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    Boris Island Airport Plan Rejected

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has said his proposal for an island airport in the Thames estuary is not dead, despite the Airports Commission rejecting the idea. Commission chairman Sir Howard Davies said the huge cost, economic disruption and environmental concerns made the proposal unviable. The mayor called this short-sighted, but said plans to expand either Gatwick or Heathrow airports would fail. These plans, he claimed, face huge opposition and no government would back them. Source: wochit politics

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  • Jerry Seib: Elections and the Congressional Schedule

    Jerry Seib: Elections and the Congressional Schedule

    As the summer comes to a close and congressional members head back to Congress, they will be focused on legislation and the nearing midterm elections. WSJ’s Jerry Seib explains how the election season may heavily impact what Congress does (and doesn’t) do in the coming months. Photo: Associated Press Source: The Wall Street Journal

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  • Obama: ‘Revving’ Economy Calls For Higher Wages

    Obama: ‘Revving’ Economy Calls For Higher Wages

    President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. He told a union crowd in Milwaukee,”America deserves a raise.” Vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. He cracked, “I just wore her down.”

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  • Guantanamo Detainee Transfer To Uruguay Unlikely Before Vote: Official

    Guantanamo Detainee Transfer To Uruguay Unlikely Before Vote: Official

    A senior Uruguayan official said on Monday, the transfer of six prisoners from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay to Uruguay is unlikely to take place before presidential elections are held in October. President José Mujica earlier this year accepted a request to take half a dozen inmates from the center used to imprison people detained after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, but at least one poll showed the move to be unpopular among Uruguayans.



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  • Amid Foreign Crises, Obama Takes Solace In U.S. Economic Turnaround

    Amid Foreign Crises, Obama Takes Solace In U.S. Economic Turnaround

    Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy. But with economic growth now far more robust than when he took office, he is finding some measure of solace on the domestic front while a number of crises rage abroad. Source: wochit politics

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  • Brazil’s Silva Looks Presidential, But Not A Shoo-in

    Brazil’s Silva Looks Presidential, But Not A Shoo-in

    Popular environmentalist Marina Silva looks capable of winning Brazil’s presidential election in October, but a major campaign gaffe and mounting attacks from other candidates and the media suggest the race is still wide open. Polls have shown Silva with a lead of about 10 percentage points over President Dilma Rousseff if the Oct. 5 election goes to a runoff, as seems likely. Source: wochit politics

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  • Obama Chastises Congress During Labor Day Speech

    Obama Chastises Congress During Labor Day Speech

    At a Labor Day event in Wisconsin Monday, President Barack Obama said, despite a stubborn Congress, and even though Americans wouldn’t always know it by watching the news, the U.S. is progressing economically. By almost every measure, the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office, Obama said to a crowd at Laborfest in Milwaukee. The question now is, are we going to make the right decisions to accelerate this progress, Obama said, highlighting his

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  • Iran’s Zarif ‘quite Optimistic’ Of Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Iran’s Zarif ‘quite Optimistic’ Of Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced optimism after talks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday that a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program can be resolved by a November 24 deadline. Zarif told reporters, “I hope with the readiness and political will that I see in all parties to this discussion to have a resolution within the next three months.”

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  • Surly 2014 Electorate Poised To ‘keep The Bums In’

    Surly 2014 Electorate Poised To ‘keep The Bums In’

    Call it the election of contradictions. In the 2014 midterms, a surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to “keep the bums in.” At least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators are on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4. That’s the power of incumbency, and it trumps the public’s sour mood and antipathy toward gridlocked Washington. Neither Obama’s signature health

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  • Pakistan’s Premier Challenged By Raging Protests

    Pakistan’s Premier Challenged By Raging Protests

    Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan’s prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif again vowed he would not step down under duress, even as protesters briefly took over the country’s state-run television broadcaster and battled security forces in the streets. Source: wochit politics

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  • UK Government ‘Deplores’ Israeli Move To Claim Palestinian Land

    UK Government ‘Deplores’ Israeli Move To Claim Palestinian Land

    The British government on Monday said it deplores a decision by Israel to claim a large swath of privately owned Palestinian land near Bethlehem. According to Peace Now, an Israeli group that monitors settlements Israel’s decision to expropriate almost 1,000 acres in the West Bank, first announced on Sunday, is the biggest such claim in 30 years. The New York Times reported that the land has now been declared “state land,” as opposed to land privately owned by Palestinians, which

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  • On Labor Day, Obama Campaigns For Minimum-wage Hike

    On Labor Day, Obama Campaigns For Minimum-wage Hike

    President Obama travels to Milwaukee on Monday for a Labor Day festival where he will tout recent jobs numbers and call on Congress to raise the minimum wage. “The bottom line is, America deserves a raise,” Obama said in his weekly radio address Saturday, which the White House said was a preview of his remarks in Milwaukee.

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