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House approves $690 billion defense budget

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives passed a $690 billion Pentagon budget Thursday that bars American ground forces in Libya and limits the Obama administration’s powers on handling Guantanamo detainees. Lawmakers voted 322-96 in favor of the budget plan which met the Defense Department’s request for $119 billion to…

Senate rejects both Ryan and Obama budget plans

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelming rejected a budget plan proposed by Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI) and another budget proposed by President Barack Obama. The Hill reported that every Democrat in the Senate voted against the Ryan budget, with the exception of Sen. Charles Schumer (NY), who…

World Bank unveils $6 billion in funding for Egypt and Tunisia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Tuesday unveiled $6 billion in funding to help Tunisia and Egypt address budget and reserve shortfalls this year and next, following popular uprisings that ended years of dictatorships but which have caused economic stress. Zoellick said a Group of Eight meeting…

Democrat leads race to replace shirtless Craigslist congressman

NEW YORK (AFP) – For want of a shirt, an election may be lost. That at least might be the mournful refrain heard from Republicans in western New York, where a reliably conservative district is very much in play on Tuesday for the opposition Democrats. The district is holding a…

GOP majority leader says Paul Ryan should run for president

WASHINGTON – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said Monday that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the author of the Republican budget plan to replace Medicare with a subsidies system, should run for president. “Paul is about real leadership,” Cantor told reporters, adding that he’d like to see all 2012 Republican…

Scott Brown pivots, claims he’s against plan to kill Medicare

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has performed a complete 180 within the past two weeks, pivoting from praising the Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) plan to phase out Medicare to penning a Politico op-ed voicing his disapproval for the plan, according to Talking Points Memo. Brown, who is up for re-election in…

‘Historic’ budget cuts bill actually increased 2011 spending by $3 billion: CBO

WASHINGTON – The fiscal 2011 funding bill roundly hailed for its “historic” spending cuts actually raised government spending by more than $3 billion, according to a new report. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded Monday evening, “Total discretionary outlays in 2011 will be $3.2 billion higher as a result of…

California to close up to 70 state parks in budget crunch

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California will close up to 70 of its 278 parks to help narrow its budget gap, officials said on Friday just a few days before Governor Jerry Brown unveils a revised plan to close a roughly $15 billion deficit. The closures will save the government of…

Study: Republican budget could leave 44 million more uninsured

WASHINGTON – The House-approved Republican budget could leave as many as 44 million more Americans without health insurance over ten years, according to a new nonpartisan report. The debate surrounding the blueprint has focused on the plan to replace Medicare with a system of subsidies to buy private insurance. But…

Catholic academics slam Boehner for ‘anti-life’ voting record

WASHINGTON – More than 80 Catholic professors decreed in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) that his policies are “anti-life” and out of line with the teachings of the Church because they harm the “poor and vulnerable.” “Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of…

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