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GOP Senate leader urges Biden to break ‘fiscal cliff’ impasse

Dec 31 2012 Published by under General Interest

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell addresses the Senate during an unusual session in WashingtonRepublican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell urged Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday to jump into “fiscal cliff” talks in hopes of breaking an impasse that threatens Americans with sharply higher income taxes come January 1. In a brief speech on the Senate floor, McConnell complained that Democrats had not yet placed a counter-offer to […]


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    Obama boasts support of American people in ‘fiscal cliff’ fight

    Dec 31 2012 Published by under General Interest

    Obama: Failure to reach fiscal deal would hurt marketsAs Congress races to pass legislation before the Jan. 1 "fiscal cliff" deadline, President Barack Obama in an interview which aired Sunday publicly touted the support of the American people for the plan he offered to Republicans. "We have put forward not only a sensible deal, but one that has the support of the majority […]


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      Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

      Dec 31 2012 Published by under General Interest

      General manager Steve Alcairo holds a Winchester 1200 shotgun while being interviewed at High Bridge Arms Inc. in San Francisco, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Anxious parents reeling in the wake the Connecticut school shooting are fueling sales of armored backpacks for children emblazoned with Disney and Avengers logos, as firearms enthusiasts stock up on assault rifles nationwide amid fears of imminent gun control measures. At Amendment II, sales of children's backpacks and armored inserts are up 300 percent. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)WASHINGTON (AP) — Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.


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        If cut, fiscal deal will pale against expectations

        Dec 31 2012 Published by under General Interest

        Senate leaders offer dour take on 'cliff' talksThe top Senate negotiators on the effort to prevent the government from going over the "fiscal cliff" offered a pessimistic assessment Sunday barely 24 hours before a deadline to avert tax hikes …


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          Graham: No debt ceiling increase without entitlement reform

          Dec 31 2012 Published by under General Interest

          U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham, R-SC, speaks with other U.S. Senators John McCain, R-Ariz, and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn, unseen, during a press conference in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, July 3, 2011. Three U.S. Senators visiting Kabul on Sunday say they worry that President Barack Obama's planned withdrawal of 33,000 American troops by September 2012 could undermine Afghan morale, embolden the insurgency, and hamper efforts to defeat Taliban fighters in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said today that he would vote no to raise the debt ceiling, if concessions to reform Social Security and Medicare were not made, despite a previous statement by Graham to suggest that most Republicans were never willing to stomach a U.S. default…


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            Missing Georgia boys found, father in custody

            Dec 31 2012 Published by under General Interest

            Missing Ga. Boys Found, Dad in CustodyTwo missing Georgia boys have been found safe in Texas and their father has been taken into police custody. Moments after pleading for her boys' return on television, the boys' mother Theresa Nash received a phone call from a citizen in Texas who said he was with her sons.


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              GOP governors walk balance beam on health care law

              Dec 31 2012 Published by under General Interest

              FILE - In this May 16, 2012 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks in Fort Lauderdale. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, long opposed President Barack Obama's remake of the health insurance market. After President Obama won re-election, the Republican governor softened his tone. He said he wanted to "have a conversation" with the administration about implementing the 2010 law. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who made a fortune as a health care executive, long opposed President Barack Obama's remake of the health insurance market. After the Democratic president won re-election, the Republican governor softened his tone. He said he wanted to "have a conversation" with the administration about implementing the 2010 law. With a federal deadline approaching, he also said while Florida won't set up the exchange for individuals to buy private insurance policies, the feds can do it.


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                Police: Five dead, about 20 wounded in Oregon tour bus crash

                Dec 31 2012 Published by under General Interest

                LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) — A tour bus crash crashed Sunday on an icy stretch of interstate in Oregon, killing five people and injuring about 20 others, authorities said.

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                  Obama touts Hagel, says no decision on defense secretary job

                  Dec 31 2012 Published by under General Interest

                  US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Obama (D-IL) shares laugh with Senator Hagel (R-NE) at Amman Citadel in AmmanWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama offered strong support for former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as the potential next U.S. defense secretary but said in remarks aired on Sunday that he had not yet decided on a nominee for the Pentagon post. Hagel is considered a leading candidate to replace outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, but the former Nebraska lawmaker has come under criticism for his record on Israel and for a comment that being gay was an inhibiting factor for being an ambassador. "I've served with Chuck Hagel. I know him. He is a patriot. …


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                    Comedian Katt Williams arrested in LA

                    Dec 31 2012 Published by under General Interest

                    In this Sunday, July 22, 2007 photo, Katt Williams performs onstage during the "Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav," in Burbank, Calif. Williams found himself on the wrong side of the law after being arrested in Los Angeles, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of a stolen gun. Police Officer Norma Eisenman says Williams was taken into custody Friday after the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services did a welfare check at his home. Authorities found more than one firearm, one of which had been reported stolen. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katt Williams, the comedian who has repeatedly found himself on the wrong side of the law, is out on bail after being arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of a stolen gun.


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