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Republicans Promoting Tax Increase On Middle Class?

Democrats joned together Tuesday to criticize Republican leaders for wanting to end a temporary tax cut for employees that could expire at the end of this year. The tax break at issue is a 2% drop in the payroll tax paid this year by working Americans. The payroll tax funds Social Security. The reduction in […]

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Lawmaker Wants Investigation Into Administration’s New Deportation Policy

Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) says she will hold hearings into whether the Obama administration’s new deportation policy violates the Constitution. In a statement, Miller, who chairs a key House border security subcommittee, declared that the new policy, in which the administration will focus deportation efforts on illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds over other illegals, “is […]

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Paul Ryan Kills White House Rumors

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the influential chairman of the House Budget Committee, swatted down rumors Monday that he was mulling a White House bid. “I sincerely appreciate the support from those eager to chart a brighter future for the next generation.  While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind, and therefore I […]

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Feinstein Pitches Manufacturing Assistance Program

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released a letter she wrote to President Obama this past Thursday, in which she urged him to consider her new plan to help out manufacturers in California. Feinstein’s proposal involves allowing the U.S. Export-Import Bank to lend $20 billion to manufacturers who promise to use the money to directly hire […]

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Washington Anticipates Gadhafi’s Exit

As the rebel siege on Tripoli continues, Washington has begun to discuss the country’s post-Gaddafi future. In a statement Sunday night, President Barack Obama cast Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi’s exit as inevitable. “The momentum against the Gadhafi regime has reached a tipping point,” Obama said. “Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant.” Obama […]

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Lieberman May Snub Obama In 2012

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told Fox News Wednesday that he still isn’t sure which party’s presidential candidate he will endorse in 2012. “I’m going to approach this 2012 election as the independent I am,” Lieberman, a Democrat until he lost his party’s nomination amid the 2006 mid-term election, said during an appearance on Fox and […]

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Obama Urges Congress to Embrace a New Recovery Plan

By Kenneth R. Bazinet President Obama promises he will offer up a new recovery plan next month and he has a message to Republicans in Congress who obstruct efforts to jump start the economy: Get on board or face the voters next year. “Moving forward, my basic attitude is we know what to do.  I’ll […]

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The Supercommittee Gears Up For Work

* All 12 committee members are picked, the supercommittee MUST meet by 16 September – at the moment they’re NOT required to meet in public, though there’s a push in Congress for public meetings, and to force them to declare their fundraising. * They’re saying nice things but: Sen Pat Toomey (R) says the panel must […]

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Poll: Tea Party Endorsements Could Hurt Candidates

Being a favorite among the conservative Tea Party movement may hurt some candidates’ chances. According to a new Gallup poll, 42 percent of voters responded that they are less likely to vote for a Tea Party candidate, compared to 23 percent who said that they would be more likely. In terms of party, 12 percent […]

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Clyburn, Becerra And Van Hollen Join Supercommittee

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tapped Representatives Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) to serve on the supercommittee tasked with finding $1.5 trillion in savings. Noting that the committee “has a golden opportunity to take its discussions to the higher ground of America’s greatness and its values,” Pelosi said that […]

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No Charges For Cop Who Shot Black Man 14 Times

“Based on all the evidence and analysis presented in this report, I come to the conclusion that Officer Manney’s use of force in this incident was justified self defense,” Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said.

Appeals Court Strikes Down N.C. Abortion Ultrasound Mandate

Source: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The law required physicians to describe a mandated ultrasound to a woman even if she were to “avert her eyes or “refuse to hear” what was being described.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – December 22, 2014

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Tunisia chooses its next president in the country’s first democratic elections, and Pakistan and Jordan reinstitute the death penalty.

Justice Department Calls Alstrom Bribery Scandal “Astounding”

“It was astounding in its breadth, its brazenness and its worldwide consequences,” said Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

3 Ways Violence Thrives- But Shouldn’t

It is time we take a neighborly approach and respond to social media violence, violence on television and in movies as well as the micro-aggressions we all often witness.

TRNS News Notes- 12/22

After deadly ambush, NYPD on alert
Pols: blame, pain, outrage
Civil rights leaders reax
North Korea back on terror list?
U.S. asks China for help
What could the U.S. do to North Korea?
WH / Sony spat / Crackle
Cuba: Obama defends actions