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Senate Blocks Bill That Included Ethanol Repeal

WASHINGTON — Republicans have blocked a Senate jobs bill that included a repeal of the ethanol tax credit. Yet ending that tax break remains a live option for budget cutters looking for ways to reduce massive federal deficits. The Senate voted 51-49 against allowing a final vote on the overall bill, which would have renewed […]

Obama Commerce Nominee Tries to Reassure Republicans

WASHINGTON — Former energy company executive John Bryson Tuesday sought to persuade Republicans he would be a strong voice for business in President Barack Obama’s administration if confirmed as Commerce Secretary. “The reason that President Obama reached out to me was my business experience,” Bryson told the Senate Commerce Committee during a hearing in which […]

Mayors Call on Obama for Help Creating Jobs

WASHINGTON — City mayors are urging President Barack Obama to help create jobs by spending more on infrastructure projects and on worker training programs, areas the president himself says should be protected from efforts to rein in long-term deficits. The bipartisan group of mayors spent nearly an hour Monday with Obama and Vice President Joe […]

Analysis: Ethanol’s Clout in US Govt to Ensure Subsidy Deal

WASHINGTON — Big Ethanol has enough clout in Congress and in the Obama administration to keep growing with U.S. government support, even though decades of large tax credits may be winding down. Amid pressure to cut yawning U.S. deficit and debt, the Senate voted overwhelmingly late last week to repeal subsidies for the ethanol industry, […]

Obama Touts Importance of Fatherhood

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says kids need quality time, structure and unconditional love from their parents, calling being a dad sometimes his hardest job — but also the most rewarding. Just ahead of Father’s Day, the president devoted his regular Saturday radio and Internet address to fatherhood, talking about growing up without a […]

Unemployment Fell in Fewer than Half US States

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in fewer than half of U.S. states, evidence that slower hiring has affected many parts of the country. The unemployment rates in 24 states dropped, the Labor Department said Friday. Rates rose in 13 states and Washington, D.C, and were flat in 13. That’s a significant decline from April, […]

Obama Squeezed by Manufacturers, Greens

The White House is trying to gain support from the manufacturing sector by withdrawing looming regulations on factory emissions, but is running into political conflicts, reports DailyCaller.com. President Barack Obama recently made high-profile visits to factories around the country as the sector continues to take hits, with 5,000 jobs killed in May, raw-material price surges, […]

Wis. Assembly Passes Controversial 2-Year Budget

MADISON, Wis. — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin state Assembly approved a two-year $66 billion state budget that cuts spending early on Thursday morning, sending the bill to the Senate, where it may be debated soon, lawmakers said. The vote was 60-to-38 along party lines and came at about 3 a.m. local time, following a debate on […]

20 NY Costco Workers Share $202 Million Powerball Jackpot

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Twenty employees of a New York big box store are the latest lottery millionaires. The employees who work at a Long Island Costco store stepped forward Thursday to collect a $201.9 million jackpot. The winners say they had been chipping in $5 each for Powerball tickets for only about a month before […]

NAACP Tells Obama: Focus on Jobs

It’s not just those on the right who are criticizing President Barack Obama for lack of action to create more jobs. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) says both the Obama administration and Congress must do more, with unemployment at 9.1 percent, The Hill reports. NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous “We […]