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Most Americans want a strong third political party

Most Americans want to see a third political party become viable so they have a real choice at the polls on election day. A new Gallup Poll shows 52 percent of Republicans want a third party. The same poll shows 60 percent of those who identify themselves with the tea party want a third party. Gallup says a majority of Americans overall have wanted to see a third party since 2006. So why don’t we have a real third party movement in this nation? Jeffrey Young of Gallup says widespread dissatisfaction with status quo and a general unhappiness with the
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Obama’s approval rating hits 60 percent

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president’s standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy, and independent Americans — a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election — caused the overall uptick in support by sliding back to Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.
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Boehner: Trillions in cuts needed to reduce deficit

The top Republican in Congress wants trillions of dollars in spending cuts as part of must-pass legislation allowing the federal government to continue borrowing to keep it operating and meeting obligations to investors. It’s a new, ambitious marker in a battle over the budget that’s expected to consume Congress for much of the summer. House Speaker John Boehner also said that any legislation to raise the so-called debt limit beyond its current $14.3 trillion cap should be accompanied by spending cuts larger than the amount of the permitted increase in the debt. The Ohio Republican made the comments in a
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Vets unhappy with health care cost increases

Health care fees for working-age military retirees would increase slightly under a defense bill unveiled Monday that drew fierce opposition from the 2.1 million-strong Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Pentagon is reeling from health care costs that have jumped from $19 billion in 2001 to $53 billion in the latest budget request. Determined to slash expenses, President Barack Obama is seeking a boost in fees that have remained unchanged for 11 years. The defense bill proposed by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., goes along with a small increase in the next budget but limits long-term increases
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CIA ran bin Laden operation

Has anyone noticed that CIA Director Leon Panetta has said a lot more about the Navy commandos’ killing of Osama bin Laden than has the Pentagon chief, who, after all, is second in the military chain of command behind President Barack Obama? The reason Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said exactly nothing about the raid is that the CIA, not the Pentagon, ran the operation. That fact speaks volumes about the government’s rarely noticed post-9/11 melding of military might with intelligence craft. It’s gotten a lot harder lately to distinguish between soldier and spy. The blending of the two missions
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No evidence that Pakistan knew bin Laden was living there

The Obama administration has seen no evidence Pakistan’s leadership knew Osama bin Laden was living in that country before his killing last week by U.S. forces, the U.S. national security adviser said on Sunday. “I can tell you directly that — I’ve not seen evidence that would tell us that the political, the military, or the intelligence leadership had foreknowledge — of bin Laden,” Tom Donilon told NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked if Pakistan was guilty of harboring the al Qaeda leader. But he added bin Laden’s residence for several years inside a compound in Abbottabad, 35 miles north
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Obama: Risky plan to get bin Laden was best option

President Barack Obama says he knew that sending special forces in helicopters to get Osama bin Laden at his Pakistan compound was risky, but he felt it was the best way to make sure they had their man. In an interview aired Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” the president said he thought it was very important to be able to be sure. “In some ways, sending in choppers and actually putting our guys on the ground entailed some greater risks than some other options,” Obama said. “I thought it was important, though, for us to be able to say that
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Volker: Deficits pose real danger to economic stability

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker warned on Friday that trillion-dollar deficits posed a threat to the stability of the U.S. economy and the dollar, and said he is frustrated by the gridlock in Washington. Speaking before the World Affairs Council of Oregon, Volcker said that “prolonging trillion dollar deficits can’t be a reality” and that the United States is on course to have its public debt exceed the size of its gross domestic product. “One way or another, we do have to return to a balanced budget,” he said in prepared remarks. Volcker’s speech came on the same day
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Obama spotlights focus on economy, jobs

President Barack Obama is reassuring the public that jobs and the economy are his top priority. At the end of a historic and emotionally charged week that began with his nationally televised announcement that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan during a raid by U.S. special forces, Obama on Saturday returned to promoting his energy agenda. U.S. forces raided a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where bin Laden had lived for several years, killing the al-Qaida leader. The news of bin Laden’s demise dominated the week’s headlines. “So although our economy hasn’t been the focus of the news this
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U.S. mining treasure trove of intelligence from bin Laden raid

Intelligence experts will mine the secrets of Osama bin Laden as they sort through a trove of material seized during the deadly raid on his Pakistan compound. The documents have already shown the world’s most wanted terrorist was actively involved in planning and directing al-Qaida’s plots. Notes and computer material gathered by Navy SEALs after the pre-dawn raid last Monday, local time, revealed bin Laden’s home was a command-and-control center for the terrorist network, said a senior U.S. intelligence official who briefed reporters Saturday and insisted his name not be used. Bin Laden was eager to strike American cities again
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