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Congressional Black Caucus to Obama: Use 14th Amendment to solve debt crisis

The Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday urged President Barack Obama to invoke the Fourteenth Amendment to raise the debt ceiling if Congress failed to pass the necessary legislation before August 3. “We believe that you have both the authority and a moral obligation to do so in order to avoid…

Bernie Sanders calls on Obama to use 14th Amendment to raise debt ceiling

During a speech on the Senate floor Saturday, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called on President Barack Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the federal debt ceiling. “The Constitution is very clear in saying that the debts of the United States shall not be questioned,” he said. “The…

Senator John Kerry: I’ve never seen the governing process so broken

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) argued Saturday in favor of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s compromise plan to raise the debt ceiling and lashed out at House Republicans for failing to “do their job.” “The call for compromise by the American people should be listened to and acted on – now,”…

Bruce Bartlett: Chunk of GOP either stupid, crazy, ignorant or craven cowards

Historian Bruce Bartlett, a former domestic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan, sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Wednesday to discuss the national debt. Bartlett said it was a myth that tax cuts are the key to prosperity, noting that Reagan raised the capital gains rate. He was also…

House panel approves bill forcing ISPs to log users’ web history

The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to collect and retain records about Internet users’ activity. CNET reported the bill would require ISPs to retain customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses for 12…

Scientists clone beagle that glows fluorescent green

Scientists in South Korea have used a cloning technique to created a “glowing” dog, which they hope to use to investigate certain human diseases. The “glowing” effect in the two year old beagle named Tegon can be turned on and off with a doxycycline antibiotic. There are 268 illnesses that…

Boehner debt-limit bill delayed by GOP opposition

The vote on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) debt-limit bill was postponed Thursday after members of his own party turned against it. Every Democrat is expected to vote against his plan, meaning the bill cannot pass the House if more than 23 Republican vote “no.” His budget plan would cut…

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Gov. Rick Perry’ Christian prayer summit

U.S. District Judge Gray Miller dismissed a federal lawsuit on Thursday that sought to prevent Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry from taking part in a planned evangelical Christian prayer rally he initiated in Houston. Miller ruled the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) lacked standing to sue because the plaintiffs had…

Boeing overcharged U.S. Army nearly $13 million for spare helicopter parts

The American aerospace and defense corporation Boeing overcharged the United States Army by 131.5 percent, according to an unredacted Department of Defense Office of Inspector General audit released by Project on Government Oversight (POGO). According to the 142-page document, the Army should have only paid $10 million instead of the…

Conservative debt ceiling ad warns of future ‘economic slavery’

An advertisement launched by a conservative group on Wednesday warns that the United States will be taken over by its creditors, presumably China, unless the federal budget is cut. In the ad, launched by the American Future Fund, a woman from the future sends a message to present-day Americans, warning…

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