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U.S. debt deal elusive as default deadline looms

The United States remained on course Wednesday for a potentially calamitous debt default, with common ground still elusive on a deal that would let Washington borrow the cash it needs to to pay its bills. The White House and its divided Republican foes clashed Tuesday but failed to break an…

Politicos Twitter over debt debate

With the White House and Republicans locked in a tense showdown over the US debt, both sides have taken to social network Twitter with a vengeance to score points in 140 characters or less. Since talks began, President Barack Obama’s communications team and their counterparts on House Speaker John Boehner’s…

US tried to stop Pakistan nuclear drive: documents

WASHINGTON — The United States waged a secret diplomatic campaign in the 1970s to prevent Pakistan from developing nuclear weapons by pressing countries to control exports, declassified documents said. In remarks with striking parallels to current US debates, officials in President Jimmy Carter’s administration voiced fear about Pakistan’s trajectory and…

Bill Maher ‘terribly disappointed’ with Obama, but Republicans ‘certainly a$$holes’

Bill Maher, host of HBO’s Real Time, sat down with MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell Tuesday night to discuss the ongoing debt negotiations. Maher said he was “disappointed, terribly disappointed” with President Barack Obama. “I don’t know what is going on in this man’s mind,” he continued. “I like Obama so…

Anti-gay heavy metal preacher files lawsuit against Rachel Maddow

Attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, has filed a lawsuit against NBC, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and The Minnesota Independent on behalf of Bradlee Dean, head of the religious ministry You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International. “This case is filed as a matter of…

FBI targets 12 ‘Anonymous’ hacktivists over Koch Industries cyber attack

As part of an ongoing investigation into “coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations” by members of the hacktivist collective “Anonymous,” the FBI is investigating 12 individuals suspected of participating in cyber attacks against business websites operated by Koch Industries. Koch Industries owners Charles and David Koch were being…

UFO that puzzled NASA was polystyrene fake

BRUSSELS — An unidentified flying object photographed high in the Belgian sky that puzzled even NASA scientists turns out to have been a fake made out of foam, the man behind the hoax said Tuesday. Though scientists pored over the picture of a triangular-shaped flying saucer with four lights, allegedly…

U.S. female senators press Saudi king on driving ban

WASHINGTON — Fourteen US women senators pressed Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah in a letter Tuesday to lift his country’s unique ban on women drivers, calling it a big step forward on human rights. “We strongly believe it is time to abolish the prohibition on women driving once and for all,…

Congressman Gutierrez arrested outside White House for protesting deportations

Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) was arrested outside the White House Tuesday afternoon while protesting the record number of people deported from the United States since President Obama’s election. According to his office, Gutierrez was handcuffed and taken to a police van, along with about eleven others, after refusing Park…

Traffic spike after Obama speech crashes Congress members’ websites

WASHINGTON — With the United States poised on the brink of a potential default, President Barack Obama appealed to Americans to “make your voice heard” to members of Congress. They appear to have listened. Heavy traffic caused a number of websites of members of Congress to crash overnight and the…

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