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Child abuse climbs with recession: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – As the U.S. economy began to tank, the number of abused kids landing in the hospital with severe brain injuries spiked, a new study shows. Anecdotes linking child abuse to the recession have surfaced before, but there had been no hard data to back the…

Families call for courts martial over Afghan ambush

WASHINGTON — Family members of US war dead from a disastrous Afghan mission — from which a young Marine got the highest US military decoration — called Sunday for senior officers to be court-martialed. Former marine sergeant Dakota Meyer, 23, defied orders and repeatedly drove into a village despite a…

Black caucus chair: We’d ‘be marching on the White House’ if not for Obama

The Congressional Black Caucus is growing increasingly frustrated with a black unemployment rate of nearly 17% — almost twice the national average. Even the group’s chairman, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), believes they’d already be leading a march on Washington if not for a desire to avoid weakening President Obama. “If…

Fed debates approach as inflation fears grow

A fight looms Tuesday in the US Federal Reserve as policy makers wrestle over whether the threat of inflation should prevent them from feeding more money into the economy to boost jobs. While one camp on the Federal Open Market Committee is believed to favor a hopefully stimulative economic measure…

Desperate U.S. consumers turn to ‘extreme couponing’

The humble coupon — which in the past gave consumers a few cents off soap or cereal — has mushroomed into a lifestyle for millions of Americans with its own television programs, websites and trading platforms. A total of 167 billion coupons were distributed to US consumers in the first…

Pelosi: ‘Let him die’ GOP debate moment ‘heartbreaking’

In her interview with new MSNBC host Chris Hayes, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) felt the now notorious “Let him die” moment at the recent GOP debate was “heartbreaking.” “Even to me someone who is rarely surprised with what the other side will do, that demonstration was heartbreaking,” Pelosi…

Pelosi: ‘Let him die’ GOP debate moment ‘heartbreaking’

In her interview with new MSNBC host Chris Hayes, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) felt the now notorious “Let him die” moment at the recent GOP debate was “heartbreaking.” “Even to me someone who is rarely surprised with what the other side will do, that demonstration was heartbreaking,” Pelosi…

House Democrats introduce bill to eliminate the debt ceiling

Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Hank Johnson (D-GA) and Jim Moran (D-VA) have introduced legislation to completely eliminate the federal debt ceiling, but the bill has little chance of survival with Republicans in control of the House. “The debt ceiling is truly arbitrary and has nothing to do with the deficit,”…

McConnell: ‘No particular reaction’ to GOP audiences cheering death

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) isn’t condemning the Republican presidential debate audiences that have consistently cheered death. During the two most recent debates, audiences were delighted with Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s record number of executions and the notion that an uninsured 30-year-old man in a coma would be left…

Cheney denies he was ‘sowing discord’ by pushing for Clinton 2012 bid

Former President Bill Clinton says that former Vice President Dick Cheney does not have the purest of motives in suggesting that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mount a primary challenge against President Barack Obama. Cheney told ABC’s Jonathan Karl earlier this month that a Hillary Clinton 2012 presidential bid was…

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