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Obama Faces Tax-Cut Backlash From His Own Party

President Barack Obama’s willingness to compromise with Republicans about the Bush-era tax cuts has received harsh criticism from Congressional Democrats and some of his other supporters. 

Republicans In California Disagree About Backing Immigration Ballot Measure

California Republicans are split about a potential ballot measure that would enforce Arizona-like immigration laws. 

Study Finds Diabetics May Lack Sufficient Amounts Of Cholesterol

Scientists from the Joslin Diabetes Center have found that while a person’s brain contains significant amounts of cholesterol, diabetics may lack the sufficient amount needed—which affects critical brain functions. 

Obama And GOP Reach Deal On Bush-Era Tax Extensions

President Barack Obama and Republican leaders have reached a deal on extending tax cuts for all Americans. The compromise, which is facing resistance from Democrats, still has to be approved by Congress. 

Tax Extension Proposals Fail In Senate As Deadline Nears

Senate Republicans have blocked two Democratic proposals that would have extended the Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans except for the wealthiest earners. 

Fed Chairman Defends Purchase Of Government Debt, Downplays Inflation Fears

The head of the Federal Reserve has defended the central bank’s decision to buy about $600 billion in government debt in an effort to improve the nation’s economy. 

Low Sodium Levels Are Associated With Increased Falls Among The Elderly, Study Finds

Scientists from the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands have discovered that older adults who have decreased levels of sodium in their blood are at an increased risk to experience a fall and suffer a fracture. This is true even among adults who have only mildly decreased levels of sodium. 

Assange Says Obama Should Resign If Illegal Spying Is Found To Be True

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called for President Barack Obama’s resignation if it can be proven that Obama approved illegal spying techniques. 

House Censures Rangel For Financial Misconduct

Representative Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) has become the 23rd House member in the nation’s history to be censured, after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of the formal reprimand on Dec. 2. 

FTC Proposes Online Protection Mechanism

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked Congress to consider approving an online privacy measure. 


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