A.M. Links: Congress Approves Fiscal Cliff Bill With No Spending Cuts, Contraceptive Mandate Blocked, Feds and Banks Coordinated Occupy Crackdown

04e5boehner and obama 600x400 A.M. Links: Congress Approves Fiscal Cliff Bill With No Spending Cuts, Contraceptive Mandate Blocked, Feds and Banks Coordinated Occupy Crackdown

After

tense posturing, the House of Representatives passed
a fiscal cliff measure devoid of spending cuts and which raises
taxes on those making more than $450,000 per year. The Senate had
already approved the measure and the president is, of course,

expected to sign the horrible thing.
Observers wasted no time in
taking the federal government to task for the non-solution to
the excessive-spending problem.
In a case brought by businessman Tom Monaghan, a federal judge

blocked an Obama administration mandate that contraceptives be
included in health coverage. The judge said the mandate would
“substantially burden his exercise of religion.”

Airbases are the latest targets for Syrian rebels as they
expand their campaign against the country’s faltering
government.
The
minimum wage is set to rise in ten states where officials seem
to have a tenuous grasp on economics.
Crackdowns on the Occupy movement may have been
coordinated by the feds, local officials and banks, according
to documents obtained through FOIA suits.
The lethal stampede that caused 61 deaths in the Ivory Coast
may have been
caused by barriers set up by pickpockets.
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A.M. Links: Congress Approves Fiscal Cliff Bill With No Spending Cuts, Contraceptive Mandate Blocked, Feds and Banks Coordinated Occupy Crackdown


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