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‘Super-Committee’ Democrats push tax hikes first in deficit talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats want tax hikes to be the first item negotiated in “super committee” deficit-reduction talks, trying to force Republicans to confront an issue at the heart of this year’s budget fights, sources told Reuters. The tough stance by Democratic members of the powerful 12-member congressional panel reflects…

Fox News panel: Perry campaign near ‘total collapse’

A panel of conservative pundits on Fox News savaged Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry Sunday after the candidate had a rough week. The Texas governor followed a poor debate performance with a loss to Herman Cain in the Florida straw poll Saturday, a defeat made even worse by the fact…

Tunisian PM urges return of parties who quit reform panel

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday urged parties which pulled out of a reform panel to return and work together in the national interest. “The national interest requires that all parties work together. One should not quit politics even if there is disagreement,” he said at the headquarters…

Alleged Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan could face death penalty

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A US Army psychiatrist charged with the Fort Hood shooting rampage will face a military trial and a potential death sentence if he is found guilty, a top general said Wednesday. Major Nidal Hasan is accused of opening fire at the Texas army base on November…

Cell phones ‘don’t cause cancer’: study

LONDON — Scientific evidence goes increasingly against the theory that mobile phones cause cancer, a new study has concluded. The review carried out for the Institute of Cancer Research found “no convincing evidence of a link” between the technology and brain tumours. The panel, set up by the International Commission…

Senate backs Petraeus for CIA chief

WASHINGTON — The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved General David Petraeus’s nomination to head the CIA, the panel’s chair and vice chair said. The committee’s action means Petraeus could win full Senate confirmation as early as this week to succeed outgoing CIA director Leon Panetta, who is…

Senate Foreign Relations Committee backs limited Libya conflict

WASHINGTON — A key US Senate panel voted Tuesday to authorize limited US strikes on Libya as part of a NATO-led campaign against Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi but to forbid the deployment of ground troops. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s 14-5 vote set the stage for what was sure to…

White House spokesman: Obama is ‘the most progressive president ever’ on gay rights

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer told a liberal crowd Friday that Barack Obama has been “the most progressive president” America has ever had on the issue of gay rights. “This president has been the most progressive president on these issues we’ve ever had,” Pfeiffer said during a panel discussion…

Entertainment industry rolls out support for Protect IP Act

WASHINGTON – Screenwriters who have shaped television programs such as The Late Show With David Letterman, CBS Radio News, How I Met Your Mother and Law & Order told a roomful of Capitol Hill staffers on Tuesday that a clampdown on Internet piracy would be consistent with the principles of…

Obama heading to swing states, seeking to spur jobs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will weigh new steps to boost hiring in a visit on Monday to North Carolina, as he tries to reassure voters over his handling of the economy after a string of disappointing news. Jobs hold the key to his re-election hopes next year and…

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