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Always visibly active in environmental and liberal causes, in October 2004 Taylor joined the "Vote for Change" tour playing a series of concerts in American swing states. These concerts were organized by MoveOn.org with the goal of mobilizing people to vote for John Kerry and against George W. Bush in that year's Presidential campaign. Taylor's appearances were joint performances with the Dixie Chicks.

Taylor performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Game 2 of the World Series in Boston on October 24, 2004, and again on October 25, 2007. In December 2004, he appeared as himself in an episode of The West Wing entitled "A Change Is Gonna Come". He sang Sam Cooke's classic "A Change Is Gonna Come" at an event honoring an artist played by Taylor's wife Caroline. Later on, he appeared on CMT's Crossroads alongside the Dixie Chicks. In early 2006, MusiCares honored Taylor with performances of his songs by an array of notable musicians. Before a performance by the Dixie Chicks, lead singer Natalie Maines acknowledged that he had always been one of their musical heroes, and had for them lived up to their once-imagined reputation of him. They performed his song, "Shower the People", with a surprise appearance by Arnold McCuller, who has sung backing vocals on Taylor's live tours and albums for many years.

In the fall of 2006, Taylor released a repackaged and slightly different version of his Hallmark Christmas album, now entitled James Taylor at Christmas, and distributed by Columbia/Sony. In 2006, Taylor performed Randy Newman's song "Our Town" for the Disney animated film Cars. The song was nominated for the 2007 Academy Award for the best Original Song. On January 1, 2007, Taylor headlined the inaugural concert at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, honoring newly sworn in Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer.

Taylor's next album, One Man Band was released on CD and DVD in November 2007 on Starbucks' Hear Music Label, where he joined with Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell. The introspective album grew out of a three-year tour of the United States and Europe—featuring some of Taylor's most beloved songs and anecdotes about their creative origins—accompanied solely by the "one man band" of his longtime pianist/keyboardist, Larry Goldings. The digital discrete 5.1 surround sound mix of One Man Band won a TEC Award for best surround sound recording in 2008.

On November 28–30, 2007, Taylor, accompanied by his original band and Carole King, headlined a series of six shows at The Troubadour. The appearances marked the 50th anniversary of the venue, where Taylor, King and many others, such as Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, and Elton John, began their music careers. Proceeds from the concert went to benefit the Natural Resources Defense Council, MusiCares, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, and the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, a member of America's Second Harvest—the Nation's Food Bank Network. Parts of the performance shown on CBS Sunday Morning in the December 23, 2007, broadcast showed Taylor alluding to his early drug problems by saying, "I played here a number of times in the 70s, allegedly..." Taylor has used versions of this joke on other occasions, and it appears as part of his One Man Band DVD and tour performances.

In December 2007 James Taylor at Christmas was nominated for a Grammy Award. In January 2008 Taylor recorded approximately 20 songs by others for a new album with a band including Luis Conte, Michael Landau, Lou Marini, Arnold McCuller, Jimmy Johnson, David Lasley, Walt Fowler, Andrea Zonn, Kate Markowitz, Steve Gadd and Larry Goldings. The resulting live-in-studio album, named Covers, was released in September 2008. This album forays into country and soul while being the latest proof that Taylor is a more versatile singer than his best known hits might suggest. The Covers sessions stretched to include "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," from the musical Oklahoma - a song that his grandmother had caught him singing over and over at the top of his lungs when he was seven years old. Meanwhile, in summer 2008, Taylor and this band toured 34 North American cities with a tour entitled James Taylor and His Band of Legends. An additional album, called Other Covers, came out in April 2009, containing songs that were recorded during the same sessions as the original Covers but had not been put out to the full public yet.

During October 19–21, 2008, Taylor performed a series of free concerts in five North Carolina cities in support of Barack Obama's presidential bid. On Sunday, January 18, 2009, he performed at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, singing "Shower the People" with John Legend and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.

Taylor performed on the final The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 29, 2009, distinguishing himself further as the final musician to appear in Leno's original 17-year run.

On September 8, 2009, Taylor made an appearance at the twenty-fourth season premiere block party of The Oprah Winfrey Show on Chicago's Michigan Avenue.

On January 1, 2010, Taylor sang the American national anthem at the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park, while Daniel Powter sang the Canadian national anthem.

On March 7, 2010, Taylor sang The Beatles' "In My Life" in tribute to deceased artists at the 82nd Academy Awards.

In March 2010 he commenced the Troubadour Reunion Tour with Carole King and members of his original band, including Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar, and Danny Kortchmar. They played shows in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and North America, with the final night being at the Honda Center, in Anaheim, CA. The tour was a major commercial success, and in some locations found Taylor playing arenas instead of his usual theaters or amphitheaters. Ticket sales amounted to over 700,000 and the tour grossed over 59 million dollars. It was one of the most successful tours of the year.

Taylor owns a house in the Berkshire County town of Washington, Massachusetts.

On September 11, 2011, Taylor performed 'You Can Close Your Eyes' in New York City at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

On November 22, 2011, Taylor performed "Fire and Rain" with Taylor Swift at the last concert of her Speak Now World Tour in Madison Square Garden, as well as her own song Fifteen. Then, on July 2, 2012, Swift appeared as Taylor's special guest in a concert at Tanglewood.

He has been active in support of Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, and opened the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

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Armed conflicts and attacks
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    • Bombs in two majority Shia Muslim cities in southern Iraq, Hillah and Karbala, kill at least 30 people and wound more than 100. (The Guardian) (AP via USA Today)
  • Police in Burma break up a three-month long protest against the expansion of a copper mine run by the military and a Chinese company. (Al Jazeera)
  • A roadside bomb explodes under a passenger van in Deh Rahwod District of Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, killing 10 people, and wounding at least eight. (Reuters) (AFP via Google)
Disasters and accidents
  • Train services in the Channel Tunnel are suspended after a freight train fire on the French side. Everybody on the train is safely evacuated, traffic is resumed two hours after. (BBC)
International relations
  • The 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly approves to upgrade Palestine's status from an "observer" to an "observer state", with 138 voting in favor, 9 against and 41 abstaining. (BBC) (AP)
  • Colombia announces it will leave Pact of Bogotá after the International Court of Justice's ruling in the territorial dispute with Nicaragua. (Reuters) (BBC)
Law and crime
  • A UN war crimes tribunal acquits former Kosovan Prime Minister and former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army Ramush Haradinaj of war crimes, prompting Serbia to denounce the court. (BBC) (Reuters) (The Guardian)
  • The Arts and Letters Building at Florida Atlantic University's campus in Boca Raton, Florida, and the nearby Boca Raton campus of Palm Beach State College, are given the all-clear and are back to normal after police locked them both down for three hours searching for a gunman believed to have robbed a student at gunpoint, no injuries. (NBC News)
Politics and elections
  • Leveson report:
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    • British Prime Minister David Cameron says he backs the principles of the report's recommendations, but has "serious concerns and misgivings" about introducing any new legislation to underpin a regulatory body to oversee the media. (BBC)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama spent more than an hour with Mitt Romney at the White House, as the one-time rivals shared lunch and discussed their ideas for the first time since the 2012 election. (Reuters)
  • A committee charged with developing a new Egyptian constitution releases a final draft as protests against sweeping new powers granted to President Mohamed Morsi continue. (CNN)
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Science and technology
  • New data from the NASA space probe MESSENGER indicate that Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, almost surely has water ice buried beneath the surface at its north pole. (NASA) (Forbes) (AP)
  • The new species of darter fish are classified and named as Etheostoma obama after U.S. President Barack Obama. (The Guardian)
  • Luiz Felipe Scolari takes over as coach of Brazil national football team, 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts, 10 years after leading the team to the 2002 FIFA World Cup title. (Reuters)
  • In cricket, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting announces his retirement from Test matches after the completion of the match against South Africa in Perth. (The Roar)
  • Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta, and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo are named in shortlist for 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or prize for best player of the year. (Goal.com)
  • Argentine football club River Plate confirm Ramón Díaz will replace the sacked Matías Almeyda as manager. (ESPN)
  • South Korean international Lee Keun-Ho is named as Asian Footballer of the Year in a ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur. Shinji Kagawa, Japanese midfielder of Manchester United, is the first recipient of the Asian International Footballer of the Year award. (AFC) (Goal.com)
November 29, 2012 Wikinews articles
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Current events of November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28) (Wednesday)
Armed attacks and conflicts
  • Syrian civil war:
    • At least 54 people are killed and more than 120 injured by two car bomb explosions in a south-eastern district of Damascus, Syria's capital. (BBC) (AFP via MSN News)
  • 2012 East D.R. Congo conflict:
    • M23 rebels announce their withdrawal from territory captured from government troops after a pullout deal was reached in Uganda. (Al Jazeera)
  • More than 200 people are wounded in a second day of clashes between Tunisian security forces and thousands of protesters in Siliana, Tunisia. (BBC) (Al Arabiya)
Business and economy
  • The UK's Home Office launches a ten week consultation on whether to introduce a minimum price for the sale of alcohol of 45p a unit. The plans are aimed at tackling binge drinking and other alcohol related problems. (BBC)
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces that BP has been suspended from bidding on future US government contracts as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (Bloomberg)
  • The European Commission approves a Spanish government plan to shrink and restructure three major Spanish banks (Bankia, NCG Banco and Catalunya Banc) and sell a fourth (Banco de Valencia). (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
  • Seven students and a teacher are injured as the result of a small explosion in an eighth-grade science classroom in Wilson Middle School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA. Two of the students were flown by helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. One was released that evening, the other is in fair condition. (AP via MSN)
Law and crime
  • British student Richard O'Dwyer reaches an agreement with authorities in the United States to avoid being extradited from the United Kingdom to stand trial over infringement of U.S. copyright laws over his TVShack website which hosted links to pirated films and television shows. (BBC)
  • Zachary Holly, 28, of Bentonville, Arkansas, is charged with the rape and capital murder of his nextdoor neighbor, 6-year-old Jersey Bridgeman, whom he was babysitting. (NBC News)
  • No violent crime is reported in New York City for an entire day, 26 November, the first time in recent memory. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • CNN publish a list of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012. Pushpa Basnet, a social worker from Nepal, is listed among others. (CNN)
Politics and elections
  • President of Egypt Mohamed Morsi will address the nation about a decree greatly increasing his powers. (CBS News)
  • The draw for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship is made in Tel Aviv. Hosts Israel will face England, Norway and Italy in group A while title holders Spain will play the Netherlands, Russia and Germany in group B. (UEFA)
  • River Plate president Daniel Passarella fires a coach Matías Almeyda on disappointing performance by the team in the Torneo Inicial. (Buenos Aires Herald)
November 28, 2012 Wikinews articles
  • Thousands protest constitutional decree in Tahrir Square, Egypt
Current events of November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27) (Tuesday)
Armed attacks and conflicts
  • At least 29 people are killed and 126 wounded in eight car bombings across Iraq. (CNN)
  • Gunmen attack a pub in central Nigeria's Plateau State and open fire on customers, killing 10 people. (BBC)
Business and economy
  • The eurozone will pay out of 43.7 billion euros in loans to Greece from December 13 for reducing Greece's debt. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • A Chinese-made training airplane K-8 crashes during an air force flying exhibition in Venezuela, the two pilots ejected successfully. The French-made military helicopter Cougar sent to rescue the pilots also crashes, no one is injured. (The Montreal Gazette)
  • The UK government is to create a new wave of universities both in the private and public sector, the first new universities in the country for two decades. (BBC)
International relations
  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announces that France intends to vote in favor of upgrading Palestine's status at the United Nations from permanent observer as the Palestinian Liberation Organization to a non-member observer state. The vote is scheduled to be held later this week. (BBC)
  • Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein are ranked first on Foreign Policy’s 2012 Top 100 Global Thinkers list ahead of Moncef Marzouki, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Also, Malala Yousafzai is ranked sixth behind Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, but ahead of Barack Obama. (The International News) (Foreign Policy)
Law and crime
  • The remains of Yasser Arafat are exhumed as part of an investigation into how the Palestinian leader died in November 2004. (BBC)
  • Mexican beauty queen María Susana Flores Gámez, crowned as 2012 Woman of Sinaloa, is killed during a weekend shootout in Sinaloa, Mexico. (CNN)
Politics and elections
  • Tens of thousands of protestors demonstrate in Tahrir Square in Cairo against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for last week's decree granting himself sweeping powers. (BBC)
  • A Hungarian MP from the far right Jobbik party calls for a list of Jewish politicians and government employees who are a "threat to national security". The Hungarian Government later released a statement condemning the comments. (BBC)
  • UEFA President Michel Platini announces that the administrative body is considering scrapping the Europa League in favour of an extended Champions League. A proposal may involve extending the final phase of the Champions League from 32 to 64 teams from 2015, with the final decision to be made in 2014. (Bangkok Post)
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