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Blackwater swamp keeps on bubbling

The Justice Department has begun a criminal fraud investigation of the company, its employees face criminal charges, but it keeps doing its dirty work under a tangle of names.

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Oregon delivers ‘tax the rich’ message

Oregon voters  sent a message to the nation yesterday, raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to prevent cuts in education and other public services.

Obama deficit control plan draws fire

President Obama's plan to announce a spending freeze for some domestic programs during his State of the Union address tomorrow is drawing fire.

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Calif. governor proposes ‘Terminator’ budget

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's final budget proposals, issued Jan. 8, are assuring that when he leaves office at the end of this year, he will be forever known as "the terminator" in real life as well as on the silver screen.

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NYC students on Facebook, in the street over MTA cuts

Public high school students, as well as teachers and parents, are organizing in new ways against a proposalto take away free-and reduced-price Metrocards currently issued to students.

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Protests continue vs. cuts in Calif.'s public higher education

Despite looming finals and the oncoming holidays, students, staff and faculty at California's public colleges and universities continue to protest.

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NYC transit cuts: byproduct of giveaways to the rich

Once again, city straphangers are being threatened by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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Rally rejects Governor Rell's budget cuts

Hundreds rallied on Tuesday at the state capitol to angrily protest Gov. Rell's latest proposed budget cuts.

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Human Rights Day in the real world

Outside, gray skies and a chill wind cast a pall over drab storefronts and modest homes in the economically struggling West Oakland neighborhood.

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Federal aid urgently needed to avoid state budget catastrophes

CHICAGO— Looming behind the 17 million jobless tsunami hitting the country is another disaster: over $180 billion in accumulated budget deficits set to devastate state governments, according to a new study by the Pew Center for the States.

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