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White House warns of debt ‘Armageddon’

WASHINGTON — The White House warned Republicans on Monday that failing to raise the $14.29 trillion US debt limit would spark “Armageddon-like” consequences for the slowly recovering US economy. As a new political showdown looms over the economy following a defused budget row last week, aides also said that President…

Police probe use of stun gun on boy

OTTAWA — Canadian police said Monday they have launched an investigation into a federal police officer’s use of a stun gun on an 11-year-old boy during his arrest for an alleged stabbing. “As a result of a recent incident in Prince George during which a pre-teen was Tasered by an…

IMF urges US to address debt now

WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund on Monday urged the US to begin addressing its yawning budget deficit this year rather than putting off the pain and missing G20 fiscal targets. In its semi-annual measure of global economic health, the IMF said the US will likely grow more slowly than…

GOP threatens to force America into default if Dems refuse major spending cuts

WASHINGTON – The grueling 2011 budget debate that brought the federal government to the brink of a shutdown might end up looking mild in the face of the next fiscal battle: the debt ceiling. That’s because Republicans are openly threatening to use the calamitous possibility of a U.S. default as…

Mitt Romney announces 2012 presidential exploratory committee

Mitt Romney officially announced Monday afternoon with a tweet and video posting that he will form an exploratory committee to seek the presidency in 2012 — a widely expected development — citing his private sector experience and the need to reinvigorate the economy. “Today, I am announcing my exploratory committee…

Pittsburgh police tase and club baseball fan

Pittsburgh police, who claim they feared for their safety, used a Taser on an unruly fan at a Pittsburgh Pirates game over the weekend. After the Taser appeared to have no effect, one of the officers clubbed the fan at least twice. “We both feared for our safety,” city detective…

Rep. Baldwin asks for federal investigation into Wisc. Supreme Court election

Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (D) is asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to begin an investigation into the handling of votes cast in the state’s Waukesha County. Republican county clerk Kathy Nickolaus claimed last week that she had found thousands of unreported votes, which gave incumbent David Prosser a more…

Trumps says he’s Obama’s ‘worst nightmare’

Donald Trump appeared on his weekly Fox News segment Monday morning and claimed that the White House is dreading the possibility of running against him. “I’m leading a lot of polls and doing very well,” Trump told the Fox News hosts. “I can tell you I’m their worst nightmare. I…

Obama’s constitutional law professor joins group calling Manning’s treatment illegal

Nearly 300 experts, scholars and authors demand an end to Manning’s rough treatment The Harvard professor who taught President Barack Obama about America’s founding document has added his name to a letter damning the treatment of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, the lone soldier accused of leaking a vast number…

Congressional Republicans not happy with 2012 slate: report

Congressional Republicans are grumbling that they don’t see a frontrunner for their party’s 2012 nomination, nor do they particularly like any of the current candidates. “Everybody’s looking for a Ronald Reagan, and they don’t see one,” Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) told Politico. Few Republicans have voiced their intention to run,…

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