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German nuclear shutdown sets global example: Merkel

BERLIN (AFP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany could serve as a global trailblazer with its decision Monday to phase out nuclear power by 2022 in favour of renewable energy sources. Merkel said the “fundamental” rethink of energy policy in the world’s number four economy, which was prompted by the…

Senate rejects both Ryan and Obama budget plans

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelming rejected a budget plan proposed by Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI) and another budget proposed by President Barack Obama. The Hill reported that every Democrat in the Senate voted against the Ryan budget, with the exception of Sen. Charles Schumer (NY), who…

Dems claim NY special election win a rebuke of GOP Medicare plan

WASHINGTON – It was just moments after the results came in Tuesday night that Democrats began attributing their Rep.-elect Kathy Hochul’s come-from-behind victory in a mostly Republican district as a rebuke to the GOP plan to privatize Medicare. “Today, the Republican plan to end Medicare cost Republicans $3.4 million and…

U.S., U.K. plan trans-governmental national security group

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and the United States are to create a new joint forum to assess long-term threats to their national security, a British government source said Monday. The launch of the new national security strategy board is expected to be announced during U.S. President Barack Obama’s state visit to Britain, starting Tuesday. “The U.S.…

GOP majority leader says Paul Ryan should run for president

WASHINGTON – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said Monday that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the author of the Republican budget plan to replace Medicare with a subsidies system, should run for president. “Paul is about real leadership,” Cantor told reporters, adding that he’d like to see all 2012 Republican…

Exclusive: 2012 candidate Gary Johnson wants more Medicare cuts than the House GOP

WASHINGTON – Republican 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson believes the House Republican blueprint to replace Medicare with a subsidies system should cut even deeper, and he isn’t shy about saying so. “As president I would sign the plan into law, because it does move forward on the issue,” the former…

Japan considering plan to include solar panels on all new buildings

TOKYO — Japan is considering a plan that would make it compulsory for all new buildings and houses to come fitted with solar panels by 2030, a business daily said Sunday. The plan, expected to be unveiled at the upcoming G8 Summit in France, aims to show Japan’s resolve to…

GOP Senator Coburn: Budget deal must include tax increases

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Tom Coburn says that a long-term deficit reduction plan must include some revenue increases, because that’s what Americans want. “It’s time for the Senate to earn its reputation as the world’s greatest deliberative body and help lead that effort,” Coburn wrote in a Washington Post op-ed…

Paul Ryan: Critics of GOP Medicare plan waging ‘class warfare’

WASHINGTON – House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Monday sought to rekindle support for his plan to phase out Medicare, accusing his opponents of resorting to “class warfare” and “sowing social unrest.” “Class warfare may be clever politics, but it is terrible economics. Redistributing wealth never creates more of…

15 Yemen protesters wounded by armed civilians

SANAA — Armed civilians opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in Yemen’s second-largest city Taez on Saturday, wounding 15 of them, medics and witnesses said. Tension simmered in Yemen as Gulf Cooperation Council chief Abdullatif al-Zayani is expected to arrive in Sanaa, in a new attempt to convince rivals there to…

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