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Obama pushes for extension of unemployment benefits

Dec 7 2013, 3:54pm CST | by IANS

Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) President Barack Obama Saturday urged lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans before Christmas to help low-income families and bolster job creation.

Washington, Dec 8 — President Barack Obama Saturday urged lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans before Christmas to help low-income families and bolster job...

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Obama pushes for extension of unemployment benefits

Dec 7 2013, 3:54pm CST | by IANS

Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) President Barack Obama Saturday urged lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans before Christmas to help low-income families and bolster job creation.

Washington, Dec 8 — President Barack Obama Saturday urged lawmakers to extend unemployment benefits for millions of unemployed Americans before Christmas to help low-income families and bolster job creation.

"Right now, more than one million of our fellow Americans are poised to lose a vital economic lifeline just a few days after Christmas if Congress doesn't do something about it," Obama said in his weekly address Saturday, Xinhua reported.

Around 1.3 million workers currently receiving extended unemployment insurance (UI) benefits are set to lose them Dec 28 and about 3.6 million additional people will lose access to UI benefits beyond 26 weeks by the end of 2014, if Congress allows the programme to expire, the White House said in a report Thursday.

Unemployed Americans can get 26 weeks of state-paid unemployment benefits, and the length of the benefits has been extended in 2008 after the onset of the financial crisis with the financial help of the federal government. The federal government- funded extra assistance UI programme has been repeatedly extended in past years.

"We need to do everything we can to help businesses create more good jobs that pay good wages even faster. Because the hole that we're still digging out of means that there are still millions of Americans looking for work -- often because they've been laid off through no fault of their own," Obama said.

He said if Congress refuses to act, it would not just hurt families already struggling, it would actually harm the economy, adding that unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways to boost the economy.

"When people have money to spend on basic necessities, that means more customers for our businesses and, ultimately, more jobs," he noted.

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Climate change strategy called a shell game

Jul 28 2014 5:00am CDT | Source: Elyria Chronicle-Telegram

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s energy leftovers to other parts of the world — where they create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy for reducing the Read More...The post Climate change strategy called a shell game appeared first on Chronicle- ...
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5 things to know about how US coal exports shift global warming problem onto other countries

Jul 28 2014 3:46am CDT | Source: Canadian Business Online

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As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off polluting fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. Here are five things to know about the issue: 1. AS U.S. REDUCES COAL USE, DEMAND RISES GLOBALLY. Over the past six years, the U.S. has cut consumption by 195 million tons as power plants have burned cheaper natural g ...
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Coal exports help US clean up global warming pollution at home – but still pollute elsewhere

Jul 28 2014 1:23am CDT | Source: Canadian Business Online

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone ...
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Israel-Gaza Conflict: UNSC Calls for Immediate Ceasefire

Jul 28 2014 12:30am CDT | Source: IBTimes UK

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Jordan-drafted UN statement comes after Barack Obama's call to Benjamin Netanyahu ...
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US coal exports to German power plants quadruple, adding pollution, as US shuts its own down

Jul 27 2014 11:14pm CDT | Source: Canadian Business Online

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LUENEN, Germany – One of Germany’s newest coal-fired power plants rises here from the banks of a 100-year-old canal that once shipped coal mined from the Ruhr Valley to the world. Now the coal comes the other way. The 750-megawatt Trianel Kohlekraftwerk Luenen GmbH & Co. power plant relies completely on coal imports, about half from the U.S. Soon, all of Germany’s coal-fired power plants will be dependent on imports, with the country ...
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Coal exports help US clean up global warming pollution at home – but still pollute elsewhere

Jul 27 2014 11:02pm CDT | Source: Canadian Business Online

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy — and pollution. In the U.S., this coal and the carbon dioxide it will eventually release into the atmosphere are some of the unwant ...
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Satellite images prove Russia fired rockets into Ukraine after MH17 crash, U.S. says

Jul 27 2014 6:39pm CDT | Source: National Post

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Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighbouring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists have crossed the border. The images, which came from the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and could not be independently verified by The Associated Press, show blast marks where rockets were launched and cr ...
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Sikhs for cancellation of US invite to Modi

Jul 26 2014 2:00pm CDT | Source: The Nation - Pakistan

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NEW YORK :A Sikh rights group Friday initiated a social media campaign in support of its online petition calling on President Barack Obama to cancel his invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Indian leader’s role in 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat. Modi has been invited to the White House for talks with President Obama on ...
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Graphic: U.S. border crisis

Jul 25 2014 10:14pm CDT | Source: National Post

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U.S. President Barack Obama met the leaders of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in the White House Friday to talk about the waves of young children flooding into America from their countries. Mr. Obama has asked Congress for emergency funds and additional authority to send unaccompanied children back home more quickly. About 57,000 minors have arrived since October, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The trio of nations has become one o ...
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