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Top Democrat: GOP wants constitutional amendment to end Medicare

A top Democrat Sunday accused Republicans of demanding a balanced budget amendment to “manipulate” the Constitution and end Medicare as it exists today. “What is wrong with ‘cut, cap and balance’ and what are the chances it will get through the House, through the Senate and signed by the president?”…

House GOP split into two factions on budget deal

According to a McClatchy report today, the members of the House GOP have split into two camps on the current budget deal, the flexible and the non-flexible. On one side are the long-time Republican House members who see the president’s current deal, which gives them 80 percent of what they…

Herman Cain: Communities should be able to ban mosques

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday that any community should be able to ban mosques because there is a big difference between Islam and “our other traditional religions.” Last week, Cain came out again a proposed mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on the grounds that it was an “infringement and…

6.1 quake rattles Alaska peninsula

WASHINGTON — A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Alaskan peninsula Saturday some 600 miles (970 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage, the US Geological Survey said. The temblor struck at 1959 GMT, with the epicenter near Sand Point, Alaska, on an island in the North Pacific just off the Alaska Peninsula,…

Harry Potter film shatters more box office records

LOS ANGELES — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” broke single-day box office records with a whopping $92.1 million in opening day sales, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations. The eighth film in the Harry Potter series eclipsed 2009′s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which previously held…

Casey Anthony released from jail after child murder acquittal

MIAMI — Casey Anthony, a young woman who spent nearly three years in jail on suspicion of killing her toddler daughter, was released early Sunday after a jury found her not guily of murder, authorities said. Anthony had been in jail since October 2008. She was acquitted of murdering her…

Obama, lawmakers press ahead on elusive debt deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and congressional leaders pressed ahead with private talks on deficit reduction on Saturday, seeking an as-yet-elusive way to lift the debt ceiling and avoid a U.S. default next month. Congress must raise the $14.3 trillion limit on U.S. borrowing by August 2 or the…

Light traffic in L.A. despite ‘Carmageddon’ predictions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles freeway shutdown dubbed “Carmageddon” that city leaders have warned about for weeks failed to slow morning traffic in the region on Saturday, but officials remained cautious. The unprecedented weekend shutdown of a 10-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway could, in a worst-case scenario,…

SF jury acquits man who forgot mushrooms were in his backpack

On Friday, a jury in San Francisco found a man not guilty of possession of psilocybin mushrooms on the grounds that he had forgotten they were in his backpack, and therefore could not knowingly be in possession. The argument was made by Deputy Public Defender Kimberly Lutes-Koths, who took on…

CA prisoners reject state offer as inmate hunger strike enters 3rd week

Relatives and supporters of the thousands of reported hunger striking California prisoners warn that some inmates are “getting sicker and weaker, with some nearing severe dehydration”, according to Southern California Public Radio. The inmates began refusing food on July 1 to protest overcrowding and harsh conditions inside the state’s prisons.…

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