News for 2011-06-29

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
[field_image_caption-raw] Ignoring Liberal Dems, Obama Endorses Longer Payroll-Tax Holiday Through 2012
President Obama on Wednesday reiterated his push to extend an existing payroll-tax holiday through 2012 – a move denounced by liberal Democrats who fear the reduction in revenues will undermine Social Security. “I think that it makes perfect sense for us to take a look at, can we extend the payroll...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Obama: "It's Only Fair" to Ask Rich to Give Up Tax Breaks
Rejecting Republican demands for massive cuts in federal programs while maintaining tax breaks for the wealthy as not "sustainable," President Obama used a press conference Wednesday to argue that serious negotiations about balancing the budget and addressing deficits and debt must include plans to...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Scientists Monitor Air as Fire Burns Near Nuclear Site
LOS ALAMOS - As crews fight to keep a New Mexico wildfire from reaching the nation's premier nuclear-weapons laboratory and the surrounding community, scientists are busy sampling the air for chemicals and radiological materials. Their effort includes dozens of fixed-air monitors on the ground, as...
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[field_image_caption-raw] In Syntagma Square, Some See the Dawn of a New Politics
ATHENS - It's past midnight in Syntagma Square, the epicenter of Greece's month-long anti-austerity demonstrations, and Stathis Marinos is sitting at a corner cafe overlooking the colorful tent city under the trees. Flipping a string of worry beads while sipping a frappe, the 37-year-old software...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Lower Taxes On The Rich Don’t Lead To Job Growth
WASHINGTON - Congressional Republicans — during both last year’s debate over the pending expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the current negotiations regarding raising the nation’s debt ceiling — refused to consider tax increases on even the very richest Americans.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Global Warming and the Science of Extreme Weather
Extreme floods, prolonged droughts, searing heat waves, massive rainstorms and the like don't just seem like they've become the new normal in the last few years—they have become more common, according to data collected by reinsurance company Munich Re (see Part 1 of this series). But has this...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Long Hours, No Rest: Overworked Americans Still Dreaming of Vacation
Summer has arrived, the flowers are bursting, the air is warm, the sun is out, and you’re starting to fantasize about your vacation. No matter: Your boss has a big project for you, So you will be clocking more overtime instead of spending time with the people you most care about.
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[field_image_caption-raw] Gaza Flotilla Makes Internet Splash
They're all aTwitter about the flotilla. It may still be anyone's guess when a small international convoy of vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists and aid will set sail from Greece to the Gaza Strip in a challenge to Israel's naval blockade of the territory run by Hamas Islamists.
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[title] Democracy Now! Reports From the Protests Outside Greek Parliament in Athens Ahead of Vote
Democracy Now! Reports From the Protests Outside Greek Parliament in Athens Ahead of Vote:
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[field_image_caption-raw] Greeks Pass Critical Budget Cuts Despite Protests
ATHENS, Greece -- Greek lawmakers Wednesday approved a package of austerity measures demanded by international lenders, despite protests outside Parliament as they were voting, in a move that should clear the way for an emergency loan to Athens. Greek riot police fired round after round of tear gas...
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[field_image_caption-raw] US Cost of War at Least $3.7 Trillion and Counting
When President Barack Obama cited cost as a reason to bring troops home from Afghanistan, he referred to a $1 trillion price tag for America's wars. Staggering as it is, that figure grossly underestimates the total cost of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan to the U.S. Treasury and ignores more...
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[field_image_caption-raw] Fresh Clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square
CAIRO - Clashes are continuing between Egyptian security forces and more than 5,000 protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, leaving more than 590 injured, according to witnesses and medical officials. Tahrir Square, the epicenter of protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's former president, was...
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