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Chinese ratings house: U.S. government already defaulting on debts

A Chinese ratings house has accused the United States of defaulting on its massive debt, state media said Friday, a day after Beijing urged Washington to put its fiscal house in order. “In our opinion, the United States has already been defaulting,” Guan Jianzhong, president of Dagong Global Credit Rating…

Texas GOP Senator: Obama has ‘bias’ against Texas

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday repeatedly accused the Obama administration of harboring a bias against Texas and treating it worse than it treats other states. “I see a bias in this administration against Texas. I do see it in this administration, absolutely,” the state’s senior senator…

Mark Foley tells Sean Hannity ‘sexting’ children should be legal

Mark Foley, the former Republican congressman from Florida who resigned in disgrace after he was caught exchanging sexually explicit messages with teenage boys, made a startling claim on Fox News last night, during his first interview on national media since 2006. Speaking to Republican opinion host Sean Hannity, who’s been…

Senate report: The Latin American war on drugs has ‘largely failed’

A U.S. Senate subcommittee report this week called into question efforts to curb drug exports from Latin America, suggesting that billions in tax dollars had been wasted in no-bid contracts with no oversight on how the money was being spent or whether efforts were succeeding. The report comes just a…

Gingrich still running because he fears the ‘Obama depression’

A day after his campaign staff resigned en masse, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich attempted to change the subject. “I am a candidate for president of the United States because I think we are in the early stages of the Obama depression,” he told reporters Friday. “I’m prepared to go…

Donald Trump: GOP has ‘death wish’ in messing with Medicare

Real estate mogul Donald Trump, who flirted with a run for the GOP presidential nomination, says Republicans must have a “death wish” in continuing to push their plan to replace Medicare with a voucher system. “It almost seems as though the Republicans have a death wish,” Trump said in a…

Key Dem Senator: Obama ‘snookered’ by GOP into talking deficit over jobs

WASHINGTON – Urging the administration to enact new measures to lower the unemployment rate, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) said President Barack Obama got “snookered” by Republicans into prioritizing deficits over jobs. “I am concerned about the Obama administration’s approach on this,” Harkin, the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and…

Father: TSA agents harassed my special needs son

Dr. David Mandy says his family was on the way to Disney World when Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents in Detroit harassed his mentally challenged son. “I realize they’re trying to keep people safe, but come on, does he look like a terrorist?” Mandy asked KSAZ. Drew Mandy, who was…

U.S. denies Clinton seeking to be World Bank chief

WASHINGTON — Top US administration officials Thursday vehemently denied a report by the Reuters news agency that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in talks to become the next head of the World Bank. “It’s 100 percent untrue, Reuters is wrong,” Philippe Reines, a close advisor to Clinton, told AFP.…

NATO shortcomings ‘could jeopardise Libya mission’

BRUSSELS (AFP) – US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warned on Friday that military shortcomings among NATO members could jeopardise the alliance’s air war in Libya. With half of the countries in the 28-member alliance not participating in the Libya campaign, Gates said it reflected a worrisome lack of military assets.…

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