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U.S. debt talks limbo a ‘dangerous game’: Obama

President Barack Obama warned of a “deep economic crisis” if Washington fails to raise the US debt limit, and urged Americans in a speech to demand that Republicans compromise in stalled talks to avoid a default. A day shy of the one-week mark before the United States begins to run…

U.S. takes on Iraq pullout ‘one bite at a time’

From flyers warning troops the post office will shut soon to disused housing units waiting to be dispatched to their new destination, the signs are everywhere: US forces are packing up to leave Iraq more than eight years after they first arrived. The scale of the operation is unprecedented in…

More wildfires will transform U.S. national park: study

Climate change is likely to cause more frequent wildfires and may transform the forests and ecosystem of the iconic Yellowstone national park in the coming decades, a US study said Monday. Dense forests dominated by narrow lodgepole pines trees are currently a dominant feature of the picturesque tourist destination which…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: GOP doing everything it can to protect wealthiest Americans

After Barack Obama addressed the nation about the federal debt ceiling, MSNBC host Ed Schultz and Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders discussed the president’s speech and House Speaker John Boehner’s response. “For Republicans, it all starts and ends with President Obama’s failure,” Schultz said. He also noted that Boehner’s “Two…

John Boehner: I didn’t sign up for mano-a-mano with Obama

As House Speaker John Boehner left his office building after finishing his response to President Barack Obama’s remarks about averting economic calamity, CBS News’ Jill Jackson overhead him say, “I didn’t sign up for going mano-a-mano with the President of the United States.” During his address to the nation Monday…

Fox News: Ron Paul is a name you should watch out for

Fox reporter Steve Brown said Monday on the Fox News Channel that Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) was a name to watch out for in the race for the 2012 Republican nomination. “Ron Paul is a name that you probably should watch out for,” he said. “Some of the other Iowa…

Microsoft apologizes for promotional Winehouse tweet

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft on Monday apologized for a “tweet” that has been blasted for seeming like a blatant effort to cash in on the death of 27-year-old British singer Amy Winehouse. “Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse ‘download’ tweet seemed purely commercially motivated,” Microsoft UK PR said…

United States denounces Syria’s army as ‘barbaric’

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday denounced Syria’s army as “barbaric” and “reprehensible” after the latest violence, renewing its charges that President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy. The State Department highlighted the death of 12-year-old boy Talhat Dalat, who human rights activists said died of his injuries on Saturday…

Journalism student faces 15 years for alleged ‘Anonymous’ hacktivism

A journalism student at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas who used the online alias “No” and “MMMM” faces 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines if she is convicted of hacking charges related to the group “Anonymous.” The Rebel Yell reported that the FBI arrested 20-year-old Mercedes…

House spending bill slashes environmental protections

Environmental groups are aghast at proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which they claim is “larded up with giveaways to polluters and corporate donors.” The U.S. House of Representatives began debate Monday on the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The House Appropriations Committee approved the…

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