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Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Republicans to tackle cuts in food stamp program.”
The article’s author Mary Clare Jalonick writes:
House approval of a scaled-back farm bill is setting up what could be an even bigger fight over food stamps and the role of domestic food aid in the United States.
Food stamps have been a part of farm bills since the 1970s to gain urban Democratic votes for the rural measure. But that union has soured this year as the food aid has exploded in cost and House Republicans have taken aim at the program. Normally bipartisan, farm bills have become much less so.
Republican leaders in the House won passage of the smaller farm bill on a party-line vote Thursday by dropping a section of the bill that dealt with food stamps, saying they would deal with that issue in a separate bill. After rallying most of his caucus to vote for the farm portion of the bill, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Republicans would “act with dispatch” to get a food stamp bill to the floor.
Today The Raw Story published an AFP article titled “Suicides in Singapore hit all-time high in 2012.”
The article reads:
Suicides in Singapore hit an all-time high of 487 in 2012 as more young people bogged down by stress and relationship woes took their own lives, a charity group dealing with the problem said Friday.
The tally, a 29 percent increase from the 2011 total, was boosted by an 80 percent rise in the 20-29 age bracket, the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) said in a statement.
“Common problems presented by this group of people involved stressful life events, and interpersonal relationship issues,” said SOS, which aims to prevent suicides by providing emotional support through private counselling and a 24-hour telephone hotline.
IN OTHER NEWS
Today Think Progress published an article titled “Will Walmart Create Any Extra Jobs If It Opens In DC?”
The article’s author Bryce Covert writes:
The DC City Council passed a living wage bill on Wednesday over the strong objections of Walmart. The company threatened to walk away from opening stores in three planned sites within the city if the bill becomes law. Now the bill heads to Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D)’s desk, where its future is uncertain.
Walmart has pushed hard to open stores in many cities, claiming that it will create local jobs and spur economic development. But the evidence from past cases paints a different picture: Walmart destroys as many jobs as it creates and doesn’t stimulate local businesses.
Walmart has claimed that the living wage bill, which would require retailers with sales of $1 billion or more and stores of 75,000 square feet or larger to pay workers a minimum of $12.50 an hour, is “arbitrary and discriminatory.” Activists argue the company can afford to pay higher wages and that it’s about making sure workers earn enough to live on.
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