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House rejects government funding bill

WASHINGTON — The US House of Representatives on Wednesday defeated a stopgap measure to keep the government open past October 1 amid a fierce dispute over disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The surprise 195-230 vote was a shock setback for Republican House leaders, who had sought to…

U.S. faces new shutdown threat as budget talks stall

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers said Tuesday a new budget stalemate over funding for disaster relief could lead to a government shutdown if an agreement is not reached by the end of the fiscal year September 30. The latest bone of contention comes over aid for recovery for states hit by…

Florida County Commissioner: Jail Republicans for destroying country

Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson said at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner on Saturday that Republicans deserve to be thrown in jail for trying to destroy the country in hopes of defeating President Barack Obama. “You know, if a ballplayer threw a game and they get caught, they go…

World War Two plane crashes at West Virginia air show

MARTINSBURG, W., Virginia (Reuters) – A World War II-era plane crashed in a fireball on Saturday at a West Virginia air show, officials said, a day after another vintage plane crashed at a show in Nevada, killing nine people and injuring more than 50 others. There was no immediate word…

Penn. electoral college changes could hurt GOP

The murmurs of a Republican-led plan to change the allocation of Pennsylvania’s votes in the electoral college originally marked the move as one that could hurt President Barack Obama’s chance at reelection. However, the strategy could be a risky one for many Republicans in the Keystone State. A change in…

Senate Republicans block FEMA disaster relief funds

A package of disaster relief funding worth $7 billion was blocked from coming up for a vote by Senate Republicans on Monday, drawing sharp condemnation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who lambasted the conservative party for abandoning Americans in need. “Last night, Democrats tried to move forward on…

Wisconsin Republicans take whole month off, putting jobs measures on hold

Following the unprecedented wave of recall elections last month, Wisconsin Republicans have decided they don’t want to return to work in Sept., scheduling just one day for the legislature to be in session despite the public’s urging to do something to boost private sector jobs. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca…

U.S. Republicans name anti-taxers to debt panel

President Barack Obama’s Republican foes in the US Congress on Wednesday named tax foes and a “Tea Party” ally to a new “supercommittee” where the next round of bitter US debt battles will play out. Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s choices — like…

As FAA funding languishes, employees pay and airlines profit

In the widespread relief that followed President Barack Obama and congressional leaders’ compromise to avoid default and raise the debt ceiling, a large federal agency in dire need of funding was overlooked: the Federal Aviation Administration, which employs about 4,000 workers, has gone unfunded since July 23, nearly two weeks…

Obama unfurls deal to avert U.S. default

President Barack Obama announced an 11th-hour deal with Congress to avert an unprecedented default on US debt payments, which would have sown chaos across the global economy. With just two days left before the United States would run short of cash, Obama and his Republican foes said after round-the-clock negotiations…

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