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Hispanics fuel huge population growth in Texas

The latest census shows that Texas is one of the leading states in population expansion, which is almost entirely attributable to the growth in Texas’ Hispanic residents. This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast February 17, 2011.…

Protestors swell to 25,000 at Wisconsin capital

Yesterday, on the third day of protests against Wisconsin’s anti-union legislation, an estimated 25,000 protesters swarmed the capital building. This video is from the Associated Press, broadcast February 17, 2011.…

Noam Chomsky on the union protests in Wisconsin

Public intellectual Noam Chomsky discusses several domestic issues in the United States, including the protests in defense of public sector employees and unions in Wisconsin. This video is from Democracy Now, uploaded February 17, 2011.…

Obama to name Intel CEO to White House jobs panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Intel Corp Chief Executive Paul Otellini will be named to a panel of experts advising President Barack Obama on jobs, the White House said on Friday. Otellini will join the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, created in January to focus on lifting hiring and promoting growth.…

Facebook adds civil unions to profiles

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Facebook began letting its more than 600 million members indicate whether they are in civil unions or domestic partnerships in what was seen as a victory for same-sex couples. Facebook added “in a civil union” and “in a domestic partnership” to the list of relationship options…

House plans to defund Planned Parenthood, contraceptives, health counseling

The US House of Representatives is expected to pass an amendment to the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 by this weekend that would cut millions of dollars in funding to Planned Parenthood for contraceptives, reproductive health counseling and cancer screenings. The amendment eliminates all $327 million in funding…

US lawmakers close to passing huge spending cuts

WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives was on track to approve slashing 61 billion dollars in government spending in a measure that makes deep cuts to global US aid in the name of austerity. Lawmakers in the Republican-led chamber have been at work since Tuesday on a spending bill…

White House, Republicans in new stimulus spat

WASHINGTON – The White House and its Republican foes opened a new skirmish over President Barack Obama’s 800-billion-dollar stimulus plan Thursday, on the second anniversary of the bill’s enactment. Vice President Joe Biden, who was charged with ensuring the massive infrastructure spending and tax cutting bill was not consumed with…

House votes to cut all funding for US Institute of Peace

The US House of Representatives accepted an amendment to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2011 on Thursday to eliminate all funding for the US Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent government-funded institution to analyze and prevent international conflict. “I am very pleased my amendment to end federal…

Dallas official told citizen: ‘Go to hell’

Dallas County Court Commissioner John Wiley Price told a citizen to “go to hell” during a meeting. Price, who is African-American, became offended when the citizen continually addressed him as “Chief Mullah,” which resembles the derogatory term, “Moolie.” This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast February 16, 2011.…

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