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U.S. debt deal elusive as default deadline looms

The United States remained on course Wednesday for a potentially calamitous debt default, with common ground still elusive on a deal that would let Washington borrow the cash it needs to to pay its bills. The White House and its divided Republican foes clashed Tuesday but failed to break an…

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…

Same-sex marriage goes down to legislative wire in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Supporters and opponents of gay marriage made 11th-hour appeals on Sunday as state lawmakers weighed a vote on making New York the sixth state — and the most populous — to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure that would make gay marriage legal, introduced by Governor Andrew…

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…

Embattled Wisconsin Republicans court Rep. Paul Ryan’s support in recall fight

Wisconsin Republican state senators are seeking Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the proposed Republican budget plan, to join their fundraising efforts as they face recall elections. Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is one of the featured attendees of a fundraiser this Friday for recently recalled Republican state…

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…

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