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Unemployment crisis among veterans spurs call to action in Congress

While dismal employment numbers often lead the news — unemployment, for instance remains just over 9% — and the fight over the debt ceiling left fixing the jobless recovery on the back burner, some Americans who went to war at the behest of their president are finding the peace back…

Obama seals U.S. austerity bill, but markets anxious

The US debt mountain undermined financial markets Wednesday despite President Barack Obama signing a major austerity bill which raises the borrowing ceiling and averts default. Credit rating agencies said they were still keeping a watchful eye on the ability of the United States to cope with its debt. Global stocks…

China says U.S. fails to defuse ‘debt bomb’

China warned Wednesday that tortured efforts to raise the US limit on borrowing had failed to defuse Washington’s “debt bomb”, and signalled it would further diversify its holdings away from the dollar. After months of bitter negotiations with his Republican rivals, US President Barack Obama finally signed an emergency bill…

After bruising debt battle, Obama pivots to jobs

Admitting a bruising debt-limit battle has likely hampered US recovery, President Barack Obama urged polarized lawmakers to help the job-hungry economy put out the “now hiring” sign. Stung by the bitter feud, Obama is eager to change the subject to economic growth and putting Americans back to work. “In the…

Syria dissidents ask Obama to demand Assad resign

Syrian dissidents on Tuesday urged US President Barack Obama to call on Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to quit power and pressed for UN sanctions over the regime’s deadly crackdown on protests. The demands — presented in a first meeting between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of Syria’s…

Dempsey confirmed as next top U.S. military officer

Army General Martin Dempsey will become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff after the Senate confirmed his appointment. Dempsey, 59, will replace Admiral Mike Mullen, who has held the post since 2007, as the highest-ranking US military officer at the end of September. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta,…

Republicans to keep Senate in session to block consumer agency nominee

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on her show Tuesday night that Republicans plan to keep the Senate in session to prevent President Barack Obama from making recess appointments. Obama had hoped to avoid a confirmation battle with Senate Republicans by nominating former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as director of the…

Man arrested after jumping over White House fence

WASHINGTON — An unidentified man jumped the White House fence in an apparent security breach but was quickly stopped by the US Secret Service. Two Secret Service agents on Tuesday cautiously approached the dark-skinned man, who could not immediately be identified, their rifles pointed at him as he lay face…

Tea party headed to Wisconsin to defend Republican state senators

Two prominent tea party groups will begin their four-day “Restoring Common Sense” tour in Wisconsin on Friday to support the Republicans facing recall elections. CNN reported that the Tea Party Nation and Tea Party Express will hold rallies across the state to defend six Republican state senators. “The tea party…

Bryan Fischer praises Gov. Rick Perry for uniting politics and Christianity

Bryan Fischer, the Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, on his radio show Monday praised Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry for initiating a Christian prayer summit on August 6 in Houston. Fischer said the United States needs to get back to a…

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