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German DAX up 0.2% to 5,336
from - Real-time Headlines
Nasdaq 100 futures up 3.5 points to 1,599.00
from - Real-time Headlines
S&P 500 futures up 4 points to 1,000.50
from - Real-time Headlines
Virginia Race Tightens
The Virginia gubernatorial race is "back in single digits," according to a new Public Policy Polling survey, as Creigh Deeds (D) has pulled to within 49% to 42% against Bob McDonnell (R) after trailing by 14 points just a month ago.

Evaluating Spitzer's Prospects
With Eliot Spitzer reportedly considering a comeback, a new SurveyUSA poll in New York looks at his electoral prospects.

The poll finds that 15% of voters said they'd vote for Spitzer again no matter what office he sought, 47% said they might vote for him and 39% would never vote for him under any circumstances.

Spitzer Mulling Comeback
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) "has been privately talking with friends about a possible comeback, and is considering a run for statewide office next year," the New York Post reports.

Massachusetts AG takes steps to run for Kennedy's seat
Posted: September 1st, 2009 02:24 PM ET

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Coakley has picked up papers to run for Ted Kennedy's seat.
(CNN) – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, has taken the first step to run for Ted Kennedy's empty Senate seat.

Obama encourages 'common-sense' steps against H1N1 virus
Posted: September 1st, 2009 02:29 PM ET

Obama warns about the H1N1 virus before flu season.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama encouraged all Americans Tuesday to take "common-sense" steps in preparation for an expected resurgence in the H1N1 virus this fall.

House Majority Leader won’t close door on final health-care bill without public option
Posted: 12:39 AM ET
(CNN) — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Tuesday night stopped short of saying House Democrats will reject a health-care bill that lacks a government-funded public insurance option.

Medicare paying too much for wheelchairs, report finds
Posted: 12:53 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Power-driven wheelchairs are costing Medicare and its beneficiaries nearly four times what suppliers pay for them, and competitive bidding could have reduced those costs, according to an inspector general’s report released Wednesday.

U.N. chief calls for urgent action on climate change

from Reuters: International News
LONGYEARBYEN, Svalbard (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on world leaders on Monday to take urgent action to combat climate change for the sake of "the future of humanity."

North Korea sends diplomatic delegation to China

from Reuters: International News
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, facing tougher U.N. sanctions for its nuclear test in May and a series of missile launches, said on Tuesday it had sent a Foreign Ministry delegation to China, its biggest benefactor and only major ally.

Iran's Ahmadinejad plans U.N. visit: aide

from Reuters: International News
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad plans to address this month's U.N. General Assembly meeting, an aide said on Tuesday, in what would be his first trip to the West since his disputed re-election in June.

Iran says ready for nuclear talks with world powers

from Reuters: International News
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has prepared an "updated nuclear proposal" and is ready to talk to world powers, state television quoted the Islamic Republic's chief nuclear negotiator as saying on Tuesday.

Americans more confident on healthcare costs: poll

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fewer Americans are afraid that they will be unable to pay for healthcare services and fewer expect to postpone medical treatments due to costs, according to a Thomson Reuters survey published on Monday.

U.S. health reform estimates need long view: study

from Reuters: Politics
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Congressional Budget Office may be missing potential savings from various health reform proposals by not looking at efforts to manage or prevent expensive, chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, researchers said in a study released on Tuesday.

Real peace needs compassion, dialogue, says Tibetan laureate

from Politics by By Dennis Engbarth<br>Taiwan News, Staff Reporter
The Dalai Lama urged world political leaders yesterday to cease thinking in terms of "we" and "they" and realize that dialogue based on mutual respect

North Korea lifts curbs on border with South Korea

from Politics by Agence France-Presse
North Korea yesterday lifted tough restrictions on South Korean traffic across the heavily fortified border, its latest apparent goodwill gesture after months of hostility. Operations have

AFL-CIO: Gov't option an absolute must

from Politics by Carrie Budoff Brown
Unions "won't support" a health bill sans public option.

Labor mounts autumn offensive

from Lobbyists by Jeanne Cummings
Union leaders are launching a new offensive to provide fresh momentum for key legislation.

Labor gears up for key governors races

from Lobbyists by Alex Isenstadt
The AFL-CIO is betting big in N.J. and Va., where critical gubernatorial races are taking place in November.

VIDEO: A&C: Oral Argument on Providing Medical Care for Veterans

from C-SPAN Recent Video
On August 12th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Veterans for Common Sense v. Shinseki. Veterans for Common Sense, the plaintiff in this case, is asking the Court to order the Department of Veterans Affairs to reform the way it deals with disability claims for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. A lower court ruled that the judicial branch does not have the authority to order the VA to provide timely medical care.
Length: 1 hr.

Published: Saturday at 7pm (ET)

VIDEO: Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC, Dir. interviewed by Lauran Neergaard, AP & Maggie Fox, Thomson Reuters

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden gives an update on the CDC recommendations for dealing with the H1N1 Swine Flu Virus this fall season and the availability of vaccinations. Recently a report by the Presidential Council of Science Advisers suggested that as many as 90,000 people could die from the virus.
Length: 33 min.

Published: Sunday at 10am (ET)

VIDEO: Michael Wilson, Americans for Democratic Action, National Director

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Michael Wilson takes a look at the fall legislative agenda for the Democrats.
Length: 42 min.

Published: Tuesday at 7:30am (ET)

VIDEO: Robin Norman, Virginia Hospital Center, Senior V.P. & CFO

from C-SPAN Recent Video
In the third installment of our series, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Robin Norman talks about the hospital's health care costs and Medicare reimbursement rates.
Length: 29 min.

Published: Tuesday at 9am (ET)

VIDEO: Fmr. Israeli Amb. Dore Gold, Author, "The Rise of Nuclear Iran"

from C-SPAN Recent Video
According to Dore Gold, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Iran continues to pursue nuclear weapons even as western leaders pursue talks with the Islamic republic. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, Amb. Gold discusses his new book, "The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West."
Length: 1 hr.

Published: Tuesday at 11am (ET)

VIDEO: Pres. Obama Briefing on H1N1 Flu Virus

from C-SPAN Recent Video
President Obama was joined in the Rose Garden by members of his Cabinet as he made remarks about preparedness and response efforts surrounding the H1N1 flu virus.
Length: 5 min.

Published: Tuesday at 2:10pm (ET)

VIDEO: State Department Press Briefing Tuesday Sept 1 2009

from C-SPAN Recent Video
Topics at this State Department briefing included the political situation in Honduras, and allegations of misconduct by guards at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan. Those allegations are being investigated by the State Department Inspector General. Spokesman Ian Kelly spoke with reporters for about 45 minutes.
Length: 44 min.

Published: Tuesday at 1:30pm (ET)

Obama: Manufacturing Growth a Good Sign

from --
President Barack Obama says a promising report on the state of U.S. manufacturing is a sign that the hurting economy is moving in the right direction.

PetroChina in oil sands deal

from Business
PetroChina Co, the country's largest oil and gas producer, has agreed to pay C$1.9 billion ($1.7 billion) for a stake in two oil sands projects in Canada to tap the rich deposits in the country. Beijing-based PetroChina has signed initial agreements with Athabasca Oil Sands Corp (AOSC) to take a 60 percent stake in the Canadian company's MacKay River and Dover oil sands projects. The projects contain approximately 5 billion barrels of bitumen, AOSC said in a statement late Monday. Analysts ...

End immoral Cuba embargo, US urged

from BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition
The US should drop its "immoral" trade embargo against the Cuba, Amnesty International urges.

Argentina's FM to visit China

from Argentina News latest RSS headlines - Big News
Argentina's Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana is to visit China from Sept. 5 to 8 as the guest of his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Tuesday. During his stay i...

UN seeks better data on hurricanes, droughts

from AP Top Science News At 5:42 a.m. EST by By ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS
GENEVA (AP) -- The world needs more innovative projects - like putting weather stations on cellular phone towers across Africa - to help it better predict the increased hurricanes, tsunamis, droughts and floods that climate change will bring, Kofi Annan said Monday....

Obama says Americans should go get H1N1 flu vaccine

from AP Top Political News At 5:39 a.m. EST by By JULIE PACE
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a potentially deadly swine flu outbreak looming, President Barack Obama is urging Americans to take steps to prevent infection....

Election talk heats up in Canada

from AP Top International News At 5:48 a... by By ROB GILLIES
TORONTO (AP) -- Canada's main opposition party vowed Tuesday to try to topple Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority government at the first opportunity, which could force a fourth election in the last five years and the second in just a year....

Gates Cites Importance of Acquisition Reform

from American Forces Information Services - News Articles
Taxpayers get their money's worth from troops in terms of performance, but acquisition reform is essential to keeping them properly equipped, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

Rebuking Cheney's Torture Propaganda in 7 Easy Steps

from by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports
Cheney is all over the airwaves, trotting out his propaganda and defense of the Bush administration's serial violations of the Geneva conventions.

Iraq security commands to control borders with Iran

from Alsumaria TV Iraq, Iraq news | Iraq News | RSS feed
Security commands in Basra held a meeting to discuss required measures to be taken in order to control borders with Iran and prevent smuggling of weapons and drugs. For more details, click on play movie.

Al Maliki meets with Iraq Media Commission

from Alsumaria TV Iraq, Iraq news | Iraq News | RSS feed
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki received head of Communications and Media Commission and its members. Al Maliki stressed the importance of the Commission’s role in this stage and the government’s willingness to extend it all the support and assistance it needs. Head of the Commission ...

Turkish FM optimistic about easing Iraqi-Syrian tension

from Alsumaria TV Iraq, Iraq news | Iraq News | RSS feed
In a statement to Al Hayat Newspaper, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said he started mediation between Iraq and Syria after consulting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After meeting with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad while he had met earlier with Prime Minister Nuri Al ...

Urban Youth in Todays Navy

from All Hands Television

The Navy's Future Force and Joint Combined Exchange

from All Hands Television

More consumers complaining about credit, AGs report shows

from All Consuming by Kristin Alexander All Consuming Blog Moderator
In a sign of the economic times, credit cards and predatory lending/mortgages cracked the national top 10 list of consumer complaints to state attorneys general offices last year, the National Association of Attorney General announced today.

Alberta co-hosts world education discussion on job-skill trends

from News by
Educational leaders from 16 countries are meeting with their Canadian counterparts in Calgary August 31 to discuss innovative developments in vocational education and training and explore the trends and skill requirements for the ‘next generation’ economy within a global context.

Iran 'ready for new nuclear talks'

Tehran says that it has updated its proposal ahead of a US deadline.

Zelaya: Honduras election 'a fraud'

Ousted Honduras president says November election will not be recognised by neighbours.

US reports question Afghan policy

Reports raise doubts about US reliance on private contractors as security deteroriates.

Top UN official in Afghanistan calls for national participation in peace campaign

from Afghanistan News latest RSS headlines - Big News
The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan has urged the entire nation to join an ambitious three-week-long peace campaign, which kicked off today when Afghan celebrities, UN staff and civil society ...

Obama to review Afghan report this week

from Afghanistan News latest RSS headlines - Big News
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will review a new U.S. military report on Afghanistan this week and any decision on changing the U.S. presence there is weeks away, Obama's spokesman said on Tuesda...

Envoys to meet in Paris to discuss Afghanistan peace strategy

from Afghanistan News latest RSS headlines - Big News
Paris (PPI): Western special envoys and representatives from Afghanistan and Pakistan will meet here on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the two countries, the French Foreign Ministry said. "The...

Karzai's rival stages rally to protest Afghanistan poll fraud

from Afghanistan News latest RSS headlines - Big News
AFGHAN President Hamid Karzai's main rival Abdullah Abdullah staged a rally of elders in Kabul yesterday to denounce fraud in last month's election and said he was doing all he could to keep his suppo...

China hopes peace in Afghanistan at an early date

from Afghanistan News latest RSS headlines - Big News
BEIJING (Agencies): China on Tuesday expressed its hope that Afghanistan could take the path of peace and stability at an early date as the vote-counting of the election is underway. “As a neighbou...

Years wasted in Afghan effort by not coordinating efforts

from Afghanistan News latest RSS headlines - Big News
KABUL - The international community has wasted years in Afghanistan by not coordinating its efforts, a top U.N. official said ahead of a Wednesday meeting of U.S. and European envoys to discuss the co...

U.S. to boost combat force in Afghanistan

from Afghanistan News latest RSS headlines - Big News
Support units will be replaced by 14,000 combat soldiers and noncombat posts will be contracted out, defense officials say. The swap will enable the U.S. to keep its troop level unchanged.

Contractors Outnumber U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

from Afghanistan News latest RSS headlines - Big News
report by a Congressional research group, but also form the highest ratio of contractors to military personnel recorded in any war in the history of the United States

‘Young Workers: A Lost Decade’

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Tula Connell

Obama to Address AFL-CIO Convention

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by James Parks

Made in America Jobs Tour: Investing in Green Economy Creates Jobs
from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by James Parks

18,000 Union Members Took Part in More Than 400 Health Care Events in August

from AFL-CIO NOW BLOG by Mike Hall

Expected attendees at tonight's White House dinner celebrating Ramadan
Below is a list of some of the expected attendees at tonight’s White House dinner celebrating Ramadan:

Statement by the Press Secretary on last week's attack on Saudi Arabia's Assistant Minister of Interior Prince Muhammad Bin Nayif
The U.S. Government strongly condemns the cowardly attack late last week against Saudi Arabia’s Assistant Minister of Interior Prince Muhammad Bin Nayif. Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was unsuccessful.

Remarks by the President on 2009-H1N1 National Preparedness and Response
Readout of National Security Advisor General James L. Jones' meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on September 1, 2009
NSA Jim Jones met with Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on September 1st on the occasion of the ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of WWII in Gdansk, Poland.

President Obama Signs New York Emergency Declaration
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and flooding during the period of August 8-10, 2009.

2009-H1N1 National Preparedness and Response Overview
The health and safety of the American people is the first priority of President Barack Obama. Since the novel 2009-H1N1 flu virus emerged in the United States during the third week of April, the President has received regular briefings and asked his Cabinet to spare no effort in addressing this national security challenge.

Three Federal Agencies Join with Sesame Workshop to Launch National PSA Campaign Stressing Healthy Habits to Prevent H1N1 Flu Infection
The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, have teamed up to launch a new, national public service advertising campaign designed to encourage American children and families to practice healthy habits and to take steps to prevent the spread of the 2009 H1N1 flu virus.

Remarks by the President on 2009-H1N1 National Preparedness and Response
Responses to Biden: Small Businesses, and the Morality of it All
Posted by Jesse Lee
A Run-Down on H1N1 Preparation
Posted by Jesse Lee
White House Engagement with the Native Hawaiian Community
Posted by Kalpen Modi
Photostream: Work and Rest in August
Posted by Kori Schulman
Building a Ready and Resilient Nation
Posted by Secretary Janet Napolitano

Shanghai shares rally, bucking regional sell-off
from - MarketPulse

LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Shanghai stocks rose solidly Wednesday despite a broad fall in most other major Asian markets, with financials leading the advance. The Shanghai Composite Index was up 1.2% in late morning action. Shares of Industrial Bank Co. were 5.2% higher, while Bank of China Ltd. advanced 2.1%, China Construction Bank Corp. gained 3.2%, and Bank of Communications Co. jumped 3.3%. Energy names had led the early advance on news Beijing was increasing retail auto fuel prices, though the shares later eased back from those initial gains, with PetroChina Co. up 1.5% and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., also known as Sinopec, 0.7% higher. Many of the Shanghai gains failed to translate to the firms' shares in Hong Kong, where Bank of China was down 1.6% and PetroChina was 1.4% lower.


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