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Obama Signs $858 Billion Tax Bill

In a late vote Thursday night, the House approved a $858 billion tax bill. The President is expected to sign it Friday.

On Friday, President Obama signed an $801 billion package of tax cuts that Congress pushed through the House in a late vote Thursday.

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Washington Slams Oil Companies with Civil Lawsuit

Washington is suing BP, Transocean, and seven other companies under the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution act for the Gulf oil spill.


Months after the largest oil spill history in U.S. history, Washington filed a civil lawsuit against BP, Transocean, and seven other companies Wednesday. The federal government's lawsuit joins dozens of others the oil giants are already facing over the spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the companies failed to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spill and to adequately monitor it using the latest available technology. Though the companies have previously promised to pay for any cleanup costs, the complaint asks the court to hold them liable for "removal costs, economic losses and environmental damages without limitation," Holder Jr. said.

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GOOD Design Daily: ClearRx Prescription Bottles, the Design of the Decade

Target's ClearRx prescription bottle design won the Design of the Decade award for its fresh, smart, and commonsense approach.


Your standard prescription bottle, with its amber-colored cylinder shape, tiny font, and plethora of text, has hardly changed since the postwar days when it was first introduced.

Child safety caps were introduced in the 1970s, but that was about it. It was not until Deborah Adler, a graphic designer in New York, designed a radically fresh, intelligent, and all-around practical prescription bottle, that good design finally found its way into pharmaceutical packaging.

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The White House's Green Room Sets a Holiday Décor Precedent

The White House has decked its halls with plenty of festive décor, just as it has every year, while continuing an emphasis on repurposing items.


It’s that time of the year again when the holidays mean homes are filled with Christmas trees, garlands, and everything merry. And this year the White House has decked its halls with plenty of festive décor, just as it has every year, while continuing an emphasis on repurposing items.

Nowhere is this theme more evident than in its Green Room, where trees are made of 75 pounds of recycled newspapers and 6 magazines. Each sheet has been folded and covered in glitter and ribbons for the holiday season.

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Tribewanted: Welcoming Its First Group to Build on the Shores of John Obey Beach

After the first 11 tribemembers arrive on the shores of John Obey Beach in Sierra Leone, solar panels, permaculture gardens and friendships are made.


To commemorate the launch, tribemembers celebrated with the village, neighbors, and journalists by drinking pojo (palm wine), sampling local foods, and dancing to music. It is an experience that is quite unlike any other, writes Filippo Bozotti on his blog.

Every day I learn something new: how to skin a small bush deer, how to lay an earthbag, or manage a solar system; one has the feeling that what we are doing is truly unique and never been done before here. All issues, even touchy ones, are discussed openly inour morning meetings with the entire staff, and we all learn from one another a great deal.

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