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Deficit panel plan gains support

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A far-reaching plan to cut U.S. deficits and slow the growth of long-term debt gained crucial support from two key Republican senators on Thursday but remained short…

U.S., South Korea trade talks stretch into 3rd day

COLUMBIA, Maryland (Reuters) – Talks between the United States and South Korea on politically difficult beef and auto trade issues that are key to U.S. approval of a bilateral free-trade…

McCain questions ‘don’t ask’ report

He is skeptical of the Pentagon study that says the force would be amenable to repeal. Read more……

Latinos, GOP must unite for DREAM

Opinion: Failing to support the DREAM Act is rejecting values of liberty, democracy and freedom. Read more……

On deficit: Obama must lead, Congress act

Opinion: It is time to put everything “on the table” in fixing an unsustainable fiscal path. Read more……

What of ethics office, Mr. Boehner?

Opinion: How will the speaker-designate handle the House ethics process? Read more……

Kasich: Obama could regain ‘mojo’

Obama could get it back by his 2012 re-election bid, according to Ohio’s incoming GOP governor. Read more……

Nigeria agency says to charge Dick Cheney over Halliburton

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s anti-corruption police said on Thursday they planned to file charges against former Vice President Dick Cheney in a $180 million bribery case involving a former unit…

Gay activist: Obama’s ‘useless’

Activist and author Larry Kramer has harsh words for the president’s handling of gay issues. Read more……

Warren downplays role of rules in consumer agency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The goal of the new U.S. consumer protection agency should be to make financial products easier to understand rather than to restrict specific business practices through regulations,…