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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.…

New York Republican threatens to withhold hurricane relief from her own district

Freshman House Republican Nan Hayworth’s New York district was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Irene, but the congresswoman seems to be working against her own interests by holding disaster relief hostage in a effort to slash federal spending, according to a recent report. “We’re facing a natural disaster…

In 2001 speech, Perry praised Medicaid, urged study on providing health insurance to Mexicans

Someone warn the tea party: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the Republican Party’s frontrunner for the 2012 presidential nomination, didn’t always believe publicly-run health care programs run contrary to America’s founding document. In a mostly forgotten 2001 speech, the Texas governor had kind words for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance…

GOP in Giffords’ district holds raffle for Glock

The Republican Party in Arizona’s Pima County, which is represented by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), is in the midst of a fundraising raffle, $10 per entry. The prize: the same model of gun that delivered a near-fatal blast to the Democratic lawmaker’s skull outside a Tucson grocery store in January.…

Condoleezza Rice fires back at Cheney memoir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday she resented what she viewed as an attack on her integrity by former Vice President Dick Cheney in his just-published memoir. Speaking in an interview with Reuters, Rice rejected Cheney’s contention that she misled President George W. Bush…

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