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Let’s Treat the Planet Better

Who would believe that modern-day pirates are some of nature’s best friends? It seems that those troublesome Somali buccaneers have scared off the cursed international factory trawlers from a long stretch of African coastline, thus allowing fish stocks to revive. This is a bonanza for local populations.

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Campaigning at Dairy Farms

Low milk prices having been hammering the nation’s dairy farmers, including those in New York’s 24th congressional district, where Republican Candidate Richard Hanna is challenging Democrat Michael Arcuri.

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Assessing the BP Oil Disaster

“This disaster is a wakeup call,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said during a  visit to the Gulf Coast. “We need to stop the expansion of offshore drilling, immediately.”

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Terrorists’ Right to Bear Arms

The Huffington Post’s Dan Froomkin reports that Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Susan Collins (R-ME) balked during a hearing at supporting new legislation that would prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns.

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Family-Unfriendly

Arizona’s controversial immigration law may damage a lot more than the state’s image, as Raúl M. Grijalva argued in his OtherWords op-ed.

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Now Foreign Corporations are Citizens Too

Having decreed that corporations have a free speech “right ” to spend unlimited sums from their massive corporate treasuries to elect or defeat candidates in our elections, the Supreme Court’s five-man corporatist majority has opened a colossal can of worms. One of those worrisome squigglies is this question: Does the Court’s newly fabricated political right extend to foreign corporations?

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Gotta Get Me a Gun

Everybody’s doing it. Buying a gun. Ever since the Supreme Court said anyone can own one, nervous citizens have been gobbling them up. Unconcealed weapons are even showing up in bars and supermarkets.

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Mothers Shouldn’t Have to Fear for their Lives

Perhaps it is because the birth of my child was such a joyous occasion that I am struck by the latest statistics about maternal health around the world. While my biggest fear during pregnancy was that I wouldn’t master breastfeeding, in many parts of the world pregnant women fight against appalling odds that they–or their babies–won’t survive labor and delivery. More than 526,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth every year. That’s one death every minute.

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