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      A federal appeals court has turned down a Freedom of Information Act request related to the 2010 cyberattack on Google users in China.   The request from the Electronic Privacy Information Center was to disclose communications between Google and the U.S. National Security Agency. The center focuses on privacy and civil liberties.… Continue Reading Court won’t order Google-US interactions released

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The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service sought Wednesday to tamp down concern over wide-scale cuts, revealing it will seek to keep thousands of rural post offices open with shorter hours. At a news briefing, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the mail agency was backing off its plan to close up to 3,700 low-revenue post offices… Continue Reading Postal Service: Will keep rural post offices open

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Want a shot at doing what politicians in Washington can’t seem to do: balance the federal budget and erase the debt? The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is given ordinary Americans the chance to stabilize the debt through a budget simulator that teaches the public about changes that must be made to control the… Continue Reading Americans can experiment with ways to reduce federal debt

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Legislation that weakens some federal controls to help startup companies raise capital and help small-scale investors put money into promising new ventures is set to pass the Senate Thursday. President Barack Obama supports the measure, which stands to be one of few bipartisan bills to pass Congress during this politically contentious election year. The final… Continue Reading Senate moves to final vote on small business bill

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says that like most governors, he prefers state regulation of oil and gas drilling to federal regulation. “Most governors are going to argue that it should be a state responsibility,” Hickenlooper said Wednesday at a news conference during the energy consulting firm IHS CERA’s annual executive conference in Houston. “We can… Continue Reading Colo. gov. prefers state regulation of drilling

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A Republican bill encouraging Colorado agencies to seek waivers from federal regulations got initial approval. The proposal would direct state agencies to explore whether it’s possible to seek waivers from federal regulations and determine if it’s possible for Colorado to implement its own rules. Agencies would report to the Legislature annually to discuss waiver possibilities.… Continue Reading Colo. bill to explore federal waivers passes 1st vote

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A compromise bill extending a payroll tax cut and jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed should be enacted, but it’s not going to help the economy very much, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. Boehner, R-Ohio, made the remarks hours after bipartisan congressional bargainers announced agreement on legislation extending those provisions through 2012 and heading… Continue Reading House speaker says payroll tax bill won’t add jobs

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Congressional leaders of both parties praised an emerging deal Wednesday to extend a payroll tax cut and extra jobless benefits through 2012, but cautioned that bargainers still had to nail down final details. The rare, bipartisan consensus reflected a desire by both parties to put the long-running drama over the issue to rest and a… Continue Reading House leaders praise emerging payroll tax cut deal

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Obama promotes job training at community college

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President Barack Obama called on Congress Monday to create an $8 billion fund to train community college students for high-growth industries, part of his broader pitch to make higher education more affordable for all Americans. The fund was part of Obama’s proposed budget for 2013. The overall package aims to achieve $4 trillion in deficit… Continue Reading Obama promotes job training at community college

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Colorado in line for patent office

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Remember those great ideas you had for an invention that could make money and put you on easy street? It might be time to pull them out of the closet and dust them off. Patent lawyers, politicians and scientists are pushing for a U.S. patent bureau in Colorado. Also in the running are New Mexico,… Continue Reading Colorado in line for patent office

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