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News Flash: 2014 Was Warmest on Record, Sen. Slams Obama Over CIA Torture Report, Officer Wilson To Resign

Uprising’s guest expert Cristina Mislan, Assistant Professor of Journalism Studies, Missouri School of Journalism, analyzes today’s news headlines:

2014 was the warmest year on record since record keeping began in 1880, according to new data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Specifically, temperatures this year broke three new records: October was the warmest month on record; the first ten months of this year were the warmest; and the 12 month period from last November through this October were the warmest, confirming predictions of the impacts of global warming. Meanwhile, snow continued to fall in Buffalo, New York, breaking records of snowfall there. About ten people have died so far. Extreme weather patterns like this are also wholly consistent with predictions of global warming. Click here for an NBC.com article, and here for a New York Times article about the story.

In the latest on the CIA torture report authored by a Senate panel, Senator Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat from West Virginia, has openly accused the White House of foot-dragging. In an interview on the Huffington Post yesterday, the Senator went as far as to say, “They don’t want the public to know about it.” He added, “They’re doing everything they can not to release it,” and that the report is, “being slow-walked to death” by the Obama Administration. The Senate Intelligence Committee has clashed with both the CIA and the White House over the report of the CIA’s controversial intelligence gathering tactics in the years following 9/11, which human rights groups widely agree were methods of torture. The Senator agreed that “the only way not to repeat those mistakes in the future,” is to release the report to the public. Click here for a Commondreams article about the story.

And finally the Grand Jury tasked with deciding whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson with charges related to the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, is convening today on what might be its final meeting. The decision could come any time over the next several days. In the mean time, Wilson himself is in talks with the Ferguson police department to negotiate his resignation from the force. Attorney General Eric Holder just issued a statement appealing to protesters, saying, “History has … shown us that the most successful and enduring movements for change are those that adhere to non-aggression and nonviolence.” Impromptu protests continue to take place in Ferguson, with accompanying arrests. Click here for a CNN article about the story.