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Hillary Clinton slams Israel over settlement plans

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday sharply rebuked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying moves to expand a Jerusalem settlement sent “a deeply negative signal” on Israel’s ties to the US. Israel announced Tuesday during an official visit to the country by US Vice President Joe Biden that 1,600 new…

‘The election is over,’ Obama reminds McCain

President Obama sparred with his 2008 presidential campaign adversary Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at Thursday’s bipartisan health care summit, reminding him that the election is behind them. McCain, taking his turn to speak, zeroed his criticism on the “process we’ve gone through to reach” the bill that emerged from the…

Reid blasts GOP: ‘You’re not entitled to your own facts’

In opening remarks, GOP warns reconciliation ‘not appropriate’ Striking a more aggressive tone than the cordial President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wasted little time at the bipartisan health summit before rebuking Republicans for their allegedly dishonest approach to the debate. Speaking soon after the Republican opening remarks…

Congress launches investigation into gas drilling practices

Two of the largest companies involved in natural gas drilling have acknowledged pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel-based fluids into the ground in the process of hydraulic fracturing, raising further concerns that existing state and federal regulations don’t adequately protect drinking water from drilling. Rep. Henry A. Waxman,…

General Petraeus won’t come out in support of DADT repeal, yet

Gen. David Petraeus has served with gays and lesbians and believes troops may not care if the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is repealed. “Do you think soldiers on the ground in the field care one way or the other if their comrade in arms are gay or…

Democrats hope to blunt court ruling on campaign funds

WASHINGTON — Two leading Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to blunt the impact of a US Supreme Court decision last month giving corporations free rein for unlimited campaign spending. The bill by Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Chris Van Hollen would restore some of the decades-old restrictions on corporate campaign spending…

Dem: If Coakley loses, health reforms may pass by reconciliation

Could a special election in Massachusetts completely derail President Obama’s health reforms? Not if Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) has his way. Massachusetts voters will decide on Tuesday whether to elect Republican Scott Brown or Democrat Martha Coakley to serve the remainder of the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s term. Should…

Final battle brewing over public option

Progressives in Congress are pushing for a last-chance reinstatement of the public option into health care reform during the reconciliation process between the House and Senate versions of the bill, but a group of centrist Democrats have declared they will accept few changes from the Senate version. The House passed…

George Will: US ‘probably in the process’ of legalizing marijuana

In the chronicle of America’s war against its marijuana users, conservative columnist George Will may have just earned credit for his own Walter Cronkite moment. Appearing on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, the Pulitzer-winning journalist and longtime icon of America’s political right declared that with President Barack…

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