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President Obama Proposes Long-Term Austerity Measures

Mark Laluan

February 17, 2011


Filed under Politics

President Barack Obama has proposed this week a $1.1 trillion cut to government spending over the next decade. Obama’s spending proposals are indicative of the new political reality of a Republican-led House of Representatives controlling the purse strings over the next two years. In the current proposal presented to Congress, the Obama Administration calls for $3....

Human Trafficking Discussed at Fremont Summit

Richard Duboc and Ray Chavez/Oakland Tribune/MCT

January 27, 2011


Filed under Politics

What does 27 million people mean? Is it the population of Saudi Arabia? Is it the dollar equivalent of the gross domestic product of a Pacific island nation? Yes, but, it is also the number of people held in slavery worldwide, according to a recent National Geographic estimate. If accurate, this figu...

Obama Combative, But in Mellow Tone

Mark Laluan

January 27, 2011


Filed under Layout, Politics

President Barack Obama’s used Tuesday’s State of the Union address to polish old points and grind new axes, albeit in a muted fashion. Last November’s mid-term elections saw large Republican majorities return to the House, a weakened Democratic presence in the Senate and Republican gains in statewide offices throughout the nation. However, Obama showed no signs that he would accept Republica...

Bay Area Unemployment Rate Continues to Climb

Natalia Aldana and Natalia Aldana

January 27, 2011


Filed under Politics

Unemployment rates in the Bay Area soared to new records this January, reaching 9.2 percent in the East Bay and 7.5 percent in San Francisco, according to the state’s department of labor. The state’s Employment Development Department released a report stating that more than 2 million Californians...

Brown’s Budget Schwarzenegger’s Second Coming

Mark Laluan

January 13, 2011


Filed under Layout, Politics

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget unveiled Monday has more in common with the substance of his predecessor’s proposals than meets the eye. Brown has proposed discretionary spending out of the general fund to the tune of $84.6 billion. This amount is just around $1.5 billion less than last fi...

Supreme Court Again is Asked to Rule on ‘In God We Trust’

Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers and Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers

January 13, 2011


Filed under Politics

WASHINGTON — California attorney and dedicated atheist Michael Newdow is making another run at “In God We Trust,” with a new Supreme Court petition challenging the national motto. In an uphill battle, Newdow is asking the nine justices to review an appellate court’s rejection of his claim tha...

Military Vows Improved Services For Female Soldiers

Mark Brunswick

January 13, 2011


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MINNEAPOLIS — Alicia Perry has had her head in the clouds for as long as she can remember. She speaks passionately about the wonders of flying. "I really enjoy being in control of the aircraft and being up there," she said. "It's just a whole different view of the world." One gray morning this fall, the 24-year-old recent college gradu...

Left With Schwarzenegger’s Collateral Damage

Mark Laluan

January 8, 2011


Filed under Layout, Politics

As Schwarzenegger’s legacy comes to an end, California must engage in major damage control Arnold Schwarzenegger has bid adieu to seven years in office as Governor of California. The action star of the 2002 movie “Collateral Damage” is leaving the state with more damage than what was do...

The Uncertain Future of San Quentin’s New Death Row

Richard Duboc

January 8, 2011


Filed under Politics

As Jerry Brown made his first Inaugural Address for the second time in his career on Monday in Sacramento, many are now left wondering what, if any, issues will be affected by the winds of change. One such issue is the unresolved lawsuit between Marin County and Governor Schwarzenegger over the proposed $356 million new Condemned Inmate Complex (CIC) at Ca...

DREAM Act Protestors March in San Francisco

Richard Duboc

December 9, 2010


Filed under Politics

Across the state, students are taking to the streets in support of the DREAM Act. On Friday, Dec. 3, hundreds of students from Bay Area colleges, along with supporters from all over the country, marched from the Federal Building in San Francisco to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) office. A...

Federal Reserve to Buy More Treasury Bonds

Richard Duboc

December 2, 2010


Filed under Politics

The issue of debt is closely associated with college students and homeowners. However, some of the most powerful nations in the world are also grappling with debt. Last month, the United States Federal Reserve announced that it will buy $600 billion worth of U.S. Treasury notes and bonds by the end...

Jean Quan Oakland’s New Mayor

Mark Laluan

November 18, 2010


Filed under Layout, Politics

Attorney General race still undecided Two weeks after Election Day, final results for California’s “close contests” are proving elusive. The office of the California Secretary of State defines a “close contest” as “a contest in which there is less than a 2 percent difference between first and second place.” The sta...

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