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House passes labor board bill after Boeing case

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would ban the federal government from ordering an employer to shut down plants or relocate workers, even if labor laws were violated. Approved in a 238-186 vote in the Republican-dominated House, the measure stems from a labor dispute…

Boehner dismisses Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON — US House speaker John Boehner on Thursday dismissed President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan as “more of the same,” saying its tax credits were not enough to create private sector employment. The Republican leader repeated an earlier concession that the “American Jobs Act” offered opportunities for “common…

Ralph Nader: U.S. is a two party dictatorship

Ralph Nader appeared Thursday on Fox News to discuss a democratic primary he was organizing against President Barack Obama to “hold his feet to the fire.” “The important thing here is if he’s not challenged from the progressive-liberal wing of his party, that elected him, it’ll be a very dull…

Gov. O’Malley: GOP prolongs economic woes to hurt Obama

Democratic Governors Association Chair and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday that Republicans were opposed to any plan proposed by President Barack Obama that could lead to job creation. “I firmly believe that Republicans in Congress, driven by a concerted group, have decided that it is not in their party’s…

Bernie Sanders: Poverty is a death sentence

During the “Brunch with Bernie” segment of The Thom Hartmann Show Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed a recent congressional hearing he held on poverty in the United States. “We now have some 46 million Americans living in poverty,” he said. “And what a lot of people think about poverty…

U.S. Postal Service eyes 35,000 job cuts

WASHINGTON — The US Postal Service unveiled Thursday a drastic downsizing scheme for the embattled public company, including cutting 35,000 jobs, as it seeks to avoid collapse amid a “new reality” in the economy. “Faced with a massive nationwide infrastructure that is no longer financially sustainable,” the USPS said it…

More than one-third of Senate urges debt panel to cut $4 trillion

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) announced Thursday that he had organized a coalition of 36 senators to encourage the congressional “super committee” to seek the broadest possible agreement to address the nation’s spending and debt. The coalition — made up of 18 Republicans, 17 Democrats and one Independent — represents more…

Penn. electoral college changes could hurt GOP

The murmurs of a Republican-led plan to change the allocation of Pennsylvania’s votes in the electoral college originally marked the move as one that could hurt President Barack Obama’s chance at reelection. However, the strategy could be a risky one for many Republicans in the Keystone State. A change in…

Boehner: ‘Hell, no! I’m not having any fun’

Following a Thursday speech unveiling his plan to “liberate” the economy, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was asked if he enjoyed his job. “Hell, no!” he exclaimed. “I’m not having any fun.” “But I am glad I’m there… I wanted to be Speaker because I wanted to lead an effort…

15-year-old arrested in Calif. with military issue rocket launcher

An unnamed 15-year-old was arrested in Novato, California this week after police discovered a U.S. military issue rocket launcher commonly used during the worst of the fighting in Iraq. Officers discovered the weapon during a routine traffic stop. The teen’s classmates from San Marin high school told CBS News in…

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