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Dec. 10, 2013: Automobile traffic between San Diego and Los Angeles is shown along Interstate Highway 5 in California.Reuters

A group of California Democrats is having second thoughts about the state's expanding cap-and-trade program, urging Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to rethink the plan out of concern that it will drive up gas prices and hurt low-income residents. 

The Golden State already has the program in place -- which caps greenhouse gas emissions and requires companies to buy permits in order to breach those caps -- but right now it only applies to power plants and other heavy manufacturers.

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Dec. 10, 2013: Automobile traffic between San Diego and Los Angeles is shown along Interstate Highway 5 in California.Reuters

A group of California Democrats is having second thoughts about the state's expanding cap-and-trade program, urging Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to rethink the plan out of concern that it will drive up gas prices and hurt low-income residents. 

The Golden State already has the program in place -- which caps greenhouse gas emissions and requires companies to buy permits in order to breach those caps -- but right now it only applies to power plants and other heavy manufacturers.

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|President Obama says Republicans can't be angry with him for acting unilaterally if they "keep blocking or voting down almost every serious idea to strengthen the middle class."

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26 June 2014

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Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the Killing of Salwa Bugaighis

The United States strongly condemns yesterday's brutal and senseless murder of human rights and civil society activist Salwa Bugaighis in Benghazi, Libya. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Salwa in Libya in November 2011, soon after the ouster of Qadhafi. I was deeply impressed by her courage, leadership and dedication to building a peaceful, democratic Libya where the rights and freedoms of all Libyan women and men are respected and protected.

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|Highlighting steps he’s taken to strengthen the middle class, the president during remarks on the economy in Minneapolis slammed congressional Republicans for “not doing anything,” then getting “mad at me that I’m doing something.”

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WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers stepped up their spending slightly in May, boosted by a jump in auto sales and higher income.

The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose 0.2 percent last month after no gain in April. The two months followed a robust spending surge of 0.8 percent in March. The spending trend is regarded as strong enough to propel the economy after a dismal start to the year.

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FILE - In this March 17, 2014 file photo, Robert and Sarah Reynolds, left, check out a new Tesla all electric car with Tesla representatives John Van Cleave and Raven Rivera, right, at a Tesla showroom inside the Kenwood Towne Centre in Cincinnati. The Commerce Department releases durable goods for May on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Orders for U.S. durable goods tumbled 1 percent in May as demand for military equipment fell sharply.

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    FILE: Walmart blasted New York Times columnist Timothy Egan after a piece in which the retail giant was criticized for paying employees low wages.Walmart.com

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    Dec. 6, 2010: Shopping carts are seen outside a Walmart Supercenter in Coolidge, Arizona.Reuters

Walmart has unleashed a mocking online rebuttal to a New York Times column, providing red "copy editing" responses to columnist Timothy Egan's allegation the chain offered "humiliating" wages to employees and forced them into public assistance.

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Obama pushes paid family leave, childcare
Saturday, 21 June 2014 11:10

|President Obama says nobody should have to choose between a job and their family, advocating for workplace policies to increase workers' flexibility.

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

From June 19 -26, thousands of the top soccer talent from 12 states will be in Baton Rouge at the Burbank Soccer Complex for the Region 3 Youth Championships. The Baton Rouge area is possibly looking at nearly 14,000 visitors for this event. With 205 teams and about 4,200 participants ranging between the ages of 13 and 19, many will be staying in the metro area filling up hotels.

This of course means big bucks being brought into the city.

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