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Pelosi to Boehner: Let’s vote on cutting oil subsidies!

WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pressed Speaker John Boehner to call for a vote on stripping tax breaks for oil companies, after the Ohio Republican signaled openness to the idea. “House Democrats have long advocated eliminating outdated and costly taxpayer subsidies that provide billions of dollars to…

Libya rebels plead for foreign forces or ‘we will die’

MISRATA, Libya — A rebel official in Libya’s besieged city of Misrata pleaded desperately on Tuesday for Britain and France to send troops to help fight strongman Moamer Kadhafi’s forces, saying “if they don’t, we will die.” In the first request by any insurgents for boots on the ground, a…

Ohio jailhouse killer to be executed Tuesday morning

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - Clarence Carter, a 49-year-old Ohio man convicted of beating to death another prison inmate after a dispute over what TV channel to watch, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday morning. Carter will be the 12th person executed in the United Statesthis year and the third in Ohio. He…

Defiant Kadhafi says Libya ‘ready for battle’

TRIPOLI (AFP) – A defiant Moamer Kadhafi said Libya was “ready for battle” as Western leaders mulled their next steps on Wednesday, the fifth day of UN-backed military strikes on his oil-rich country. “We will win this battle,” footage showed Kadhafi telling supporters at his Bab Al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli…

White House defends Obama no-fly stance

WASHINGTON – The White House on Tuesday defended President Barack Obama’s reluctance to order US forces to mount a “no fly” zone over Libya, following domestic criticism over his stance. Debate over a no fly zone went on at the United Nations on Tuesday but risked being overtaken by advances…

Obama, Cameron discuss Libya no-fly zone

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed Tuesday to plan a “full spectrum” of action on Libya, including a possible no-fly zone, surveillance and a relief effort. Obama and Cameron spoke amid calls for immediate international action to halt Moamer Kadhafi’s crackdown on rebels…

Exclusive: Gov’t shutdown will help Obama politically, former Clinton aide says

WASHINGTON – A former aide in the Clinton White House tells Raw Story the politics of a government shutdown will be good for President Barack Obama, and warns that the nature of today’s Republican caucus will make negotiations more difficult. Progressive strategist Mike Lux served as Special Assistant to the…

Lynn Woolsey: Obama must not ‘capitulate’ to GOP on shutdown (EXCLUSIVE)

WASHINGTON – Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) is urging President Barack Obama to follow in President Bill Clinton’s footsteps and stand strong against Republicans on sharp spending cuts — even as the possibility of a government shutdown looms. “You have to remember what a leader Bill Clinton was in 1995. It…

Gold hits record $1,432.57 an ounce

WASHINGTON – Gold struck a new record at $1,432.57 an ounce Tuesday as worries spread that the surging price of oil could fuel inflation and dampen economic growth. The price on the London Bullion Market jumped more than $13 an ounce from Monday to top last December’s record of $1,431.25,…

US says Libya at crossroads of democracy, civil war

WASHINGTON – Warning that Libya is at the crossroads of democracy and civil war, the United States vowed Tuesday to press Moamer Kadhafi to step down by squeezing him economically and militarily. Washington and its allies sharpened their focus on possible military action, including a no-fly zone that a US…

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