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House GOP fails to pass balanced budget amendment

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A measure that would amend the Constitution to require the government to balance its books each year fell short in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday. By a vote of 261 to 165, largely along party lines, the bill fell short of the…

McDonald’s dumps egg supplier after charges of cruelty to chickens

CHICAGO — Undercover animal rights activists exposed shocking cruelty to chickens at McDonald’s egg supplier, prompting the fast food giant to cut ties to the US firm after the video was released Friday. “Unfortunately, much of the abuse we documented is not only standard, it’s legal,” said Nathan Runkle, director…

Canada, Mexico ‘victory’ in US meat label dispute

Canada and Mexico on Friday largely won a trade dispute against the United States over its regulation requiring country-of-origin labels for meat. The countries claimed the US policy discriminated against their cattle, lowered prices and restricted trade in the case brought before the World Trade Organization. A dispute panel ruled on Friday that the labelling…

US debt panel groping for deal as deadline looms

A US Congress “supercommittee” tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction planned to meet through the weekend if necessary to find an elusive deal, one of its co-chairs said Friday. “We are painfully, painfully aware of the deadline that is staring us in the face,” Republican Representative Jeb Hensarling told reporters as the…

No timeframe for US shift in Afghanistan: Panetta

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said Friday it was too early to say when US forces might pull back from combat operations in Afghanistan after the US Marine Corps commander suggested the move might come within a year for his forces. Panetta, speaking during a visit to Canada, said the United States and its allies were…

‘Super PAC man’ gobbles up regulators’ time, patience

by Kim Barker In the peculiar post-Citizens United world of political money, Josue Larose has assumed a new alter-ego: Super PAC man. Since the Supreme Court ruling paved the way for groups to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates, 240 so-called Super PACs have registeredwith the Federal Election Commission.…

Alleged White House shooter claims he’s Jesus

The man who is accused of firing an AK-47 at the White House last week believes President Barack Obama is the “Antichrist,” and he should know because he also claims to be Jesus. Following his capture in Pennsylvania this week, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was charged with attempting to assassinate the…

Organizers: 50,000 sign Walker recall petition in just 48 hours

A statewide vote on whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) should be recalled seems more likely today after organizers told The Associated Press that they had collected over 50,000 signatures after just 48 hours of campaigning. That’s well above the roughly 9,000 per day they’d need to reach the 540,000…

Bachmann: ‘Absurd’ to waterboard me to prove it’s not torture

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is pretty sure waterboarding isn’t torture — but she says it would be “absurd” to find out for herself. During a recent CBS/National Journal debate, the candidate enthusiastically said she supported the interrogation technique. “It was very effective,” she claimed. “It gained information for our…

Obama claims share of credit for huge Boeing deal

US President Barack Obama Friday claimed a share of the credit asBoeing sealed its largest-ever commercial aircraft order to build 230 jets worth $21.7 billion for Indonesia’s Lion Air. The deal, for 201 737 MAXs and 29 737-900 ERs, bolsteredObama’s strategic decision to orient the struggling US economy with booming markets in emerging Asia, which he…

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