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Noontime News Roundup – February 20, 2012

February 20, 2012

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Noontime News Roundup – February 20, 2012

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CHART: Obama’s Latest Budget Would Create 1.5 Million New Jobs In 2012

The Economic Policy Institute released an analysis today of the programs in President Obama’s newly proposed budget plan which are aimed at boosting job growth. All told, it would yield approximately 1.5 million new jobs in fiscal year 2012, and around 1.3 million in 2013. This would result in a drop in the unemployment rate of 0.5 percent in 2012 and 0.4 percent in 2013, EPI estimated.

Russian Accuses Voice Of America Of Fake Interview

Russian anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny has been the victim of many dirty tricks by pro-Kremlin media.

But when the U.S. government-funded Voice of America published an online interview that had him criticizing other Russian opposition figures, Navalny quickly tweeted that the interview was a fake.

Iran: Oil Exports Cut To Britain, France

Iran has halted oil shipments to Britain and France, the Oil Ministry said Sunday, in an apparent pre-emptive blow against the European Union after the bloc imposed sanctions on Iran’s crucial fuel exports.

At Last, They See: E-Books ‘Democratize’ Publishing

Not known as a hotbed of experimentation, the world of publishing has been slow to embrace the transition from print to e-books. This past week in New York, however, the Tools of Change digital publishing conference attracted entrepreneurs and innovators who are more excited by, rather than afraid of, the future.

Claire McCaskill digging in to keep Senate seat

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in recent weeks has criticized the president’s budget as too tame, and has teamed up with Republicans on several fronts to control spending.

In North Carolina, gay man fired for marrying partner

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The past five months have been eventful for Steav Bates-Congdon.

First he got married. Then he got fired.

Romney Supporter McCain Disagrees With Romney On Taliban Talks: ‘I Think It’s Important’ To Negotiate

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai confirmed this week that his government is now engaging in trilateral peace talks with the Taliban and the United States to end the 10-year war. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, however, opposes any talks with the insurgent group. “The right course for America is not to negotiate with the Taliban while the Taliban are killing our soldiers,” Romney said during a debate last month.

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