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Obama’s birthday wish is for a ‘debt ceiling deal’

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ASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, who will turn 50 on August 4, said Thursday that for his birthday present, he would like an increase in the US debt ceiling.

Obama joked in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) that he would like “a debt ceiling deal” for his birthday.

The White House and Congress, whose lower house is under Republican control, are currently engaged in tense negotiations in order to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by August 2, after which the US risks defaulting on its payments.

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The Republicans favor a raise in the debt ceiling that is tied to budget cuts that will address a record US deficit.

Democrat Obama said he not only wants to trim costs, but also put an end to some tax breaks and close tax loopholes, which is a sore point for conservatives.

In an interview with NPR to air Friday, Obama repeated his interest in the compromise plan presented by a group of Senate Democrats and Republicans known as “The Group of Six.”

“In order for us to solve the debt and deficit problems, we’ve got to cut spending that we don’t need. We have to eliminate programs that may not be working. We’ve got to make some tough decisions around things like defense spending as well as domestic spending,” he said.

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Earlier Thursday, the White House said it saw “momentum” toward a deal to avert a disastrous early August debt default, but denied media reports that a compromise with top lawmakers may be imminent.


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WATCH: Trump admits he talked to Ukraine president about Joe Biden and his son

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President Donald Trump Sunday morning admitted he brought up Joe Biden and the former Vice President’s son Hunter Biden while speaking with the President of Ukraine.

“The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, with largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place and largely the fact that we don’t want our people like Vice President Biden and his son creating to the corruption,” Trump said, speaking to reporters from the White House lawn.

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BREAKING: President Trump admits that he talked to the Ukrainian president about former Vice President Biden. #MTP #IfItsSunday@kristenwelker: "From the president's perspective, the only way to put this story to bed is to release the transcript." pic.twitter.com/aaJ6DjMN0E

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‘Left wing hack’: Fox News fans lose it after anchor calls Ukraine allegations ‘a problem’ for Trump

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Fox News viewers lashed out at the network on Sunday after host Arthel Neville grilled New York Congressman Peter King (R) about President Donald Trump's alleged effort to get Ukraine to help him defeat Joe Biden.

Neville twice asked King about Trump's Ukraine scandal, and both times he evaded the question by saying that Congress does not have a right to know the details of Trump's conversations with foreign leaders.

On her third attempt, Neville got to the point by noting Trump's alleged actions are "a problem."

"We don’t know that it’s true, we hope it’s not true," the Fox News host said of the allegations against Trump. "But if there is a possibility that our president used his office to put pressure on a foreign government -- president-elect -- to dig into his possible, potential political opponent, then that’s a problem."

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New York Times battered on MSNBC for pushing smear of Hunter Biden in order to maintain access to Trump

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An "AM Joy" panel jumped all over the New York Times for pushing a widely debunked smear of Hunter Biden promoted by Donald Trump, saying the newspaper is more interested in maintaining their access to the Oval Office than debunking the lie.

Speaking with host Joy Reid -- who noted that her producers asked for comment from the Times but were rebuffed -- MSNBC regular Maria Teresa Kumar scorched the Times, as well as reporter Ken Vogel, for the uncritical parroting of the president's smear.

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