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Obama will not cancel vacation over economic woes

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has no plans to cancel his summer vacation to deal with the US debt crisis and market turmoil sparked by fears over Europe’s finances, the White House said Wednesday. The president is due to head to his normal summer vacation spot on Martha’s Vineyard, an…

Perry claims stimulus ‘failed,’ neglecting to note its usefulness to Texas

The federal stimulus program that many experts agree kept the U.S. economy running in the midst of an unprecedented financial crisis was especially valuable to Texas, which accepted more aid dollars than any other state apart from California, using them to close nearly 97 percent of its budget deficit last…

Ron Paul: We’ve done everything wrong since 1987

Speaking to a crowd in New York, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) said that the United States was now cleaning up a mess that started in 1987. “We’ve done everything wrong since 1987 or 1988,” Paul, who is running for President of the United States, said. “We spend too much, we…

U.S. Republicans name anti-taxers to debt panel

President Barack Obama’s Republican foes in the US Congress on Wednesday named tax foes and a “Tea Party” ally to a new “supercommittee” where the next round of bitter US debt battles will play out. Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s choices — like…

Baltimore teacher: No Child Left Behind must be left behind

Muriel Berkeley, president of the Baltimore Curriculum Project, said that the U.S. needs to reform the way it thinks about public education, as well as education legislation itself. President Barack Obama’s proposed overhaul of No Child Left Behind is a good start, but not enough. The BCP is a non-profit…

Kentucky city gives Bible theme park a 75% tax break

A Kentucky city has agreed to give a staggering 75 percent property tax discount to a biblical theme park that will feature a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark. The tax breaks provided by the Grant County city of Williamstown would span 30 years, according to The Lexington Herald-Leader. That is…

Fresno County moves to shut down medical marijuana shops

Officials in Fresno County, California voted last night in favor of a controversial measure that bans all distribution of medical marijuana and forces production into warehouses along the county’s industrial areas. Growers and sellers are almost certain to challenge the ordinance in court, arguing that it violates the state law’s…

Keith: Texas Rep. Burgess is the ‘worst person in the world’

Covering a story that Raw Story reported on Tuesday morning, liberal news host Keith Olbermann last night decided to name Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) the “worst person in the world” over his recent call to impeach President Barack Obama. Burgess, who made the comment after a town hall meeting with…

Maddow: ‘Unions are not the hated evil empire’

On “The Rachel Maddow” show Tuesday evening, host Rachel Maddow staunchly defended American unions again in the midst of the Wisconsin recalled elections and the Verizon workers strike. The liberal commentator explained to her audience how unions represent the country’s middle class, and how vital a role they play for…

Maddow: ‘Unions are not the hated evil empire’

On “The Rachel Maddow” show Tuesday evening, host Rachel Maddow staunchly defended American unions again in the midst of the Wisconsin recalled elections and the Verizon workers strike. The liberal commentator explained to her audience how unions represent the country’s middle class, and how vital a role they play for…

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