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Trumka: Ohio victory a ‘landmark for the 99 percent’

Labor unions and public workers claimed an important victory Tuesday after over 63 percent of voters in Ohio rejected Gov. John Kasich’s (R) plan to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights. “Last night, the people Ohio, from teachers and firefighters to the building trades and public sector workers to…

Hillary Clinton in Africa on U.S. trade drive

LUSAKA (AFP) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday the United States wanted to expand trade with Africa by investing in the continent’s people, warning against a “new colonialism” as China expands its presence. In Zambia on the first leg of a three-nation African tour, Clinton defended US policies…

Republicans could scale back US science budgets

Budgets for scientific research in the United States could be scaled back with the return of a Republican-majority in Congress as conservatives aim to slash spending to reduce the ballooning deficit. The Republican electoral platform, the “Pledge to America,” details the party’s ideals of smaller government, lower taxes and robust…

JPMorgan profit leaps nearly 80%

NEW YORK (AFP) – US banking giant JPMorgan Chase on Thursday announced a net profit of 4.8 billion dollars in the second quarter, up nearly 80 percent from the same period last year. Reporting solid performance across most business areas, the New York-based bank’s profits included 1.5 billion dollars that…

Ag Secretary: Billions more needed to address child hunger, obesity

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday urged Congress to plow billions more dollars into programs to end the twin scourges of child obesity and hunger, which impact children, the economy and national security. With some 17 million children living in households that have to sometimes skip meals to make…

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