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Rockets hit Baghdad Green Zone on Panetta visit

Three rockets slammed into Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone on Monday, wounding a woman and her three children, security officials said, as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta began the second day of a visit. There was no report or indication the missiles had landed anywhere close to the US embassy inside…

Obama calls more talks to break U.S. debt impasse

US President Barack Obama convened a second consecutive day of crisis national debt talks Monday, but a polarized Washington appeared far from a deal to stave off a catastrophic default. Obama met Sunday evening with congressional leaders, including Republican House Speaker John Boehner, but 75 minutes of talks failed to…

Obama, lawmakers meet for 75 minutes on debt impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama sought on Sunday to break an impasse with Republicans on how to cut the deficit and avert a debt default in an unexpectedly brief meeting at the White House. The president’s gathering with leaders of both parties came a day after Republicans shied away…

Obama hosts high-stakes debt talks

President Barack Obama kicked off high-stakes talks with his Republican foes at the White House Sunday, seeking an elusive deal to stave off a potentially catastrophic US debt default. Attendees at the crunch meeting included House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell as well as top Democrats,…

Palin hints again at presidential aspirations: ‘The field is not yet set’

Former Alaska Gov. and newly minted documentary star Sarah Palin graces the cover of the most recent issue of Newsweek, and argues in the accompanying article that she could be a winning Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential race. “I believe that I can win a national election,” Palin told…

Massachusetts city to provide extra stipends to married gay employees

The city of Cambridge, Mass. will this month begin to add an additional stipend onto the paychecks of its gay and lesbian employees who are married to their spouses and chose to include them on their health insurance, the Associated Press reported. The federal government taxes health insurance for married…

Tim Pawlenty: Unsure whether being gay is a choice

Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty appeared on “Meet the Press” and was interviewed by David Gregory Sunday morning, where he said that whether a person could be born gay is “in dispute” by scientific researchers. Pawlenty signed onto the conservative pledge to ban same-sex marriage last…

GOP candidate Gary Johnson blasts Family Leader pledge

Republican presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson said that a pledge created by The Family Leader, a conservative, Iowa-based Christian group was “offensive to the principles of liberty and freedom on which this country was founded.” Two other Republican presidential candidates, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and Rick…

U.S. holding back Pakistan military aid

WASHINGTON — The United States is holding back some military aid to Pakistan, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff confirmed on Sunday, after a New York Times report said $800 million was being withheld. “They’ve taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid…

Pawlenty attacks Bachmann’s ‘nonexistent’ congressional accomplishments

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty broke Ronald Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” Sunday by attacking another Republican. Pawlenty told NBC’s David Gregory that fellow Minnesotan and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has had a “nonexistent” record of accomplishments during her time in Congress. “She’s beating you in the polls, she’s got more…

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