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Moody’s puts U.S. ratings on review for downgrade

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States may lose its top-notch credit rating in the next few weeks if lawmakers fail to increase the country’s legal borrowing limit and the government misses debt payments, Moody’s Investors Service warned on Wednesday. Moody’s is the first of the big-three credit rating agencies to place the…

Fox News host forgets 9/11 happened under Bush

Eric Bolling, a talk show host on the conservative Fox News Channel, wrongly claimed Wednesday that there were no domestic terrorist attacks during the Bush administration, apparently forgetting that the worst terrorist attack in the nation’s history occurred on the former president’s watch. President George W. Bush’s former spokeswoman, Dana…

Reid: ‘Childish’ Cantor shouldn’t be in debt negotiations

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Thursday that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has proven that he doesn’t deserve to be participating in debt ceiling negotiations. “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has shown he shouldn’t be at the table and Republicans agree he shouldn’t be at the table,”…

Poll: Americans blame Bush for bad economy by wide margin

By a wide margin, more Americans blame former President George W. Bush for the national economic outlook than they do President Barack Obama, according to a new poll. Numbers out of Quinnipiac University Thursday morning indicated that 54 percent of Americans say Bush is to blame for exploding the federal…

Hartmann, Grayson puzzle over McConnell’s hatred of elections

Why did Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declare this week that the U.S. Constitution must be amended because elections have not worked to produce the Republican party’s desired results? Progressive talk host Thom Hartmann was joined last night by former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson to discuss.…

Michele Bachmann’s church says the Pope is ‘the antichrist’

After all the hay Republicans made during 2008 of President Barack Obama’s former church, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) likely expected this. In a post to the website of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod — parent organization to Bachmann’s home church, Salem Evangelical Lutheran in Stillwater, Minn. — the Pope is…

CNN exposes ‘terror expert’ as a fraud

CNN reported Wednesday that a so-called terrorism expert that is paid with tax dollars and has even appeared on their own network may be a fraud. Walid Shoebat claims he converted to Christianity after years as a Palestinian Liberation Organization terrorist who once helped firebomb an Israeli bank in Bethlehem.…

Obama, lawmakers facing fresh doubts on debt deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sharply divided by partisan bickering, President Barack Obama and top Republicans face growing doubts on Thursday about the prospects for reaching a deal to avoid a potentially disastrous debt default. With tensions running high in Washington political circles as the clock ticks toward an August 2 deadline…

State should take obese children away from parents, say some docs

The government should have the right to remove severely obese children from their parents’ home and place them in foster care, two US doctors argued in a controversial editorial. “State intervention may serve the best interests of many children with life-threatening obesity, comprising the only realistic way to control harmful…

Cantor’s version of debt talks ‘completely overblown’

A Democratic aide present at the debt talks between prominent Republicans and President Barack Obama said that Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) claim that the president “stormed out” of the meeting was completely overblown, Ed Schultz reported on MSNBC Wednesday night. Schultz said that Republicans have been trying to chip away…

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