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British Sites. Pundit Sites. The Weather Isn't Getting Weirder. Rep. Ryan rips Obama budget before its release: 'Small on spending discipline' The chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep.

Rep. Ryan rips Obama budget before its release: 'Small on spending discipline'

Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), said Sunday that while he doesn't want to pre-judge President Obama's budget, all signs point to a plan that will continue to raise the nation's debt. "We'll see the details of this budget tomorrow, but it looks to me that it's gonna be very small on spending discipline, and [contain] a lot of new spending and so called investments," Ryan predicted in an interview on "Fox News Sunday. " Obama administration officials say the president's budget will cut an estimated $1.1 trillion over the next ten years. But the Republican said the early reports on Obama's budget plan have not been promising and he panned the president's proposal for a spending freeze, noting that freeze would come "off an extremely high base.

" He also warned that Obama appears ready to push another $1.3 trillion in tax increases. U.S. National Debt Clock 2000. Susan Rice kicks off U.N. series - Mike Allen and Jake Sherman. Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will argue in a major address Friday evening that the nation should “strengthen” — not “starve” — the world body.

Susan Rice kicks off U.N. series - Mike Allen and Jake Sherman

The address is the first in a series of speeches — to continue this spring — making the case to the American people for why the U.N. matters to national security, and detailing how it is being improved. The ambassador will be speaking to the World Affairs Council of Oregon in Portland. Continue Reading VIDEO: Obama addresses U.N. - Sept. '10 “The U.N. provides a real return on our tax dollars by bringing 192 countries together to share the cost of providing stability, vital aid and hope in the world’s most broken places,” Rice said in prepared remarks.

“Because of the U.N., the world doesn’t look to America to solve every problem alone. … We’re far better off working to strengthen the U.N. than trying to starve it — and then having to choose between filling the void ourselves, or leaving real threats untended.” Daily: U.S. Employment. Gallup tracks daily the percentage of U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, who are underemployed, unemployed, and employed full-time for an employer, without seasonal adjustment.

Daily: U.S. Employment

"Underemployed" respondents are employed part time, but want to work full time, or they are unemployed. "Unemployed" respondents are those within the underemployed group who are not employed, even for one hour a week, but are available and looking for work. Unemployment and underemployment are calculated as a percent of the workforce. Payroll to Population is a measure of those who are employed by an employer for at least 30 hours per week. Payroll to Population is calculated as a percent of the total population. Class war in Wisconsin. Workers and students filled the Wisconsin capitol building for another day of protest against Gov.

Class war in Wisconsin

Scott Walker's anti-labor bill (Peter Gorman) WISCONSIN LABOR was gearing up for its fourth consecutive daily rally--and biggest yet--February 18 after sit-ins by workers and students and stalling tactics by state senate Democrats stopped a vote on devastating anti-union legislation pushed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker. It was difficult to estimate the size of the protest on Thursday, February 17, but it was clearly larger than previous protests, which began with a 20,000-person demonstration on Tuesday, and a 30,000-strong protest the following day. The numbers on Thursday were swelled by thousands of teachers--members of the Wisconsin Education Association Council who followed their union leaders' call to skip work and join the protest. Wisconsin activists have suggestions for people who would like to support the struggle, but can't get to Madison:

Atty. general: Ill. must release FOID card list. Preserving Cabrini-Green's images In the sharp sun of an April afternoon, Nate Lanthrum walks through the remains of Cabrini-Green giving away what he has taken.

Atty. general: Ill. must release FOID card list

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