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SNL spoofs Mike Bloomberg’s Occupy Wall Street feelings

With New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s well known frustration of Occupy Wall Street, Saturday Night Live decided that a parody of the billionaire’s feelings of the movement was due. “I like to apologize for all the Hurricane Irene hysteria this summer, but since you were such b—hes about the…

Martin Luther King memorial to be dedicated

WASHINGTON — Thousands of people began descending on Washington, DC early on Sunday to dedicate a memorial for slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr, weeks after the original ceremony was canceled by a hurricane. President Barack Obama is to lead the event, with tens of thousands expected at…

Obama signs short-term funding bill into law

President Barack Obama early Wednesday signed into law a stopgap measure to fund the US government through November 18 after US lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the bill. The US House of Representatives passed the measure on Tuesday by a 352-66 vote, sending it to the White House with plenty of time to avert a partial government shutdown. The White…

Congress passes short-term funding bill

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers on Tuesday approved a stopgap measure to fund the US government through November 18, sending the bill to President Barack Obama to sign into law. The US House of Representatives passed the measure by a lopsided 352-66 vote, sending it to the White House with plenty…

House passes bill to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a stopgap spending bill to avert a looming government shutdown and keep key agencies open to October 4, sending it to President Barack Obama. The Senate had passed the legislation, known as a “continuing resolution” or “CR” late Monday, as…

N.C. Gov. suggests suspending congressional elections

North Carolina’s Democratic governor suggested this week that the U.S. suspend congressional elections for two years so the people’s representatives won’t have to focus on reelection while they work to solve the nation’s budget woes. “You have to have more ability from Congress, I think, to work together and to…

North Carolina House passes same sex marriage ban

The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the state constitution that would define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. The Republican-controlled House passed the proposed amendment in a 75 to 42 vote on Monday after a three-hour debate. If the state Senate also…

Obama tours flooded New Jersey

PATERSON , New Jersey — President Barack Obama on Sunday toured the flood-battered state of New Jersey to survey damage from Hurricane Irene, which last week left entire towns underwater and claimed dozens of lives along the US east coast. The president made stops in two waterlogged cities, Wayne and…

New York Republican threatens to withhold hurricane relief from her own district

Freshman House Republican Nan Hayworth’s New York district was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Irene, but the congresswoman seems to be working against her own interests by holding disaster relief hostage in a effort to slash federal spending, according to a recent report. “We’re facing a natural disaster…

Political storm brews over disaster relief

WASHINGTON — In a prelude to ugly autumn budget fights, the White House and its Republican foes battled Wednesday over whether disaster relief for Hurricane Irene’s victims must be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The feud, the latest in a running US political war over the role of government, flared…

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