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Debt limit talks in disarray after House GOP fails to back Senate deal

Democrats accuse hardline Republicans of sabotaging bipartisan deal after negotiations to raise debt ceiling left in limbo A fragile deal to end the US budget crisis collapsed on Tuesday when Democrats accused conservative Republicans of sabotaging the bipartisan proposals less than two days before the country’s borrowing authority expires. A…

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sign on to host next two Golden Globe Awards

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to lead the Golden Globes ceremony in 2014 and 2015 after receiving rave reviews in January when they hosted for the first time. The US duo — long-time friends — replaced Ricky Gervais, who hosted for three years despite his caustic humor aimed…

Assad’s first lady stands by her man: ‘I’m here today and I will be here tomorrow’

Syria’s first lady Asma al-Assad laughed off claims she has fled the war-hit country in footage broadcast on Tuesday, saying she was standing by her embattled husband President Bashar al-Assad. The British-educated Asma has rarely appeared in public since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, where more than 115,000…

Pope Francis replaces scandal-plagued top aide

The Vatican began a new chapter on Tuesday with scandal-hit cardinal Tarcisio Bertone stepping down as right-hand man to Pope Francis and replaced by veteran diplomat Pietro Parolin. The reform-minded new Secretary of State comes in as Francis mulls an overhaul of the way the Roman Catholic Church is run…

Glenn Greenwald leaves The Guardian for ‘dream journalistic opportunity’ to head up his own online news site

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who published multiple reports this year based on former security consultant Edward Snowden’s files detailing the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance in the U.S. and abroad, will be leaving the British newspaper the Guardian for an unidentified new media outlet, Buzzfeed reported on Tuesday. “My partnership with…

Exporting war: Obama loosens trade controls on the U.S. defense industry

The United States is loosening controls over military exports, in a shift that former U.S. officials and human rights advocates say could increase the flow of American-made military parts to the world’s conflicts and make it harder to enforce arms sanctions. Come tomorrow, thousands of parts of military aircraft, such…

Watch comedian Janine Brito destroy ‘tyrannical imperialist scumbag’ Christopher Columbus

Monday night on “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” comedian Janine Brito suggested we start celebrating colobus monkeys rather than Christopher Columbus. Americans celebrate Columbus Day on the second Monday in October and many people falsely assume the Italian explorer discovered the present-day United States. But Columbus never set foot…

Study finds troubling link between low birthweight and air pollution from traffic

Babies born to mothers who live in areas with air pollution and dense traffic are more likely to have a low birthweight and smaller head circumference, according to a large European study. The researchers, who included a team from the UK, found that babies were smaller even in areas with…

Plummeting morale at Fukushima nuclear plant as cleanup operation plagued by health problems

Dressed in a hazardous materials suit, full-face mask and hard hat, Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, left his audience in no doubt: “The future of Japan,” he said, “rests on your shoulders. I am counting on you.” Abe’s exhortation, delivered during a recent visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power…

Supreme Court to decide if states can ban affirmative action in college admissions

The US Supreme Court will hear an affirmative action case Tuesday to determine whether state referendums can ban race and sex as factors in university admissions. In 2006, the US state of Michigan voted on a measure to disallow affirmative action in college admissions. The high court will now weigh…

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