Germany investigates Merkel's phone bugging

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via Al Jazeera Germany’s top public prosecutor has launched an investigation into the bugging of Angela Merkel’s mobile phone in the light of revelations that the US National Security Agency had spied on the chancellor, authorities have said. Attorney General Harald Range’s office said on Wednesday that Germany’s top federal prosecutor had enough data to […]

Greece's Golden Dawn leader and two MPs stripped of parliamentary immunity

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via Euronews The Greek parliament stripped the far-right Golden Dawn leader and two of his MPs of their parliamentary immunity on Wednesday. It means they can now face charges for illegal possession of firearms. Nikos Michaloliakos along with Christos Pappas and Yannis Lagos were brought from prison, where they have been held since last autumn […]

Syrian Regime: Assad Wins Election By Landslide

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via TPM News DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s parliament speaker says President Bashar Assad has been re-elected by a landslide, capturing 88.7 percent of the vote. Jihad Laham said Wednesday that Assad’s two challengers, Hassan al-Nouri and Maher Hajjar, won 4.3 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively. The Supreme Constitutional Court says turnout was 73.42 percent. Tuesday’s vote was […]

Israeli PM 'Troubled' By US Decision On Palestinian Gov't

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via TPM News JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister said Wednesday he is “deeply troubled” by the United States’ decision to maintain relations with the new Palestinian unity government, urging Washington to tell the Palestinian president that his alliance with the Hamas militant group is unacceptable. The blunt language used by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reflected […]

Tension along Bangladesh-Myanmar border

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via Al Jazeera Bangladesh has lodged a protest with Myanmar over what it called an unprovoked attack against its border guards by its eastern neighbour’s security forces on May 30, following an earlier exchange of fire in which one Bangladeshi guard was killed. Dhaka has asked Myanmar for immediate withdrawal of its forces from the border as it violated a […]

Election Winners SF Propositions, Gavin Newsom And Losers 287,000 Voters

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Local News, News, Politics | No Comments

via SFist Yes, but did you vote for LELAND YEE? Admit it! Photo credit: Nicole Cho As the (twitter, booze, whatever) hangovers from yesterday’s primary election fade, the winners and losers become (somewhat) clearer. Local wins include those for a waterfront development proposition and an earthquake bond measure, while at the state level it looks like […]

UN labour arm denounces austerity measures

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in International News, News, Politics | No Comments

via Al Jazeera As many as 123 million people in the European Union – a quarter of the population – are now classified as poor [AFP] The United Nation’s labour agency has denounced “premature” austerity measures brought in by governments around the world during the financial crisis, saying they have hurt the world’s most vulnerable people. […]

Even In Red States, Majority Back Carbon Emission Limits

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News, Politics, Science News | No Comments

via TPM News AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin CAITLIN MACNEAL – JUNE 2, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT Immediately following the announcement of new rules that would limit carbon emissions from power plants, Republicans slammed the Obama administration’s effort as a job-killer and vulnerable red state Democrats distanced themselves from the President. But a new ABC/Washington Post poll released Monday found that the majority of Americans […]

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Busted Texting While Driving, Shamed By Stanley Roberts

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Local News, News, Politics | No Comments

via SFist (Photo via: Stanley Roberts/KRON4 on Facebook) Oakland Mayor and vending machine mourner Jean Quan was caught using her smartphone while driving on Friday night. As we’ve seen before, the punishment for breaking California’s distracted driving law is to be publicly shamed on as many media as possible. In this case, the tipster who spotted Mayor Quan driving […]

EPA: New power plant rules could result in up to $90 billion in climate and health benefits

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in News, Politics, Science News | No Comments

via Salon There’s plenty to delve into in the EPA’s proposed rules to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 — the full proposal runs 645 pages. But right off the bat, this initial data point is worth paying attention to: by 2030, the EPA is predicting that the net health […]

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