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GM’s New Customers

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 31st, 2009 4:46 am by HL

GM’s New Customers
GM, the financially beleaguered U.S. car company just emerged from bankruptcy, may be struggling at home, but it is growing part of its business model in a joint venture with Chinese automaker FAW. The nearly $300 million deal will expand GM’s production in China, where it sold more than 800,000 vehicles in the first six months of 2009. The BBC: General Motors has signed up to a 2bn yuan ($293m; £180m) joint venture with the Chinese state-owned carmaker FAW to make light trucks and vans. The vehicles will initially be sold in China under the FAW brand, but could in future be exported under the GM brand. They will be produced at existing FAW facilities in the cities of Changchun and Harbin. GM sold 818,442 vehicles in China in the first six months of 2009, compared with 1,094,561 in the whole of 2008. Read more READ THE WHOLE ITEM

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GM, the financially beleaguered U.S. car company just emerged from bankruptcy, may be struggling at home, but it is growing part of its business model in a joint venture with Chinese automaker FAW. The nearly $300 million deal will expand GM’s production in China, where it sold more than 800,000 vehicles in the first six months of 2009.

The BBC:

General Motors has signed up to a 2bn yuan ($293m; £180m) joint venture with the Chinese state-owned carmaker FAW to make light trucks and vans.

The vehicles will initially be sold in China under the FAW brand, but could in future be exported under the GM brand.

They will be produced at existing FAW facilities in the cities of Changchun and Harbin.

GM sold 818,442 vehicles in China in the first six months of 2009, compared with 1,094,561 in the whole of 2008.

Read more

READ THE WHOLE ITEM

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 31st, 2009 4:45 am by HL

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John King provides a forum for Hatch’s public option misinformation

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 31st, 2009 4:44 am by HL

John King provides a forum for Hatch’s public option misinformation

On State of the Union, CNN’s John King allowed Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) to baselessly claim that “the vast majority of people” don’t support the creation of a public health insurance option, and that the public option would cost “four to five hundred billion dollars” which would be taken “out of Medicare.” In fact, most recent polls indicate that a plurality or majority of respondents support a public option, and the Congressional Budget Office has found that the public option proposed in health reform legislation by the Senate health committee — on which Hatch sits — would “not have a substantial effect on the cost” of the bill.

From the August 30 edition of CNN’s State of the Union:

HATCH: You know, it’s interesting to be on with Senator Dodd, who is, I think, Senator Kennedy’s greatest Democrat friend. I consider myself his best Republican friend. And Chris and I, we have been able to work together as Teddy and I used to work together. But it’s gonna take a lot of work because, you know, many of the so-called progressives in the Democratic Party are insisting on this public or Washington government-run plan, and the vast majority of people out there in the public, they don’t want that. They’re scared to death knowing that Medicare has $38 trillion in unfunded liability as we sit here and that in order to get that public plan and pay for it, they’re gonna take four to five hundred billion dollars out of Medicare. I mean, that’s crazy.

KING: Senator Dodd, we’re going to talk more about the policy of health care as we move on, but on the question of Vicki Kennedy.

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 31st, 2009 4:43 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 31st, 2009 4:40 am by HL

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Two Mass Murderers, Two Very Different Stories and Much Hypocrisy

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 31st, 2009 4:39 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 31st, 2009 4:38 am by HL

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Pentagon terminates controversial contract with The Rendon Group.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 31st, 2009 4:37 am by HL

Pentagon terminates controversial contract with The Rendon Group.
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“I have been here since early June and at no time has anyone who worked for me ever conducted themselves in a manner as your newspaper alleged. I cannot and will not speculate on the past, although I have found no systemic issues with fairness or equity in the way U.S. forces have run their media embed program.”

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 31st, 2009 4:36 am by HL

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Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 31st, 2009 4:32 am by HL

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