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CNN: Romney unveils his jobs plan with a dig at Obama
Standing under a banner that read "Day One, Job One," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney unveiled his jobs plan Tuesday with a pledge to take steps on his first day as president to undo what he called failed economic policies of the Obama administration.
Washington Post: Fed considers buying more long-term Treasury bonds to lower rates
The Federal Reserve is moving toward new steps aimed at lowering interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of long-term loans, without making another massive infusion of money into the economy. When Fed officials hold a pivotal meeting in two weeks, they will strongly consider buying more long-term Treasury bonds, which should lead to lower interest rates for those bonds and other long-term investments.
CNN: US mulling option for 3000 troops to remain in Iraq
Despite adamant statements that no final decisions have been made about future U.S. troop levels in Iraq, discussions within the administration have included a potential option for keeping just 3,000 forces there beginning next year, according to a senior Pentagon official.
CNN: Homeland Security gets mixed reviews as 9/11 anniversary nears
In a massive 221-page report, the Government Accountability Office - the investigative arm of Congress - says [the Department of Homeland Security] has "made significant strides in protecting the nation, but has yet to reach its full potential." CNN obtained a draft of the report, which is to be the subject of a Senate hearing on Wednesday.
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CNN: Gov. Perry: Texas fires are 'mean, swift and highly dangerous'
Wildfires raged across Texas early Wednesday as they have each of the last 295 days, charring nearly 120,000 acres in the last week alone. …The largest fire, near Austin, has spread across 33,000 acres, claiming two lives and forcing the evacuations of at least 5,000 people, officials said Tuesday.
CNNMoney: Postal job cuts would weigh on minorities, vets
The Postal Service is one of the largest employers of all minorities, led by African-Americans, who make up 21% of workers. …In addition, the Postal Service is the single largest employer of veterans, which make up 130,000, or 22% of its ranks, according to a 2010 report on postal operations.
New York Times: Families Feel Sharp Edge of State Budget Cuts
Some states, including Florida and Missouri, have decided to shrink the duration of state unemployment benefits paid to laid-off workers, while others, including Arizona and California, are creating new restrictions on cash aid for low-income residents.
CNN: Bill aims to protect service members who oppose homosexuality
The military is on a two-week glide path to ending "don't ask, don't tell," its present policy banning gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces. But congressional critics may provide some low-level turbulence on the final approach to the September 20 policy change.
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CNN: Syria cancels Arab League chief's visit as protests continue
Syria has canceled a visit by the head of the Arab League scheduled for Wednesday, citing unspecified "circumstances beyond our control," as anti-government protesters continued their calls for regime change.
CNN: U.S.: Gadhafi not believed to be in Niger convoy
Two Libyan convoys have passed through Niger this week, officials in that country said Tuesday, fueling renewed speculation about the whereabouts of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and members of his family. The U.S. State Department said it viewed the two sets of vehicles as parts of a single convoy - and that Gadhafi is not believed to be on it.
CNN: NATO stops Afghan prison transfers after abuse allegations
NATO has suspended the transfer of inmates to Afghan authorities in the wake of allegations of abuse at several Afghanistan prisons. The move comes after news leaked of an unreleased U.N. report of prisoners at nine Afghan facilities who have been tortured at the hands of Afghan prison guards with electric shocks, beatings and threats of sexual assault.
CNN: Will Twitter 'terrorism' case stifle social media in Mexico?
After false rumors about school attacks spread on Twitter and Facebook and caused real-life chaos on the streets of the city of Veracruz, state prosecutors accused two people of terrorism and sabotage for their posts. The charges could put the suspects behind bars for up to 30 years.
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CNNMoney: Yahoo's Carol Bartz out as CEO
The ax has swung. Carol Bartz is out as Yahoo CEO, ending a fraught tenure that culminated in months of speculation about when she would be ousted. Yahoo announced the shakeup late Tuesday, and named Tim Morse, the company's chief financial officer, as its interim CEO.
CNNMoney: Bank of America shakes up its executive suite
Bank of America is reshaping its management team, and two big Wall Street names are out. The company will continue on without two honchos: Joe Price, the president of consumer and small-business banking, and Sallie Krawcheck, president of wealth and investment management.
CNNMoney: Stocks end down for a third day
U.S. stocks fell Tuesday, extending last week's losses, following a major selloff in Europe on Monday. European markets ended mixed Tuesday after the Swiss National Bank moved to stabilize the nation's currency. But the long-running debt crisis in Europe, which appears to be spreading from Greece to Italy and other vulnerable nations, continued to weigh on U.S. markets.
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