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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…

Bachmann asked for stimulus money days after calling it an ‘orgy of spending’

Though Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has repeatedly trashed the Environmental Protection Agency and vowed to have “its door locked and its lights turned off” if she gets to the White House, new information obtained via the Freedom of Information Act shows that she petitioned the EPA for help and grant…

Poll: Majority wants super committee to tax the rich

Republicans appointed to a congressional deficit panel will have to buck public opinion if they intend to block tax hikes on the rich. A CNN poll (PDF) released Wednesday found that a majority of Americans want Congress to compromise by raising taxes on the rich and cutting government spending. In…

Apple to recycle all computers and displays, free of charge

In a little noticed update to its website, Apple, the world’s largest computer company, said this week that it would begin recycling old Macs, PCs and monitors sent to them through the mail — and they’re even picking up the shipping bill. Apple’s e-waste recycling program was first launched in…

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