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Feingold: Occupy Wall St. ‘will make the tea party look like a tea party’

Add Russ Feingold to the list of prominent names backing Occupy Wall Street. The former Wisconsin senator sat down for an interview with the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent and stated how the protests will outdo its right-wing counterpart. “This is like the Tea Party — only it’s real,” he said.…

Obama again sends U.S. tax dollars to countries with child soldiers

For the second year in a row, the Obama administration has waived financial penalties for countries that enslave children and turn them into soldiers, ensuring that tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars will continue to be used by those who support the brutish practice. In a Tuesday meeting described…

Obama signs short-term funding bill into law

President Barack Obama early Wednesday signed into law a stopgap measure to fund the US government through November 18 after US lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the bill. The US House of Representatives passed the measure on Tuesday by a 352-66 vote, sending it to the White House with plenty of time to avert a partial government shutdown. The White…

WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks in Texas about jobs plan

President Obama delivers remarks on his jobs plan in Mesquite, Texas. Watch this live video from The White House, broadcast Oct. 4, 2011. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

Mexico envoy rejects Perry idea of sending U.S. troops

Mexico’s ambassador to the United States rejected a suggestion by Republican White House hopeful Rick Perry that US troops could be sent over the border to quell Mexico’s escalating drug wars. “The issue of participation, or the presence of, US troops on Mexican soil is not on the table,” the…

White House refuses Cheney’s demand for an apology

WASHINGTON — The White House Monday rejected a call for an apology by ex-vice president Dick Cheney, who said a US strike against a top Al-Qaeda suspect in Yemen vindicated harsh Bush-era anti-terror policies. Cheney had argued that the US drone attack last week that killed US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi…

Supreme Court rejects bid to disqualify Obama as president

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court Monday slapped down a new bid seeking to show that Barack Obama was ineligible to be elected president of the United States in the 2008 White House race. The nation’s highest court refused to take up a case brought by three people “who claim…

Obama bets on 50-state strategy to eke out ’12 win

CHICAGO (Reuters) – While Republican presidential candidates target early-voting states, President Barack Obama’s team is laying the groundwork for a 50-state campaign strategy it hopes will secure another White House win in 2012. From the traditional “swing” states of Florida and Ohio to a typically Republican-leaning state like Arizona, Democrat…

Senate to take up China currency bill

WASHINGTON — The US Senate this week takes up a bill to punish China for its alleged currency manipulation, a measure that has divided the Republican presidential field and put the White House in a bind. The legislation — backed by Democrats and Republicans in the polarized Congress, but opposed…

Obama supports bill to repeal federal marriage ban

The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama was “proud” to support a bill that would end the federal ban on same sex marriage. The proposed legislation, known as the Respect for Marriage Act, would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which says that no state is…

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