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Democrats still oppose short-term U.S. debt plan

US President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders Sunday renewed their opposition to any short-term plan to raise the US debt ceiling, a White House official said. Obama met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for just over an hour late Sunday amid intense…

U.S. rushes to avert disastrous default

The White House and top US lawmakers scrambled Sunday for a deal to stop the world’s richest country from ruinous default on its debt, hours before Asian financial markets opened. President Barack Obama planned to meet with his top Democratic allies in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House…

Boehner at White House for debt talks, despite dramatic walk-out Friday

Despite a dramatic announcement that he would no longer negotiate with the White House to hammer out a solution to the nation’s debt crisis, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is back at the White House Saturday morning. Yesterday, Boehner released a letter to his colleagues in the House, explaining that…

Gaddafi writes U.S. Congress a thank you note for chastising Obama on Libya

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Libya’s embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi appears to have written to the US Congress to praise its criticism of President Barack Obama over NATO raids on Libya, officials said Friday. In the letter seen by AFP, Kadhafi comments on growing debate in Congress over whether Obama has usurped…

Senators Leahy, Paul propose expanded oversight of PATRIOT Act

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced an amendment to the PATRIOT Act on Monday that attempts to safeguard American’s civil liberties by increasing oversight of government surveillance powers. The Leahy-Paul amendment [PDF] requires an expansion of public reporting on the use of…

Congressional leaders agree on four-year extension of PATRIOT Act

Congressional leaders agreed on Thursday to extend three expiring provisions of the controversial PATRIOT Act for four years. Sources told the Associated Press that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner agreed to call for a vote to extend the provisions before May 27, when they are…

‘Historic’ budget cuts bill actually increased 2011 spending by $3 billion: CBO

WASHINGTON – The fiscal 2011 funding bill roundly hailed for its “historic” spending cuts actually raised government spending by more than $3 billion, according to a new report. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office concluded Monday evening, “Total discretionary outlays in 2011 will be $3.2 billion higher as a result of…

House approves bipartisan funding resolution for 2011

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives approved the fiscal 2011 bipartisan deal Thursday by a vote of 260-167. The Senate is poised to pass the measure Thursday and fund the government through September. As GOP leaders feared, Democratic support was necessary to push the measure over the top as 59…

Will conservatives run away from Boehner’s 2011 gov’t funding deal?

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) scrambled Thursday to hold together his coalition before a vote on the 2011 government funding bill, as conservatives balked at the revelation that the bipartisan deal would reduce this year’s deficit by $352 million, rather than the $38 billion that leaders advertised. After…

Bickering intensifies as stances harden just hours before a government shutdown

WASHINGTON – The two key budget negotiators affirmed that a deal still had not been struck late Friday morning, as the bitter sparring between Senate Democrats and House Republicans escalated less than 14 hours before a shutdown. “When will the White House, when will Senate Democrats get serious about cutting…

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