News for 2011-03-06

Sunday, March 6, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Why Employee Pensions Aren't Bankrupting States
WASHINGTON — From state legislatures to Congress to tea party rallies, a vocal backlash is rising against what are perceived as too-generous retirement benefits for state and local government workers. However, that widespread perception doesn't match reality. A close look at state and local pension...
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[field_image_caption-raw] From No 1 Fan to Critic-in-Chief, Damon Takes Aim at Obama
Few of Barack Obama's celebrity supporters at the 2008 US presidential election were as committed to his cause as the Oscar-winning actor Matt Damon. Rather than merely support Mr Obama in an online video, Damon, one of Hollywood's highest-profile liberal activists, campaigned for the Democratic...
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[field_image_caption-raw] 'Sarcastic Quip' May Have Triggered Stripping of WikiLeaks Suspect
A 'sarcastic quip' that a U.S. Army private made about his predicament at a Marine Corps brig may have led to orders that he strip naked each night, the soldier's attorney said Saturday. Beginning on Wednesday night, Pfc. Bradley Manning, who's facing preliminary charges related to massive leaks of...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Afghans Protest Civilian Casualites, Say Apology 'Not Enough'
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday told US General David Petraeus, the commander of international troops, that his apology after nine children died in a NATO air strike was "not enough". Hundreds of angry demonstrators also rallied in central Kabul over the deaths in an air raid by coalition...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Tens of Thousands Cheer Michael Moore in Madison: 'You Have Aroused a Sleeping Giant, Known as the Working People'
Filmmaker Michael Moore marched with members of Madison Firefighters Local 311 to the Wisconsin Capitol Saturday and delivered a old-school progressive populist address is which he told a crowd numbering in the tens of thousands that “Wisconsin is not broke. America is not broke.” “The country is...
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