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Washington braces for shutdown amid budget impasse

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington braced for a shutdown as Republican and Democratic lawmakers headed to the White House on Tuesday in an attempt to reach a budget deal that would keep the government running beyond Friday. With only four days to cement a deal, the two sides have yet to resolve major…

WATCH LIVE: Rep. Paul Ryan unveils spending cuts plan

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US lawmakers target ‘rogue websites’ with online infringement act

Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress pledged Monday to pass legislation that would give US authorities more tools to crack down on websites engaged in piracy of movies, television shows and music and the sale of counterfeit goods. Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont who chairs the…

Olbermann tells College Republican that ‘most conservatives are wildly stupid’

Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann returned to his alma mater, Cornell University, last week to give a short talk to students there. During a question-and-answer period, Olbermann told one student, who identified himself as a member of the College Republican National Committee, that “most conservatives are wildly stupid.” This video…

Mercedes-Benz recalls U.S. M-Class vehicles

DETROIT (Reuters) – Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz is recalling 136,750 M-Class and M-Class AMG vehicles in the United States made from 1999 to 2004 for issues related to cruise control that may lead to a crash, U.S. federal safety regulators said. A filing with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that…

Google could be target of FTC antitrust probe: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Federal Trade Commission is considering an antitrust investigation of Google Inc’s dominance of the Web search industry, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Before deciding whether to launch such an investigation, the FTC is waiting for the Justice Department to decide whether…

Rep. Paul Ryan proposes $6 trillion in spending cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government spending would plummet by nearly $6 trillion over the coming decade under a Republican plan due to be unveiled on Tuesday, in a sharp contrast to President Barack Obama’s fiscal plan. The plan, crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, envisions a total spending cut…

Carnival singer Michel Martelly to become Haiti’s first post-quake president

by Clarens Renois PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) – Michel Martelly, a carnival singer with a colorful past who seized the mantle of change, is Haiti’s new president after storming to a landslide victory, preliminary results showed. The 50-year-old faces the huge challenge of rebuilding the Caribbean nation, which was the poorest country…

Paul Ryan: GOP budget ‘saves’ Medicare (by gutting it)

In anticipation of the release of the House Republican 10-year budget plan Tuesday, its architect Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled a 3-minute video making the case for trillions in spending cuts, including drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. “Our budget saves and strengthens these programs,” Ryan says in the video,…

Barry Bonds trial: Missing tape alleging steroid use found

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) – In a last-minute twist in the Barry Bonds trial, prosecutors announced they had a recording of Bonds’ surgeon discussing Bonds and steroids with the slugger’s ex-business manager. Doctor Arthur Ting threw a wrench in the prosecution’s case last week when he denied ever having conversations…

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