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GOP lawmaker gets drunk, steals truck, wrecks it, then takes nap

A Republican state Senator from Idaho was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and charged with grand theft auto and driving under the influence, according to police reports. State Sen. John McGee, currently the majority caucus chair for the Idaho State Senate, had been drinking on a golf…

White House meeting with Cantor on Medicare cuts

WASHINGTON – Medicare will be on the table when Vice President Joe Biden meets with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and other congressional leaders this week to continue the ongoing debt limit negotiations. It’s unclear whether the White House will agree to any cuts for beneficiaries, but other areas…

New York gay marriage bill faces close Senate vote

NEW YORK — New York was one step closer to approving gay marriage after state legislators passed a same-sex marriage bill, even though the measure faces an uncertain vote in the Republican-led state senate. By a vote of 80 to 63, the New York State Assembly approved the Marriage Equality…

Boehner: Congress may cut funds for Libya conflict

WASHINGTON — Top Republican lawmaker John Boehner on Thursday hinted at a potential freeze of funds for military operations in Libya, saying the White House had failed to justify US involvement. Influential US senators meanwhile voiced their support for a bipartisan resolution at odds with such a move that would…

U.S. Senate votes to end $6 billion ethanol subsidy

WASHINGTON — The US Senate voted Thursday to end a $6 billion subsidy for ethanol in a move that appeared largely symbolic but sends a message about the growing unease on support for the biofuel made mostly from corn. In a 73-27 vote, the Senate approved an amendment to end…

Key Senate panel approves Panetta for Pentagon

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Senate Armed Services Committee unanimously approved Leon Panetta’s nomination to be US defense secretary on Tuesday, setting the stage for a full senate confirmation. Panetta, 72, who has served President Barack Obama as CIA chief, was expected to sail to confirmation by the full US…

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls for same sex marriage vote

NEW YORK – New York could vote within days on a bill making the state the sixth in the country to allow gay marriage, officials said. Same-sex nups have previously failed to pass in New York but newly-elected Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is championing the measure and on Tuesday submitted…

Senate rejects Coburn bill to repeal ethanol subsidies

WASHINGTON – By a vote of 59-40, the Senate on Tuesday afternoon struck down a measure to roll back $6 billion in federal ethanol subsidies. S.1057, dubbed the “Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act,” would have repealed a 45-cents per gallon tax credit for ethanol blended into gasoline as well…

Defense Sec nominee champions significant Afghan drawdown

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Defense Secretary nominee Leon Panetta said Thursday that he backed President Barack Obama’s call for withrawing significant numbers of American troops from Afghanistan starting in July. US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin asked Panetta, who has served Obama as CIA chief, whether he agreed…

McCain: Afghan drawdown must be ‘very modest’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama should begin only a “very modest” withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan next month and not bring home any combat troops, senior US Senator John McCain said Wednesday. “I’m in exact agreement with (US Defense) Secretary Gates that it should be very modest,” McCain, the…

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