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Boehner still insisting on ‘cut, cap and balance’ plan

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told Fox News’s Chris Wallace Sunday that any deal to raise the debt ceiling must be within the “cut, cap and balance” framework that has already been rejected by the Senate. “I am going to continue to work with my congressional colleagues in both parties…

#f@ckyouwashington hashtag takes Twitter by storm

Most suddenly-popular Twitter hashtags refer to events or celebrities that currently are in the news. But every once in a while, one erupts out of nowhere to capture the mood of the Twitterverse. The hashtag #fuckyouwashington is currently making the rounds in just that fashion. As explained in a post…

Gunman kills five at Texas roller skating rink

WASHINGTON — A gunman killed five people during a birthday party at a roller skating rink in Texas before turning the gun on himself, police said. The shooting in the town of Grand Prairie occurred after a fight broke out at a birthday party, said a police official who spoke…

Geithner: U.S. debt default ‘not going to happen’

WASHINGTON — The United States will not default on its debt, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Sunday, as the clock ticks down to reaching a deal by August 2 to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. “It’s unthinkable we would not meet our obligations on time,” Geithner told CNN in…

First foreign-born top U.S. military officer John Shalikashvili dies at 75

WASHINGTON — Retired army general John Shalikashvili, the first foreign-born chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, died early Saturday of complications from a stroke, a military hospital said. He was 75. Shalikashvili — known simply as “Shali” — passed away at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington,…

Gov. Rick Perry: Let states decide same sex marriage

Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry , who has been criticized for his involvement in an evangelical Christian prayer summit, said Friday that the federal government should not be involved in the definition of marriage. “I’m pro-traditional marriage,” the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate said in Aspen, according to CNN. “The…

Former Governor Jesse Ventura: ‘We’re a fascist nation now’

Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura lambasted Friday at a federal court hearing ”un-American” security procedures implemented at airports across the nation in 2010. He filed a lawsuit with the Transportation Security Administration in January, claiming their use of pat down searches at airport security checkpoints is unconstitutional. Pioneer Press reported that a…

Obama condemns ‘senseless’ Norway attacks

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama condemned the “senseless” massacre of 92 people in twin attacks on Norway as he presented his condolences to Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, the White House said Saturday. “The president offered any assistance the United States could provide to the Norwegian government in dealing with this…

Man claims police threatened to kill his dog in pot raid

A medical marijuana patient in San Francisco claims Alameda Count sherriffs threatened to kill his dog if he didn’t consent to a search of his home. Jason Rivera, a paraplegic who suffers severe chronic pain, told Russ Belville of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) that he…

White House warns Congress not to play politics with debt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama continues to oppose a short-term extension of the country’s debt ceiling, which he feels could lead to the U.S. credit rating being downgraded, the White House said on Saturday. “Congress should refrain from playing reckless political games with our economy. Instead, it should be…

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