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Fewer Americans worry about climate change: poll

WASHINGTON – The number of Americans who are worried about global warming has fallen to nearly the historic low reached in 1998, a poll released Monday showed. Just 51 percent of Americans — or one percentage point more than in 1998 — said they worry a great deal or fair…

Wisconsin voters would not elect Gov. Walker in retrospect: poll

If voters in Wisconsin could repeat the 2010 gubernatorial election, the majority would support defeated Democratic nominee Tom Barrett over Republican Scott Walker, according to a report [PDF] by Public Policy Polling. Fifty-two percent of the 768 registered Wisconsin voters surveyed said they would vote for Barrett if they could…

Walker unmoved by protests, won’t back down on collective bargaining

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said Sunday that thousands of demonstrators had not caused him to reconsider his plan to strip unions of collective bargaining rights. NBC’s David Gregory asked Walker why he refused a proposal by unions to accept his demand that they contribute more to pension and health…

Rising food prices nearing danger point: World Bank

PARIS (AFP) – World Bank president Robert Zoellick warned leaders of the top global economies Saturday that the world is reaching a danger point where soaring food prices threaten further political instability. “I mentioned that we are reaching a danger point,” Zoellick said, adding that he had urged G20 finance…

Obama the most polarizing president in decades

No president in recent decades had polarized the American public in their second year as much as President Barack Obama, according to polling organization Gallup. During his second year in office, an average of 81 percent of Democrats approved of the job Obama was doing. But only 13 percent of…

US jobless rate in surprise fall to 9%

WASHINGTON – The US unemployment rate unexpectedly fell in January, to 9.0 percent from 9.4 percent in December, but job creation was flat as the economy grapples with a weak recovery, official data showed Friday. It was the second month in a row the rate has fallen 0.4 percentage point.…

US plan: Replace Mubarak with torture-linked ‘CIA point man’

A US plan to see Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak leave office immediately is reportedly in the works and would see a transitional government formed by Mubarak’s vice-president, a former head of Egypt’s spy agency and an alleged “CIA point man” who facilitated the “extraordinary rendition” of terrorism suspects. US officials…

Fox News began criticizing Tucson memorial even before it ended

President Barack Obama warned that the next news cycle after the service for the Tucson shooting victims shouldn’t drift away into “point scoring and pettiness.” But that’s exactly what happened at Fox News, even before the memorial service had ended: a reality difficult for Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart to stomach.…

Exclusive: Fmr. health insurance executive pleads for more corporate whistleblowers

“I was ashamed, I am ashamed of some of the things I’ve done” Wendell Potter, the former Cigna communications chief who turned whistleblower and revealed the insurance industry’s disinformation campaign during the recent healthcare debate, is now urging other would-be whistleblowers to get off the fence and speak out. In…

Scientists: It’s not too late yet for polar bears

Global warming study finds slight hope for polar bears, no tipping point for loss of sea ice Two groups of scientists are suggesting a sliver of hope for the future of polar bears in a warming world. A study published online Wednesday rejects the often used concept of a “tipping…

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