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Financial Transaction Tax Sparks Hopes That Obama Will Play Robin Hood In 2012
WASHINGTON -- Advocates of a tiny but lucrative tax on financial transactions are increasingly hopeful that President Barack Obama's need to more firmly establish himself as the Main Street candidate in 2012 will lead him to back the measure. The tax -- though nearly inconsequential on a per-trade...
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With Lobbying Blitz, For-Profit Colleges Diluted New Rules
WASHINGTON — Last year, the Obama administration vowed to stop for-profit colleges from luring students with false promises. In an opening volley that shook the $30 billion industry, officials proposed new restrictions to cut off the huge flow of federal aid to unfit programs. But after a ferocious...
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Nurses Take the Message "Heal America Tax Wall Street" to 60 Congressional Offices
Across the country on September 1, nurses will converge on local congressional offices to demand a tax on Wall Street financial speculation, a move they say is a step towards healing the nation, trimming the deficit, and preserving social programs. National Nurses United (NNU) is planning a day of...
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US Proposes Advertisers Ditch Junk Food for Kids
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government on Thursday pressured food companies to cut back on aggressive advertising of junk food to kids, saying it contributes to a serious health crisis facing young Americans. The administration issued proposed voluntary principles which would turn children's food...
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Senators Supporting Ethanol Subsidies Reap Riches From Corn Interests
In habitually partisan Washington, D.C., a bipartisan group of senators late last month helped extend contentious federal tax provisions designed to aid domestic ethanol production. The senators mostly shared common ground on two fronts: geography and contributions from the political action...
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If Obama Will Not Fight for Fair Taxes and Fiscal Stability, What Will He Fight For?
When Barack Obama walked out of last week's meeting with Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and started talking about developing a "productive" working relationship with Republican congressional leaders who have sworn the political equivalent of a blood oath to destroy his presidency, it was clear...
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Senate Passes Food Safety Bill
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed legislation Tuesday to make food safer in the wake of deadly E. coli and salmonella outbreaks, potentially giving the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food. The $1.4 billion bill,...
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Democrats May Stop Bush-Era Tax Cuts for Wealthy From Expiring
Democrats are considering a plan to delay tax hikes on the wealthy for two years because the economic recovery is slow and they fear getting crushed in November's election. It could mean a big reprieve for families earning $250,000 and above annually. President George W. Bush's tax cuts will expire...
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As States Cut Public Workers, Congress Is Reluctant to Act
For tens of thousands of America's teachers, it is the start of an endless summer. In the past month, the Los Angeles Unified School District has sent pink slips to 693 employees. The Detroit school system has laid off 1,983 teachers, including Michigan's 2007 teacher of the year. And Greensboro, N...
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White House Flip Flops On Reining In CEO Pay
The White House is intervening at the last minute to come to the defense of multinational corporations in the unfolding conference committee negotiations over Wall Street reform. A measure that had been generally agreed to by both the House and Senate, which would have affirmed the SEC's authority...
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