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May 17, 2011

Republicans won’t budge on spending cuts: Eric Cantor

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress will insist on real budget cuts and reforms of entitlement programs like Medicare before voting to raise the debt ceiling, House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on Tuesday.

Cantor said he remained “cynical” about whether Democrats will agree to the necessary spending cuts, though he was “heartened” by concessions voiced by his Democratic counterpart, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, about the need to revise entitlement programs.

May 17, 2011

US Republicans won’t budge on spending cuts -Cantor

CHICAGO, May 17 (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress will
insist on real budget cuts and reforms of entitlement programs
like Medicare before voting to raise the U.S. debt ceiling,
House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor said on
Tuesday.

Cantor said he remained “cynical” about whether Democrats
will agree to the necessary spending cuts, though he was
“heartened” by concessions voiced by his Democratic
counterpart, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, about the need
to revise entitlement programs.

May 16, 2011

U.S. trial of alleged Mumbai plotter may harm Pakistan ties

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Prospective jurors filled out questionnaires on Monday at the outset of the trial of a Pakistani-born man accused of aiding the 2008 Mumbai attack that could further strain U.S.-Pakistani relations.

Tahawwur Rana, a 50-year-old Chicago businessman who is a Canadian citizen, is accused of helping his childhood friend, American David Headley, to scout targets for the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people, including six Americans.

May 11, 2011

Presbyterian Church to ordain gays as ministers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Presbyterian Church voted on Tuesday to allow the ordination of gays, becoming the fourth Protestant denomination in the United States to make the move that experts say reflects a larger cultural shift.

The debate over whether gays should be ordained as ministers has led to sharp divisions within several Protestant faiths. Some 100 congregations out of 11,000 have left the Presbyterian church in the past five years, including a few large ones, church sources said.

May 3, 2011

Environmental groups sue Chicago over its sewage

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Environmental groups on Tuesday sued the city of Chicago’s water treatment authority, charging its sewage promotes algae growth that is choking Midwestern rivers and contributes to the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone.”

The federal lawsuit demands Chicago’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District deal with frequent runoff of untreated sewage into local waterways during storms that cause problems downstream.

May 2, 2011
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U.S. Muslims hope for better days after bin Laden

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(People cheer and wave U.S. flags outside the White House as President Barack Obama delivers remarks to the nation on the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, in Washington May 1, 2011/Jim Young)

Many U.S. Muslims were as relieved as most Americans to hear of Osama bin Laden’s death, though they feared the stigma attached to their community since the September 11 attacks will not disappear so quickly. U.S. Muslims have grown frustrated that their condemnations of bin Laden and al Qaeda have gone unheard as some Americans associate Islam with his message of violent jihad.

Apr 20, 2011

Second Blagojevich corruption trial begins

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The second corruption trial of disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich got under way on Wednesday with prospective jurors filling out questionnaires.

The two-term Democrat is charged with selling his office, including attempts to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

Apr 20, 2011

Ex-Illinois governor faces second corruption trial

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich goes on trial on Wednesday for a second time on charges he sold his office, including attempts to sell President Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.

Finding an impartial jury could be complicated by Blagojevich loudly proclaiming prosecutors were unfairly limiting evidence, as well as publicity from his first trial that ended in August with a hung jury on 23 of 24 counts due to one holdout juror.

Apr 14, 2011

US to ‘protect interests’ in WTO Boeing ruling

CHICAGO, April 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Trade Representative
left little doubt on Thursday that the Obama administration
would appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that Boeing
(BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) received illegal government subsidies.

Ron Kirk promised to “protect our interests” when asked on
the sidelines of a speech in Chicago whether the administration
would appeal the March 31 ruling that Boeing received at least
$5.3 billion in illegal subsidies in the long-running dispute.

Apr 1, 2011

Illinois tax increases risk business exodus

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois’ dire finances led steel parts manufacturer Pat Thompson to consider uprooting his factory after nearly a century in the state and taking its 250 jobs elsewhere.

His company, Modern Forge Companies, is being courted by neighboring Indiana, part of what experts say is a stepped-up competition among states to poach businesses and lure away the jobs and tax revenues they bring.

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