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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…

White House denies violating War Powers Act in report to Congress on Libya

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent a report to Congress Wednesday insisting that he did not exceed his powers in ordering US military action in Libya. Officials said that the 30-page report justifies US action in the mission to protect civilians and target the forces of Moamer Kadhafi and contains…

CBO: Budget deal cuts 2011 deficit by $352 million, not $38 billion promised

‘Budget cuts’ may even amount to $3.3 billion increase WASHINGTON – The budget deal struck last Friday to avert a government shutdown cuts the fiscal 2011 deficit by just $352 million, not the $38 billion touted by both parties, according to the Congressional Budget Office. A CBO analysis found Wednesday…

GOP threatens to force America into default if Dems refuse major spending cuts

WASHINGTON – The grueling 2011 budget debate that brought the federal government to the brink of a shutdown might end up looking mild in the face of the next fiscal battle: the debt ceiling. That’s because Republicans are openly threatening to use the calamitous possibility of a U.S. default as…

Pence still attacking Planned Parenthood, says budget deal ‘not good enough’

Tea party favorite Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) said Sunday that he was unlikely to support the new budget deal because it doesn’t strip all funds for Planned Parenthood. The last-minute deal between House Republicans and Democrats aimed to slash over $38 billion from government spending levels. Pence argued on ABC’s…

D.C. residents pledge to dump trash at Boehner’s house

A government shutdown could literally be a mess for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Thousands of the Washington, D.C. residents who will be without trash service if the government shuts its doors are promising to take their garbage to the Speaker’s residence. A Facebook page is inviting people to join…

No deal after Obama’s late-night budget talks

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama failed to break a budget impasse with Republicans during dramatic late-night talks, though he said the two sides were creeping toward a deal to avert a government shutdown. Obama met Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid late…

Obama leads late-night budget talks

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama held crunch late-night talks with Washington’s top Republican seeking a deal to break a budget impasse threatening to shutter swathes of the US government. Obama earlier told Republicans to “quit playing games” while they accused him of lacking leadership, as a Friday deadline loomed to…

Tea party-induced government shutdown could delay tax refunds

WASHINGTON – Well, this probably isn’t what tea partiers had in mind. The right-wing activists who chanted “shut it down!” at a Capitol Hill rally last week might be less than pleased to learn that a government shutdown may delay tax refunds — particularly for paper returns, which would be…

Shutdown nears as Congress struggles to find budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — With a government shutdown looming, congressional negotiators were to meet again on Wednesday and could be called to the White House for a second meeting with President Barack Obama to search for a deal to keep agencies running beyond Friday. The two sides must resolve what programs…

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