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Survey finds Californians back tax extensions

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Californians would overwhelmingly back extending temporary tax increases to help balance the state’s budget if asked to in a special election, according to survey results released on Wednesday. The results of the statewide survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley and The Field Poll were…

New Rumsfeld documents highlight Gingrich’s involvement with Iraq War

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) might have been persona non grata in certain Republican circles early in the aughts after he resigned the Speakership, divorced his wife and married a much-younger aide, but he was more than welcome in the Pentagon under then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Documents released…

US pays tribute to its last World War 1 veteran

ARLINGTON, Virginia (AFP) – President Barack Obama Tuesday led the United States in paying homage to its last World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, who died last month at the age of 110. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made an unscheduled visit to the Arlington military cemetery to pay…

US host Beck blasted for Japan quake comments

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US celebrities and media blasted right-wing radio host and television presenter Glenn Beck for calling the monster quake that rocked Japan last week a message from God. Actress, author and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg said Beck should “check the mirror” if he thought Friday’s 9.0-magnitude quake…

US backs Sikh prisoner’s right not to trim beard

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The US Justice Department has sued the state of California in defense of a Sikh prisoner’s right to practice his religion, including by not cutting his beard. Backing legal action taken on inmate Sukhjinder S. Basra’s behalf, Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez said California’s policy…

US must learn from Japan nuclear crisis: Obama

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama said Tuesday he was “deeply worried” about the potential human cost of quake-hit Japan’s nuclear crisis and vowed to “further improve” the safety of US atomic facilities. “Nuclear plants are designed to withstand certain levels of earthquakes, but having said that, nothing’s completely failsafe,…

US bank bailout was ‘critical’: Congress watchdog

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US government’s multi-billion-dollar bank bailout helped avert a second Great Depression and cost taxpayers much less than expected, but was far from perfect, a congressional watchdog said Wednesday. The Congressional Oversight Panel said the controversial $700 billion dollar bailout, launched in 2008, provided “critical” support for…

GOP congressman says families should abandon city life

In the documentary Urban Danger, 84-year-old Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, who is serving his tenth term as the representative of Maryland’s Sixth District, explains why US citizens should avoid living in cities. “There are a number of events that could create a situation in our cities where civil unrest could…

Boycott targets contributors to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Wisconsin citizens upset with Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on public employees’ collective bargaining rights have launched a boycott campaign aimed at his campaign contributors. The Republican governor signed a bill Friday that eliminates most union rights for public employees. One Wisconsin resident, Sam Hokin, started a Facebook page that lists…

White House defends Obama no-fly stance

WASHINGTON – The White House on Tuesday defended President Barack Obama’s reluctance to order US forces to mount a “no fly” zone over Libya, following domestic criticism over his stance. Debate over a no fly zone went on at the United Nations on Tuesday but risked being overtaken by advances…

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