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WATCH LIVE: Obama’s press conference on the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations

Watch live as President Obama addresses the media about the ongoing negotiations with House and Senate leaders on raising the debt ceiling, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama addresses deficit reduction at the White House

Watch live as President Obama addresses the White House press corps about the deficit reduction, courtesy of MSNBC: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

GOP Senator Pat Roberts: Obama needs to take a Valium

WASHINGTON — US Republicans on Thursday denounced President Barack Obama’s handling of a budget feud in an angry, all-out assault that saw one of them acidly urge him to take a powerful anti-anxiety drug. “Maybe if he’d just take a Valium and calm down and come on down to talk…

FEC approves Colbert ‘Super PAC’

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) Friday gave Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert permission to set up his so-called Super PAC. Colbert was seeking to be able to use unlimited donations from corporations and individuals on independent expenditures to support or oppose candidates in the 2012 campaign cycle. Campaign finance reform advocates…

Human Rights Campaign store in D.C. vandalized by ‘rowdy queers’

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) action center and store in Washington, D.C. was vandalized early Wednesday morning by a radical LGBT group that described itself as “rowdy queers.” The Washington Blade reported that the group splattered pink paint on the store and spray-painted the word “Stonewall” on the sidewalk. The…

WATCH LIVE: President Obama holds a press conference on the debt ceiling

Watch live video below, courtesy of MSNBC, of Obama’s press conference to address the debt ceiling negotiations: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Obama to hold press conference Wednesday over debt default

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will hold a press conference Wednesday amid a dramatic showdown between his administration and Congress to avoid a US debt default, his office said. It will be held at 11:30 am (1530 GMT) in the building’s ceremonial East Room, the White House said in the…

Israel threatens to punish journalists who cover Gaza flotilla

Israeli officials have threatened to punish activists who plan to set sail from Greece to Gaza, with the aim of breaking the Israeli embargo on the Palestinian territory. Journalists, the Israeli officials say, will also be punished if they choose to cover the activists’ mission, the Christian Science Monitor reported.…

Far-right Austrian party ambivalent on Hitler debate

VIENNA — A debate over surviving honorary titles to Adolf Hitler in Austrian towns shows up the far-right Freedom Party’s ambivalence as it eyes the chancellor’s post in 2013, analysts say. In late May, the town of Amstetten, 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Vienna, voted to remove the still-existing…

Facebook hires former Clinton spokesman

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had hired former US president Bill Clinton’s spokesman Joe Lockhart to serve as vice president of global communications at the social network. “Joe’s arrival brings new skills and greater depth to our incredibly busy team,” Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president of…

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