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White House: Iraq has little time to request troops stay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Tuesday said time was running short for Iraq to issue a request for U.S. troops to stay in the country beyond the end of this year. “We are waiting … to see whether or not the Iraqi government makes a request of us.…

White House denies report claiming Geithner to resign

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has not told President Barack Obama he would like to leave after a debt ceiling deal is reached, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday. Sources familiar with Geithner’s thinking said last week he was considering stepping down once the country’s $14.3 trillion debt limit is raised. That must…

Teenager says he was beaten by cops after family shot in post-Katrina chaos

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A New Orleans teenager whose family members were wounded by police in the chaos after Hurricane Katrina testified on Tuesday that officers punched and kicked him before arresting him at the scene. One officer who struck Leonard Bartholomew IV, then 14, as he lay on the…

CA lawmakers pass bill to teach LGBT history

SACRAMENTO, Calif (Reuters) – A bill to require California public schools to teach the historical accomplishments of gay men and lesbians passed the state Legislature on Tuesday in what supporters call a first for the nation. Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has not said publicly whether he supports the bill,…

Florida Libertarian Party calls on sheriffs to arrest TSA officers

On July 4, the Florida Libertarian Party sent an email to the sheriffs of all 67 counties in the state demanding they arrest Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers for violating the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Section 12 of the Florida Constitution. “Every single day, TSA employees conduct…

Chris Matthews: Republicans are ‘terrorists’ in budget negotiations

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said Tuesday it was scary that Republicans like Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) were willing to “not face the warning signs” about raising the federal debt ceiling and take the United States “right of the cliff.” His guest, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), noted that it was a misconception…

Mexican lawmakers want to extradite U.S. officials over ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ scandal

Mexican lawmakers said Tuesday they want the U.S. officials who authorized a botched campaign to dismantle illicit firearms trafficking routes to face trial in Mexico. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) “Operation Fast and Furious” sold thousands of assault rifles and revolvers to traffickers suspected of being…

Prosecutors to drop all charges against ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn: report

NEW YORK — Prosecutors are poised to drop all sex assault charges against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the coming weeks due to doubts about his accuser’s credibility, US media reported Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal cited officials familiar with the case who said prosecutors seem to be on…

Dalai Lama to meet with top members of Congress

WASHINGTON — The Dalai Lama on Tuesday opened a visit to Washington to deliver mass spiritual teachings, with a legislative aide saying the Tibetan spiritual leader will meet top members of the US Congress. The revered Buddhist monk, who will celebrate his 76th birthday on Wednesday, was cheered on by…

Senate abandons authorization of Libya conflict

WASHINGTON — The polarized US Senate hastily abandoned plans to vote Tuesday on a symbolic resolution authorizing the US role in Libya after a Republican insurrection to demand action on the country’s debt woes. “We’ve agreed, notwithstanding the broad support for the Libyan resolution, the most important thing for us…

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