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White House: GOP holding economy ‘hostage’ over debt ceiling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House took a dim view on Tuesday of Republicans’ demand that President Barack Obama accept more than $2 trillion in spending cuts in exchange for their agreement to raise the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt limit. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in…

Raw Photos: Citizen journalists document Mississippi River floods

The waters of the Mississippi River continue to rise and spread across the southern United States in the river’s worst flood in 70 years. In some parts, the river has spread to six times wider than usual, and much deeper. In Memphis, the usually half-mile-wide river is about three miles…

Raped Peace Corps volunteer forced to have an abortion or quit

Carol Clark told ABC News’ Brian Ross that after becoming pregnant because she was raped by a Peace Corps employee over 25 years ago, the Peace Corps gave her the choice of having an abortion or resigning as a volunteer. Clark will testify at before the House Foreign Affairs Committee…

News organizations press White House to release visual proof of bin Laden’s death

The Associated Press and other news organizations have officially taken the position that President Barack Obama should release visual proof of Osama bin Laden’s death, claiming that without this level of transparency the White House is essentially deciding what is and is not newsworthy. In an interview with The Atlantic…

Trump’s popularity tanks after Obama releases long-form birth certificate

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s popularity among Republican voters has taken a huge dive in the wake of President Barack Obama releasing his birth certificate, according to a new poll. Just eight percent of GOP primary voters supported him in a Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday, putting him in a…

Franken calls out tech companies for tracking user locations without consent

WASHINGTON – Senators on a key panel Tuesday issued stern criticisms of tech companies for storing personal data about user locations via mobile phones, calling for beefed up privacy laws to keep up with cellular technology. “I believe that consumers have a fundamental right to know what data is being…

Worst Mississippi River flood in 70 years swallows homes, farms

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AFP) – The worst floods to hit the central United States in more than 70 years have swallowed up homes, farms and roads after the Mississippi River swelled to six times its normal width. Army engineers on Tuesday patrolled stressed levees in waterlogged Memphis, Tennessee, where the Mississippi…

Boehner demands ‘trillions’ in cuts for debt limit increase

(Reuters) – The top Republican in the Congress on Monday laid down a tough new yardstick in talks over the nation’s debt, telling Wall Street that spending cuts must exceed any boost to the U.S. borrowing limit. With less than a week until the United States runs up against its…

Maddow calls out networks for booking mostly former Bush officials after bin Laden killing

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noticed that nine former Bush officials and Republicans were booked on the Sunday morning news shows to talk about the death of Osama bin Laden, while only three Democrats appeared. “It has got to drive Democrats and the White House absolutely nuts,” Maddow said. Republican Sen. Dick…

Obama lawyers fight in court to save health care law

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Lawyers for President Barack Obama go to court on Tuesday to try to save the cornerstone of his healthcare overhaul, arguing that the requirement for Americans to buy insurance is constitutional. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will consider whether a lower…

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