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Progressive Democrats press Obama on jobs

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers from the left-flank of President Barack Obama’s Democratic party pressed him Thursday to combat high unemployment with “large-scale programs” including infrastructure spending. “With 14 million Americans still looking for work, this is not the time to tinker around the edges. We must take bold action,” Democratic Representatives…

Former GOP senator ‘disappointed’ and ‘disgusted’ by debt ceiling debate

Former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska sharply criticized the current state of the Republican Party and the debt ceiling negotiations in an interview with the Financial Times. “I was very disappointed,” he said regarding the debt ceiling debate. “I was very disgusted.” “It was an astounding lack of responsible…

Google, Fox News to host Republican debate

WASHINGTON — Internet giant Google is teaming up with Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News to host a debate among the Republican candidates for US president and giving the public the opportunity to ask questions. The Fox News/Google Debate will be held in Orlando, Florida, on September 22 and will be hosted…

Black government employee group calls for end to racially biased drug war

Blacks in Government (BIG) has become the latest national African-American group to officially call for an end to the “war on drugs” after passing a resolution at its delegates meeting last week. The resolution (PDF), which will be delivered to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, blames…

New Jersey unions sue state over benefits changes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey’s overhaul of the pension and benefits system for its state workers deprives retirees of “promised and earned” benefits by eliminating cost of living adjustments, the state’s unions said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, also argued New…

Perry sought to sideline nuclear waste site critic

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texas governor Rick Perry tried to sideline a state commissioner who opposed expanding the scope of a nuclear-waste landfill owned by one of the governor’s biggest political donors, Reuters has learned. Bobby Gregory, owner of a wildlife ranch and landfill company south of Austin, had opposed a plan to let 36…

Gulf of Mexico storm threatens oil rigs

Oil companies began evacuating workers from rigs in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday ahead of what US forecasters said could be a powerful and dangerous storm. “Right now we’re giving it a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone sometime in the next 48 hours,” said Dennis…

White House predicts surge in U.S. growth

The US economy will not fall into a new recession and the country’s budget deficit will decline sharply in the next three years, the White House said Thursday. While growth will remain sluggish this year, in the 1.7-2.2 percent range, the economy is not expected to contract, according to a…

CIA lawyer: Obama ‘endorsed’ nearly all Bush-era programs

In a preview of a forthcoming PBS Frontline documentary, John Rizzo, one of the top attorneys for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), claims that President Barack Obama has “endorsed” nearly all of the controversial Bush administration secret warfare programs. “I was part of the transition briefings of the incoming Obama…

House GOP seeks detailed report on bin Laden raid

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are hoping to require the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Department of Defense to submit a detailed report on how terrorist ringleader Osama bin Laden was found and eventually killed, mandating agencies turn over the classified information in exchange for their 2012 funding.…

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