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Tea Party faithful rally against taxes

WASHINGTON — As spending debates rage in Washington, thousands of conservative Tea Party loyalists rallied nationwide Saturday against taxes and big government, fired up for a 2012 US election battle. Several dozen Tea Party movement rallies kicked off, including in Madison, Wisconsin, where 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin…

Fourteen lawmakers fast to protest cuts

WASHINGTON — Fourteen women US lawmakers plan to fast to protest deep cuts to programs that help the poor and battle hunger in the United States and overseas, a group that organized the move said Wednesday. The representatives, all Democrats, were acting in opposition sharp reductions included in a compromise…

Fur flies in battle of chocolate bunnies

VIENNA (Reuters Life!) – An Austrian chocolate company vowed on Tuesday to appeal a ruling by a Vienna court that stops it from producing Easter bunnies resembling those made by Switzerland’s Lindt & Spruengli. Austria’s Hauswirth has been locked in a seven-year battle with larger confectioner Lindt over the chocolate figures. Both chocolatiers make the…

Defiant Kadhafi says Libya ‘ready for battle’

TRIPOLI (AFP) – A defiant Moamer Kadhafi said Libya was “ready for battle” as Western leaders mulled their next steps on Wednesday, the fifth day of UN-backed military strikes on his oil-rich country. “We will win this battle,” footage showed Kadhafi telling supporters at his Bab Al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli…

Mass protest against Republican cuts to services, union rights

MADISON, Wisconsin — Farmers on tractors joined a massive crowd surrounding Wisconsin’s capitol Saturday to protest Republican moves to undermine unions and slash government services in a battle spreading across the United States. Cheers and bells rang out as tractors bearing signs declaring “Walker’s budget = war on workers, middle…

Sanders introduces millionaire surtax to slash deficit

WASHINGTON – As Democrats and Republicans battle over how much spending should be cut to bridge the budget shortfall, one senator is focusing on the other side of the equation: revenues. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday afternoon introduced a bill (pdf) that would establish a surtax on millionaires and…

Union-busting battle spreads to more US states

CHICAGO – The battle against Republican attempts to undermine trade union rights is spreading with Democratic lawmakers fleeing the state of Indiana in a bid to block anti-union legislation, and workers’ rights protests swelling in the US Midwest. Trade unions are the biggest sources of financial and grass roots organizational…

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland: Dems should ‘fold up’ if we lose tax cuts debate

Befuddled by his party’s struggles to end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, outgoing Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio jested that the Democratic Party may as well “fold up” if it loses this battle. “I mean, if we can’t win that argument we might as well just fold up,”…

AP: Deficit battle threatens job-based health care

Job-based health care benefits could wind up on the chopping block if President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans get serious about cutting the deficit. Budget proposals from leaders in both parties have urged shrinking or eliminating tax breaks that help make employer health insurance the leading source of coverage in…

McCain rejects Pentagon study on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

The top Republican senator on the Armed Services Committee says a Pentagon study on how to implement the repeal of the military’s ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy doesn’t go far enough. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Sunday that he wasn’t willing to accept leaked results of a study that found…

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