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GOP leaders: We might support tax breaks for business in Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sounding cooperative but drawing a firm line on tax increases, House Republican leaders said on Friday they see some areas of possible agreement with President Barack Obama on his jobs plan. Extending a tax break for businesses that allows them to write off the value of new…

Book: Geithner ignored Obama order to dissolve Citigroup

How much power does the Secretary of the Treasury wield over the President of the United States? Apparently enough to refuse a direct order, according to a forthcoming book. In “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President,” by Pulitzer-winning journalist Ron Suskind, a picture of tension…

Pat-downs tightened at NFL stadiums

NEW YORK — NFL fans are undergoing more extensive pat-downs from security guards before being allowed into stadiums, although the new measure did not prevent a man from using a stun gun at a game last Sunday. The league has asked all 32 clubs to have security guards search fans…

Global protests held in Troy Davis execution case

Some 300 protest rallies were held worldwide Friday ahead of a last-ditch parole board hearing for death row inmate Troy Davis, whose planned execution sparked an international movement. Davis is set to be executed September 21 for the 1989 shooting death of a police officer in Savannah, Georgia, but his…

34% say country would be better off under Hillary Clinton: poll

More than a third of Americans said that if Hillary Clinton had been elected president in 2008, the country would be in better shape than it is right now under President Barack Obama’s leadership. The Bloomberg poll showed that Clinton, currently serving as secretary of state, garnered a 64 percent…

With update to PS3 agreement, Sony removes its users’ right to sue

Sony has become the latest company to force its users into a binding mandatory arbitration (BMA) agreement through a change in its terms of service, effectively removing customers’ right to collectively sue by preventing them from using PlayStation 3 consoles online if they do not agree. The change in the…

Bachmann labels HPV vaccine ‘Perrycare,’ suggests Obama a ‘dictator’

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told supporters in Costa Mesa, California Friday that President Barack Obama’s plan was to allow the Medicare system to collapse so it could be replaced with “Obamacare.” “I was in the White House a couple of months ago with President Obama and we asked him…

Hightower: Perry executed a man who was ‘almost certainly’ innocent

On his radio show yesterday, progressive radio host Thom Hartmann spoke with populist Texas writer Jim Hightower about Gov. Rick Perry and the troubling tale of Cameron Willingham, a man who was “almost certainly” innocent, yet still was put to death. “This guy really puts the goober in gubernatorial,” Hightower…

Donald Trump forgets Rick Perry’s name

Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is barreling down the campaign trail, armed with poll numbers that crown him the GOP frontrunner. Along with the grip-and-grins, speeches and debates, Perry is seeking high-profile endorsements. However, Perry appears to be seeking the endorsement of someone who can’t remember the…

Virginia passes toughest abortion clinic restrictions in nation

The Virginia Board of Health passed a set of regulations on Thursday that represent the most significant legal challenge to abortion providers anywhere in the nation: rules that could ultimately force all the state’s clinics to shut down. The new rules are similar to those passed by Kansas earlier this…

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