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Yemen protesters reject US-backed transition

SANAA (AFP) – Yemen’s protest movement insisted Sunday on President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rapid exit and prosecution after his party accepted a Gulf plan for him to quit in 30 days in a move hailed by Washington. The United States urged a peaceful transition after Saleh’s ruling General People’s Congress…

Republican Sen. Susan Collins opposes GOP plan to privatize Medicare

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Susan Collins (ME) expressed her opposition Friday to the House GOP budget, becoming the first senator in her party to oppose the blueprint that privatizes Medicare and cuts Medicaid while reducing taxes on the rich. “I don’t happen to support Congressman Ryan’s plan but at least…

Dems defend claim that GOP voted to ‘end Medicare’

WASHINGTON – Democrats on Thursday defended their assertion that Republicans “voted to end Medicare,” after a respected fact-checking organization rated it among the most deceitful political lies. The claim came in an ad attacking House Republicans for voting last Friday to pass a budget plan that erodes Medicare over time.…

Political rift was tipping point in S&P warning

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For the past 928 days, Standard & Poor’s has tracked the relentless deterioration of government finances. On Monday, it made a move that could turn out to be one of its boldest calls yet. That’s when S&P announced that it was revising the credit outlook for…

Obama cranks up re-election machine

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – President Barack Obama has begun rallying supporters for his 2012 presidential campaign, recognizing that some of the soaring promise of 2008 has been grounded by tough political realities. At two campaign events late Wednesday in California, the first a gathering of wealthy donors at a private…

In Afghanistan, House Speaker John Boehner assails pullout plan

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker John Boehner wrapped up a visit to Afghanistan Wednesday and assailed President Barack Obama’s plan to begin pulling US troops out in July a risk to fragile security gains. “Any drawdown of US troops must be based on the conditions on the ground, not on…

Gov. Walker planning ‘financial martial law’ in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is reportedly following the lead of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) by preparing a plan that would allow him to possibly take over municipalities that don’t pass a financial stress test. “[T]he Walker legislation would empower the governor to insert a financial manager of his…

Dem ad: GOP Medicare plan will force seniors to mow lawns, sell lemonade

WASHINGTON – A new Democratic ad portrays seniors as having to engage in acts of economic desperation to pay their health care bills in a hypothetical future in which the House-approved GOP budget that privatizes Medicare becomes law. The 30-second spot, titled “How Will You Pay?”, begins with one elderly…

Sen. Rand Paul: GOP needs to compromise on military spending

Republican Sen. Rand Paul (R), the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, said Sunday that conservatives in Congress need to compromise with Democrats on the federal budget. “The compromise is not to raise taxes, the compromise is for conservatives to admit that the military budget’s going to have to be…

House passes GOP budget that slashes Medicare, Medicaid

WASHINGTON – Republicans maneuvered their controversial budget proposal through the House by a vote of 235-193 on Friday, firing the first salvo in what’s likely to be a long battle over how to reduce the federal deficit. Four Republicans voted against it, and not a single Democrat voted for it.…

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