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Economy Adds 146,000 Jobs In November

The economy created 146,000 jobs in November, nearly doubling expectations, according to a Friday report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

‘Purged’ House GOPers Seek Answers From Boehner

Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) is one of four Republicans who fell victim to a “purge,” in his words, of committee seats by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) this week for bucking leadership over the last term. On Friday, Huelskamp signaled that he would not be going quietly, via a signed letter to Boehner:

White House Energy Program ‘Green Button’ Quietly Lurches Forward

It’s been a while since we last heard about the “Green Button”, the initiative announced by the White House in January, designed to incentivize utilities companies into making customers’ granular energy usage data openly available online.

Charlie Crist signs papers to become a Democrat

It was just a matter of time. Charlie Crist is becoming a Democrat.

Crist — Florida’s former Republican governor who relished the tough-on-crime nickname “Chain Gang Charlie” and used to describe himself variously as a “Ronald Reagan Republican” and a “Jeb Bush Republican” — on Friday evening signed papers changing his party from independent to Democrat.

Climate change talks deadlocked on final day of UN summit

Talks on a new climate deal ground on through Friday night in Qatar, as countries failed to agree on key issues including: rescuing the Kyoto protocol, finance and compensation for poor countries suffering the effects of climate change, and how to structure a proposed new global climate change agreement.

US supreme court agrees to take up two gay marriage cases

The US supreme court will take up the issue of same-sex marriage for the first time, agreeing to hear two cases that could decide whether gay and lesbian Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.

Egypt opposition rejects Morsi’s call for talks amid thousands-strong protest

Egypt’s opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) has angrily rejected calls by the president, Mohamed Morsi, for a national dialogue and warned that he has lost legitimacy after recent unrest and bloodshed.

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