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Starbucks launches job creation campaign

WASHINGTON — Coffee chain Starbucks on Monday told US customers their country needs them — to help create jobs. The chain, omnipresent in many US cities, announced the launch of a donation drive, with proceeds being used to back loans for small job-creating businesses. “Small businesses are the backbone of…

Kucinich: Don’t ask the poor to take cuts

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) appeared on Countdown Monday evening to talk about President Barack Obama’s debt reduction plan and the steps he would take to protect the middle and lower classes. “I like what President Obama said today about more taxes about those who are making more, but that’s only…

Kucinich: Don’t ask the poor to take cuts

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) appeared on Countdown Monday evening to talk about President Barack Obama’s debt reduction plan and the steps he would take to protect the middle and lower classes. “I like what President Obama said today about more taxes about those who are making more, but that’s only…

Gov. O’Malley: GOP prolongs economic woes to hurt Obama

Democratic Governors Association Chair and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday that Republicans were opposed to any plan proposed by President Barack Obama that could lead to job creation. “I firmly believe that Republicans in Congress, driven by a concerted group, have decided that it is not in their party’s…

Progressive Dems launch anti-unemployment tour: ‘Jobs equal deficit reduction’

WASHINGTON – With the debate on Capitol Hill having shifted from job creation to deficit reduction, the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Tuesday launched a 12-city summer listening tour aimed at refocusing the economic discussion on the unemployment rate. “The Republican majority has not offered one bill, one proposal, one concrete…

Israeli intellectuals endorse Palestinian state

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Barely audible above the chants of “traitor,” an Israeli actress who lost a leg in a Palestinian attack read out on Thursday a declaration by Israeli intellectuals endorsing the creation of a Palestinian state. The event, attended by dozens of left-wing artists and academics, was held…

Top 6 initiatives House Republicans prioritized over job creation

WASHINGTON – Republicans won dramatic victories last November by promising to mitigate high unemployment. “This coming election is about one issue: jobs,” to-be Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said weeks before election day. “It’s about jobs that were promised to the American people by the current administration, and were never delivered.”…

New jobless claims tumble to 2-year low

WASHINGTON – The number of new claims for US unemployment insurance tumbled last week to a two-year low, according to official data Thursday, offering hope for the troubled labor market. The Labor Department said initial jobless claims fell to a seasonally adjusted 383,000 in the week ending February 5, down…

Kentucky may subsidize creation theme park

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that Ark Encounter LLC and Answers in Genesis (AiG), which is widely known for its Creation Museum, will begin construction of a Noah’s Ark tourist attraction in his state. And according to reports coming out of the state, Kentucky taxpayers may end up subsidizing…

Congress bans creation, sale of ‘crush videos’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Senate on Friday unanimously passed legislation to ban the creation, sale and distribution of so-called “crush videos” — sexual fetish films in which small animals are maimed or killed. The measure, which calls for fines and prison terms of up to five years, now goes…

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