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US lawmakers close to passing huge spending cuts

WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives was on track to approve slashing 61 billion dollars in government spending in a measure that makes deep cuts to global US aid in the name of austerity. Lawmakers in the Republican-led chamber have been at work since Tuesday on a spending bill…

White House, Republicans in new stimulus spat

WASHINGTON – The White House and its Republican foes opened a new skirmish over President Barack Obama’s 800-billion-dollar stimulus plan Thursday, on the second anniversary of the bill’s enactment. Vice President Joe Biden, who was charged with ensuring the massive infrastructure spending and tax cutting bill was not consumed with…

House votes to cut all funding for US Institute of Peace

The US House of Representatives accepted an amendment to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2011 on Thursday to eliminate all funding for the US Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent government-funded institution to analyze and prevent international conflict. “I am very pleased my amendment to end federal…

Dallas official told citizen: ‘Go to hell’

Dallas County Court Commissioner John Wiley Price told a citizen to “go to hell” during a meeting. Price, who is African-American, became offended when the citizen continually addressed him as “Chief Mullah,” which resembles the derogatory term, “Moolie.” This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast February 16, 2011.…

Democratic lawmakers leave Wisconsin to protest union curbs

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin state Senate Democrats boycotting a vote on a plan to curb the union rights of public employees left the state on Thursday in an attempt to force majority Republicans to negotiate a compromise, an online political news service said. Democrat Sen. Jon Erpenbach told WisPolitics…

NY City to fire teachers, cut capital spending

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday unveiled a $65.6 billion budget plan for fiscal year 2012 that calls for firing 4,666 teachers and reducing capital spending 10 percent over the next decade. Bloomberg blamed reductions in aid from the state of New York and…

Jim DeMint: Obama is not ‘the leader of our country’

WASHINGTON – Arch-conservative Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said Thursday that President Barack Obama should not be considered the leader of the United States. “This whole idea that the President is the leader of our country is a mistake,” DeMint said during a speech to the Washington, DC chapter of the…

Limbaugh calls Wiscosin teachers ‘anti-democracy,’ ‘parasites’

As the most famous Republican on radio, Rush Limbaugh has made a name for himself by creating controversy. But how about calling teachers “parasites”? Or union workers part of an “anti-democracy” movement? That’s a bit much. This audio is from The Rush Limbaugh Show, broadcast Feb. 17, 2011.…

84-year-old survives five days in desert by drinking wiper fluid

84-year-old Henry Morello took a wrong turn while driving in the Arizona desert. When his SUV got stuck in the sand, Morello drank strained wiper fluid to stay alive for five days before he was rescued. This video is from The Associated Press, broadcast February 17, 2011.…

Michigan resident charged with 20-year felony for singing sex song

Evan Daniel Emory, a Michigan resident, was arrested Tuesday on charges that he manufactured child sexually abusive material. Emory deceived school officials when he told them he wanted to perform an acoustic song for classroom at Beechnau Elementary School. When the video was posted on YouTube, the lyrics of the…

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