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Noontime News Roundup – April 21, 2012

April 21, 2012

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Noontime News Roundup – April 21, 2012

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Hundreds of thousands must check, fix computers or lose Internet in July due to hacker case

WASHINGTON — For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections after early July.

Former Citigroup Chairman Blames Deregulation For The Financial Crisis

Richard Parsons, the former chairman of mega-bank Citigroup (who stepped down from his post just a few days ago), said yesterday that the repeal of Glass-Steagall — the Depression-era regulation separating investment and commercial banking — helped precipitate the financial crisis of 2008:

A Woman’s Lifetime Earnings Lost To Pay Gap Could Feed A Family Of Four For 37 Years

As of today — which is Equal Pay Day 2012 — women make 77 cents for every dollar that men earn. Over the course of a woman’s career, that disparity adds up to more than $430,000 in lost wages for an individual woman. As Center for American Progress economic analyst Matt Separa noted, the pay gap means that women fall behind economically in a number of ways:

Average Fortune 500 CEO Now Paid 380 Times As Much As The Average Worker

According to the latest edition of the AFL-CIO’s Executive Pay Watch report, the gap between CEO pay and worker pay expanded last year. In 2011, CEOs in the Fortune 500 made an average of $12 million, about 380 times what the average worker makes

Republicans Advance Proposal To Undermine Obamacare By Penalizing People Who Get Married

Yesterday, the House Ways & Means Committee — following the instruction included in the House Budget — passed legislation that would require families who qualify for subsidies in the health care exchanges to pay higher taxes if their incomes change mid-year. The change could dissuade people from purchasing insurance, disproportionately impact women (who are more likely to experience income fluctuations), and — as a new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains — could increase costs for the entire population.

Catholic Bishop Who Compared Obama To Hitler ‘Clarifies’ Comment

Last Saturday, Catholic Bishop Daniel Jenky delivered a homily in which he claimed that President Obama “now seems intent on following a similar path” to Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin. Yesterday, Jenky attempted to walk back some of this claim:

Citing Scalia, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Vetoes Guns In Public Buildings Bill

For the second time, Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ) rebuffed gun lobbyists’ efforts to enable people to bring firearms into public buildings by vetoing one of their pet bills:

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