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Boehner walks out on debt limit talks

Boehner walks out on debt limit talks

House Speaker John Boehner abruptly broke off talks with President Barack Obama Friday night on a deal to make major cuts in federal spending and avert a threatened government default,…

Obama’s shifts complicate debt limit negotiations

Obama’s shifts complicate debt limit negotiations

The roller-coaster debate over raising the nation’s debt limit has forced the White House to explain away, brush aside or even ignore declarations by President Barack Obama and his top…

House budget plan faces defeat in Senate

House budget plan faces defeat in Senate

The Senate is moving to cast away a budget cutting plan passed by the Republican-controlled House, clearing the way for increasingly urgent government talks over raising the nation’s debt ceiling.…

Panetta set to end gay military ban

Panetta set to end gay military ban

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has decided to end the ban on gays serving openly in the armed services and certify that repealing the 17-year-old prohibition will not hurt the military’s…

Obama open to stopgap debt deal

Obama open to stopgap debt deal

Running out of time, President Barack Obama softened his stand and signaled Wednesday he would back a short-term deal to prevent a disastrous financial default on Aug. 2, but only…

New debt plan targets favored tax deductions

New debt plan targets favored tax deductions

A new bipartisan plan to reduce government borrowing would target some of the most cherished tax breaks enjoyed by millions of families — those promoting health insurance, home ownership, charitable…

Another Marilyn Monroe porn film?

Another Marilyn Monroe porn film?

A Spanish collector plans to auction what he claims is a newly discovered 8-mm version of a film purportedly showing Marilyn Monroe having sex when she was still an underage…

Senate Republicans more flexible in debt standoff

Senate Republicans more flexible in debt standoff

Senate Republicans are showing far more flexibility than their tea party-backed House colleagues as Washington policymakers seek to steer the government away from a first-ever default on its financial obligations.…

The magic number: 217

The magic number: 217

The terms “billions” and “trillions” are tossed around in the nation’s debt ceiling debate. Probably no number, however, is more important than 217. That’s how many votes are needed in…

Rick Perry: Another right-winger for Prez?

Rick Perry: Another right-winger for Prez?

Should Rick Perry conclude that voter discontent has left him an opening to enter the presidential race, the longtime Texas governor would be among the GOP field’s most conservative candidates.…