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Abbas seeks active US mediation in Mideast talks

Palestinian president seeks active US mediation as Mideast talks resume in Washington The Palestinian president said Tuesday he will seek active U.S. mediation in negotiations with Israel that are resuming in Washington this week. President Barack Obama is hosting Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White…

Geithner: Unemployment could go up before it goes down

Geithner defends tax policy; Argues extending cuts for rich would be ‘deeply irresponsible’ Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Tuesday it would be “deeply irresponsible” for the Obama administration to support a wholesale extension of Bush era tax cuts, including breaks for the wealthy. Geithner said in a nationally broadcast interview…

Obama to GOP: Restore jobless benefits

President Barack Obama will call on Republican lawmakers to stop blocking an extension of unemployment benefits as the Senate prepares to take up the issue again this week. A White House official says Obama will have “strong words” for Republicans when he delivers remarks Monday in the Rose Garden. Obama…

Maddow shows Senator Coburn who’s really ‘acting on emotion’

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow struck back on Thursday against the charge by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that she is “demonizing” him “on the basis of emotion” over his attempts to block an extension of unemployment benefits. In defending himself against his critics on Wednesday, Coburn had singled out Maddow, saying, “Look…

GOP obstruction of employment bill means trouble for flooded homeowners

It turns out the package also included an extension of federal flood insurance. As northeastern states face flooding from record rainfalls, many homeowners may not receive their insurance claims because Senate Republicans prevented an immediate extension of the insurance program.…

DeLay: People are unemployed because they want to be

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says that Sen. Jim Bunning was “brave” for blocking an extension in unemployment benefits. DeLay subscribes to the notion that people only try to find jobs when their benefits run out. “There is an argument to be made that these extensions, the unemployment benefits,…

Stewart labels filibuster-happy Bunning ‘Kentucky crazy person’

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) has been a media target all week for his insistence on single-handedly blocking an extension of unemployment benefits for Americans across the country. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before Jon Stewart took aim. Stewart introduced him as the “former Major league pitcher…

DNC: GOP should ‘defend jobs,’ not senators-only elevator

Republican Sen. Jim Bunning’s (R-KY) insistence on blocking the extension of unemployment benefits for Americans across the nation has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Democratic National Committee, which labeled it a prime example of harmful GOP obstructionism. Bunning’s adamant opposition kept up Monday, when he shouted at ABC reporter…

Kyl defends Bunning blocking unemployment benefits

On the morning of the day unemployment benefits are set to expire across America, one Republican senator defended the ideology of another. “All Senator Bunning was saying quite correctly is it ought to be paid for,” Sen. Jon Kyl told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) explained Sunday why…

Obama gives Patriot Act another year with no privacy protections

If the Patriot Act hadn't been approved for another year, Sunday would have looked much different.…

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