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Reid to advance potentially final debt vote

Democratic US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he would take steps Friday that could set up a razor’s edge final vote on averting a disastrous debt default on an August 2 deadline. “This is likely our last chance to save this nation from default,” Reid said in remarks to open…

Ryan mocks Reid plan: ‘Pass a bill to cover the moon with yogurt’

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Thursday attacked “accounting tricks and budget gimmicks” in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) plan to end the debt ceiling crisis. “We assume we’re going to be fighting this war for 10 more years, with over 100,000 troops in Afghanistan and oh, gosh, wait, we’re going…

WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks about debt negotiations

President Barack Obama was expected to speak at 10:20 a.m. ET Friday about ongoing debt ceiling negotiations. Watch this live video from The White House. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

Under cover of debt crisis, Senate looks to extend telco spying immunity

Legislation which changed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to give U.S. telecoms immunity from prosecution for participating in legally-ambiguous spying programs, isn’t set to expire until 2012 — but one group of U.S. Senators appears to see opportunity in crisis. Amid the calamitous debt-limit talks seizing Washington in recent…

Harrison Ford, Chewbacca reunite on Jimmy Kimmel

A sketch on Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, which reunited “Star Wars” co-stars Harrison Ford and his Wookie companion Chewbacca, left at least half the staff at Raw Story feeling deeply confused and questioning the nature of the universe. We leave it here without further comment. This video is from…

Tropical Storm Don landfall could bring much-needed rain to parched TX

Tropical storm Don churned across the Gulf of Mexico toward drought-stricken Texas Friday, carrying welcome rain for the agriculture-heavy southwestern’s state’s ranchers and farmers. Officials at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Don is expected to produce rainfall of between three and five inches (7.62 to 12.7 centimeters) in…

Bush says slow reaction on 9/11 was deliberate decision

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former President George W. Bush says his apparent lack of reaction to the first news of the September 11 2001 attacks was a conscious decision to project an aura of calm in a crisis. In a rare interview with the National Geographic Channel, Bush reflects on…

Republicans in disarray after collapse of Boehner plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican leaders will scramble to rescue their budget deficit-cutting plan on Friday after conservatives mounted a rebellion that heaped uncertainty on efforts to avert a catastrophic debt default. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner’s failure to round up enough support for his plan on Thursday exposed a…

Libyan rebel commander killed

BENGHAZI, Libya — General Abdel Fatah Younes, a former senior official in Moamer Kadhafi’s regime who defected to lead rebel forces, has been killed, according to the head of the rebel National Transitional Council. “With all sadness, I inform you of the passing of Abdel Fatah Younes, the commander-in-chief of…

Bruce Bartlett: Chunk of GOP either stupid, crazy, ignorant or craven cowards

Historian Bruce Bartlett, a former domestic policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan, sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Wednesday to discuss the national debt. Bartlett said it was a myth that tax cuts are the key to prosperity, noting that Reagan raised the capital gains rate. He was also…

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