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U.S. urges Israel, Palestinians not to jeopardize talks

The White House on Thursday urged Israel and the Palestinians to avoid actions that jeopardize efforts to restart stalled peace talks as both sides feuded over a planned settlement expansion. Spokesman Jay Carney ducked a question on whether Israel’s approval for the construction of 1,600 new settler homes in east Jerusalem would make it harder to convince the…

Joe Biden to visit China, Japan, Mongolia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden will travel to China later this month to help strengthen U.S. ties with Beijing in a trip that will also include stops in Japan and Mongolia, the White House said Thursday. “He will visit China at the invitation of Vice President Xi Jinping…

Obama cancels fundraisers to deal with debt crisis

President Barack Obama has canceled several fundraising events for his 2012 reelection campaign to deal with the US government debt crisis stalemate, officials said Monday. Obama, who raised some $86 million in the second quarter for his reelection effort, has scrapped events in California and in Seattle, Washington, according to…

Congress no closer to raising federal debt limit despite warnings

WASHINGTON — Warnings that the United States is playing chicken with a debt default came thick and fast Wednesday, but in Washington politicians appeared no closer to avoiding the unthinkable. As Fitch became the latest ratings agency to warn the US credit score could soon be downgraded, Republicans and Democrats…

Pentagon investigation clears McChrystal of all wrongdoing

A four star general who was forced to resign following unflattering remarks he and his staff allegedly said about President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden has been cleared of all wrongdoing by the Defense Department inspector general. In the report (.pdf), the Pentagon claimed that they were unable…

Biden staff apologizes for keeping reporter in closet

Vice President Joe Biden’s communication team had to make an unusual apology last week for forcing a reporter to stay in closet. During a fundraiser at the Florida home of Alan Ginsburg, Biden’s staff escorted Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers to a closet and asked him to stay there. “Turns…

House to vote on stop-gap bill avoiding gov’t shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives is likely to pass yet another in a series of stopgap spending bills on Tuesday to keep the government running, as both Republicans and Democrats try to move on to address longer-term fiscal problems. “We hope this will be the last time we…

Christine O’Donnell forms PAC to ‘investigate and counter attack leftwing groups’

I was White House’s “number one opponent” in 2010, Republican says WASHINGTON – Failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told supporters she will use donations to her new political action committee to probe George Soros-funded liberal groups and “counter the liberal-controlled GOP establishment.” “ChristinePAC can investigate and counter attack leftwing groups,…

Palin to be prosecuted for inciting violence if she visits Australia, attorney says

Sarah Palin better watch out. Under Australian law, inciting violence is a serious crime: an offense which could even trigger the prosecution of members of the US political class and mainstream media who called for the assassination of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to his attorney. Comments by Robert Stary,…

Group protests US plan to give billions in military aid to Pakistan

US-India advocacy group USINPAC slammed the Obama administration’s new aid package to Pakistan, denouncing it as counterproductive to US efforts at fighting terrorism and advancing government accountability in the developing nation. “The U.S. has been trying to get the Government of Pakistan’s support in the war on terror for the…

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