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Schwarzenegger’s solution to California’s budget woes: End welfare

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday unveiled plans to plug California’s budget deficit by slashing billions of dollars worth of funding for services designed to help the state’s poor. Schwarzenegger’s budget proposals would see spending cuts of 12.4 billion dollars and include the elimination of California’s welfare-to-work program and virtually all…

Greenpeace outs billionaire brothers as ‘kingpins’ of climate denial

The billionaire owners of privately held technology company Koch Industries funneled nearly $50 million in donations to climate change denial groups between 1997 and 2008, according to a new report from Greenpeace International. “This private, out-of-sight corporation is now a partner to ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute and other donors…

Chomsky: Obama is ‘delivering, but for financial institutions’

GOP’s goal is to ‘prevent governability,’ renowned scholar tells Raw Story The nature of the current recession has made it clear to most Americans that a new wave of financial reforms is necessary to prevent another crash. MIT professor Noam Chomsky alleged that the Democratic establishment’s reluctance to reestablish post-Depression…

Health reform bill includes $250M for new abstinence-only programs

Buried in the landmark health care bill passed by Democrats is $250 million over 5 years for state programs to try to convince young people to wait until marriage for sex. Proponents of abstinence-only education are thrilled, but there is little evidence this money will be effective in fighting pregnancy…

Chinese zoo worker: Animals killed to make ‘tiger-bone liquor’

BEIJING (AFP) – Authorities are investigating a Chinese zoo where three dozen animals including 13 rare Siberian tigers died recently, amid charges it was harvesting their parts, state media said Monday. The probe of the zoo in the northeastern city of Shenyang will look at whether the animal parts were…

Once again, abortion brings health care reform to standstill

There is no compromise in sight for health care reform as pro-life Republican and Democrats refuse to support any bill that includes taxpayer dollars for abortions, much like the last time Democrats tried to push health care reform through Congress.…

Rights groups urge US funding to break China’s Internet firewall

A coalition of human rights campaigners on Tuesday urged the US government to fund efforts led by the Falungong spiritual movement to circumvent Internet censorship in China and other nations. Congress approved 30 million dollars in the 2010 budget to combat cyber censorship in China, Iran and elsewhere. But lawmakers…

More than a hundred Republicans bash stimulus, then seek money

“I find it interesting that you have a lot of the Republicans running around and pushing back on the stimulus money and saying this doesn’t create any new jobs. Then, they go out and they do the photo ops and they are posing with the big check and they say,…

Obama to propose $3.8 trillion 2011 budget – report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will unveil a $3.8 trillion (2.4 trillion pound) budget proposal on Monday for fiscal 2011, the New York Times reported on Saturday.…

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