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Rallies protesting Ferguson decision grow across US

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:47
Thousands of people rallied late Monday in U.S. cities including Los Angeles and New York to passionately but peacefully protest a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri. They led marches, waved signs and shouted chants of "Hands Up! Don't Shoot," the slogan that has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the country. Activists had been planning to protest even…
Protesters return to riot-scarred Ferguson streets
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:45
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot. Monday night's destruction appeared to be much worse than last summer's protests, with at least a dozen businesses badly damaged…
US economy resilient in quarter three as global growth cools
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 22:25
Representational image. The US economy grew at a much faster pace than initially thought in the third quarter, pointing to strengthening fundamentals that should help it weather slowing global demand. The Commerce Department on Tuesday raised its estimate of GDP growth to a 3.9% annual pace from the 3.5% rate reported last month, reflecting upward revisions to business and consumer spending, as well as to inventories. The rise in output followed a 4.6 percent advance…
More National Guard troops roll into Ferguson
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 21:44
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot. Monday night's destruction appeared to be much worse than last summer's protests, with at least a dozen businesses badly damaged…
In blow to tax negotiators, Obama threatens veto
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 20:21
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to veto a deal still under negotiation in Congress that would make several expiring business tax breaks permanent. The warning marks a major setback to House and Senate negotiators who were trying to reach a deal on so-called "tax extender" breaks worth some $440 billion over 10 years. "The President would veto the proposed deal because it would provide permanent tax breaks to help well-connected corporations…
Obama tested in multiple race-sensitive events
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:20
In his address to the nation last night, President Obama said America has made enormous progress on race relations over the past several decades. Many would say the best evidence of that is the president himself. He is, of course, in a unique position to address the race issue. "In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds…
After Ferguson outcome, Obama again confronting racial divide
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:20
November 25, 2014, 6:53 PM|Throughout his presidency, President Obama has willingly shouldered the burden of a nation fractured along racial lines. Now, following the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Mo., Mr. Obama is being tested once more. Major Garrett reports.
DOJ will continue probes stemming from Michael Brown shooting
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:20
November 25, 2014, 6:36 PM|Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for action to identify and isolate the criminal elements who took advantage of Ferguson protests to riot. And, as Bob Orr reports, Holder is also pressing ahead with independent Justice Department investigations stemming from the Brown shooting.
Top Democrat says Obama focus on healthcare in 2009 was mistake
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:20
By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Senate Democrat said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats made a major political blunder in 2009 when they chose to focus on healthcare reform instead of concentrating on fixing the economy. Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, said it "made no political sense" for the party to push healthcare reform as its highest domestic priority when lack of health insurance coverage affected…
Democrats vow to thwart emerging Republican budget plan
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:20
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in Congress on Tuesday vowed to reject an emerging Republican effort to split immigration-related funding from a full-year government spending bill that avoids a government shutdown. The plan, being pushed by some conservative Republicans including incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, would provide a short-term funding extension only for immigration agencies as a way to exert leverage against President Barack Obama's immigration order last week.

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