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Fate of farm bill far from clear

Having put down their marker on food stamp cuts, House Republican leaders are promising to end the delays and move toward a formal farm bill conference with the Senate “as soon as we can” Speaker John Boehner pledged this week.<p>Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) still hopes to take …

Hundreds of private lobbyists earning public pensions in 20 states

As a lobbyist in New York's statehouse, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well. He pulls down $204,000 a year, more than the governor makes, gets a Ford Explorer as his company car and is afforded another special perk:<p>Even though he's not a government employee, he is entitled to a full state pension.<p>…

Amazon petitions Supreme Court to free it from collecting New York sales tax

More than a year after Amazon began collecting sales tax on sales in states like Texas and California, it’s mounting a legal offensive against a requirement to do the same thing in New York, taking its argument to the US Supreme Court. And the <i>Financial Times</i> writes that the company has hired one of …

House OKs $39 Billion in Food-Stamp Cuts

Atheist Pledge Of Allegiance Case Goes To Massachusetts' Supreme Court

(RNS) Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday (Sept. 4) will consider whether the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of students’ rights.<p>Since the addition of the phrase “under God” in 1954, the pledge has been challenged repeatedly as a violation of the separation of …

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The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

U.N. finds 'clear and convincing evidence' of Syria chemical attack

UNITED NATIONS --<p>U.N.inspectors say there is “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.<p>A report from the inspectors says "the environmental, chemical and medical samples we have …

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