Archive for September 2nd, 2009

Battle lines drawn over soda, junk food taxes

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Increasingly vocal calls for taxes on sugary drinks and junk food are fueling a behind- the-scenes battle that public health officials say is reminiscent of America’s war on cigarettes.

Nations finish global treaty on illegal fishing-UN

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

ROME, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A group of 91 countries have finalised the first global treaty to fight illegal fishing, seeking to shut ports to rogue vessels plundering the seas, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Tuesday.

The Hill — AFL-CIO, Dems push new Wall Street tax

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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UK Times Online — Lockerbie paper trail leads to Gordon Brown

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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UK Telegraph — Russia and Poland trade insults on 70th anniversary of World War Two

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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CNN — University of Kansas students isolated by the flu

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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Politico — Under fire, Obama shifts strategy

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Aides to President Barack Obama are putting the final touches on a new strategy to help Democrats recover from a brutal August recess by specifying what Obama wants to see in a compromise health care deal and directly confronting other trouble spots, West Wing officials tell POLITICO.

Philadelphia — Budget Crisis: City Takes Out $275M Loan

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Philadelphia is taking out a short-term loan to help with cash flow as Pennsylvania’s budget crisis continues.

Schwarzenegger to take prison fight to U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal court’s order that the state reduce its prison population by 40,000 inmates, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

Dealers Still Waiting For Clunker Cash

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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CBS — Car Dealers Still Waiting On ‘Clunkers’ Cash

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Here’s the figure: $2.878 billion. That’s how much money the government owes car dealers for the “Cash for Clunkers” program.

More than $200 million of that is owed to dealers in Illinois and Indiana, so CBS 2′s Mai Martinez checked with some of them to see how much money they’ve collected from Uncle Sam.

Clunkers boosts Ford sales; Chrysler sales fall

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

DETROIT (AP) - The popular Cash for Clunkers program boosted Ford Motor Co.’s U.S. sales in August by 17.2 percent over last year, but shortages of smaller vehicles weighed on rival Chrysler Group LLC.

Politico — Reid: Teddy’s death “going to help us”

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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Bill targets pungent riders of Honolulu’s transit system

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

The City Council is considering a bill that will make it illegal to “bring onto transit property odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system, whether such odors arise from one’s person, clothes, articles, accompanying animal or any other source.”

Revenue-hungry Kansas will be owner of new casinos

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Now, Kansas is poised for an unlikely distinction: It’s about to get into the casino business, not merely by blessing gambling and taxing the profits but by becoming the legal owner of the casinos themselves.

Gmail knocked offline for ‘majority’ of users

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google’s Gmail service has been knocked offline for much of the day in many places.

Google says a “majority” of users were affected.

Financial Times: Sony to throw its weight behind 3D TV

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

3D technology looks set to hit the home consumer market next year, with Sony on Wednesday announcing plans to sell 3D televisions globally by the end of 2010.

Baseball Cards And The Current Economy: John Tamny

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

In a high-profile 1991 transaction, hockey great Wayne Gretzky and Los Angeles Kings owner Bruce McNall bought the elusive T206 Honus Wagner baseball card for $451,000. The American Tobacco Co. produced the T206 from 1909 to 1911, but only 50 were ever distributed to the public. As early as 1933, the card could supposedly fetch $50 on the collectibles market, which made it the most expensive baseball card in the world.

John Hawkins, The Rightosphere Temperature Check For August: Health Care

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

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NRO — Cut the deficit by spending less? Sounds crazy, but it just might work

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

It has been known since the early 1980s that the U.S. federal budget embodies a large structural imbalance - one that persists through the economy’s ups and downs. In 1980, Ted Kennedy referred to this during his campaign for the presidency; Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and Obama commented on it during theirs.