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Dem Rep. doesn’t utter a single word in powerful rebuttal to the GOP

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) gave a unique speech yesterday — one in which he didn’t utter a single word. Using tearsheets to illustrate his rebuttal to the Republican budget plans that would slash hundreds of thousands of public jobs and effectively eliminate Medicare, Crowley concluded that he was simply “speechless.”…

Live mic catches Obama’s candor: Paul Ryan is ‘not on the level’

In what he reportedly thought was a private conversation at a fundraiser Thursday night, President Barack Obama called into question the fiscal seriousness of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the author of the GOP’s budget plan that dramatically cuts government spending under the guise of deficit reduction. “When…

Santorum: ‘Most seniors’ should be thrown off Medicare, today

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), an ultra-conservative who believes Social Security is dying because of legal abortion, said recently that he feels the Republican budget does not go far enough in restricting medical care for senior citizens. Unlike Rep. Paul Ryan and the GOP leadership, which has excluded today’s seniors…

Montana governor strikes down tea party bills with ‘VETO’ branding iron

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) Wednesday used a red-hot branding iron to burn the word “VETO” into tea party bills designed to weaken clean energy standards, to repeal medical marijuana laws and allow abortion-related materials to be taught in sex ed classes. “These bills are either frivolous, unconstitutional or in…

Luxury spending by rich to rise; value sought

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Spending by rich Americans on luxury goods is set to grow by $26.6 billion in 2011, with the number of affluent families planning to spend more almost doubling in the past three years, a poll found on Friday. As the United States gradually emerges from its…

Detroit to send layoff notices to all its public teachers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The emergency manager appointed to put Detroit’s troubled public school system on a firmer financial footing said on Thursday he was sending layoff notices to all of the district’s 5,466 unionized employees. In a statement posted on the website of Detroit Public Schools, Robert Bobb, the district’s…

Obama says U.S. must be cautious about oil reserve

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, in an ABC interview aired on Friday, said the United States must be “very careful” about releasing oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve at a time of uncertainty in the Middle East. “We are monitoring the situation very closely. The strategic petroleum reserve was…

Mental health groups hail star’s bipolar admission

OS ANGELES (AFP) – Catherine Zeta-Jones’ admission that she has bipolar disorder has been welcomed by mental health groups as helping fight the stigma attached to the disease, which afflicts a number of celebrities. Doctors also emphasize that the Welsh actress, treated following the stress of husband Michael Douglas’s recent…

BP feels fishermen’s fury over Gulf oil spill

LONDON (AFP) – BP faced protests from angry fishermen and disgruntled shareholders on Thursday at its first annual general meeting since the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The meeting took place almost a year since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers and caused…

Drug-resistant bacteria contaminates 25 pct of US meat

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A sampling of grocery store meat in five US cities has shown a type of drug-resistant bacteria is contained in about one quarter of beef, chicken, pork and turkey for sale, according to a study. Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that can cause skin infections, pneumonia, sepsis or…

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