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Mounting Debts by States Stoke Fears of Crisis

State budget imbalances remind some analysts of the run-up to the subprime mortgage meltdown, or of the crisis hitting Europe. Read more……

Dems dreading pending tax deal

Senate Republicans seemed pleased with the direction the negotiations were headed. Read more……

Mideast funding of militants irks U.S.: WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. officials have grown frustrated over the resistance of allies in the Middle East to help shut the financial pipeline of terrorists, the New York Times…

Joe Miller’s expensive gamble

Joe Miller’s expensive gamble

Joe Miller is fighting as though Alaska’s Senate race has yet to occur. He has maintained a presence on TV, conservative radio and the Internet, casting himself as a righteous…

The mystery man in the death of a publicist

The mystery man in the death of a publicist

He was named a “person of interest” in the killing of a Hollywood publicist, and he shot himself to death as detectives tried to question him — but police say…

Katy Perry, Divas salute the troops

Katy Perry, Divas salute the troops

Katy Perry loves a man in a uniform. The pop superstar met dozens of service members while working on the special “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” this weekend near San…

Obama touts South Korea trade deal

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed at the weekend to work with Republicans and Democrats to pass a free-trade pact with South Korea that he said was a model…

Gates visits sultan of Oman

He makes a visit to Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said who “has a productive relationship with Iran.” Read more……

U.S. diplomats may be out in the cold for a while

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – If you are a U.S. diplomat accustomed to coaxing, cajoling or strong-arming governments behind closed doors, you will be out in the cold, at least for a…

China ordered major hack attacks on Google

China ordered major hack attacks on Google

Contacts told American diplomats that hacking attacks against Google were ordered by China’s top ruling body and a senior leader demanded action after finding search results that were critical of…