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Republicans question Obama’s right to intervene in Libya

WASHINGTON — US Republican lawmakers on Wednesday questioned President Barack Obama’s ability to conduct military action in Libya because his 60-day congressional authority expired last week. “We are at war in Libya,” Republican Representative Justin Amash told a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the subject. “Either Congress must authorize…

Feds threaten to ground Texas airplanes if anti-groping bill becomes law

A bill that would criminalize TSA agents who conduct airport patdown searches was scuttled Tuesday night after the federal government threatened to ground all flights out of Texas. The proposed law would have levied misdemeanor charges against security agents who “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly [touch] the anus, sexual organ, buttocks,…

Republican Rep. Rob Woodall keeping his government health care ‘because it’s free’

Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) faced criticism this week when video was released of him telling a constituent that she should sponsor her own health care instead of using the government’s Medicare program. The Georgia Democratic Party released more video Wednesday from that same town hall event where Woodall explained why…

Dem apologizes to Elizabeth Warren for GOP attacks: They’re afraid of you

In a House Oversight subcommittee meeting Tuesday, some Republican committee members used their time to attack Elizabeth Warren, who is advising President Barack Obama on the formation of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) even accused Warren of lying to Congress the last time she had testified.…

Tiffany’s spent big bucks lobbying Callista Gingrich’s committee

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has dodged questions about his half-million dollar Tiffany & Co. tab all week. Now, it has been revealed that the House committee Gingrich’s wife Callista worked for was heavily lobbied by the posh jewelry store. Politico revealed last week that in her 2005 and 2006…

Report: Rahm Emanuel, Jesse Jackson Jr. to testify at Blago corruption trial

The new corruption trial against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich launches Wednesday, to cast final judgement about whether he attempted to sell the Senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president, among other corruption charges. In a surprise revelation, newly inaugurated Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.…

Dems claim NY special election win a rebuke of GOP Medicare plan

WASHINGTON – It was just moments after the results came in Tuesday night that Democrats began attributing their Rep.-elect Kathy Hochul’s come-from-behind victory in a mostly Republican district as a rebuke to the GOP plan to privatize Medicare. “Today, the Republican plan to end Medicare cost Republicans $3.4 million and…

House GOP Rep. calls Elizabeth Warren a liar

During a House committee hearing yesterday, a Republican Representative called consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren a liar, suggesting she’d “made up” an agreement to limit her testimony to one hour. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), who chairs a House Oversight subcommittee, further accused Warren of trying to impose upon Congress and make…

NASA bids farewell to frozen Spirit rover on Mars

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US space agency said it is giving up on trying to contact its Spirit rover on Mars, saying the robot explorer likely froze to death in the Red Planet’s harsh winter. “NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which…

U.S. senators see Afghan hope, Pakistan fear

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US lawmakers on saw momentum for political reconciliation in Afghanistan in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, but voiced fear that the fight against extremism was floundering in Pakistan. Senator John Kerry, who recently visited the region, said US forces’ killing of bin Laden in Pakistan…

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