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US offers Pakistan $2 billion in military aid

The United States has made a new bid to improve its uneasy war partnership with Pakistan by offering a two-billion-dollar arms package but warned it will not tolerate human rights abuses. The five-year assistance plan satisfies a key request of Pakistan’s influential military, which assists the US military in Afghanistan…

US Republicans target ‘witch’ Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proved an irresistible target to Republicans, who have branded the powerful Democrat a “wicked witch” and a would-be puppy killer ahead of November 2 elections. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has staged a nationwide “Fire Nancy Pelosi” bus tour to energize…

Obama urged to use spill fines to restore Gulf

Obama urged to seek spill penalties to pay for Gulf coast restoration, help states after spill President Barack Obama’s point person on the Gulf coast’s restoration will recommend paying for it with some of the billions of dollars in civil penalties that could be collected from companies responsible for the…

Obama: GOP’s pledge to Americans ‘an echo of a disastrous decade’

President Barack Obama says Republicans’ plan to slash taxes and cut spending if the GOP retakes the House in November is no more than “an echo of a disastrous decade we can’t afford to relive.” Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to skewer House Republicans over the…

Obama: Liberal critics should stop griping and ‘wake up’

President Barack Obama had some friendly advice on Monday for liberal Democrats who say he has not achieved everything on their wish lists — quit complaining. Making a whirlwind fund-raising tour of Philadelphia to rally support for his embattled Democrats before U.S. congressional elections in November, Obama offered a hint…

Gay candidates for Congress draw interest, hope

Candidates in RI, Calif., bolster advocate hopes of boosting ranks of gays in Congress Laure Rondeau, an 82-year-old Catholic, supports Providence Mayor David Cicilline for Congress because he wants to get the troops out of Afghanistan and says Washington is losing sight of what’s happening to regular people. The sexual…

No recession here: Election spending sets records

More contests, more at stake, looser rules send election spending into the stratosphere Turns out politics, for all its focus on the gloomy economy, is a recession-proof industry. This year’s volatile election is bursting with money, setting fundraising and spending records in a high-stakes struggle for control of Congress amid…

Clemens heads to DC, this time for court

Reputation on the line, Clemens heads to Washington for the first of his many days in court On this trip to Washington, Roger Clemens will be in a courtroom, not in Congress. His defiant stance is expected to remain the same, even if his statement is much shorter. Something along…

Obama: Republican campaign slogan is ‘No we can’t’

President Barack Obama derided his Republican adversaries on a visit to the US heartland Monday, saying their slogan for the upcoming mid-term elections was “No, we can’t.” “You remember when I was running? We had a little slogan, ‘Yes, we can.’ These guys’ slogan is ‘No, we can’t,’” he said…

Federal appeals court in NY rules against ACORN

Federal appeals court in NY tosses decision barring Congress from withholding funds for ACORN A federal appeals court in New York City has thrown out a decision that barred Congress from withholding funds from the activist group ACORN. The ruling Friday reverses a decision by a district court. That judge…

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