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Obama open to short-term debt fix if bigger deal goes through

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House signaled on Wednesday it could support a short-term increase in the U.S. borrowing limit for “a few days” if lawmakers agreed to a broad deficit reduction deal but needed more time to pass it. The move, a shift from President Barack Obama’s previous position,…

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Gang of Six budget proposal ‘a disaster’

A bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Six” announced a deficit-reduction plan that drew President Obama’s praise, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday called the plan “a disaster.” “It lowers the tax rate very substantially for the wealthy, and it will make devastating, this is not…

Iowa LGBT group targets Bob Vander Plaats for laughing at ‘fag’ joke

The largest LGBT advocacy group in Iowa has already collected more than 1,000 signatures demanding an apology from Bob Vander Plaats, head of the conservative Christian organization The Family Leader, only 24 hours after launching the petition. ThinkProgress released video Tuesday of Vander Plaats erupting in laughter and saying, “That’s…

Olbermann: News Corp. could be behind ‘Climate Gate’ hacking

On Countdown Wednesday night, Keith Olbermann discussed with Joe Romm, editor of ClimateProgress.org, the possibility that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation was behind the “Climate Gate” hacking. Romm first called for an investigation of the connection between News Corp. and “Climate Gate” on Tuesday. He noted that former News of the…

Tea Party Nation sued for dodging Las Vegas hotel bill

The Venetian Casino Resort in Las Vegas has filed a lawsuit against Tennessee-based Tea Party Nation for allegedly failing to pay a more than $600,000 bill. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported that the hotel claims the tea party group owes money for a five-day convention it canceled at the…

UN bid will not affect peace process: Abbas

BARCELONA, Spain — Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said his efforts to seek UN membership for the Palestinians would not affect negotiations “that we want to continue to have” with Israel. Abbas is in Spain as part of a foreign tour aimed at drumming up support for United Nations recognition of…

Caribbean states call for end of nuclear waste shipments

GEORGETOWN — The Caribbean Community (Caricom) warned Wednesday of an impending shipment of British radioactive waste through the Caribbean to Japan, and called for an end to what it sees as a dangerous environmental gamble. While the Guyana-based Caricom headquarters could not say the exact date or name of the…

Three feared dead in Yosemite park waterfall accident

LOS ANGELES — Three hikers are feared dead after being swept over a waterfall popular with visitors in California’s spectacular Yosemite national park, officials said Wednesday. The three, who were on a day trip with family and friends, plunged over Vernal Fall on Tuesday after climbing over a guardrail and…

House panel backs Canadian oil pipeline

WASHINGTON — A US congressional committee on Wednesday voiced support for an extension of a Canadian oil pipeline, saying it offered a stable source of energy despite concern by environmentalists. The Republican-led House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 30 to 14 to approve a text saying that Secretary of State Hillary…

Pentagon looks to social media as new battlefield

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is asking scientists to figure out how to detect and counter propaganda on social media networks in the aftermath of Arab uprisings driven by Twitter and Facebook. The US military’s high-tech research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has put out a request for…

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