrying oil obtained via…
Can you spot all the horror movie references in this very scary edition of Take Action News for Halloween? Nicole talks about A Nightmare On Wall Street, When A President Calls, and Psy-Koch!
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