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Boehner got ’98 percent’ of what he wanted in debt deal

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) Monday told CBS’ Scott Pelley that he got almost everything he wanted in the deal to raise the debt ceiling. “How did the grand bargain fail?” Pelley asked. “What was the breaking point? How did you tell the president you were walking away?” “It really…

Turtle smuggler pleads guilty in U.S.

WASHINGTON — A Japanese man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegally smuggling 55 live turtles and tortoises into the United States, the US Department of Justice has said in a statement. Atsushi Yamagami was arrested in January for allegedly helping smuggle in a shipment of 55 live turtles…

Congressman Lamborn apologizes for calling Obama a ‘tar baby’

Republican Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado apologized Monday for saying that being associated with President Barack Obama would be like touching a “tar baby.” “Even if some people say, ‘Well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that,’ they will hold the president responsible,” he said…

U.S. complains of Pakistan curbs on diplomat travel

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it is making progress toward encouraging Pakistan to lift curbs it said the authorities there had imposed on US diplomats traveling in the country. “There was an incident last week, I believe, where diplomats were prevented from traveling between Islamabad and Peshawar,” State…

Cenk Uygur slams megachurch pastor Rick Warren

Former MSNBC host and current Young Turks host Cenk Uygur blasted megachurch pastor Rick Warren for a tweet in which the pastor criticized the poor for not paying enough taxes. Watch video, uploaded to YouTube July 29, 2011, below:…

FBI pursues D.B. Cooper, long thought dead, thanks to new clues

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Four decades after a skyjacker dubbed D.B. Cooper bailed out of a U.S. jetliner in mid-air and vanished with $200,000 in cash, federal agents are pursuing new clues pointing to a suspect they believe is long dead, an FBI spokesman said on Tuesday. The latest lead in…

Number of Americans using marijuana up 6.4% over past two years

WASHINGTON — More than half of Americans aged 12 and up drink alcohol, a quarter binge-drank in the past month, and one in 14 teens has used marijuana, a US government agency says in a report on substance abuse. Around 52 percent of 137,436 Americans interviewed in 2008 and 2009…

U.S. considered digging tunnel to get Osama bin Laden

NEW YORK — US commanders of the raid on Osama bin Laden considered a more down-to-earth way of entering his compound than swooping in by helicopter, a report said Monday. Tunneling. The short-lived idea would have avoided ground troops having to sneak through the nearby town of Abbottabad as they…

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords appears in House to votes for debt deal

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head by a gunman in January, received a standing ovation when she appeared in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday. She voted for a deal to avert U.S. default and cut the federal deficit. “The Capitol looks beautiful and I am…

House approves deal to avert U.S. default and cut the federal deficit

The House of Representatives passed an agreement Monday, called the Budget Control Act of 2011, that would raised the debt ceiling until 2013 and cut the federal deficit by about $2.1 trillion over a 10-year period. The two-stage agreement, which was criticized by both tea party lawmakers and progressive Democrats,…

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