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O’Reilly comes out in favor of tax increase

Conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday night that Republicans must accept “revenue increases” for the government by way of tax hikes, specifically coming out in favor of a 1 percent national sales tax to help fix the U.S. budget. “That could raise $100 billion a year without hurting…

Wyoming joins Northern Rocky states seeking disaster aid

CODY, Wyoming (Reuters) – Governor Matt Mead asked on Tuesday for a presidential disaster declaration in Wyoming to free up federal funds to repair roads and bridge damaged by harsh winter weather and flooding. Mead became the third governor in the Northern Rockies to seek such a declaration stemming from…

Sisters sue New Jersey cemetery over grave mix-up

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Evelyn and Hortense Edwards spent two decades visiting what they thought was their mother’s grave in a New Jersey cemetery only to discover it contained the remains of a stranger, according to court papers. Now, the sisters are suing, seeking want $25 million in damages from…

Betty Ford remembered at California memorial service

PALM DESERT, Calif (Reuters) – Former first lady Betty Ford was remembered on Tuesday for her activism and pioneering work for addicts at a memorial service in California that drew leading political lights of the past four decades. First lady Michelle Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President George…

Arizona governor orders recall vote for immigration law author

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Tuesday ordered a special election for November 8 to decide the fate of a high-profile state lawmaker behind Arizona’s controversial immigration crackdown. Brewer ordered the vote to recall Republican Russell Pearce, the state senate’s president and chief architect of Senate Bill 1070,…

Obama, Republicans dig in over tough U.S. debt talks

US President Barack Obama will on Wednesday hold a fourth straight day of tough budget talks with his Republican foes after a key White House critic floated a plan to avert an early August debt default. Obama gave only a lukewarm welcome on Tuesday to Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch…

Democrat Hahn beats tea party candidate in California congressional race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Democratic Los Angeles city councilwoman won a special election held on Tuesday for the liberal-leaning California congressional seat vacated by Jane Harman, as her Republican challenger conceded. Veteran City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, whose brother James once served as Los Angeles mayor, finished first in the…

Obama urges Republicans to follow Reagan example

President Barack Obama urged Republicans to draw inspiration from the hero of fiscal conservatives, Ronald Reagan, who had agreed to revenue increases to cut the US deficit. “Ronald Reagan repeatedly took steps that included revenue, in order for him to accomplish some of these larger goals,” Obama told CBS in…

Wisconsin Democrats defeat fake candidates in primary election

Democratic Wisconsin Senate candidates overwhelmingly defeated their fake rivals Tuesday night in the Democratic primary election. Based on unofficial results, Democratic candidates Nancy Nusbaum won by 65 percent of the vote, Sandra Pasch won by 67 percent, Shelly Moore won by 54 percent, Fred Clark won by 67 percent, Jessica…

Sen. Rockefeller urges U.S. probe of Murdoch’s media empire

WASHINGTON — A key US senator called Tuesday for a probe into whether alleged hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s media empire had extended to US citizens and warned of “severe” consequences if that proved the case. “I encourage the appropriate agencies to investigate to ensure that Americans have not had their…

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