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Tempers run short in budget showdown

Congress returns to Washington this week under mounting pressure to strike an agreement with President Barack Obama on a bill to fund the government. That’s proving difficult enough. Then comes the harder part for House Speaker John Boehner: convincing his many tea party-backed GOP freshmen that the sort of split-the-differences measure Obama could sign isn’t a sellout. Time is running short. Staff-level negotiations last week ran aground, and the principals are going to have to pick up the pace to have any chance of making an April 8 deadline to avoid a partial shutdown of the government. Right now it
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NATO assuming command of Libya air strikes

NATO will assume command of all aerial operations in Libya from the U.S.-led force that has been conducting air strikes against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, officials said Sunday. NATO jets on Sunday already began enforcing the no-fly zone, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced. Diplomats said the full transfer of authority would take several days. “NATO allies have decided to take on the whole military operation in Libya under the U.N. Security Council resolution,” Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement. “NATO will implement all aspects of the U.N. resolution. Nothing more, nothing less.” The North Atlantic Council — the alliance’s top body
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GOP scores early budget victories without shutdown

Less than three months into a tea party-flavored Congress, federal budget cuts amount to $10 billion. Government shutdowns total zero.   That translates into twin early triumphs for Republicans, who are determined to reduce spending and have so far defied attempts by congressional Democrats to cast them as an uncontrollable rabble that would just as soon shutter the government as downsize it. “We’ve made it clear that a government shutdown is not an option — period,” GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky, the House Appropriations Committee chairman, said recently as the House was voting to cut $6 billion of the
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What happens when America doesn’t matter any more?

America led the military charge into Libya. Now it’s looking for someone else to take over but doing so is neither easy or backed by tradition. The United States has, for many years, been the “go-to” military power to lead international military actions and while pressure is building on President Barack Obama to abandon that role and turn it over to NATO or another country, the likelihood of American troops on the ground in Libya grows stronger. But others are raising the question. Is America’s role as the dominant nation in this world over. Has its time passed as a
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Wisconsin Republicans try to circumvent court order

In the latest move that showcases Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s utter disregard for the law, the anti-union Republican says he will implement a controversial law stripping public workers of collective bargaining rights after it was published in apparent violation of a court order blocking the legislation. Republicans claim the law goes into effect today after it was published by the state’s non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau. The attorney for the the bureau says the action was “just procedural” and the law can’t take effect until the court cases are resolved but Walker says he plans to implement the law, court order
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Kucinich retreats from impeachment of Obama

Maverick Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich is backing away from his “impeach Barack Obama” statements after it has become apparent that his fellow Democrats and the leadership of his party has no desire to back him.   So far, the only other member of Congress to back Kucinich is Texas Republican Ron Paul who is as much of an outsider to his party as Kucinich is to Democrats. “You’re not going to get much support for impeachment when the two people pushing it are the leading whack jobs for each of their parties,” a Democratic strategist told Capitol Hill Blue. “They
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GOP’s lunatic fringe launches attack on public education

Fringe Republican presidential hopefuls have launched a war against the American public school system and told a home schooling rally in Iowa this week that government wants “absolute control” to “indoctrinate” children.   Texas Congressman Ron Paul, a perennial loser in the Presidential sweepstakes, told the cheering crowd that the “the public school system is now a propaganda machine. They start with our kids even in kindergarten, teaching them about family values, sexual education, gun rights, environmentalism — and they condition them to believe in so much which is totally un-American.” Paul was joined by other members of the GOP’s
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School cuts turn Wisconsin Republicans against Walker

A growing number of Republicans in embattled Wisconsin are showing buyer’s remorse over their votes for GOP Gov. Scott Walker. They’re not happy with his attempts to destroy the public school system in the state. “He’s trying to balance the budget on the backs of teachers,” Bar Feest of suburban Milwaukee told The Associated Press. “It took so long to get our schools where they are, and they’re going to cut in town in, what, two years? It’s not right.” Feest, a Republican says she’s sorry she voted for Walker and wished she could take that vote back now that
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NATO lead in Libya does not end U.S. combat role

Does turning command of the no-fly zone over Libya to NATO mean a quick exit for the United States from the expensive offensive that President Barack Obama launched without Congressional consultation or approval?   Not really. NATO may be calling the shots but the effort still depends on heavy involvement by American sea and air power.  The effort depends on the U.S. keeping primary responsibility for strikes on Gadhafi‘s military and air defense systems. France and Great Britain may be supporting the the U.S. must still keep the lead role in what have become the most controversial parts of the
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WWII vet discovers he’s not a U.S. citizen

Leeland Davidson served his county in World War II but the 95-year-old vet discovered recently that even though he was born to American parents he is not considered a U.S. citizen. Davidson was born in Canada in 1916 but his parents did not register his birth with the U.S. government. Yet he was allowed the join the U.S. Navy and fight for this country in World War II and draws Social Security. Davidson says he checked on his citizenship with the U.S. Department of Labor Immigration and Naturalization Service before joining the Navy and was told he “had nothing to
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