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58%: Bush years ‘awful, not so good’

Most believe moral values suffered under Bush, poll says WASHINGTON — The jury is in on the Bush decade, and it’s not looking good. At least according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. A decisive 58 percent of respondents described the 2000-2009 years as “awful” or “not so good.”…

Nelson: Tax the rich and I’ll oppose health care bill

WASHINGTON — Hours before Democrats passed a historic cloture motion to advance the health care bill, one of its critical backers announced that his vote remains conditional on a set of demands. It had better not tax the rich, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) said Sunday in an appearance on CNN’s…

Another 260 arrested in Copenhagen climate protests

COPENHAGEN — Police battled demonstrators outside the UN climate summit on Wednesday as leaders of developing nations let rip at wealthy counterparts, exposing the huge obstacles facing a deal to tame global warming. Police with dogs fired tear gas and arrested around 260 marchers in Copenhagen, while inside the Bella…

Organizers: Californians to vote on marijuana legalization

According to organizers in California, next year the state will vote on a measure to legalize marijuana. Though the state’s bar is set high for ballot measures to be put before voters, requiring some 433,971 valid signatures, marijuana legalization activists claim to have collected 680,000, according to a published report.…

White House pressuring Reid to negotiate with Lieberman?

UPDATE The White House is denying a news report that it is pressuring Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to negotiate a deal with Sen. Joe Lieberman on health care reform. “The report is inaccurate,” White House communication adviser Dan Pfieiffer told Greg Sargent at the Plum Line. “The White House…

Top Obama aide: Jobless rate may grow in coming months

President Barack Obama’s top economic aide Christina Romer said Sunday the US jobless rate could rise further and that the improving US economy is not yet out of recession. Asked if the 10 percent unemployment rate could go higher, Romer, who heads up the White House Council of Economic Advisers,…

Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

The southern city of Houston late Saturday became the largest US metropolis to elect an openly gay mayor when Annise Parker, an open lesbian, claimed a solid victory over her rival. “I know what this win means to many of us who thought we could never achieve high office,” she…

Watch: Obama accepts Nobel Peace Prize

US President Barack Obama on Thursday accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, paying tribute to activists who have taken on governments around the world while uncomfortably acknowledging his role as a leader at war. Obama’s elevation to a pantheon of winners alongside the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Martin…

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