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Republicans to meet with Obama on immigration plan

US President Barack Obama will hold talks Tuesday with Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two Republicans who have joined Democrats in proposing a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. The White House confirmed the talks were on the schedule but did not provide further details, while McCain said he expected…

Australian foreign minister: Extradition of Julian Assange to U.S. a ‘sheer fantasy’

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has dismissed as “fantasy” claims by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that Sweden’s case against him is a conspiracy to have him extradited to the United States. Assange has been holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in Britain for eight months as he seeks to avoid extradition…

Sierra Club slams New Jersey plans for MTV-funded sea wall

Environmental group slams Seaside Heights' plans for MTV-funded sea wall SEASIDE HEIGHTS — So Seaside Heights wants to build a seawall using funds raised by Snooki and the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore”? Talk about a “Jersey joke,” a New Jersey Sierra Club official said today. Jeff Tittel, director of…

Amid mounting pressures, some see potential for new Palestinian uprising

Amid mounting pressures, some see potential for new Palestinian uprising Less than a month before President Obama is to visit Jerusalem and Ramallah, raising hopes he will help bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the peace table, some see the West Bank heading in a very different direction. Many Palestinians…

Bob Woodward and the White House argue over the sequester

Why are Bob Woodward and the White House arguing over the sequester? The blame-game over who’s responsible for the “sequester” and its automatic spending cuts – which everyone agrees is a terrible way to run Washington’s business – finds journalistic icon and Pulitzer Prize winner Bob Woodward at the center…

Supreme Court declines to hear case on corporate campaign contributions

Campaign finance: Supreme Court declines case on contributions by corporations The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a case testing whether a century-long ban on political contributions to candidates from corporations violates corporations’ freedom of speech. The action came without comment by the justices. At issue in…

Barack Obama: We can’t cut our way to prosperity

US President Barack Obama warned warring politicians Monday it was time to start governing as Washington headed into another manufactured crisis threatening the fragile economy. Obama told an annual meeting of state governors at the White House that huge budget cuts due to hit on March 1 would “slow our…

IKEA: No horsemeat in meatballs in U.S.

Ikea said Monday there was no horsemeat in its popular meatballs sold in the United States, after the Swedish furniture giant withdrew possibly horsemeat-tainted meatballs from stores in Europe. “All meatballs sold in our Ikea US stores are sourced from a US supplier,” the company said in a statement, after…

White House: Looming budget cuts mean ‘perfect storm’ of airport delays

The Obama administration warned Monday of a “perfect storm” of airport delays and less secure US borders when huge spending cuts hit this week, but a top Republican slammed White House “scare” tactics. Political acrimony escalated another notch ahead of $85 billion of cuts, known as the sequester, due to…

Critics rip Seth MacFarlane for ‘dull’ and ‘sexist’ jokes at the Oscars

Critics blasted Oscars host Seth MacFarlane on Monday for “crudely sexist antics” and peddling “offensive” Jewish stereotypes, as the Academy Awards post mortem got into full swing. Others said the “Family Guy” creator, brought in to appeal to younger viewers with edgy humor, was simply dull — while satirical website…

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