Puerto Rico will host a referendum on statehood in November

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Voters will first be asked whether they want the current territory status to continue. Regardless of how voters answer that question, they will then be asked to express their preference among the three alternatives to the current status: statehood, independence and nationhood in free association with the US.

If a majority of Puerto Rico voters in November cast their ballots in opposition to the current status, and in support of one of the alternatives, Puerto Rico’s local officials can be expected to petition the federal government to act upon that choice.

By jdpink | 10:16:57 AM EST | 14 April 2012 | Share

Suzanne Bonamici wins Oregon special election, replacing David Wu after sex scandal

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Democrat Suzanne Bonamici swept to victory Tuesday in Oregon’s 1st Congressional District as her party continued its nearly four-decade-long hold on the seat covering the northwestern corner of the state.

A former state legislator, Bonamici becomes the only woman in the seven-member Oregon congressional delegation and her campaign expects that she will be sworn in within the next week.

By jdpink | 6:37:42 AM EST | 1 February 2012 | Share

Tim Pawlenty endorses Mitt Romney, serving as national co-chairman of Romney campaign

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The former GOP presidential candidate who dropped out of the race last month endorsed Mitt Romney Monday on Fox and Friends. He added that he will be serving as national co-chairman of Romney’s campaign and will be joining the former Massachusetts governor at an event in Charleston, SC Monday. [The Hill, National Journal]

By Editor | 11:05:22 AM EST | 12 September 2011 | Share

Obama to deliver statement on American Jobs Act at 10:40 a.m. ET

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The President will make a speech at the Rose Garden at 10:40 a.m. ET before sending the $447 billion jobs package to Congress. [LA Times]

By Editor | 10:57:26 AM EST | 12 September 2011 | Share

As war continues, Libyan animals suffer

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Animal-rescue efforts took place at the Tripoli Zoo during the revolution as 15 staff members risked their lives to feed and take care of the animals. Shell bombings and bullet holes can be seen in various parts of the zoo. Lack of water posed a threat to hippos while an elderly siberian tiger died from stress. [CNN]

By Editor | 10:49:10 AM EST | 12 September 2011 | Share

UK Russia talks raises Litvinenko case

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Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit marks the first visit to Russia by a UK leader since 2005. UK-Russia relations soured after a Russian dissident was murdered in 2006 and Russia refused to extradite the prime suspect. [BBC News]

By Editor | 10:22:16 AM EST | 12 September 2011 | Share

Hundreds die in Kenyan pipeline explosion

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The explosion in a densely populated area of Nairobi caused a fire, burning and killing more than 100 people. An earlier report that a leakage had occurred brought people to the pipe to collect fuel seeping out. [Al Jazeera English]

By Editor | 10:14:59 AM EST | 12 September 2011 | Share

Fears of Greek default hit French banks exposed to euro bonds

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Investor confidence slumped with a 10 percent decrease in the shares of French banks Monday as reports circulated that Moody’s was planning downgrades due to the banks’ exposure to Greek bonds. [Reuters]

By Editor | 10:11:24 AM EST | 12 September 2011 | Share

Capital gains tax increases income and representational inequality

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While investors, some renowned economists and the wealthy defend low capital gains rates for job creation and economic growth, some political analysts suggest that much of the lobbying and financial contributions to political parties encouraging low rates are not representative of voters at large in the nation. [Washington Post]

By Editor | 10:05:12 AM EST | 12 September 2011 | Share

Death at French nuclear plant due to explosion

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The French media are reporting one death due to a blast in a plant located in southern France. No radiation leaks have been discovered. [USA Today]

By Editor | 9:50:20 AM EST | 12 September 2011 | Share

P&G new growth strategy reveals diminishing middle class

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The recession has driven more of a wedge between high and low-end consumers as middle class workers, earning between $50,000 to $140,000 a year, lag behind and enter into the low-income bracket. [Wall Street Journal]

By Editor | 9:47:51 AM EST | 12 September 2011 | Share

Nation commemorates tenth anniversary of September 11 attacks

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Thousands gathered together at ground zero in New York City, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania in remembrance of those who died by terrorist attacks ten years ago. President Obama, former President George W. Bush, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries were present at commemorations. [New York Times]

By Editor | 9:39:10 AM EST | 12 September 2011 | Share

Intelligence reports potential terror threat to U.S. on anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

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U.S. intelligence reported they found unconfirmed information that Al Qaeda militants in Pakistan had plans to attack Washington D.C. and New York City in coordinated car bombings on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Counterterrorism officials briefed the President on the matter and have stated that the information received was “specific and credible” but not confirmed. [Wall Street Journal]

By Editor | 9:26:16 PM EST | 8 September 2011 | Share

Obama pitches aggressive $447 billion package in jobs speech

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The American Jobs Act includes tax cuts, state aid, jobs programs and construction projects with over half the package spent on extending a payroll tax cut to workers and companies. [Politico]

By Editor | 8:58:06 PM EST | 8 September 2011 | Share

Double-dip recession may soon be reality economic forecasters say

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The prospects of a double-dip recession are predicted to fall between 25 and 40 percent, although the accuracy of such forecasts have been brought into doubt due to past failed predictions. Still, the job growth rate is at a staggering 0.1 percent in the last four months according to the Labor Department. [New York Times]

By Editor | 11:10:27 AM EST | 8 September 2011 | Share