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Failure looms for U.S. debt super committee

The latest bid to find a long-term solution to the US debt crisis looked destined to fail Monday as lawmakers remained at odds over cutting social programs and raising taxes on the rich. A bipartisan “supercommittee” is facing a Wednesday deadline to reach agreement. Failure would trigger mandatory cuts from January 2013,…

New York arrests would-be terrorist in failed pipe bomb plot

NEW YORK — New York arrested and charged a US Al-Qaeda sympathizer in a plot to build a pipe bomb to kill government workers, elected officials and others. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 27-year-old Jose Pimentel was targeting police, postal facilities and others and said he was a “lone wolf” without…

Occupy Wall Street parties near Bloomberg’s doorstep

A group of Occupy Wall Street protesters left their familiar haunts in Lower Manhattan on Sunday to hold an “Occupy Bloomberg’s Mansion Drum Circle Protest And Love-In Art Show,” located almost — if not quite — on the mayor’s doorstep. The protest and round-the-clock drum circle had originally been planned…

Rep. Joe Walsh: Veterans at ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests are anti-American

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) on Saturday blasted the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and suggested it was a ploy to help re-elect Barack Obama in 2012. “I generally think this whole Occupy Wall Street stuff is a well orchestrated, well-funded far left effort to disrupt the American people and rile up…

Rand Paul: ‘Millionaires and billionaires pay all the taxes’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Sunday that millionaires and billionaires pay “all the taxes” in the U.S. The tea party favorite told CNN’s Candy Crowley that he was against repealing the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because the rich are already paying their fair share. “The top 1…

U.S. soldiers mark last Thanksgiving in Iraq

VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq — US soldiers gathered for an early Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday due to an impending switch to field rations at a base near Baghdad, saying they are glad they will soon be going home. The official Thanksgiving holiday in the United States is later this week,…

Republican presidential candidates storm Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican candidates are taking Iowa by storm as the clock ticks down toward the first US presidential vote, hoping to propel their campaigns with support from the small state’s Christian conservatives. Candidates have increased campaign appearances in the all-important state whose caucuses will officially launch the…

Thousands rally against Wisconsin Governor Walker

MADISON (Reuters) – Thousands of people gathered at the Wisconsin capitol on Saturday to demand a recall of Republican Governor Scott Walker, whose controversial and successful drive to limit public unions last winter sparked the biggest protests in the state since the Vietnam War. Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, a…

Oakland protesters defiantly set up new tent city

OAKLAND (Reuters) – Throngs of anti-Wall Street protesters took over a vacant lot in downtown Oakland on Saturday and began erecting a tent camp to replace one torn down by police, setting the stage for a potential showdown. Protesters, who have also vowed to set up camp in an adjacent…

Activists press for closure of military training school

Thousands of activists on Saturday marched on the controversial training base for soldiers from Latin American militaries formerly known as the School of the Americas, at Fort Benning, Georgia, to demand its closure. “The figure that we have now, very conservative, is more than 4,000 people in Fort Benning Road,…

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