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President Obama and Republicans use their weekly addresses today to comment on the GOP’s new plan on taxes and the economy. NPR’s Mandalit del Barco has more.
The GOP’s pledge to America is a new plan to slash taxes and cut spending.
“The new agenda embodies \ America rejection of the notion that we can simply tax, borrow, and spend our way to prosperity.”
But President Obama says the GOP is offering the exact same ideas that\ led to the economic crisis in the first place.
“For all their talk \ about reining in spending and getting our deficits under control, they want to borrow another 700 billion dollars and use it to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.”
The president said cutting taxes for the rich, letting Wall Street loose and leaving the middle-class to fend for itself is no solution to the country’s economic troubles. Mandalit del Barco, NPR news.
The Justice Department is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of a U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. His father is suing to have the suspected terrorist removed from the CIA’s capture or kill list. The Justice Department says the suit would risk the disclosure of classified information.
NATO officials say at least 30 insurgents were killed in eastern Afghanistan in an operation involving coalition soldiers, Afghan soldiers and Afghan police officers. No civilians were hurt. In a separate statement, NATO officials said three members of the international security force were killed in separate bombings yesterday.
In British politics, the opposition Labor Party picked Ed Miliband as its new leader today. He served as Energy Secretary. He beat four other candidates, including his older brother David Miliband. He succeeds former Prime Minister Gordon Brown who resigned after the Party lost the May election, ending 13 years in power.
The Commonwealth Games are held every four years, attended mainly by former British colonies. The event's chief says they will be held as scheduled starting next weekend, but that a lot of work still needs to be done. Vir Singh Singh reports.
The Commonwealth Games Federation says its greatest concern is for the safety and security of thousands of athletes from 71 countries who are taking part in the Games which are due to begin on October 3rd. Earlier this week, the event looked doomed as several countries expressed misgivings over hygiene and safety at the Game’s Village. However, the first few teams have arrived here in the Indian capital and many more are on their way as thousands of workers finish cleaning and other jobs that should have been completed a long time ago. Meanwhile India has stepped up security after a gunman injured two foreign tourists outside a well-known mosque in New Delhi less than a week ago. For NPR news, I’m Vir Singh\ in New Deli.
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The spiritual leader of the Anglican Communions says he no longer opposes the appointment of gays as bishops. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, told the Times of London\ he won’t object to gay bishops as long as they are not involved in a sexually active relationship. Celibacy is not required for heterosexual clergy.
A prominent Atlanta area pastor is now facing a fourth lawsuit alleging he coerced a young man into sexual acts. Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is expected to address the lawsuits tomorrow. From member station WABE, Charles Edwards reports.
The lawsuits alleged Bishop Long violated his fiduciary duty as New Birth's leader. Long allegedly used money, jewelry and other items to entice young men enrolled in the church’s mentoring program. In addition to the lawsuits, an attorney for the young men has released a pair of photos allegedly sent by Long to a young man. The photos appeared to show Long using a cell phone to take pictures of himself in tight fitted athletic gear. The allegations have rocked the church with its more than 25,000 member in worldwide reach. In a statement given before the fourth lawsuit was filed, Long called the allegations false. He also said he will respond to his congregation during New Birth's regular weekend service. For NPR news, I’m Charles Edwards, in Atlanta.
A federal judge in Tacoma, Washington is ordering the reinstatement of an airforce nurse who had been discharged for being gay. Judge Ronald Leighton called Major Margaret Witt "a central figure in a long-term, highly-charged civil right movementa". This is the second federal rule in a month against ”Don’t ask, don’t tell”. A federal judge in California also ruled it unconstitutional.
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