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Obama struggles to balance budget cuts, investment

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama unveils his fiscal 2012 budget Monday, an election year plan forged from conflicting needs to cut spending and stoke the economic recovery. With vast crisis payments and sharply lower tax revenues making it difficult for the government to balance its books, Obama will set…

China prohibits smoking in movies, television

China has ordered that smoking scenes in films and television series be restricted, amid concern it is failing to deliver on pledges to help its 300 million smokers kick the habit. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), China’s media watchdog, called for “strict control” of smoking scenes…

‘I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg and thank him personally,’ Google exec tells CNN

Access to the Internet and specifically social networking site Facebook made a huge difference to Egyptians who succeeded on Friday in forcing former President Hosni Mubarak out of power. But how important was it? “First Tunisia, now Egypt,” began CNN host Wolf Blitzer. “What’s next?” “Ask Facebook,” answered Wael Ghonim,…

US Chamber lobbyists map strategies to discredit progressive critics

Report claims Chamber hired firm hacked by ‘Anonymous’ WASHINGTON – Lobbyists for the US Chamber of Commerce have been working with firms to develop methods to deceive and discredit the Chamber’s most vocal progressive opponents, according to documents obtained by ThinkProgress. Lee Fang of the liberal blog reports that the…

Activists on Facebook need protection: senator

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook has become an important tool for democracy and human rights activists and it needs to do more to protect them, including allowing the use of pseudonyms, a US senator said Thursday. “Recent events in Egypt and Tunisia have again highlighted the significant costs and benefits of…

Nokia joins forces with Microsoft to beat competition

HELSINKI – Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone maker, said Friday it was joining forces with US giant Microsoft in a major corporate strategy shake-up that left investors disappointed. The Finnish phone maker said Microsoft’s Windows Phone would now serve as its primary smartphone platform in a “broad strategic partnership”…

GOP aims to slash $1.6 billion in EPA funding

WASHINGTON – House Republicans on the appropriations committee released a plan Thursday that would eliminate $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. The news, as first noted by Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones, is part of a broader GOP assault on the EPA as the Obama administration seeks to…

New jobless claims tumble to 2-year low

WASHINGTON – The number of new claims for US unemployment insurance tumbled last week to a two-year low, according to official data Thursday, offering hope for the troubled labor market. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims fell to a seasonally adjusted 383,000 in the week ending February 5, down…

Report: Wal-Mart actually kills jobs, creates taxpayer burdens

NEW YORK – Wal-Mart’s lengthy struggle to open in New York City has hit fresh problems — a controversial report that said America’s biggest discounter does not just sell cheap, it makes neighborhoods poorer. The report concludes that Wal-Mart, the biggest U.S. private employer, kills jobs rather than creates them,…

US trade chief urges Europe to open market to GM foods

BRUSSELS – A top US trade official said she will bang down the door of the European Commission Thursday in a bid to break a long-standing impasse blocking the march of genetically-modified foods. “When Europeans come to the United States, they come and enjoy our cuisine without any fears,” Deputy…

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