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Eliot Spitzer: Obama does not know how to negotiate

Eliot Spitzer, former governor and attorney general of New York, appeared on Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Tuesday night to discuss the debt ceiling deal, ratings agencies and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Spitzer said Democrats were “taken to the cleaners” again and again during negotiations over raising the…

Wisconsin Democrats defeat two Republican state senators in recall elections

Wisconsin Democrats retract election tampering accusation against Waukesha County clerk Wisconsin Democrats picked up two seats in the state Senate after defeating incumbent Republicans in recall elections on Tuesday, falling short of the three seats needed to gain a majority. Unofficial results show Democratic candidate Jennifer Shilling defeated state Sen.…

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs heavily-criticized redistricting bill

As voters across Wisconsin headed to the polls Tuesday to vote in six state Senate recall elections, Republican Governor Scott Walker signed heavily-criticized legislation to redraw the state’s district boundaries, according to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. Democrats claimed the new voting districts will give Republicans an advantage in the upcoming…

U.S. officers oppose releasing names of dead troops

WASHINGTON — The chief of the secretive US special operations command has lobbied against the release of names of American commandos killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. Thirty US troops were killed on Friday when their Chinook helicopter was shot out of the sky in a…

Republican presidential candidates head to Iowa

AMES, Iowa — Extreme partisan rhetoric and market havoc have raised the stakes of two early tests in Iowa this week for the unsettled crop of Republican candidates vying to challenge US President Barack Obama. Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann is hoping to chip away at the lead of frontrunner Mitt…

Muslim soldier indicted in Texas bomb plot

CHICAGO — A US soldier of Palestinian descent was indicted on weapons charges related to a plot to build a bomb and attack the area surrounding a sprawling Texas military base, officials said Tuesday. Army Private Naser Abdo, 21, had gathered everything he needed to build a bomb and carry…

Reid names Sens. Murray, Baucus and Kerry to new debt committee

WASHINGTON — Democratic US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he was naming Democratic Senators Patty Murray, Max Baucus and John Kerry to a new congressional “supercommittee” on US debt woes. “As the events of the past week have made clear, the world is watching the work of this…

Rare anthrax case diagnosed in Minnesota

CHICAGO — Minnesota health officials said Tuesday they are investigating a rare case of anthrax inhalation linked to exposure to the dreaded bacteria in the natural environment. The FBI briefly investigated the case because anthrax has been used in terror attacks. But the bureau determined there was “no evidence suggesting…

Poll: Most Americans think their member of Congress doesn’t deserve re-election

Americans are more upset with their government than ever after lawmakers and the president reached an agreement to raise the debt ceiling until 2013 and cut the federal deficit by about $2.1 trillion over a 10-year period. The majority of Americans don’t believe their own member of Congress deserves to…

Dylan Ratigan rages against ‘bought’ Congress on MSNBC

MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan angrily ranted Tuesday on MSNBC against economic proposals by both Democrats and Republicans, which he described as “reckless, irresponsible and stupid.” He said he was tired of Republicans and Democrats, because Republicans “want to burn the place to the ground” and Democrats only care about their…

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