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Bankers warn Obama, Congress of ‘very grave’ threat if debt limit not extended

The heads of Wall Street’s top banks on Thursday urged President Barack Obama and Congress to reach a deal on the debt ceiling, warning of “very grave” dangers if agreement is not reached. “We strongly urge you to reach an agreement this week,” the chief executives of Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs,JPMorgan…

NJ Governor Christie hospitalized with breathing trouble

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was taken to the hospital on Thursday after having “difficulty breathing,” his spokesman said. “Governor Christie was having difficulty breathing this morning and out of an abundance of caution he went to Somerset Medical Center to be checked out,” spokesman Michael…

House GOP debt plan dead on arrival, but vote to proceed

Republican lawmakers Thursday pressed ahead with a vote on a plan to avert a calamitous US debt default, ignoring White House warnings of a veto as the political wrangling infected global markets. Republican House Speaker John Boehner was to put his two-step plan to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit…

Judge allows defamation suit against Breitbart to proceed

A district judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Thursday that a defamation lawsuit against conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart may proceed to trial, according to Legal Times reporter Zoe Tillman. The suit, filed by former U.S. Dept. of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod, had faced a motion to dismiss or relocate, which was…

Dallas-area Planned Parenthood clinic attacked with molotov cocktail

A Planned Parenthood clinic in north Texas nearly went up in flames this week after someone attacked it with a molotov cocktail, according to police. Firefighters were able to save the clinic, which only suffered minor damage. It reopened Wednesday morning. There are no suspects yet, but the McKinney, Texas…

Tea party Rep. sued for over $117,000 in unpaid child support

One of the most uncompromising members of the Republican tea party, Congressman Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), has a personal problem he’d rather not discuss in public: his ex-wife is suing him for over $117,000 in unpaid child support. While Walsh’s lawyer denied that he owes anything near that amount thanks to…

Fox News: U.S. soldier arrested in jihadist Ft. Hood plot

Fox News reported Thursday that Pvt. Nasser Jason Abdo was arrested over a possible plot to attack Fort Hood. NBC Dallas-Fort Worth confirmed Abdo’s arrest a short time later. An unnamed Army source reportedly told the network that Abdo had been found with explosives and jihadist materials. Bob Jenkins, a…

Gallup: Support for Obama dips slightly but stays high among Democrats

According to a new Gallup poll, support for President Obama has fallen slightly on a national level, but remains high among Democrats. The president’s over-all approval rating went down one point from the previous survey period from 44 percent to 43 percent. However, 78 percent of Democrats approve of how…

Protesters demand that India stop an execution over a coerced confession

On the afternoon of Monday, July 25, approximately 800 protesters from Sikh organizations and human rights groups opposed to the death penalty and torture gathered opposite the United Nations to show solidarity with Sikh Professor Devenderpal S. Bhullar, whose execution by hanging is pending in India. Bhullar’s arrest stemmed from…

Gingrich busted holding campaign t-shirt made in El Salvador

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had another “deer in the headlights” moment Wednesday. An ABC News producer asked Gingrich to hold up one of his campaign t-shirts for the camera and he probably now wishes he hadn’t followed her instructions. “A lot of what you’re talking about is about taking…

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