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Sen. Mike Lee: Obama planned government shutdown

Freshman Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) said on the Senate floor Thursday that President Barack Obama might have been planning for the government to shut down all along. “When the president had both Houses under the control of his party, why did he opt not to pass a budget for fiscal…

Gov’t shutdown imperils Statue of Liberty, other sites

WASHINGTON — The Statue of Liberty is likely to turn away huddled masses yearning for access, suffering the same fate as the Grand Canyon and other US national parks if a US budget impasse is not resolved by Friday, officials said. The shutdown would affect site operated by the National…

Corn prices hit record highs in Chicago

NEW YORK — Corn prices surged to record peaks in the United States Thursday amid tight supply and fierce demand driven in part by rapid expansion of biofuels production. With demand outpacing supply despite a massive runup, and high oil prices adding to the pressure, analysts saw little respite in…

Wisconsin court race jolted by uncounted ballot find

MADISON, Wis – Officials in Waukesha County on Thursday said a final review of paperwork and records from a closely watched Wisconsin Supreme Court election uncovered thousands of uncounted votes, a potentially stunning development that could upend the contest. Unofficial returns on Wednesday gave the union-backed challenger, JoAnne Kloppenburg, a…

Underground blast near LA synagogue sparks scare

LOS ANGELES — About 100 were evacuated Thursday after an explosion near a Jewish temple in Santa Monica, but police said the cause was some kind of underground mechanical failure rather than a bomb. Nobody was injured in the early morning blast near the Chabad House in Santa Monica, west…

US to pursue Indian tax evaders

WASHINGTON — US tax authorities are probing Indian expatriates who may have hid money offshore in HSBC Bank to evade US taxes, the Justice Department said Thursday. In an expansion of its mounting offensive against overseas tax evasion, the Internal Revenue Service is seeking data on clients of two HSBC…

Hundreds protest bid to gut Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – A mother battling breast cancer, celebrities and lawmakers joined a rally in Washington Thursday to plead with US lawmakers not to cut funding for women’s reproductive health programs from the 2011 budget. “Over the past few years I’ve been battling stage three breast cancer, but this is not…

Senators urge gov’t to accept green card applications from same sex couples

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) is calling on the Obama administration to stop denying green card applications submitted by same sex bi-national couples. The Massachusetts senator and 11 of his Senate colleagues sent a letter (.pdf) to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Wednesday asking them to hold…

House passes GOP one-week stopgap bill, Obama threatens veto

WASHINGTON – The White House on Thursday threatened to veto a GOP-offered one-week stopgap measure just before it passed the Republican-led House 247-181 with less than 36 hours before government funding would run out. “This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a…

Nadler: GOP budget would ‘take us back to the 19th century’

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) had some choice words for the ten-year Republican budget proposal developed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). “This is truly a budget to take us back to the 19th century in every way,” the New York Democrat said Wednesday during a press conference. “No…

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