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Obama wants jobs bill vote this month

US President Barack Obama on Monday piled new pressure on Congress to pass his $447 billion jobs bill, saying he wanted Congress to vote on the measure this month. The president said in a cabinet meeting that it was time for lawmakers to act on the plan, a mix of…

Florida jail ends free underwear for inmates to cut costs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (Reuters) – A central Florida sheriff has announced a cost-saving measure that hits below the belt: no more free underwear for men booked into jail. Starting August 1, the Polk County jail will no longer provide five pairs of briefs to male inmates. Instead, inmates will have…

Global whaling body adopts anti-corruption reform

SAINT HELIER, Jersey — The International Whaling Commission (IWC) changed Wednesday the way its 89 member nations pay fees, adopting a British proposal to boost transparency and discourage alleged influence-peddling. Debate at the IWC’s 63rd annual meeting, which closes on Thursday, has been dominated by whether or how to introduce…

House to warn Palestinians on UN statehood bid

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives closed ranks Wednesday to warn the Palestinians that they risk cuts in US aid if they pursue UN recognition of a future state not defined in direct talks with Israel. A resolution to that effect had 320 co-sponsors out of the often polarized…

Twitter buys analytics startup BackType

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter announced on Tuesday that it has acquired BackType, a San Francisco-based startup that helps publishers measure the impact of their social media use. Financial details of the transaction were not released. Twitter, in a message on its @TwitterGlobalPR feed, said BackType would “focus on creating tools…

Iran condemns IEA decision to release oil stocks

TEHRAN (Reuters)- Iran condemned on Saturday a decision by oil consumer nations to release strategic crude stocks as politically motivated interference in the market that would not have a sustained impact on prices. “The measure by the International Energy Agency in consuming their oil stockpile is meddling in the natural…

House rejects measure authorizing Libya mission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – War-fatigued lawmakers in the House of Representatives took a symbolic swipe at President Barack Obama’s Libya policy on Friday, rejecting a resolution that would have authorized his limited military intervention against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi for a year. The Republican-led House, upset over Obama’s failure to seek…

Congress to vote on curbing Libya operations

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives will vote Friday on a resolution aimed at limiting the US military role in Libya without undermining NATO there, Republican House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. “This is primarily a fight between the Congress and the president over his unwillingness to consult with…

Bill would approve US role in Libya retroactively

WASHINGTON — Two top US senators on Tuesday introduced a bill that would retroactively support America’s military role in Libya, amid a raging debate over whether President Barack Obama flouted the law by not getting prior congressional approval. “I believe we will find a strong, bipartisan majority that is in…

Dem Rep: Obama should stop deporting children

WASHINGTON – Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) on Monday urged President Barack Obama to stop deporting children who have grown up in the United States but were brought here illegally by their parents. “It makes no sense for young immigrants raised in the U.S. to live under the threat of deportation…

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