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WATCH LIVE: Senate debates debt ceiling bill

The U.S. Senate convened Saturday to debate a bill to solve the country’s impending debt ceiling crisis. Only three days remain to pass a bill before the U.S. goes into default August 2. Embedded via MSNBC. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Social media fail: @BarackObama loses 36,000-plus Twitter followers in barrage

The first U.S. head of state who could be considered social media savvy, President Barack Obama may have taken his latest Twitter-targeted political push a little too far, if his followers are to be listened to. In a brief statement about the debt ceiling Friday morning, Obama urged, “If you…

Nader calls for primary challenge to Obama

Consumer activist Ralph Nader this week called for a primary challenge to President Barack Obama. “I’ve heard from a lot of progressives that they want to do something to bring President Obama towards the left,” Current’s David Shuster told Nader Friday. “But what about the argument that a primary challenge…

Lawrence O’Donnell bans ‘deadbeat dad’ Rep. Joe Walsh

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell has banned tea party Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) from ever appearing on his show again. Walsh has refused to vote for raising the nation’s debt ceiling, saying he would not place “one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids.” But it turns out that…

Anonymous claims to have ‘pwned’ defense contractor ManTech

A Twitter account associated with the hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming to have breached the security of defense contractor ManTech. “A Wild Release Appears: http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6571301- Fuck FBI Friday III: ManTech Mayhem | Have fun :-) #AntiSec #FFFriday #FFF” the tweet reads. The linked file explains in more detail: “Ahoy thar,…

Boehner version of debt ceiling bill passes in the House

By a vote of 218 to 210, the House of Representatives on Friday passed the version of debt ceiling legislation promoted by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner. Twenty-two Republican members voted against the bill, along with every Democrat who was present. The GOP no votes included Representatives Amash,…

Obama’s approval at new low of 40% in latest poll

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s job approval rating slumped to a personal low of 40 percent in a public opinion survey out Friday, a possible reflection of the political war over US debt. The respected Gallup polling organization said Obama had previously slipped to 41 percent several times since…

WATCH LIVE: House prepares for vote on debt bill

Watch live as the U.S. House debates raising the nation’s debt ceiling. A vote is expected Friday night. Watch this live video from MSNBC. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Former Obama intel chief: Suspend unilateral drone strikes

President Barack Obama’s former intelligence chief said Friday that the U.S. should stop all unilateral drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. “I was in Pakistan not long ago and I was shocked at the depth of the anit-Americanism,” CBS’ Leslie Stahl told former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair…

Judge orders Nixon’s secret Watergate testimony unsealed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 36 years later, the secret grand jury testimony of President Richard Nixon in the Watergate scandal was ordered released on Friday by a federal judge because of its significance in American history. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth granted a request by historian Stanley Kutler, who has written several books…

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