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Major quake would devastate California

California will experience unthinkable damage when the next powerful quake strikes, probably within 30 years, even though the state prides itself on being on the leading edge of earthquake science. Modern skyscrapers built to the state’s now-rigorous building codes might ride out the big jolt that experts say is all but inevitable, but the surviving buildings will tower over a carpet of rubble from older structures that have collapsed. Hot desert winds could fan fires that quakes inevitably cause, overwhelming fire departments, even as ancient water pipelines burst, engineers and architects say. Part of the lesson from the disaster that
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Obama’s promises: Just more empty political rhetoric

Barack Obama sure talked a good game when he mesmerized the public with his captivating rhetoric that propelled him to win the Presidency in 2008 but two years into his occupation of White House shows a long string of broken promises, failure of leadership and an unwillingness to keep his promises to the American voters. As state employees of Wisconsin struggled to hold on to their collective bargaining rights, Obama and the rest of his administration stayed in Washington, unwilling to commit to the battle. As health insurance lobbyists stepped up the pressure on the health care debate, Obama —
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Why did the Obama administration stay out of Wisconsin?

Union leaders urged Vice President Joe Biden during a White House meeting last month to go to Wisconsin and rally the faithful in their fight against Gov. Scott Walker’s move to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Request rebuffed, they asked for Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. So far, however, the White House has stayed away from any trips to Madison, the state capital, or other states in the throes of union battles. The Obama administration is treading carefully on the contentious political issue that has led to a national debate over the power that public sector unions wield
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Scott Walker’s ‘new direction’ polarizes Wisconsin

When Scott Walker, Wisconsin‘s new Republican governor, kicked off his campaign for the job nearly two years ago, he vowed to take this state, with its long progressive history, in “a new direction.” Eight weeks into his term, Walker has definitely kept his promise — though negative opinion polls and mass protests suggest many people do not like where he is headed. Critics, especially in the labor movement, fear Walker’s policies are taking Wisconsin, whose official motto is “Forward,” — backward. The most controversial of these policies is a plan to strip teachers, nurses, highway workers and other public employees
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Obama’s profile problem

Call it an above-the-fray strategy. On hot issues that Democrats and Republicans have found cause to fret about — from spending reductions to state labor disputes — President Barack Obama is keeping a low profile. Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia want him more publicly engaged in budget negotiations in Congress while others want him to denounce Republican proposed program cuts. Democrats like Rep. Keith Ellison want him to go to Wisconsin to stand in solidarity with public unions fighting to retain their bargaining rights. Some lawmakers in both parties want him to take a greater lead against
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Gingrich: ‘Serving America made me screw around’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, married three times and a self-admitted adulterer, says he screwed around because of his passion for America. “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt agout this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate,” Gingrich told CBS news. In other words, serving his country made him horny. While serving in Congress, Gingrich had a reputation for playing around. He admits to an affair with is third wife while he was still married to number two and he
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Actress with history of film nudity will play Palin

Julianne Moore, an actress whose screen roles include a fair share of nudity, will play Sarah Palin in the film adaptation of Game Change, the book chronicling the 2008 Presidential election. Moore has shown a willingness to bare it all on film and lots of her were on display in the film Boogie Nights, where she played a porn star. Since a new book by a former Palin aide says husband Scott said the former Alaska governor and political phenom likes to walk around the house with her her robe open, maybe Moore will find an excuse to turn Palin
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Gas prices controlled by more than just oil

When Jay Ricker, owner of the BP gas station off Interstate 70 in Plainfield, Ind., set the price of unleaded gasoline at $3.44 per gallon on Monday of last week, it was 4 cents higher than the Friday before. That alone might have been irritating to drivers paying the highest gas prices in more than two years. It was even more so because it happened on a day when the price of crude oil, which is used to make gasoline, fell almost $1 a barrel. “It’s up 20 cents one day, down 10 cents the next day,” says Oscar Elmore,
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Voter anger growing over government workers’ benefits

When Erin McFarlane looks at public workers, she sees lucrative pension benefits she doesn’t ever expect to get. And it makes her mad. “I don’t think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well,” said the Slinger, Wis., woman. She’s been working a couple of bartending jobs since January, when she was laid off from her job at a Harley Davidson plant after almost a decade. She’s not alone in seeing public servants as public enemies in some ways. It’s a case of pension envy. For
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Obama may tap oil reserves to fight rising gas prices

President Barack Obama’s chief of staff says the administration is looking at the nation’s oil reserves as it considers options for dealing with the spike in gas prices. The price of a barrel of oil has passed $100. In the U.S., gasoline is averaging $3.50 a gallon. Those increases come amid unrest in the oil-producing Middle East, particularly as rebellion rages in Libya. “We’re looking at the options,” including drawing on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, William Daley said. “It is something that only is done — and has been done — in very rare occasions. There’s a bunch of factors
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