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AP Wire
Feb 19, 2014

1. DEADLY PROTESTS IN UKRAINE

Thousands of police move on the protest camp in Kiev, setting tents on fire as demonstrators fight back with rocks and bats. Street clashes leave 18 dead and hundreds injured.

2. VENEZUELA'S OPPOSITION LEADER SURRENDERS TO POLICE

Leopoldo Lopez says he doesn't fear jail, and hopes his arrest raises awareness of corruption and economic troubles he blames on 15 years of socialism.

3. FREE TRADE BILLS MAKE STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

Obama finds an ally in the GOP's Boehner as he seeks fast passage of major deals with Europe and Asia.

4. WHERE IRAN DRAWS THE LINE

Iran says it won't scrap any of its nuclear facilities, rejecting a key demand in its negotiations with six other countries over its nuclear program.

5. GEORGIA NUKE PLANT REMAINS ON TRACK

The Energy Department is set to approve $6.5B in federal loan guarantees for the plant — the first to be built in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

6. WHAT MIGHT GO DOWN IF WAGES GO UP

Raising the federal minimum wage would boost income and lift almost a million people above the poverty level, but could cost half a million jobs, the Congressional Budget Office says.

7. 'I'M THE VICTIM HERE'

Michael Dunn, convicted of attempted murder in a fatal shooting over loud music in Florida, was recorded on a jailhouse phone telling his fiancee that he had acted only in self-defense.

8. TAKING THE HONOR OUT OF HONOR GUARD

A photo posted to a social media site of soldiers goofing off around a flag-draped coffin with the caption "We put the FUN in funeral" sets off a firestorm.

9. WHEN LOTTERY FEVER WILL SPIKE

Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $400 million — and growing.

10. AFTER WAVE OF UPSETS, A FAVORITE COMES THROUGH AT SOCHI

American David Wise, the reigning king of the sport, wins gold in halfpipe skiing.

Comments

Vladtheimp

#6. Once again the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, lauded by Democrats when they underpriced the costs of Obamacare early on, is attacked by the same Democrats when they bring bad news on the impact of Democrat programs like Obamacare and raising the minimum wage. Favored lines of attack:

a) Raising Minimum wage would benefit 16.5 million workers; recall when it became known Obamacare would cause over 15 million to lose their insurance in the individual market alone (and Obama knew this while lying to the American people that they could keep their health insurance if they liked it) Jay Carney dismissed it because "“That’s the universe we’re talking about, 5 percent of the population,” So, raising the minimum wage would only help 5% of the population, while causing 500,000 low income workers to lose their jobs entirely, likely consigning them to years of poverty. This is a good thing? What about pursuing economic policies that would cause wages to rise and unemployment to fall?

b) Selectively disagree with the CBO

Ice Queen Air Head Sebelius: 'There is absolutely no evidence, and every economist will tell you this, that there is any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act,'

CBO's staff numbers about 220. Most of those people are economists or public policy analysts with advanced degrees, but the agency also employs lawyers, information technology specialists, editors, and people with other areas of expertise that contribute to the agency’s mission. http://www.cbo.gov/about/our-org...

The attempts to cloak the devastating impacts of the policies of Obama and the Democrats on the economy, on low income workers, on the black community economy, and on the Middle Class are becoming increasingly fantasy-like and desperate. Be prepared for more bogus claims and statistics from those who are selling smoke and shoveling it to hide the real picture of the economy - like it's still George Bush's fault, or that of the evil Koch Brothers - how silly, and how stupid they think we are.

Lanivan

While since recent studies show that people who only watch Fox News are LESS informed than those who watch NO news shows at all (DUH!) - I guess you folks are as stupid, gullible, and easily manipulated as you think you are.

Who jumped on the CBO report and wrestled it into an unrecognizable conglomeration? Why right-wing Republicans, that's who! Clearly, the CBO said: "But, as usual, that ignores what the CBO really says. The new report [pdf] does say that yes, by 2024 the law will reduce full-time employment by 2 million. But that's not 2 million jobs killed. In fact, the CBO actually confirms one of the things supporters of the new law said it would do: provide people who can't or don't want to work full time, who want to quit their jobs to stay at home with their children or to start a new business, the freedom to do just that. Right there in the report on page 117 (yes, that's a lot of pages for conservatives to read) it says:

"The estimated reduction [in CBO's projections of hours worked] stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply rather than a net drop in businesses demand for labor. [...]"

"Fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again." US President George W. Bush.

Tri-cities realist

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