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Treasury Secretary explains: The debt ceiling only allows U.S. to pay for spending Congress has already approved

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Wednesday the US government will have no more flexibility to juggle spending and meet its obligations after October 17, under a statutory debt cap. Lew told Congress that, after months of maneuvers to meet government commitments without added borrowing, those “extraordinary measures” will be exhausted…

U.S. signs landmark United Nations weapons trade treaty

US President Barack Obama’s administration on Wednesday signed a landmark UN treaty regulating the $90 billion conventional arms trade, offering a major boost to the pact despite opposition at home. The United States is the world’s largest exporter of conventional arms. The treaty would set up greater international guidelines to…

Senate Leader Harry Reid: There’s no filibuster going on now

The US Senate faces a Sunday showdown over whether to keep government running, but bickering over President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is bringing federal agencies dangerously close to a shutdown. A fractured Congress is struggling to approve a stopgap spending bill that keeps government doors open after the…

Retiree catches notorious ‘testicle-eating’ fish in New Jersey lake

A retired bus driver caught a notorious testicle-eating fish native to the Amazon River while fishing in a New Jersey lake. Tom Boylan, 77, said he caught the 10-inch Pacu fish, which has large teeth with dulled points that resemble human teeth, while angling at a lake in Passaic’s Third…

New Jersey man arrested for returning stolen bras for store credit

A Washington Township man was arrested for returning stolen bras to a Kohl’s store in exchange for store credit, police said. Michael Pederson, 24, is accused of sending an unidentified female into the Kohl’s on…   [Beautiful young woman in shop with underwear via Shutterstock]…

Encroaching vegetation threatens rare Canadian desert Spirit Sands

As desertification creeps into parts of the world, a rare stretch of sand in Canada’s vast western plains is oddly doing the reverse — slowly sprouting with vegetation. Tufts of prairie grasses are emerging throughout Spirit Sands, a stretch of dunes steeped in local lore in a popular nature park…

Sen. Pat Leahy slams surveillance in aim to reform FISA court and NSA’s powers

There have been a number of proposals put forth in response to the Ed Snowden leaks, but many don’t have very much support. However, having Senate Judiciary Committee boss Patrick Leahy pushing strongly for reforms is likely to get some attention. At…  …

Dianne Feinstein plans to ‘move forward’ Senate version of CISPA cybersecurity bill

We had believed, along with a number of others, that the Snowden leaks showing how the NSA was spying on pretty much everyone would likely kill CISPA dead. After all, the key component to CISPA was basically a method for encouraging companies to have…  …

Google’s $168 million Mohave desert solar gamble gets green light

We’ve been following the progress of the massive Ivanpah solar thermal power plant ever since Google put up a cool $168 million to help build it, so we’re happy to report that the plant has passed the critical “first sync” milestone. Built on…  …

Cruz continues ‘filibuster’ with nods to ‘Duck Dynasty,’ ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and Ashton Kutcher

A marathon speech started Tuesday afternoon by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to block funding for Obamacare continued into Wednesday morning. Cruz started speaking Tuesday at 2:41 p.m., quickly comparing President Barack Obama’s health care reform law to slavery during the Civil War and Nazis during World War II, before reciting…

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