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US leads Western snub of UN telecoms treaty

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – A disappointed American delegation led a Western snub of a U.N. telecommunications treaty after rivals won support for provisions interpreted as endorsing greater government control of the Internet.


As tax initiative teeters, Brown makes final pitch

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – In a final weekend of campaigning, Gov. Jerry Brown is asking everyone from students to hedge-fund managers to lend a hand in pushing his struggling tax increase initiative across the finish […]


Homer Simpson casts his vote (video)

Homer Simpson is doing his civic duty once again this election season. In a new “Simpsons” short released on YouTube, he wonders, “Why do we have to choose our leaders? Isn’t that what we have […]


Opening arguments set stage for Texas ID law trial

(AP) – The state of Texas and the Justice Department are beginning their arguments in a trial over Texas’ new voter ID law, setting the stage for a legal battle over the federal Voting Rights […]


Court upholds individual mandate in health care law

(AP) – The individual mandate survives. The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have […]


Calif. voters split on tax targeted by Big Tobacco

(AP) – It’s still too close to call the California initiative to raise the tax on tobacco products. As of Wednesday morning, opposition to the increase leads by just over 1 percent, or about 64,000 […]


Brown seeks to eliminate 718 unnecessary reports

(AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown says his administration has found more than 700 unnecessary state reports as a result of a cost-cutting review he ordered last year. The governor on Tuesday released a list of […]


Fired GSA official: planned to pay for party

(AP) – Members of Congress have been grilling witnesses from the General Services Administration for a second day about junkets, bonuses and parties paid for by taxpayers. Questioning by a House panel today went beyond […]


Conservative justices question insurance mandate

(AP) — Today’s historic Supreme Court arguments on health care reform suggest that the court may be ready to strike down the provision requiring Americans to buy insurance or pay a penalty. Justice Anthony Kennedy […]


Tax fight and backlash against CSU admin

Governor Jerry Brown continues to make the case for a single tax initiative on the November ballot. Yesterday, he countered new ads airing in L.A. and San Francisco that compete with his initiative. The governor […]





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