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Watch live: Clinton Global Initiative begins in New York

This video is a live stream from the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative. To find out more about the annual event, click here. Watch live streaming video from cgi_plenary at livestream.com…

China takes over as U.S. solar power firms fail

China’s solar power firms are emerging as the industry’s dominant force after the collapse of foreign competitors, but the new market leaders are already struggling with low prices and overcapacity. As the workshop of the world, China has used cheap labour and state support to build a solar industry from…

Whooping cough vaccine fades after 3 years: study

The vaccine for whooping cough commonly administered to young children loses its effectiveness after three years, according to the preliminary results of a new US study. The results released on Monday come from a survey of 15,000 children in Marin County, California, where an outbreak of the bacterial disease killed…

Michael Moore elated by Obama’s speech

Filmmaker and author Michael Moore said on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show that he was delighted by President Barack Obama’s speech on Monday. “I think what happened today was exactly what we’ve been wanting President Obama to do,” he said. “And he has to do more of it.” During his…

‘Birther queen’ may challenge Sen. Feinstein

A dentist, lawyer, and former real estate agent dubbed the “birther queen” for her several lawsuits challenging President Barack Obama’s citizenship may go up against Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 2012. Orly Taitz told the Sacramento Bee that running against Feinstein would give her a platform to discuss issues the…

Linda McMahon gets back into Senate ring

NEW YORK — US wrestling tycoon Linda McMahon, who spent $50 million on a failed Senate election campaign in 2010, is climbing back into the ring for another bid next year, US media reports said. McMahon is expected to launch her new campaign for the Republican nomination Tuesday at Coil…

Activists to protest Ahmadinejad in New York

NEW YORK — Activists vowed on Monday to greet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with angry protests when he visits New York for this week’s United Nations General Assembly. United Against Nuclear Iran, an advocacy group, has demanded that managers of the upscale Warwick Hotel refuse to host Ahmadinejad and his…

Washington state Democrats back marijuana legalization initiative

Washington state Democrats passed a resolution on Saturday to endorse Initiative 502, which would legalize the production and distribution of marijuana for sale to adults 21 and over through state-licensed stores. The resolution was passed by a 75 to 43 vote. The resolution (PDF) stated that thousands of Washington adults…

Rep. Charlie Rangel crashes Rick Perry event in New York

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on Monday inadvertently crashed a fundraiser for Texas Gov. Rick Perry in upper Manhattan. Rangel told reporters he had no idea that the event was a fundraiser for the presidential candidate. “I think Republicans have a major problem with their candidates,” he said, in response to…

Florida County Commissioner: Jail Republicans for destroying country

Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson said at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner on Saturday that Republicans deserve to be thrown in jail for trying to destroy the country in hopes of defeating President Barack Obama. “You know, if a ballplayer threw a game and they get caught, they go…

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