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  •  Manufacturing employment in the U.S. shrank by more than 2.1 million jobs between 2007 and 2012, a period that covers the start of the recession and the subsequent economic "recovery," according to a new report from the Census Bureau.The dismal numbers provide new data about the relatively slow and fitful economic recovery that President Obama has presided over, as well as long-running trends related to globalization.

  •  A federal court upheld an Environmental Protection Agency rule that limits mercury and other toxic air emissions from power plants Tuesday, delivering a victory for the Obama administration and a blow to industry groups fighting the regulation.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied challenges to the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, which go into effect in May 2015. The rule is a key part of President Obama's environmental agenda, as it would force some of the nation's 600 dirtiest coal- and oil-fired power plants to shut down or install new technology to curb emissions.

  • Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase what some Second Amendment activists say are alarmingly large quantities of ammunition.
    Earlier this year, the USPS posted a notice on its website, under the heading "Assorted Small Arms Ammunition," that says: "The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition. If your organization wishes to participate, you must pre-register. This message is only a notification of our intent to solicit proposals."

  •  Israelis are concerned by growing tension caused by the collapsing peace talks and by renewed calls from some in the international community to boycott their country. But many people appear significantly more troubled by last week’s shocking attack by a community of right-wing Jewish settlers in the West Bank on an army outpost that was there to protect them.  “The nationalist crimes will develop into terrorism, and that would be a significant threat to the State of Israel,” Benny Gantz, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Force, said in an interview Monday on Israel Radio. “I am hurt on behalf of the fighters in the field, who risk their lives for security, if this is the answer they receive.” 

  •  Fresh Public Policy Polling (PPP) indicates that Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has not only survived—but thrived—amid Wendy Davis’ prolonged effort to sour female voters against the GOP with the “War on Women” strategy. New PPP numbers show Abbott holding a commanding lead among female voters 49 to 41 percent.In a heads-up race, Abbott continues to uphold November 2013 findings from PPP with a strong lead at 51 to 37 percent overall. Wendy Davis’ unfavorable ratings among women continue to break conventional media narratives showing at 46 percent.

  •  Google (GOOG) may be investing in big brands like Ray-Bans ahead of the upcoming Google Glass launch, but new patent filings show the tech giant might one day look to ditch glasses altogether.According to an amendment to an earlier U.S. Patent & Trademark Office application – first spotted by Patent Bolt – Google is designing tiny cameras into its future smart contact lenses that would enable a person to capture the world around them with the blink of an eye.

  • Tax preparers and accountants now have the job of making sure their clients are educated about Obamacare's tax implications. "Many people don't realize it's the law, and you have to have insurance," Iris Burnell, a Jackson Hewitt Tax Service adviser, told The New York Times. "They still think there's a way to worm out of it." 

  •  An influx of immigrants has boosted the Democratic Party, and that trend is set to continue. Even in places where Republicans support legalization of illegal immigrants, the party hasn’t been able to stem those changes, according to a study being released Tuesday.James Gimpel, a professor at the University of Maryland, said in a report being released by the Center for Immigration Studies that many of those in the recent wave of immigrants trail native-born Americans on education and skills and favor a broader scope for government action, which makes them “ideal recruits for the Democratic Party.”

  •  A major new study released Monday finds that pregnant woman taking antidepressants are significantly at risk for giving birth to children with autism – especially if the baby is a boy.The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is titled “Prenatal SSRI Use and Offspring With Autism Spectrum Disorder or Developmental Delay,” and was conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, and the Department of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis. It was published in “Pediatrics,” the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  •  On Tax Day, the Republican National Committee announced it is suing the IRS  for stonewalling Freedom of Information Act request for documents about the tax agency's politicized scrutiny of conservative and Tea Party groups.The RNC filed the request on May 21, 2013, in an attempt to expose the documents and emails surrounding agency’s process in handling applications of non-profit organizations such as conservative and Tea Party groups.

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