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12/12/2007 - 21:21

Editoweb: USA today, 12 dec 2007


GOP contenders say cut federal spending - Clinton, Buffett denounce income gap - Bush to veto kids health insurance bill - Stocks rebound on Fed liquidity plan - Automakers' suit on gas emissions tossed.



GOP contenders say cut federal spending
Republican presidential rivals called Wednesday for deep cuts in federal spending, and said the reductions need not require painful sacrifice by the millions of Americans who receive government services.
"The sacrifice we need from the American people is saying, 'Let the programs go that don't work. Don't lobby for them forever," said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, one of nine GOP presidential hopefuls sharing an Iowa debate stage little more than three weeks before the state's caucuses provide the first test of the campaign.

Clinton, Buffett denounce income gap
Hillary Rodham Clinton argued Tuesday for keeping the inheritance tax in place, saying it is a key to ensuring the United States remains a meritocracy.
At a joint appearance with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Clinton said the inheritance tax, due to be temporarily repealed in 2010, was a symbol of "what kind of society we are."

Bush to veto kids health insurance bill
President Bush on Wednesday was ready to veto legislation that passed with bipartisan support to dramatically expand government-provided health insurance for children.
It would be Bush's seventh veto in seven years — all but one since Democrats took control of Congress in January. Wednesday was the deadline for Bush to act or let the bill become law. The president also vetoed an earlier version of the health insurance program.

Stocks rebound on Fed liquidity plan
Stocks rose on Wednesday, but came well off their highs, after an enthusiastic response to a Federal Reserve plan to work with other central banks to alleviate the global credit crisis. The Dow Jones industrials, which at one point had been up more than 270 points, rose about 115.
The Fed said as the market opened that it has agreed with the European Central Bank and the central banks of England, Canada and Switzerland to confront what it called elevated pressures in the credit markets.

Automakers' suit on gas emissions tossed
Handing a major defeat to the auto industry, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that California can regulate greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.
The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Ishii clears one of the hurdles in California's effort to regulate tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and sports utility vehicles.

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