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Haiti quake also shaking up traditional view of women
“PORT-AU-PRINCE — Cendra Guillaume walks into the dusty depot of manly machines, passes fellow female workers, and steps into the front office with a familiar look of determination.”

No Dissent Allowed: Leading Conservatives Call For Steele To Resign For Daring To Question War

“This past Friday, video surfaced of RNC Chairman Michael Steele speaking at a fundraiser in Connecticut about the war in Afghanistan. While some of Steele’s comments at the fundraiser were clearly inaccurate — such as his claim that the war was of “Obama’s choosing,” when it was started by his predecessor — he also made reasonable, debate-worthy arguments that engaging in a prolonged land war in Afghanistan is unwise.”

BP used oil industry tax break to write off its rent for Deepwater rig.

“Transocean, the company that owns the failed Deepwater Horizon rig that caused the Gulf oil spill, used well-known tax havens in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland to lower its U.S. corporate tax rate by almost 15 points. And due to a break in the U.S. tax code, BP was also allowed to write off the rent it paid to Transocean on its own tax bill, saving it hundreds of thousands of dollars per day”

As Afghan War Drags On, Some Democrats Threaten Revolt

“The war in Afghanistan has produced divisions among Democrats in Congress from the start, but a series of votes on Friday revealed a rising tide of Democratic discontentment that could alter the trajectory of the Obama administration’s approach to the conflict.”

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