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Less tax for taps? Tax breaks for small breweries in the works

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Help may be on tap for independent beer brewers, who say a tax break could keep their businesses from running dry. A new congressional measure would cut taxes for the nearly 1,700 small craft breweries that pump out far fewer barrels of suds than do the multinational…

Tea party invites GOP 2012 hopefuls to summit, but not Bachmann

The Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a tea party-affiliated group funded by the Koch brothers, will hold a summit in New Hampshire next month. Among attendees will be some familiar names with buzz about trying for the Republican nomination for the 2012 nomination. Tim Pawlenty will be in attendance, as will…

Wired! Young Americans increase coffee consumption

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Young American adults have increased the amount of coffee they drink daily in 2011, after feeling better about their finances following the global economic crisis, a survey showed on Saturday. Forty percent of the 18- to 24-year-olds who responded to theNational Coffee Association’s National Coffee Drinking…

Clinton: US seeks dialogue with Bahrain

PARIS (Reuters) – The United States is pressing Bahrain’s leaders to make good on offers of dialogue with anti-government protesters, although it recognizes the tiny state’s right to call in security help from its Gulf neighbors, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. “We have made clear that security alone cannot…

Former secy of state Warren Christopher dies

LOS ANGELES — Former secretary of state Warren Christopher, a “diplomat’s diplomat” who helped negotiate peace in the former Yugoslavia and advanced the Middle East peace process, has died at the age of 85, officials said. He had reportedly been suffering from kidney and bladder cancer. A lawyer by training,…

Actors, musicians demand end to inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning

A group of prominent actors, artists, and musicians joined with leading human rights organizations on Friday to urge President Obama and Defense Secretary Gates to take “immediate action to address the inhumane and unjustified treatment of PFC Bradley Manning at Quantico Marine Base.” “Despite the recommendations of three forensic military…

O’Keefe refuses to be videotaped at tea party event

Asbury Park Press was politely told they couldn’t film James O’Keefe at an tea party event Thursday. O’Keefe is known for his undercover video stings but apparently doesn’t like the camera aimed in his direction. “This is a guy that’s in trouble with the law, he’s got lawsuits up the…

Ron Paul mocks ‘fiscal conservatives’ who cut NPR but approve Afghan war

In a passionate speech to the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) mocked so-called “fiscal conservatives” who voted to cut funding to National Public Radio, even when it’s not clear if such a move would affect the deficit, but don’t seem to mind continuing funding for…

Koch-founded group recycles misleading video to support union-busting in Ohio

A new ad out of FreedomWorks, the political advocacy group funded in-part by arch conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, rankled critics Friday for recycling footage from a California protest to smear union workers in Ohio. The ad was part of a larger campaign FreedomWorks is planning, which includes a…

Rand Paul’s budget eliminates agency that regulates nuclear safety

WASHINGTON – As radiation particles from the nuclear hazard in Japan send residents fleeing and make their way across the Pacific Ocean, one U.S. senator introduced a plan to get rid of the agency that regulates nuclear safety. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) unveiled his five-year budget plan Friday, a radical…

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