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Twin Towers replacement ‘vast improvement’

NEW YORK — The gleaming World Trade Center rising from Ground Zero in New York will be more sophisticated and impressive than the destroyed Twin Towers it replaces, project leaders said Thursday. “When the buildings are built we will look back at them and say these are a vast improvement…

Justice Department: State employees can legally implement medical marijuana programs

The Department of Justice filed on legal brief on Monday that indicated the federal government would not prosecute state employees for implementing state medical marijuana programs, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. The brief asks for a lawsuit filed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) to be thrown out. The…

Ron Paul: ‘Super Congress’ created by debt deal is ‘monstrous’

Thursday on the Fox Business Network, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) described the 12 member bipartisan special joint committee of Congress created by the Budget Control Act of 2011 as “unconstitutional” and “monstrous.” “It looks to me like with this ‘Super Congress’ and committee, if we don’t vote for what they…

Geithner undecided on staying at Treasury

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has not yet decided whether to step down, the White House said Thursday, amid fresh indications the top economic pointman is under rising pressure to stay. Geithner, who has led President Barack Obama’s bid to revive the US economy from a deep recession, has…

Pentagon chief warns he won’t accept spending cuts

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday he would not accept large military cutbacks under a debt deal, charging the move would weaken the United States faced with rising powers. Panetta, holding his first formal news conference since taking charge of the Pentagon a month ago, launched a pre-emptive…

Allegations of illegal election collusion fly in Wisconsin Senate recall

As the August 9 Wisconsin Senate recall election nears, Democrats and Republicans have filed complaints with the Government Accountability Board, accusing each other of engaging in illegal campaign coordination in Senate District 8. Collusion between state resources, political campaigns and independent groups is illegal under Wisconsin law. The Democratic Party…

Deal reached to put FAA workers back on the job

A dispute over labor standards at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that left thousands of government workers temporarily laid off or furloughed while Congress went on recess was put aside Thursday after President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to negotiate for the agency’s funding. “This agreement does…

Fox News turns ire on ‘Spongebob’ global warming episode

When Fox News producers aren’t coming up with simple-minded metaphors to “debunk” the scientific consensus on climate change, they’re apparently turning their outrage machine onto a children’s show for refusing to be “fair and balanced” like them. In a bizarre string of on-air attacks, Fox News hosts seem to be…

Eating healthy food costs more money in U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eating healthier food can add almost 10 percent to the average American’s food bill — and that is just to boost a single nutrient like potassium. Researchers from the University of Washington looked at the economic impact of following new U.S. dietary guidelines, which recommend eating more…

Obama urges Geithner to stay as Treasury chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has asked Timothy Geithner to stay on as Treasury Secretary and a decision is expected soon, officials said on Thursday. Geithner had indicated he might decide to leave once a decision to raise the U.S. debt limit was raised, which happened this week after…

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