Patt Morrison for September 15, 2011

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Between a Barack and a hard place

The pun fits - Barack Obama has been having a tough time and things don’t look like they’re going to become any easier. His approval rating tumbled to 36% this month and he is taking flack from everyone: his own party on the new jobs proposal, conservative candidates and news sources, all have been slinging mud Obama’s way.
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Do you trust Google News to decide what is news?

Do you search for news using Google News? Have you ever questioned how Google News decides what constitutes as news? Los Angeles Times reporter Sam Allen may have given you reason to, having uncovered paid-for promotions disguised as news that showed up in Google News.
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Does your housekeeper need a break?

If the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights, or AB 889, passes, all domestic workers in California will be legally mandated to receive meal and rest breaks, overtime pay and workers compensation. Workers will also be mandated to be allowed at least eight uninterrupted hours of sleep, use of kitchen facilities and pay stubs that record the time they worked and the amount they were paid.
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Michele Bachman sparked a political firestorm when, during this week’s Republican nominee debate, she denounced Texas Governor Rick Perry for mandating vaccines for schoolgirls against the cervical cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV).
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Do you prefer natural or fake: a bitter battle over sugar

The beginnings of a high stakes battle of the sweeteners entered a Los Angeles court this week, as a cadre of sugar farmers and the C&H Sugar Company mounted a legal offense against makers of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
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