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  • Democrats mull dropping millionaire surtax

    President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats on Wednesday signaled a willingness to drop a proposed surtax on millionaires, but remained at odds with Republicans in efforts to extend an expiring payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans.

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    14 Dec 11
  • Six-pack hunks: more than Singapore can bare?

    Shirtless men clad in red sweatpants have been lining up for days in Singapore’s prime shopping district, part of an advertising gimmick revealing not just muscle but also a gradual unpeeling of the city state’s puritanical ways.

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    14 Dec 11
  • Romney has been widely viewed as the candidate to beat among Republicans.

    Newt Gingrich holds a 10-point lead in the fight for the Republican presidential nomination, but he would fare worse against President Barack Obama than Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

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    14 Dec 11
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wanted to hold a vote on the Republican measure within the next day or so, so that negotiations could begin in earnest on a compromise deal.

    Republican and Democratic lawmakers were locked in an end-of-year fight on Tuesday that threatens a government shutdown, an effective tax hike for 160 million Americans and the loss of benefits for millions of unemployed.

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    13 Dec 11
  • Facebook launches tool to report suicidal behavior

    Facebook launched a new suicide prevention tool on Tuesday, giving users a direct link to an online chat with counselors who can help, the company said.

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    13 Dec 11
  • Chinese man arrested for hiring wedding strippers

    Chinese police have arrested a man who hired two strippers to perform at his son’s wedding after the performance was mobbed by villagers, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

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    13 Dec 11
  • A decision upholding the Arizona law would be a legal and political blow to President Barack Obama, who has criticized it, as he seeks re-election.

    The Supreme Court on Monday said it will rule for the first time on one of several tough, new state immigration laws, with a decision coming in the middle of the 2012 presidential election campaign.

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    12 Dec 11
  • President Barack Obama (L) and Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (C) stand together after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, December 12, 2011

    With Iranian influence and Syria’s instability looming over Iraq as U.S. troops pack up to go, President Barack Obama assured Baghdad on Monday the United States would remain a strong partner beyond the withdrawal.

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    12 Dec 11