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Obama Embraces Economic Record in New Commercial
Republican Tax Plan Would Do Little to Reduce Federal Rates
Wiping out itemized deductions and raising taxes on investment income would generate only enough cash to pay for a minuscule reduction in federal tax rates, according to an official analysis, raising new questions about the workability of Republican-style tax reform. In a report released Friday, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, the official scorekeeper for tax policy, concluded that such changes would pay for a 4 percent reduction in tax rates next year -- far short of the 20 percent reduction sought by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Moderator Martha Raddatz Wins Veep Debate
Ryan Claims to be Conservative, But His Constituents Benefited From Federal Largess
Ohio Voting Dispute Heads to Supreme Court
On one side, 15 states have joined Ohio in asking the Supreme Court for emergency protection from federal judges who seek to "micromanage" elections. On the other, President Obama's reelection committee has invoked the lessons of Bush v. Gore to counter that Ohio is attempting to favor one group of voters above all others. And now, in a case with legal and political ramifications, the Supreme Court must decide whether to intervene just three weeks before the election in a state that both Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney consider critical to their chances of winning.
Europe Takes Google to Task on Data Collection
Google's efforts to track users across services such as YouTube and Gmail do not meet European standards of privacy, officials plan to announce Tuesday, in the latest of a growing number of regulatory challenges for the American technology giant. Tuesday's action comes as regulators in the United States and Europe prepare for the possibility of major antitrust cases against the company. Competitors such as Apple, meanwhile, are pressing claims of patent violations against several makers of devices that run Google's Android operating system.
Rolling Stones to Perform Four Concerts For 50th Anniversary
Legal Marijuana Advocates Court Conservatives
It's not all hippies backing November's marijuana legalization votes in Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Appealing to Western individualism and a mistrust of federal government, activists have lined up some prominent conservatives, from one-time presidential hopefuls Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul to Republican-turned-Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.
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Majority of Americans Say President Obama Better for Middle-Income Americans
The Self-Destruction of the 1 Percent
White House Race Contested in Far Fewer States This Time Around
Three Key House Races Tilt Toward Democrats
Mitt Romney's Five Biggest Lies in the First Debate
Romney Admits He Was 'Completely Wrong' in 47% Comments
Washington Post Polls Show Obama Leads in Ohio and Florida
Judge Halts Enforcement of Pennsylvania's New Voter ID Law
US Supreme Court Faces Another High-Profile Term
Wisconsin Judge Strikes Down Law Limiting Collective Bargaining Rights
Appeals Court Strikes Blow to Alabama's Immigration Law
War, Intel, National Security
US Panel Claims China Tech Giants Pose Security Threat
Post 9/11 Intelligence Effort Targeted Citizens, Not Terrorists
US Banks Barraged With Cyberattacks
Economy, Business, Labor, Technology|
Geithner Says US Economic Reforms Are Yielding Results
Jobs Report Cools Post-Debate Ferver in Romney Camp
US Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.8 Percent, a 44-Month Low
Labor Union Approval Remains Steady at 52 Percent
Science, Health, Environment
Skydiver Breaks Sound Barrier in Record Jump
Suspect Steroid Shots Exposed 13,000 to Meningitis
Experts Say Global Warming Means More Antarctic Ice
Frenchman, American Win Nobel for Quantum Physics
Obama EPA Issues New Fuel-Efficiency Standard
Arts, Media, Education, Entertainment
Longtime Republican Moderate Arlen Specter Dies at 82
American Public's Trust of News Media Hits Record Low
Sports, Travel, Outdoors
No. 1 Alabama Whips Missouri in the Rain, 42-10
Featured Political and Labor Stories
Republican Scare Tactics Work: Voters Approve Trust Fund Amendment
Selma-to-Montgomery March No Celebration of the Right to Vote This Year
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- There was not supposed to be a major anniversary march this year to commemorate Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965. It is only the 47th anniversary of that groundbreaking event in civil rights and American political history that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act that year. Plans are in the works for a big event on the 50th anniversary in 2015. But even though black voters, union leaders and members, women and Hispanic groups were all heartened by the election of the first African-American president in U.S. history in 2008, that has not stopped an all out assault on voting rights, labor rights, immigrant rights and yes, human rights, by Republican politicians across the country. So organizers decided the crisis was so great this year, especially in Alabama, that they had better get together and do a march this year.
Senator Richard Shelby Answers Ethics Question
Federalist Society Hears From Conservative Voter Suppression Expert
The fate of the world is often decided by powerful men meeting in secret. That is a fact, but it's not always the case -- and doesn't have to be so. No, this is no "conspiracy theory." It's just a narrative story explaining how politics, government and public opinion are often guided by the rich and powerful, but also how common citizens can make a difference when the press does its job of educating the public in a democratic society.
Consumer Watchdog Makes Appearance in Birmingham
Why Working People Vote Against Their Economic Interests
Why do working class people in the South so frequently vote against their own economic self-interest? In answering the question a little more than 20 years after his book came out, retired Auburn History professor Wayne Flynt said some things you will never see reported by any newspaper or television news station in Alabama.
AFL-CIO Report Calls Immigration Law A 'Crisis in Alabama'
Labor Heavy Hitters On the Ground in Alabama's Immigration Battle
Heavy hitters from American labor are now on the ground taking a special interest in Alabama due to the growing controversy surrounding the state's draconian immigration law. An AFL-CIO sponsored delegation of union leaders actively engaged in the struggle for civil and human rights recently spent a day in Birmingham and Pelham getting a first-hand view of the law's impact by hearing from local community leaders and undocumented workers.
Featured Science, Nature and Environmental Stories
A Conundrum: Will Humans Ever Achieve World Peace?
Natural Gas Fracking Coming to Talladega National Forest
An unknown mining company has prompted the federal Bureau of Land Management to offer up 43,000 acres in the national forest near Mt. Cheaha for oil and gas extraction that could involve hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," a controversial drilling practice that some states such as New York and Vermont have formally banned. The federal agency has not returned phone calls or e-mails Tuesday to answer questions about the plan, which appears to have been issued quietly without adequate public notification, just one of the issues that has the Southern Environmental Law Center considering filing a formal lawsuit to stop the major lease sale coming up June 14 in Virginia.
Environmental Law Center Files Intent to Sue Against Oil, Gas Leases
People Pack Talladega Ritz in Opposition to Drilling in National Forests
Standards for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants Unveiled
Much anticipated national standards limiting the output of mercury and other toxic air pollutants from the nation's power plants were unveiled on Wednesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first national standards designed to protect American families from power plant emissions of mercury and toxic air pollution like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium, and cyanide, will slash emissions of these dangerous pollutants by relying on widely available, proven pollution controls that are already in use at more than half of the nation's coal-fired power plants.
Are We Learning the Lessons from BP's Oil Disaster in the Gulf?
When the British Petroleum corporation issued a press release announcing that the multinational behemoth would commit $1 billion for Gulf Coast restoration projects, every news organization in the world ran a story about it. But where were the reporters and editors asking the tough questions, such as: Is the $1 billion enough? What is the plan for restoration? What does the company and the government plan to restore?
Unanswered Questions Remain on the State of the Gulf Coast
Robin Young, Like Thousands on the Gulf, Suffered 'BP Crud'
Watchdogging BP Video: Oil Giant Restricts Press Access to Alabama Beach
BP's Oil Spill Will Have Major Environmental Impacts on the Gulf of Mexico
Van Camping Along Highway 64 in the Birthplace of Conservation
Sitting in a camp chair in front of the computer by the French Broad River, one of those rare stretches of water that flows north -- from the Eastern Continental Divide through the Appalachian Mountains to Tennessee -- I witnessed a true optical illusion, without the need of a magician or a television set.
Slide Show Video: Wild South Mountain Excursion 2012
Slide Show: Wild South Oscar's 2011
Wild South Roosevelt-Ashe Society 2011 'Green Oscars'
Secret Vistas: A Film About the Lake Chinnabee Campground
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