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China warns U.S.: Don’t meet with Dalai Lama

July 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/07/us-china-usa-dalailama-idUSTRE7667OI20110707 ”   China’s Foreign Ministry warned U.S. officials on Thursday not to meet with visiting exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, saying it hoped Washington “appropriately dealt” with Tibet-related issues. China reviles the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama, saying he supports the use of violence to establish an independent Tibet. He strongly denies [...]

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(Update) Boehner insists on no new taxes: For tomorrow’s White House meeting, Boehner lowers demands from $4 to $2 trillion in cuts

July 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Updated Source ; Source ”   House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) abandoned efforts Saturday night to reach a comprehensive debt-reduction deal, telling President Obama that a mid-size package was the only politically possible alternative to avoid a first-ever default on the nation’s mounting national debt. After speaking with Obama — who is hosting a [...]

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Developing: For tomorrow’s White House meeting, Boehner lowers demands from $4 to $2 trillion in cuts

July 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) abandoned efforts Saturday night to reach a comprehensive debt-reduction deal, telling President Obama that a mid-size package was the only politically possible alternative to avoid a first-ever default on the nation’s mounting national debt. After speaking with Obama — who is hosting a key meeting Sunday [...]

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Admiral Mullen openly accuses Iran of arming Iraqi militias

July 9, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The top U.S. military officer accused Iran on Thursday of shipping new supplies of deadly weapons to its militia allies in Iraq, in what he described as Tehran’s bid to take credit for forcing American troops to go home. Adm. Michael Mullen, speaking to the Pentagon Press Association, said Iran had curtailed [...]

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Boehner: No new taxes; GOP stance forces Congress to consider cutting already underfunded Social Security

July 7, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source Source 2 Obama and Congressional leaders met today to (finally) begin hashing out the debt ceiling talk. Obama called the talks very constructive while Speaker Boehner stood pat, reasserting that taxes were “off the table”. In this case, at least, Americans stand with the President. Nineteen different polls conducted since January show [...]

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Senate Democrats, House Republicans offer competing Infrastructure Spending Proposals

July 6, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   House Republicans and Senate Democrats rolled out competing bills to pay for highway and other infrastructure projects, illustrating the divide between the two parties as Washington grapples with its fiscal crisis. The two-year, $109 billion Senate bill calls for finding some $12 billion in new tax money—from an unspecified source—to maintain [...]

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Justice Department Antitrust Chief Christine Varney to leave for private sector job

July 6, 2011

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House Judiciary Hearing considering criminal investigation into Securities & Exchange Commission lease deal

July 6, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source ”   The Securities and Exchange Commission’s watchdog, in a House hearing Wednesday, said the Justice Department is weighing whether to pursue a criminal investigation into alleged misconduct by SEC employees who negotiated a huge lease for additional office space last summer. SEC Inspector General David Kotz told the House panel that oversees public buildings [...]

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Sheila Bair steps down as FDIC Chairwoman, leaving behind a much more powerful institution

July 6, 2011

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U.S.-Mexico trucking agreement resolves 15-year conflict

July 6, 2011

[expand title=Read More] Source “The accord, signed in Mexico City by US and Mexican transportation officials, would end a 15-year-old controversy that on the US side featured fears of unsafe Mexican trucks barreling along US highways, driven by unprofessional Mexican truckers. On the Mexican side, outrage over the American disregard for a NAFTA provision led to retaliatory tariffs on US [...]

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Obama: Debt Ceiling fight shouldn’t be a Constitutional Issue

July 6, 2011

[expand title=Read More] The Fourteenth Amendment, as potentially applicable to the debt ceiling question, reads: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned.” Source ”    President Barack Obama sidestepped [...]

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White House: U.S. willing to leave 10,000 troops in Iraq at year’s end

July 6, 2011

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Appeals Court orders an end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

July 6, 2011

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