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Gun protesters mark Newtown anniversary

Gun protesters mark Newtown anniversary

By David G. Brown 23/12/2013 15:57

Thousands of demonstrators across the United States on Saturday marked the first anniversary of the shooting rampage that killed 26 students and teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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West must stay out of Ukraine affairs

West must stay out of Ukraine affairs

By Elkin 23/12/2013 15:42

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has warned the West to stay out of his country’s internal political affairs, after European and US diplomats visited protests in Kiev.“

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Conservatives See the Light on High Deductibles

Conservatives See the Light on High Deductibles

By Tim Lahan 23/12/2013 15:39

The revelation that many plans in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges have high deductibles has put many of the law’s conservative opponents into a corner: Once in favor of high deductibles, these critics of Obamacare are suddenly worried about the risk to consumers.

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 Help Ukrainians Stand Up for Western Values

Help Ukrainians Stand Up for Western Values

By 23/12/2013 15:36

Before Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed a deal to bail out our country’s economy this week, there was excitement among Western officials and analysts about the way some businessmen who have bankrolled the president’s rise to power appeared to be distancing themselves from him.

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How to Keep Banks From Rigging Gold Prices

How to Keep Banks From Rigging Gold Prices

By 23/12/2013 15:31

Authorities around the world are gradually piecing together a shocking picture of how banks have manipulated benchmarks that influence the price of everything from mortgage loans to foreign currencies.Another area deserves their scrutiny: gold and silver.In recent weeks, Bloomberg News and others have reported on concerns, among market participants and regulators, that the process for establishing the price of gold may lend itself to insider trading and other forms of unfair dealing. The available evidence strongly suggests manipulation and, given the structure of the market, possibly collusion.

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Putin's Conservative State Capitalism

Putin's Conservative State Capitalism

By Vboqorad 23/12/2013 15:29

The essence of President Vladimir Putin’s annual address to the Federal Assembly on Dec. 12 was that his enchantment with state capitalism and Soviet economics is continuing. Rather than promoting higher economic growth, he wanted to go after the remaining prominent private businessmen.Russia’s most urgent economic concern is the disappearing economic growth, but only in the middle of his speech Putin arrived at the need for the “renewal of sustainable economic growth.”

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IRS vendor owed $525M in back taxes

IRS vendor owed $525M in back taxes

By Mike Smith 23/12/2013 15:25

The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general's report says.Altogether, 1,168 IRS vendors owed back taxes totaling $589 million as of July 2012, according to the report released Tuesday.

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Putin's Bold $15Bln Bet on Ukraine

Putin's Bold $15Bln Bet on Ukraine

By Vboqorad 23/12/2013 15:23

The television broadcasts Tuesday showing President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announcing their agreement on rapprochement, sealed by $15 billion in loans and a steep discount on natural gas, was remarkably revealing.

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Budget deal: Progress or pragmatism?

Budget deal: Progress or pragmatism?

By Nate Beeler 23/12/2013 15:13

When Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray held a news conference -- together -- to announce that they reached a deal on the federal budget, the ideological opposites received immediate praise for their cooperation.

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National Security Agency violations compared to Obamacare website ills

National Security Agency violations compared to Obamacare website ills

By Bob Gorrell 23/12/2013 15:10

The US intelligence community's top lawyer on Tuesday defended the surveillance violations by staff of the National Security Agency by comparing programmes that collect mass amounts of information on Americans to problems with the troubled health care website."Complicated technology systems frequently don't work as they expect them to,'' Robert Litt, general counsel for the director of National Intelligence, told a conference at the Georgetown University Law Center.

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67 percent say delay Obamacare, 53 percent would vote to repeal it

67 percent say delay Obamacare, 53 percent would vote to repeal it

By Scott Stantis 23/12/2013 15:10

Americans remain unhappy with the health care law: Majorities say they wish it had never passed, would vote to repeal it if they could, and think implementation should be delayed until the kinks are worked out. At the same time, a shrinking majority believes the law will survive.

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Bipartisan Budget Agreement Clears Congress

Bipartisan Budget Agreement Clears Congress

By Deb Milbrath 21/12/2013 21:36

Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Wednesday scaling back across-the-board cuts on programs ranging from the Pentagon to the national park system, adding a late dusting of bipartisanship to a year more likely to be remembered for a partial government shutdown and near-perpetual gridlock.Obama's signature was assured on the measure, which lawmakers in both parties and at opposite ends of the Capitol said they hoped would curb budget brinkmanship and prevent more shutdowns in the near future."It's a good first step away from the shortsighted, crisis-driven decision-making that has only served to act as a drag on our economy," he said of the measure in a statement issued after the vote.

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City takes a stand against payday lenders

City takes a stand against payday lenders

By Nick Anderson 21/12/2013 21:34

Christmas advertising campaign is being launched in Leeds as part of a battle against payday lenders.People are being urged to go the city’s credit union rather than payday loan companies if they need extra money.

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