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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 14, 2011 Spending Agreement Hurts Police and Fire Agencies
QUOTE: A program that helps cash-starved cities hire police officers… was cut by $52 million... The new budget agreement caps the amount of money that can be awarded at levels well below the true cost of a firefighter’s salary and fringe benefits.
New York Times Apr 14, 2011 Who's Serious Now?
QUOTE: The only real things in it were savage cuts in aid to the needy and the uninsured, huge tax cuts for corporations and the rich, and Medicare privatization… “There’s nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.”
New York Times Apr 07, 2011 10 things that could ruin your day if the government shuts down
QUOTE: Roughly 800,000 federal workers won't get paid because they're considered nonessential and therefore, the first to be furloughed... Troops, including those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, may not be paid on time... A government shutdown doesn't actually save taxpayers money.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 06, 2011 Federal examiners protested help for politically connected bank, e-mails show
QUOTE: A decision... to help a politically connected bank in Boston left federal bank examiners there angry enough that some called it a “travesty of justice..." The chairman of OneUnited Bank, a friend of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), had rendered it insolvent through lavish spending and bad investments... after Waters arranged a key Treasury Department meeting for the bank, it had won a bailout loan and a unique exemption from the FDIC’s accounting rules.
Washington Post Apr 06, 2011 Why Pay Congress?
QUOTE: If we careen over a cliff on Friday and the American government shuts down, hard-working federal workers will stop getting paychecks, but the members of Congress responsible for the shutdown are expected to be paid as usual.
New York Times Mar 28, 2011 Michigan Cuts Jobless Benefit by Six Weeks
QUOTE: “We have a temporary change to help some jobless workers that is imposing an indefinite or permanent cost on future jobless workers,” said Rick McHugh, a staff lawyer for the National Employment Law Project, which opposed the law. “And that does seem doubly unfair when the temporary help for current jobless workers is almost totally paid for by the federal government.”
New York Times Mar 12, 2011 President speaks on women's rights, GOP hone in on rising energy prices in weekly addresses
QUOTE: "I was disappointed when an important bill to give women more power to stop pay disparities-the Paycheck Fairness Act-was blocked..." (President Obama) said, "We have to work even harder to close the gaps that still exist, and to uphold that simple American ideal: we are all equal and deserving of the chance to pursue our own version of happiness."
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 10, 2011 It’s Not Over in Wisconsin
QUOTE: Stripping the unions of their rights was never about the budget, especially once the unions had agreed to significant concessions on pensions and health care. It was always about politics.
New York Times Aug 13, 2010 New Rules on Finance to Be Done in the Open
QUOTE: After passage of the law overhauling the nation’s financial regulations, the federal agencies responsible for writing the rules are striving for transparency to avoid the appearance of improper coziness with lobbyists, bankers and executives in the financial services industry.
New York Times Aug 11, 2010 U.S. Plans More Aid for Jobless Homeowners
QUOTE: In an acknowledgment that the foreclosure crisis is far from over, the Obama administration on Wednesday pumped $3 billion into programs intended to stop the unemployed from losing their homes.
New York Times Aug 11, 2010 Officer Sues to Block His Discharge Under Gay Ban
QUOTE: In early 2008, just eight days before he was to deploy in support of the war in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, a decorated Air Force flight officer, was told he was under investigation on charges of sexually assaulting a civilian and of violating the military’s ban on homosexuality.
New York Times Aug 11, 2010 Dispute Over Ad Opposing Islamic Center Highlights Limits of the M.T.A.’s Powers
QUOTE: At issue was an advertisement submitted by a group opposed to the construction of a mosque and Islamic center near ground zero. The advertisement includes a photograph of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, one tower aflame, the other moments away from being struck by an airplane. A headline asks, “Why There?” And an arrow points to a rendering of the proposed center.
New York Times Aug 11, 2010 City Moves to Reopen a Brooklyn Jail Shuttered in 2003, but Drops Plans to Expand It
QUOTE: Despite neighborhood unease, the city is moving forward with plans to fully reopen a jail in downtown Brooklyn, but has dropped plans to double its size, the city’s corrections commissioner said Wednesday.
New York Times Aug 11, 2010 Term Limits to Go on Ballot Again in the City
QUOTE: Come November, New York City voters will be asked to decide one of the most contentious issues in recent political history: whether city leaders should be limited to two terms in office, or to three. A commission responsible for proposing changes to the city’s charter voted Wednesday evening to place the issue on the Nov. 2 ballot.
New York Times Aug 10, 2010 Study Looks at Tax Cut Lapse for Rich
QUOTE: As debate heats up over President Obama’s proposal to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy but to extend them for everyone else, a nonpartisan Congressional analysis circulated on Capitol Hill on Tuesday provides a look at the impact the plan would have on high-income taxpayers.
New York Times Aug 07, 2010 A Deal to Avert BlackBerry Ban Could Be Precedent
QUOTE: A preliminary agreement between the maker of the popular BlackBerry smart phone and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which government officials say grants them some access to users' data, will avert a ban on the phone in that country. The pact involves placing a BlackBerry server inside Saudi Arabia, Saudi telecom regulatory officials said, and that likely will let the government monitor messages and allay official fears the service could be used for criminal purposes.
New York Times Aug 06, 2010 Citizenship From Birth Is Challenged on the Right
QUOTE: At a breakfast on Thursday in Washington, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, tried to tamp down a controversy that started when Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, questioned the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which grants the right to citizenship to anyone born in the United States.
New York Times Aug 03, 2010 After Haiti Quake, the Chaos of U.S. Adoptions
QUOTE: Leading the way was the Obama administration, which responded to the crisis, and to the pleas of prospective adoptive parents and the lawmakers assisting them, by lifting visa requirements for children in the process of being adopted by Americans.
New York Times Aug 01, 2010 In India, Using Facebook to Catch Scofflaw Drivers
QUOTE: The traffic police [of New Dehli] started a Facebook page two months ago, and almost immediately residents became digital informants, posting photos of their fellow drivers violating traffic laws. As of Sunday more than 17,000 people had become fans of the page and posted almost 3,000 photographs and dozens of videos.
New York Times Aug 01, 2010 Brazil’s President Offers Asylum to Woman Facing Stoning in Iran
QUOTE: President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has called on Iran’s president to send an Iranian woman facing execution by stoning to Brazil, where she would be granted asylum.
New York Times Aug 01, 2010 Indonesia Finds Banning Pornography Is Difficult
QUOTE: Last month, the country’s information minister, Tifatul Sembiring, said that local service providers would have to start blocking online pornography by the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts Aug. 11. That deadline is fast approaching, and Mr. Riyadi says he still has no idea how he is going to put a filter in place.
New York Times Aug 01, 2010 Immigrant Maids Flee Lives of Abuse in Kuwait
QUOTE: With nowhere else to go, dozens of Nepalese maids who fled from their employers now sleep on the floor in the lobby of their embassy here [Kuwait], next to the visitors’ chairs.
New York Times Aug 01, 2010 ‘The Bulldozers Are Coming’: Garden Crusaders Hop on Their Bikes
QUOTE: The procession was modeled, of course, on Paul Revere’s nighttime ride to Lexington, Mass., in 1775. But the riders on Thursday night meant to warn people not about an invading military force, but about proposed rules by the city that would alter the status of hundreds of community gardens
New York Times Aug 01, 2010 Emirates to Cut Data Services of BlackBerry
QUOTE: The United Arab Emirates, citing security concerns, said Sunday that it would suspend BlackBerry mobile services like e-mail and text messaging beginning in October, the latest high-stakes clash between governments and communications providers over the flow of digital information.
New York Times Jul 31, 2010 The Academic-Industrial Complex
QUOTE: Some analysts worry that academics are possibly imperiling or compromising the independence of their universities when they venture onto boards. Others question whether scholars have the time — and financial sophistication — needed to police the country’s biggest corporations while simultaneously juggling the demands of running a large university.
New York Times Jul 31, 2010 Targeted Killing Is New U.S. Focus in Afghanistan
QUOTE: Based on the American military experience in Iraq as well as Afghanistan, it is not clear that killing enemy fighters is sufficient by itself to cripple an insurgency. Still, commando raids over the last five months have taken more than 130 significant insurgents out of action, while interrogations of captured fighters have led to a fuller picture of the enemy, according to administration officials and diplomats.
New York Times Jul 31, 2010 Missouri Voters to Have Say on Health Care Law
QUOTE: For all its symbolic import, the first plebiscite on the Obama health care law, to be held Tuesday in Missouri, seems likely to be a low-turnout affair among an electorate dominated by Republican primary voters and conservative activists.
New York Times Jul 29, 2010 Justice Department reviewing reports of FBI test cheating
QUOTE: The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into whether large numbers of FBI agents may have improperly taken a test on guidelines for agents, according to FBI Director Robert Mueller.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 29, 2010 Citigroup Said to Pay $75 Million in Subprime Case
QUOTE: Citigroup has agreed to pay $75 million to settle federal claims that it failed to disclose vast holdings of subprime mortgage investments that crippled the bank during the financial crisis, according to two people briefed on the settlement.
New York Times Jul 29, 2010 Obama Takes On Critics of Education Plan
QUOTE: Saying that reforming education is perhaps “the economic issue of our time,” President Obama went before a major civil rights organization on Thursday to defend his main education program against criticisms from some minority and teachers groups.
New York Times Jul 29, 2010 Estimate Rises of Oil Spill in Michigan
QUOTE: More than one million gallons of oil may have spilled from a pipeline into the Kalamazoo River this week, significantly more than the pipeline’s owner initially estimated, federal officials said.
New York Times Jul 29, 2010 Britain Plans to Scrap Mandatory Retirement Age in 2011
QUOTE: The British government on Thursday proposed to scrap a much-criticized rule that allows employers to require workers to retire when they turn 65.
New York Times Jul 29, 2010 Taliban Exploit Openings in Neglected Province
QUOTE: Deprived of jobs and local government services, people here are turning to Taliban courts for speedy justice and drifting toward those who will pay them — either local strongmen or the Taliban.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 Global warming: battle over California ballot initiative heats up
QUOTE: Backers of Proposition 23, a November ballot initiative to suspend AB 32, California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act, filed suit in Sacramento Superior Court Tuesday against Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown for what they called “false, misleading and unfair” language that would describe the measure on voters’ ballots.
Los Angeles Times Jul 28, 2010 Job Subsidies Providing Help to Private Side
QUOTE: States are putting hundreds of thousands of people directly into jobs through programs reminiscent of the more ambitious work projects of the Great Depression. But the new efforts have a twist: While the wages are being paid by the government, most of the participants are working for private companies.
New York Times Jul 28, 2010 Cell phones save lives in Rwandan villages
QUOTE: Nearly 500 volunteer community health care workers in the rural district of Musanze have been given free phones so they can keep track of all the pregnant women in their villages.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 28, 2010 Oklahoma county must pay up in Ten Commandments case
QUOTE: The Haskell County, Oklahoma, Commission has 10 years to pay attorneys' fees of $199,000 after it was forced to remove an 8-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument. The county has been in litigation with the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma since 2006, after it allowed a resident to pay for and erect the granite monument on the courthouse lawn in Stigler.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jul 28, 2010 Arizona Ruling Acts as a Warning to Other States
QUOTE: The decision by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to throw the federal government’s weight against Arizona, on an issue that has aroused passions among state residents, has irritated many state governors, and nine states filed papers supporting Arizona in the court case.
New York Times Jul 27, 2010 How Many State Workers? Albany Doesn’t Know
QUOTE: As Gov. David A. Paterson calls lawmakers back to work on the budget this week, he has announced that the fiscal situation is so serious that he must begin laying off state workers. But there is one wrinkle, as officials try to pare government spending: No one knows for sure how big the state work force actually is.
New York Times Jul 26, 2010 New Health Official Faces Hostility in Senate
QUOTE: And he [Dr. Donald M. Berwick] is finding his ability to do his job clouded by the circumstances of his appointment, with many Republicans in open revolt over President Obama’s decision to place him in the post without a Senate confirmation vote.
New York Times Jul 22, 2010 U.N. Court Rules Kosovo Declaration Was Legal
QUOTE: Legal experts emphasized that while the court had ruled that Kosovo’s declaration of independence was legal, it had scrupulously avoided saying that the state of Kosovo was legal under international law, a narrow and carefully calibrated compromise that they said could allow both sides to declare victory in a dispute that remains raw even 11 years after the war there.
New York Times Jul 22, 2010 U.S. Challenges Arizona Immigration Law In Court
QUOTE: U.S. President Barack Obama's administration heads to court on Thursday in a showdown over whether Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants encroaches on federal authority over immigration policy and enforcement.
New York Times Jul 22, 2010 Europe Turns Ear Toward Voice of the People
QUOTE: Long criticized as lacking democratic accountability, the European Union is about to give its 500 million citizens more say — if they can collect one million supporting signatures from a “significant” number of member countries.
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 U.S. to Impose More Sanctions Against North Korea
QUOTE: “These measures [further economic sanctions] are not directed at the people of North Korea, who have suffered for too long due to the misguided and maligned priorities of their government,” Mrs. Clinton said at a news conference, flanked by Mr. Gates and South Korea’s defense and foreign ministers. “They are directed at the destabilizing, illicit, and provocative policies pursued by that government.”
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 Power of the Purse Comes With a Pinch
QUOTE: All 212 senators and Assembly members [of Albany] have gone without a paycheck since the beginning of April. That is the penalty New York law imposes for missing the April 1 deadline for a new budget.
New York Times Jul 21, 2010 Oakland, Seeking Financial Lift, Approves Giant Marijuana Farms
QUOTE: After hours of public testimony, the City Council [Oakland, California] voted 5 to 2 to permit large-scale indoor marijuana plantations. The struggling city, which faces a $31 million deficit and has a 17 percent unemployment rate, estimates that the marijuana factories could bring in as much as $38 million annually in fees and taxes.
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 Obama’s Overdue AIDS Bill
QUOTE: President Obama added only $366 million to the [President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief] program this year — well below the $1 billion per year he promised to add when he was on the campaign trail.
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 Media Seek Looser Guantánamo Rules
QUOTE: A coalition of news organizations has demanded that the Pentagon’s public affairs office rescind parts of its guidelines for reporting on Guantánamo.
New York Times Jul 20, 2010 City Adds to Asbestos Oversight
QUOTE: Three months after a safety inspector admitted to falsifying hundreds of reports concluding that buildings were free of cancer-causing asbestos, the city agency that licensed him — and still licenses nearly 550 others — says it has taken steps to ensure better oversight.
New York Times Jul 19, 2010 In Afghanistan, a Threat of Plunder
QUOTE: How can Afghanistan ensure that its people benefit from its mineral wealth, and avoid resource-induced violence? There is a chain of decisions to get right, from managing the prospecting to investing the revenues. Many other countries have failed to make them wisely.
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