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Government shutdown looms as budget deadline nears with little progress

WASHINGTON – With just 11 days left to break the stalemate and strike a budget deal with President Barack Obama, Congress on Monday faced the growing prospect of a government shutdown as negotiations had borne little fruit. Neither party has the patience to continue funding the government in few-week increments,…

Exclusive: Progressive groups launch campaign to fight GOP’s ‘War on Women’

WASHINGTON – A trio of progressive and women’s groups will unveil a new front in their ongoing campaign Friday afternoon calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to “stop the war on women,” Raw Story has first learned – a reference to the anti-abortion measures Republicans are advancing. The abortion-rights…

Obama, allies, defend handling of Libya

WASHINGTON – The White House and key allies hit back Wednesday at sharp criticism of President Barack Obama’s handling of strikes on Libya, saying the future of US ties with emerging Muslim leaders was at stake. But Republican House Speaker John Boehner pressed Obama in a tough-worded letter to explain…

Donald Trump reveals he’s a birther

Donald Trump isn’t even running for president yet, but he is already gearing up for the primaries by pandering to the Republican base. In an interview with ABC News’ Ashleigh Banfield that aired Thursday, Trump said he had some doubts that President Barack Obama was a U.S. citizen. “Everybody that…

Exclusive: ‘Make Wall St. Pay’ campaign debuts by occupying bank branch, House speaker’s office

A new campaign by a national network of activists kicked off Monday morning with a splash as it led hundreds of fed up homeowners in a series of protests that brought business to a halt at a major bank and the House speaker’s office. The National People’s Action network picked…

Government shutdown threat looms over budget fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior Senate Democrats slammed Republicans on Sunday for a “reckless” threat to shut down the government as political posturing intensified on both sides over federal spending and the budget deficit. The House of Representatives approved legislation on Saturday to cut federal spending by $61 billion through September.…

House cuts federal spending by $61.5 billion

Medicare, Medicaid remain untouched WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives on Saturday approved legislation to cut federal spending deeply through September, a plan that is sure to be stopped by President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats in the Senate. The Republican-backed bill is a challenge to Obama to…

US lawmakers close to passing huge spending cuts

WASHINGTON – The US House of Representatives was on track to approve slashing 61 billion dollars in government spending in a measure that makes deep cuts to global US aid in the name of austerity. Lawmakers in the Republican-led chamber have been at work since Tuesday on a spending bill…

Obama budget would launch ‘massive job-creation engine’: report

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2012 would create millions of new jobs by boosting investments in infrastructure and transportation projects, according to an estimate. The proposal would set aside $336 billion for highways and infrastructure programs and $53 billion for a new high-speed rail system, aimed…

Republicans shrug off setbacks

WASHINGTON — Top US Republicans put on a brave face this week after a series of surprise setbacks, some suffered at the hands of their own archconservative political shock troops in the “Tea Party.” “We’re in a new era,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters, shrugging off his woes as…

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