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Discrimination against Muslims rampant in U.S.

Discrimination against Muslims rampant in U.S.

Muslims in the United States face ongoing discrimination and violence in actions that threaten basic freedoms in the nation, a US Senate hearing was told Tuesday. The hearing was called to discuss protecting the civil rights of American Muslims, just weeks after another panel hotly debated the threat posed by homegrown Islamists. Democratic Assistant Senate […]

Republicans shift gears on housing market ‘reform’

Republicans shift gears on housing market ‘reform’

House Republicans plan to introduce eight bills on Tuesday that would each take a small step toward pushing taxpayer-backed mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of business, according to congressional aides and lobbyists. The GOP strategy of using a bite-sized approach to ease the government out of the mortgage system seems to be […]

Memories of last government shutdown haunt GOP

Memories of last government shutdown haunt GOP

Few memories haunt Republicans more deeply than the 1995-96 partial shutdown of the federal government, which helped President Bill Clinton reverse his falling fortunes and recast House Republicans as stubborn partisans, not savvy insurgents. Now, as Congress careens toward a budget impasse, government insiders wonder if another shutdown is imminent — and whether Republicans again […]

Geithner: GOP spending cuts mean job losses

Geithner: GOP spending cuts mean job losses

Republicans’ bill to slash federal spending this year would hurt efforts to spur growth and create jobs, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Saturday. He was asked at a press conference following a Group of 20 meeting for his reaction to House approval of measures that will cut spending by about $61.5 billion from current […]

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

House votes to gut domestic spending programs

Jolted to action by deficit-conscious newcomers, the Republican-controlled House passed sweeping legislation early Saturday to cut $61 billion from hundreds of federal programs and shelter coal companies, oil refiners and farmers from new government regulations. The 235-189 vote to send the bill to the Senate was largely along party lines and defied a veto threat […]

House kills Obama’s health care budget money

House kills Obama’s health care budget money

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted on Friday to choke off cash to fund President Barack Obama‘s healthcare reform law, intensifying a fight with Democrats over budget cuts and deficits. The House move against the 2010 healthcare law — one of Obama’s main legislative victories — is certain to be rejected by the Democratic-led Senate, […]

Congress begins the great budget gamble

Congress begins the great budget gamble

Having turned its focus from spending cuts to social issues and an assault on the Obama administration‘s regulatory agenda, a battle-weary House reconvenes Friday in hopes of wrapping up action on a big Republican spending bill that would impose sweeping cuts across domestic programs. The measure is but the first step in an increasingly bitter […]

Tensions heat up during Banking Committee hearing

Tensions heat up during Banking Committee hearing

Republicans escalated their push to delay and defund the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reforms on Thursday as top regulators warned the Senate Banking Committee of a staff and funding crunch. The chiefs of major agencies that are writing hundreds of rules mandated by Dodd-Frank told the panel at a hearing that they need more money to […]