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Bill Kristol to GOP: Use debt deal to win White House

Fox News contributor Bill Kristol said Sunday that by not overselling the debt deal, Republicans could later use it to win the White House. “Assuming [the deal] happens, I think Republicans will have to say to their constituents and the country, you negotiate the debt ceiling agreement with the president…

Lawmakers race clock to clinch debt limit deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American lawmakers raced against the clock on Sunday to forge a last-minute deal that could raise the U.S. debt ceiling by $2.8 trillion and provide assurance to financial markets that the United States will avoid default. Prospects that a significant package was within grasp brightened after Republican…

Anxiety in Afghanistan over troops pay if U.S. defaults

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – It is unclear if the United States will be able to pay troops on time in the event of a debt default, the top U.S. military officer told troops in Afghanistan on Saturday. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said…

Two killed in crash of Wright brothers replica plane

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Two men were killed in Ohio on Saturday while testing a replica of a Wright brothers biplane. The fabric-covered aircraft went down three to four miles south of the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, at about 10:45 a.m. local time, airport manager Mick Lecocq said. The Ohio State…

Obama and Dems huddle in search of debt deal

US President Barack Obama held an urgent White House summit with key Democratic allies Saturday as his Republican foes said fever-pitch efforts to avert a disastrous debt default would soon pay off. “That’s not true,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, pouring cold water on the upbeat Republican message…

Harry Reid: Debt deal not even close

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans and Democrats are not close to a deal to raise the debt ceiling despite what Republican leaders may say, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said on Saturday. “It’s fair to say that the engagement there is not in any meaningful way,” Reid said on the Senate…

Top Republicans confident of debt deal with President Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top congressional Republicans said on Saturday they were in serious talks with President Barack Obama to break a U.S. debt limit deadlock and were confident the risk of default by the world’s largest economy could be avoided. Offering a flicker of hope after a week of acrimonious…

Republican leaders say ‘fully engaged’ with Obama on debt deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives said on Saturday that after a week of stalemate they are now in serious talks with President Barack Obama to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a looming default. “We now have a a level of seriousness…

Farmers oppose GOP’s strict immigration proposals

To conservatives, immigration reform means protecting the borders and taxpayer money. Farmers, however, see a different side of the issue: without the help of immigrant workers, much of the harvest — and, therefore, profits — would be lost for lack of manpower. Farmers are banding together to fight a GOP…

Democratic debt-limit bill falls short in House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Democratic bill to raise the U.S. debt limit fell short in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives Saturday as it failed to get the supermajority vote needed for quick passage. By a vote of 173 to 246, the bill fell short of the two-thirds needed to pass…

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