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Boehner’s office cuts off C-SPAN cameras as GOP takes verbal beating

A strange thing happened Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill. As Rep. Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) attempted to call for a vote to extend a payroll tax cut to middle class and working Americans, his Republican colleagues adjourned the House and walked out of the chamber. And if that weren’t odd enough,…

Romney: Bush wouldn’t have invaded Iraq if he knew there were no WMD

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney insisted on Wednesday that President George W. Bush would never have invaded Iraq if he had known that were no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the country. “If we knew at the time of our entry into Iraq that there were no weapons of…

Company owners fake being disabled vets for government contracts

Each year millions in government funds intended to help veterans get back to work go to firms where owners have lied about being disabled vets, according to government watchdogs. The federal government sets aside billions in contracts each year for companies considered to be service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB). The…

China hackers breach U.S. Chamber of Commerce

(Reuters) – Hackers in China broke through the computer defenses of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last year and were able to access information about its operations and its 3 million members, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. In Beijing, China dismissed the report. The Journal, citing unidentified people…

Tough times: U.S. military families line up for donated Christmas gifts

It’s an unlikely sight at one of the biggest US military bases: young families lining up and waiting patiently outside a warehouse for free gifts to slip under the Christmas tree. Times are tough as much for military families as for anyone else in America this Christmas, making donated toys…

Obama squeezes Republicans in year-end showdown

US President Barack Obama doubled down Tuesday in a pre-Christmas duel over taxes with Republicans, warning that political “brinksmanship” could put the fragile US economic recovery at risk. After a miserable year being thwarted by his foes on Capitol Hill, Obama turned the tables when the Republican-led House blocked a…

Twelve indicted over Amish beard-cutting attacks

WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury has indicted 12 members of a breakaway Amish group over a rash of bizarre beard-cutting incidents against fellow Amish in Ohio, the US Justice Department said Tuesday. In a statement, it linked the accused — including the leader of the group and two women…

Romney blasts Obama, Gingrich courts Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican White House hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, running neck and neck in national polls, scoured key early-voting states for support Tuesday in a pre-Christmas rush of politicking. Romney, looking for a crushing victory in New Hampshire’s January 10 primary, was to launch a three-day…

U.S. government rests case against WikiLeaks suspect

FORT MEADE, Maryland — US Army Private Bradley Manning, accused of one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history, came face-to-face on Tuesday with the man who turned him in to the authorities. The dramatic encounter took place as the government wrapped up its case in a hearing…

Congress stocked with amendments targeting Citizens United ruling

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) introduced a constitutional amendment to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would overturn a key provision in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Three other constitutional amendments have been introduced to Congress this year that target the…

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