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U.S. considered digging tunnel to get Osama bin Laden

NEW YORK — US commanders of the raid on Osama bin Laden considered a more down-to-earth way of entering his compound than swooping in by helicopter, a report said Monday. Tunneling. The short-lived idea would have avoided ground troops having to sneak through the nearby town of Abbottabad as they…

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords appears in House to votes for debt deal

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by a gunman in January, received a standing ovation when she appeared in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday. She voted for a deal to avert U.S. default and cut the federal deficit. “The Capitol looks beautiful and I am…

House approves deal to avert U.S. default and cut the federal deficit

The House of Representatives passed an agreement Monday, called the Budget Control Act of 2011, that would raised the debt ceiling until 2013 and cut the federal deficit by about $2.1 trillion over a 10-year period. The two-stage agreement, which was criticized by both tea party lawmakers and progressive Democrats,…

Protesters arrested for heckling Boehner from House gallery

Twenty-two protesters were arrested Monday and charged with disruption of Congress after shouting chants against Speaker John Boehner from a House of Representatives gallery, according to the Washington Post. The protesters, including members of the National People’s Action, Vocal New York, and Community Voices Heard, unveiled a large black banner.…

U.S. borrowing to surge after debt ceiling raised

WASHINGTON — The US Treasury said Monday that it will step up borrowing after the debt ceiling is raised, expected this week if a highly contentious legislation crafted over the weekend clears Congress. In its quarterly funding plans, the Treasury said it expected to issue $331 billion in net debt…

Companies near record profits amid high unemployment

NEW YORK — Major US companies are packing away record profits even as the economy falters, unemployment remains high and the debt-ceiling crisis has shaken confidence in the country, analysts said. In July, corporate giants such as 3M, Caterpillar, Goodyear, Microsoft and Apple reported all-time high revenues in the second…

DEA agents traumatize family during raid on wrong house

Drug Enforcement Agency officers busted into a suburban home in Michigan around 2:00am, rounding up the family of a retired military translator. “As soon as I opened the door, somebody grabbed me and took me outside and put me on the grass,” Ramsey Tossa told Fox 2′s Alexis Wiley. “The…

Top 5 overused metaphors from debt ceiling negotiations

As the debate over whether and how to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and cut the deficit droned on and on the past few weeks, lawmakers seemed to be running out of not just time before the August 2 deadline, but also out of original metaphors to brighten up their…

ACLU asks court to hold CIA in contempt for destroying torture tapes

Despite a court order, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) destroyed hundreds of hours of video tape showing the alleged torture of two terror detainees, and now the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is asking a New York judge to punish them for it. In a case being heard Monday, attorneys…

WATCH LIVE: Speaker Boehner remarks on debt deal

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) Monday will speak to reporters about the proposed deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. Update: This press conference has been postponed until 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch this live video from MSNBC. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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