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Boehner: Congress may cut funds for Libya conflict

WASHINGTON — Top Republican lawmaker John Boehner on Thursday hinted at a potential freeze of funds for military operations in Libya, saying the White House had failed to justify US involvement. Influential US senators meanwhile voiced their support for a bipartisan resolution at odds with such a move that would…

Libyan opposition leader to meet US officials

WASHINGTON — US officials and lawmakers will pursue efforts to better understand the Libyan opposition when they host talks here later this week with one of its leaders, the State Department said Wednesday. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg, defense department officials and members of Congress will meet Mahmud Jibril,…

Less tax for taps? Tax breaks for small breweries in the works

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Help may be on tap for independent beer brewers, who say a tax break could keep their businesses from running dry. A new congressional measure would cut taxes for the nearly 1,700 small craft breweries that pump out far fewer barrels of suds than do the multinational…

After spy freed, CIA touts ‘healthy’ Pakistan ties

WASHINGTON – The CIA said Wednesday it enjoyed a “healthy partnership” with Pakistan’s intelligence service after an American spy accused of murder was freed by Islamabad authorities. A Pakistan court on Wednesday released the CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, who was accused of double murder, after $2 million in blood money…

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