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Congressional Black Caucus to Obama: Use 14th Amendment to solve debt crisis

The Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday urged President Barack Obama to invoke the Fourteenth Amendment to raise the debt ceiling if Congress failed to pass the necessary legislation before August 3. “We believe that you have both the authority and a moral obligation to do so in order to avoid…

Bernie Sanders calls on Obama to use 14th Amendment to raise debt ceiling

During a speech on the Senate floor Saturday, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders called on President Barack Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the federal debt ceiling. “The Constitution is very clear in saying that the debts of the United States shall not be questioned,” he said. “The…

Wisconsin Republican candidate compared public schools to Nazi Germany

Kim Simac, a Wisconsin tea party organizer and Republican candidate for the August 9 recall elections has admitted to comparing the public education system to Nazi indoctrination in a now-deleted blog post from 2010. Talking Points Memo links to the cached version of the post, which originally appeared on the…

Senator John Kerry: I’ve never seen the governing process so broken

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) argued Saturday in favor of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s compromise plan to raise the debt ceiling and lashed out at House Republicans for failing to “do their job.” “The call for compromise by the American people should be listened to and acted on – now,”…

Lawmakers close to deal to avoid default

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers were close to a last-minute $3 trillion deal on Sunday to raise the U.S. borrowing limit and assure financial markets that the United States will avoid a potentially catastrophic default. “We’re very close,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Senate Republican who is…

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…

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