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California Unemployment Rate Tops 10%

Los Angeles Times: Lackluster spending on clothes, cars, legal services and most everything else has left California’s economy listless, just about guaranteeing that the state’s 10.1% unemployment in January will march upward until at least the end of the year, economists predicted. The Golden State lost 79,300 payroll jobs in January, pushing the monthly unemployment… Continue Reading

Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address

Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address Saturday, February 28, 2009 Washington, DC: “In the Weekly Address this morning, President Obama explains how the budget he sent to Congress will fulfill the promises he made as a candidate. On fiscal responsibility, a fair tax code, a clean energy economy, real health care reform, and education,… Continue Reading

Economic Downturn Creates Especially Hard Times for Horses in America

Hard Times for Horses: “According to Dr. Tom Lenz, a veterinarian who is the chairman of the Unwanted Horse Coalition, although the elimination of domestic slaughterhouses has reduced the total number of horses killed, 100,000 to 150,000 are still exported for slaughter each year. “So we know they’re unwanted,” he said. “America needs a wake-up… Continue Reading

Homeland Security Secretary Proposes Increase in Spending for Domestic Surveillance Programs

EPIC: “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the House Committees on Homeland Security, and said that DHS plans to connect governmental databases containing personal information, expand the government’s employment tracking system, promote passenger screening, use e-passports, employ watchlists and utilize contactless identity verification cards. EPIC has opposed Fusion Centers, the E-Verify program and the… Continue Reading

Warren Buffett's Letter to Berkshire Shareholders

WSJ: Berkshire Hathaway Reports Worst Year Ever Warren Buffett’s Letter to Berkshire Shareholders, February 28, 2009: “As the year progressed, a series of life-threatening problems within many of the world’s great financial institutions was unveiled. This led to a dysfunctional credit market that in important respects soon turned non-functional… By the fourth quarter, the credit… Continue Reading

Upcoming Hearing: Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry

News release: “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has announced three witnesses for a hearing scheduled Wednesday, March 4, on Getting to the Truth Through a Nonpartisan Commission of Inquiry. Leahy has proposed establishing a nonpartisan commission to examine past national security policies. Leahy has invited three witnesses to testify at the hearing: Thomas… Continue Reading

National Internal Security/Terrorism Prosecutions for November 2008

“The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during November 2008 the government reported 16 new national internal security/terrorism prosecutions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up from 13 in the previous month. These two months’ figures are the lowest recorded in this… Continue Reading