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Obama against Republican proposal to extend debt ceiling for a few weeks

President Barack Obama on Saturday came out against a proposal to extend for just weeks the country’s authority to borrow money as crisis talks with Republicans entered the 12th day. “It wouldn’t be wise, as some suggest, to just kick the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple…

Maher and Matthews brawl with conservatives: You’d like us only to fund ‘the s**t we don’t need that you want’

Bill Maher attacked Republicans for their “epically low” poll ratings. “How low do these numbers have to get,” he asked, “before we see the Republicans change?” Republican James Glassman blamed “organizations like Heritage Action” for preventing conservatives from acting, but said he believed it was “too late” for them to…

International Monetary Fund strongly suggests countries tax the rich to fix deficit

Tax the rich and better target the multinationals: The IMF has set off shockwaves this week in Washington by suggesting countries fight budget deficits by raising taxes. Tucked inside a report on public debt, the new tack was mostly eclipsed by worries about the US budget crisis, but did not…

Louie Gohmert tells Values Voter Summit: John McCain ‘supported Al Qaeda’

At the Values Voter Summit earlier today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) spoke about “some senator from Arizona” who, he contends, “supported Al Qaeda.” The thinly veiled reference to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was not lost on the crowd, which applauded as Rep. Gohmert berated “a guy who liked Gaddafi before…

Benedict Cumberbatch responds to Julian Assange’s claim that new film ‘assumes the appearance of the truth in order to assassinate it’

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch — best known for his portrayals of “Khan” in Star Trek Into Darkness and “Sherlock Holmes” on the BBC’s Sherlock — took to reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” forum as part of his publicity tour for The Fifth Estate, in which he plays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.…

California Gov. Jerry Brown ‘will have blood on his hands’ after vetoing nation’s strictest semi-automatic rifle ban

On Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would’ve imposed the strictest laws on gun ownership in the country. “I don’t believe that this bill’s blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners’ rights,” Gov.…

Sen. Cruz annoyed his ‘discussions’ with president Obama aren’t ‘negotations’

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz met with President Obama today to discuss ending the government shutdown. He told reporters that “I told the president exactly the same thing I have told you here today: That we need to work together and fund the government and at the same time provide substantial…

Overlooked Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai congratulates Nobel prize winner

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist who was widely tipped to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, congratulated the eventual winners after missing out on the award. The 16-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ right to an education, was overlooked for the prize, with the…

Amnesty International slams plan for ‘tests’ to ban gays from Gulf

A Kuwaiti proposal to require “medical tests” to prevent homosexual or transgender migrants from entering Gulf countries is “outrageous” and should be rejected, Amnesty International said Friday. “This proposal will only further stigmatise people who already suffer extremely high levels of discrimination and abuse on the grounds of their real…

Joe ‘The Plumber’ Wurzelbacher wants you and ‘deranged Mexicans’ to admit wanting ‘a white Republican president again’

In an article posted on his website, the man known as “Joe the Plumber” during the last presidential election cycle published an unattributed article whose author assured readers that wanting a “white Republican president” doesn’t “make you a racist, it just makes you an American.” The article, written by Kevin…

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