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Noontime News Roundup – July 2, 2010

Noontime News is a snapshot of our RSS feeds from the noon (Eastern time) hour. 17 senators from states with double-digit jobless rates repeatedly vote to filibuster unemployment benefits. “Since the beginning of the Great Recession, 15 million Americans have lost their jobs. Almost half of them have been out of work for six months or more, and there are currently nearly five workers actively seeking work for every available job. However, the Senate has been unable to extend job benefits because of a Republican filibuster, which has been joined by Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE). On three separate occasions, Democrats tried to break the filibuster but were unsuccessful. And while no senator voting to continue the filibuster should be allowed to escape responsibility, many voting to sustain it are from states that have been hit particularly hard by the unemployment crisis.” ∞ 21 Die in Gun Battle Near U.S. Border With Mexico “Nearly two dozen people were killed in a Mexican border area on Thursday during a fierce gun battle between suspected members of rival drug gangs, Mexican authorities said. “ ∞ Schwarzenegger puts 200,000 California workers on minimum wage “Roughly 200,000 state workers will receive minimum wage paychecks next month under terms of an order issued Thursday by the Schwarzenegger administration.” ∞ Self-fulfilling prophecy? Panel pushes Goldman on AIG collapse “WASHINGTON — Goldman Sachs executives first threatened to...

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Noontime News Roundup – July 1, 2010

Noontime News is a snapshot of our RSS feeds from the noon (Eastern time) hour. Why Aren’t Tea Parties Demanding That The Government Hold BP Accountable On Behalf Of Taxpayers? “Given that these protesters take their name from the Boston Tea Party, which was organized around protesting an unfair tax benefit given to a massive British corporation, and that British oil giant BP’s oil disaster could end up costing taxpayers billions of dollars, you’d think that Tea Partiers would be demanding that the government hold BP accountable and make the corporation pay the full costs for its bad behavior, so that taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill.” ∞ Sen. Bennett: ‘I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas.’ “Last month, Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) came in a distant third behind two other GOP candidates vying for the three-term senator’s seat at the Utah Republican Party’s nominating convention in Salt Lake City. His defeat was heralded as a Tea Party victory and prompted Utah’s other GOP U.S. senator, Orrin Hatch, to say tea partiers “don’t have an open mind” and “won’t listen.”” ∞ Safety net for unemployed disappears as politicians argue ” In just one week and in just one state — last week in Missouri — more than 8,300 people fell through the unemployment insurance safety net. Actually, their nets were removed.”...

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Morning Feature: Echoes of War

My dad was a veteran of WWII, who fought in the Pacific. He died earlier this year, and it’s only been as I look through the things he left behind that I realize something: War took my dad away before I was even born. And it never completely gave him back. (More) Not many of us have a photo like this: That’s my dad standing out there in front of the M7 armored vehicle during the battle of Okinawa. You can see another soldier too, in the foxhole in the foreground. This was not a quiet moment in the line. I found this photo a couple of months after my dad died. None of us knew he had it. The Signal Corps photographer gave him a copy with a message to my dad on the back, identifying him. I can’t fully describe the impact that photo had on me. I’ve always known my dad fought in the Pacific, including Okinawa. He rarely mentioned his war experience, but there was one time he said something that left an indelible imprint on my heart. I asked him why he wasn’t going to his division’s reunion (I was all of 11 or 12 at the time), and I argued he must have friends he wanted to see again. His answer: “All my friends are dead. And I didn’t want to get to know the...

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Noontime News Roundup – June 15, 2010

Noontime News is a snapshot of our RSS feeds from the noon (Eastern time) hour. Financial lobbyists whine to Wall Street Journal about not having easy access to lawmakers. “Democratic and Republican lawmakers began House-Senate negotiations last week in the final push for comprehensive Wall Street reform. Since the start of this year, the financial industry has invested over $28 million in a platoon of lobbyists to weaken the overhaul and “protect the status quo.” Denied an inital opportunity through “backroom negotiations,” lobbyists “pinned their hopes” on the conference process for face time with key lawmakers.” ∞ Inhofe Calls Climate Threat A Hoax As Floods Ravage Oklahoma “Last week, 47 senators launched a failed assault on science, supporting Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) resolution to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific finding that greenhouse gas pollution endangers the public health and welfare.” ∞ After generations of independence, some Gulf Coasters asking for help ” DELACROIX, La. — A month into the oil spill, Bernard Johnson sat in his living room in this Gulf Coast fishing village watching news of the crude’s slow and deadly seep into the bays and bayous where he has made a living for nearly three decades. He thought of his wife and 5-year-old daughter. And he made a decision. For the first time in three generations of fishermen, a Johnson would accept outside help. Days later,...

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Morning Feature: The best years of your life? Whoa!

I’ve been pushed onto memory lane by my youngest daughter’s graduation from high school. Reflection after 42 years can be interesting: how things have changed, and how little some of that “important” past means now. They really weren’t the best years of my life. (More) Enthusiasm…for what? Watching my daughter prepare for her big day has been fascinating. She’s been down, and up. Everything else seems to have disappeared from her consciousness, yet she can’t wait to get started in college. A month ago she was heartbroken that she would lose so many good friends as they scatter into life. She felt nostalgic about the good times, and even scared about the future. She didn’t seem to remember the times she hurt, and hurt badly. All that has changed. Now that we’re past prom and into ceremonies, rehearsals, senior breakfasts, and other special events. She has that cap and gown in hand – and her hard-earned honors cord – and she can’t be done fast enough. Last week at her senior awards ceremony there was an unintentional moment of humor. The principal tried to rally school spirit and get the grads to chant “We are (name of school)” after his every remark about their class accomplishments. They weren’t exactly silent, but their chant was hardly throaty enthusiasm. They may not have their diplomas yet, but they seemed to have...

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