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Obama pitches populist tax vision, dares GOP to say no

He'll call for middle class benefits in his State of the Union address.<p>President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday night to stake out a populist vision of tax reform and new middle-class benefits — and practically dare Republicans to say no.<p>The message: Wage stagnation? …

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond 4 of 9 'planetary boundaries'

At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a "safe operating space" for human beings. That is the conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.<p>The paper contends …

Climate Change

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill, Sends to Obama's Desk

After days of rancor and uncertainty on Capitol Hill, the Senate has passed a massive spending bill, formally averting a government shutdown and sending the $1.1 trillion measure to the president's desk.<p>The vote, which pitted both parties' establishment against its more populist wings, was …

Dow plunges 312 points as oil price drop pummels energy stocks

U.S. stocks sank, with the Standard & Poor's 500 Index capping its biggest weekly drop in two-and-a-half years, as oil continued to slide and Chinese industrial data raised concern over a global economic slowdown.<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 312.04 points, or 1.8%, to 17,284.3. The Dow …

Senate Passes Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON -- The Senate passed the $1.1 trillion government funding bill Saturday night that will keep Uncle Sam in business through next September, while handing lucrative Christmas presents to Wall Street and political parties.<p>The bill, which funds most of the government for the rest of the …