Sunday, August 4, 2013

Weekly Addresses: Obama Offers New 'Grand Bargain,' GOP Seeks to Modify 'Obamacare'

Repeating a pitch he made this week, President Obama called for a new "grand bargain" for the middle class in his weekly radio/YouTube address, proposing tax reforms and new investments. In the response, Republicans criticized his health care reforms and sought to modify them.

"I'm willing to work with Republicans to simplify our tax code for businesses large and small, but only if we take the money we save by transitioning to a simpler tax system and make a significant investment in creating good, middle-class jobs," Obama said. "We can put construction workers back on the job rebuilding our infrastructure. We can boost manufacturing, so more American companies can sell their products around the world. And we can help our community colleges arm our workers with the skills they need in a global economy-all without adding a dime to the deficit."

At an Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday, Obama laid out his support for corporate tax reform-lowering corporate tax rates in exchange for Republican agreement on ending some business tax exemptions-along with new spending on infrastructure and education.

Read: Obama Offers GOP New 'Grand Bargain'

Republican leaders quickly panned his offer after the president made it on Tuesday.

Over the last week and a half, Obama has delivered a series of speeches seeking to re-frame the economic debate.

"I'll keep laying out my ideas to give the middle class a better shot in the 21st century, and I'll keep reaching out to Republicans for theirs. But gutting critical investments in our future and threatening national default on the bills that Congress has already racked up - that's not an economic plan," Obama said in his weekly address, repeating an attack line used on his recent economic campaign trail. "Denying health care to millions of Americans, or shutting down the government just because I'm for keeping it open - that won't help the middle class."

Republicans, meanwhile, responded in their own address by criticizing the Affordable Care Act-commonly known as "Obamacare"-for incentivizing businesses to stop hiring and suppress weekly hours.

"Small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy. The last thing we need is yet another obstacle to helping them grow and create much-needed jobs," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said.

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to provide health insurance if they employ 50 or more people at 30 or more hours per week. The provision was designed to ensure employee coverage from large businesses. The requirement will take effect in 2015, after a one-year delay by the administration. Businesses who don't offer that insurance will face penalties.

Republicans have pointed out that businesses on the cusp will be penalized for hiring more people and giving them more hours of work.

'If you employ 49 workers, there are no fines. But, if you add just one more employee, you're hit with penalties," Collins said. "A school system in my state of Maine is already preparing to track and cap the number of hours that substitute teachers can work to ensure that they don't work more than 29 hours a week. Fewer hours means less money in the teachers' paychecks and more disruption for their students."

Republicans have sought to modify the ACA by shifting the requirement, mandating insurance for employees who work 40 or more hours per week at large businesses, not 30. In her address, Collins promoted her "Forty Hours is Full Time Act," a bill to enact that modification.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Property Taxes Are Due, So We've Found Savings On Swimming and Golf For You

Your Cook County property tax bill is due tomorrow. If you haven't paid, head to a Chase Bank outlet, pay online or check out the other options. Otherwise, you'll face fines.

The first half of summer was chilly. So that means the second half will be warm and balmy, right? It could happen. Take your chances and get half off a Morton Grove Park District pool pass.?

Goose bumps at the thought of?swimming today? Try golfing at Niles' Tam Golf Course instead. Cost ranges from $10.50 for students and seniors to $18 for others, with a $12 midday special.

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Illinois judge rules Chicago can proceed with school closings

CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois judge on Wednesday allowed Chicago to proceed with the closing of 50 public schools, denying a request by the teachers' union to keep ten of those schools open.

A lawsuit filed by the Chicago Teachers' Union argued that the school district had ignored the recommendations of independent officials questioning ten of the proposed closings.

"This unfortunate ruling ... does an injustice to the parents of these students," said Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis in a statement.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Greg McCune, Gary Hill)


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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hess earnings rise on asset sales, higher prices

NEW YORK (AP) -- Oil exploration company Hess Corp. reported second-quarter net income more than doubled it sold its Russian subsidiary and got a lift from strong oil and gas selling prices even though production declined.

It reported net income of $1.43 billion, or $4.16 per share, for the quarter that ended June 30. If not for the sale of its Russian subsidiary Samara-Nafta, its net income would have fallen to $520 million, or $1.51 per share.

A year earlier it earned $549 million, or $1.61 per share in the second quarter.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet had been expecting an adjusted profit of $1.41 per share for the most recent quarter.

Revenue rose 23.6 percent to $4.11 billion from $3.32 billion a year earlier.

Oil and gas production fell 20.5 percent to 341,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day because of asset sales in Russia, the U.K. North Sea, and Azerbaijan, partially offset by an increase in the Bakken area. Bakken production rose 16 percent to 64,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Its full-year guidance was unchanged at 340,000 to 355,000 barrels per day.

Its worldwide average crude oil selling price, including hedging, was $97.89 per barrel, up from $86.86 a year earlier. Its average selling price for natural gas was $6.44 per thousand cubic feet, up from $5.94 a year earlier.

Hess has been shifting away from refining and toward exploration and production. As part of that plan, it's selling off some assets. So far this year it has sold $3.5 billion in assets. This week it also announced the sale of its energy marketing business to Direct Energy for $1.03 billion.

The rest of its planned sales for assets in Indonesia and Thailand, as well as sales of terminals, retail, and trading business, "are well underway," the company said. It also closed a New Jersey refinery in February.

It's using the money from asset sales so far to cut debt by $2.4 billion and add cash to its balance sheet.

Hess shares rose $1.91, or 2.6 percent, to $75.10 in midday trading.


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'New Frontiers of Space' Book Brings Universe Down to Earth

A new book celebrates the past and future of human exploration of the cosmos.

"New Frontiers of Space: From Mars to the Edge of the Universe" explores the most important people and breakthroughs in space science and spaceflight today. The team at TIME Books responsible for creating the coffee table book pulled their ideas directly from the headlines.

An asteroid flyby, exoplanet discoveries, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, the meteor explosion over Russia all inspired the creation of the book. [See photos from TIME's "New Frontiers of Space" (Gallery)]

"You also have new breakthroughs in commercial space in terms of SpaceX docking with the International Space Station, kind of an international growth in space exploration," said Steve Koepp, the editor of "New Frontiers of Space." "So, all these things were converging and it seemed like it provided material for going after this topic in a way that had many themes."

The book features everything from a timeline of manned and unmanned missions to space to a section devoted to the major players on commercial spaceflight. Photos of the Earth from orbit, life on Mars and an African telescope are also explored in detail.

The writers of the book ? who included Jeffrey Kluger and Michael Lemonick ? also highlighted some of the major unsolved mysteries of the universe. Kluger and Lemonick wrote about the hunt for extraterrestrial life and dark matter in the cosmos among other subjects.

"There was such a variety in the topics that it seemed to lend itself to this broad approach with many different chapters," Koepp told "It seems like rarely have we had this many breakthroughs and this many fascinating events regarding space all at one time."

The team working on the book continued to update it until the oversized book went to print, Koepp said. A section about searching the skies for asteroids was updated continuously, while new discoveries from Curiosity were added as they happened.

"New Frontiers in Space" also names the top 25 most influential people in space as chosen by a core group of editors and reporters. The list includes exoplanet scientists, private entrepreneurs and scientists from countries around the world.

"Some are probably obvious, practically household names ? people like [astrophysicist] Brian Green," Koepp said. "But we were going for diversity here: Diversity of academic pursuit, of business, global diversity, gender diversity. We wanted to show just how many different ways you can approach the frontiers of space."

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Syria's president adds Instagram to his social media blitz

By Ben Brumfield and Saad Abedine, CNN

updated 7:25 AM EDT, Wed July 31, 2013 |

A screen grab taken on July 31, 2013 shows the Syrian presidency's official Instagram page.


  • Viewer comments are mostly positive, but some sling mud
  • No ugly images of bloody battle fields taint the feed
  • There are photos of him and his wife being caring and being adored

(CNN) -- It's not quite as epic as posing with a tiger a la Vladimir Putin. But Syria's Bashar al-Assad has joined Instagram and the photos are propagandastically fantastic.

No ugly images of bloody battle fields taint the feed of the president caught in the middle of a brutal civil war. Instead, it's photo after photo of him and his wife being caring -- and being loved.

There's al-Assad talking to a little girl by the side of a hospital bed. There's his wife wiping away a little boy's tear. There's al-Assad intently listening to a group of women. There's his wife intently listening to a group of women. And lots of pictures of him being mobbed, greeted, hugged by adoring masses.

The embattled president announced he was adding Instagram to his social media blitz last week via a message posted to his Twitter account. He also has his own Facebook page and a YouTube channel.

And, judging from the comments, fans in Syria, Russia and Turkey.

"God bless you," "We love you," and "We want you to win this war" are common comments posted on the images.

But sensors have apparently not erased some critical remarks.

"This is not the real Syria," one writer posts. "Show as the actual Syria, please."


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Meet Ric Flair in Southwest Florida for Superstars of Wrestling Live debut

XSE Live announces a special appearance by The Nature Boy Ric Flair at the first Superstars of Wrestling Live event on Friday, Aug. 23 at the Charlotte Harbor Events Center, 75 Taylor St. in (Southwest Florida) Punta Gorda.

Flair will participate in a meet-n-greet which includes a VIP Q&A session, allowing fans to get up close and personal with the Nature Boy.

One of the most decorated and legendary figures in the history of professional wrestling, Flair is a 16-time champion and the only two-time WWE Hall of Famer.

World renown as the ?Dirtiest Player in the Game,? Flair was the cornerstone of one of the most elite units in professional wrestling history ? the Four Horsemen. The master of the figure four leglock won championships wherever he traveled and set the bar very high with in-ring performance.

The event will also feature former WWE superstars Brian Kendrick, Greg Marasciulo (Trent Baretta) and Michael Hutter (Derrick Bateman) along with current Ring Of Honor star Roderick Strong and more. There will be nine matches including divas and midgets in action and plenty of autograph and photo opportunities.

Superstars of Wrestling Live on tour pledges to bring a fully-interactive and fan-friendly experience to its audience ? including fan-fests prior to each show, special meet-n-greet opportunities with legendary wrestling figures, games, contests and more.

General admission is $25 adults, $15 kids.

Gold Circle (meet-n-greet with Ric Flair, one item signed, seat Rows C-D) $35.

Ric Flair VIP Experience (Q&A cocktail reception with Ric Flair from 6-7 p.m., reserved seating in Row A, up to three items signed, photo-op, VIP Lamintae Pass and Program) $100.

Get tickets at or at Buddy?s Home Furnishings in Punta Gorda and Fort Myers or at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center box office from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.


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