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U.S. House to hold symbolic debt vote

Defying a White House veto threat, US lawmakers vote Tuesday on a “Tea Party”-backed plan requiring draconian cuts in government spending as the price to avert a ruinous early August debt default. The Republican-led House of Representatives was to take up a “Cut, Cap, and Balance” blueprint to raise the…

White House launches challenge to create anti-sexual assault app

The Apple iPhone slogan and refrain of smartphone users worldwide — “there’s an app for that” — will soon be true of sexual assault prevention as well. The White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and Vice President Joe Biden launched a joint challenge that is hoped to…

White House confident of averting debt default

The White House expressed confidence Sunday that a damaging debt default would be averted, but warring US lawmakers appeared no closer to a deal to rein in America’s budget deficit. President Barack Obama has urged rival Democrats and Republicans to strike a “grand bargain” to reduce the yawning deficit by…

Obama, lawmakers press ahead on elusive debt deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and congressional leaders pressed ahead with private talks on deficit reduction on Saturday, seeking an as-yet-elusive way to lift the debt ceiling and avoid a U.S. default next month. Congress must raise the $14.3 trillion limit on U.S. borrowing by August 2 or the…

White House welcomes Dalai Lama, China irked

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – China accused the United States on Saturday of “grossly” interfering in its internal affairs and damaging relations after President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House. Obama met the Nobel Prize laureate for some 45 minutes, praising him for embracing…

Obama to meet with Dalai Lama, defying China

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama will meet Saturday with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, defying warnings from China after calls built at home to welcome the monk, officials said. The meeting was announced late Friday after a long silence from the Obama administration about whether the president…

Watch live: President Obama speaks about debt ceiling negotiations

President Barack Obama will speak to reporters Friday about negotiations with Republicans to raise the nation’s debt limit. Watch this live video from the White House. The event is expect to begin shortly after 11 a.m. ET. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

Obama, Republicans dig in over tough U.S. debt talks

US President Barack Obama will on Wednesday hold a fourth straight day of tough budget talks with his Republican foes after a key White House critic floated a plan to avert an early August debt default. Obama gave only a lukewarm welcome on Tuesday to Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch…

White House admits marijuana has ‘some’ medical value

Just days after the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) insisted that there is no medical value to marijuana, the White House appeared to contradict the position, saying in a report that there may actually be “some” medical value to “individual components of the cannabis plant” after all. The statement was just…

Obama hosts high-stakes debt talks

President Barack Obama kicked off high-stakes talks with his Republican foes at the White House Sunday, seeking an elusive deal to stave off a potentially catastrophic US debt default. Attendees at the crunch meeting included House Speaker John Boehner and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell as well as top Democrats,…

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