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U.S. budget talks expected Thursday at White House

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has invited Congressional leaders to White House talks on Thursday to try to reach a budget deal within two weeks that reduces the US deficit and raises the debt limit. “I’ve asked leaders of both parties and both houses of Congress to come here to…

Roger Clemens perjury trial begins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The perjury trial of Roger Clemens begins on Wednesday with the selection of 12 jurors charged with deciding if the former baseball star lied when he said he never took drugs to boost his pitching as he aged. Clemens, 48, was indicted a year ago on charges he…

Dust storms envelop Arizona

It’s monsoon season in Arizona, which also means it’s dust storm season. Every year, clouds of dust roll over the state, severely limiting visibility, knocking out power and grounding flights. Below, watch a massive dust cloud roll over Phoenix in the clip below from Russia Today, embedded via YouTube.…

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…

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