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Pissed Democrats say tax bill will likely pass but they’re not happy about it

Slowly, painfully and reluctantly, congressional Democrats are slogging their way toward acceptance of President Barack Obama‘s tax cut compromise, which would let rich and poor Americans keep Bush-era tax cuts that were scheduled to expire this month. After Obama publicly defended the plan for a third day Wednesday, and Vice President Joe Biden met with Democratic lawmakers in the Capitol for a second day, several Democrats predicted the measure will pass, mainly because of extensive Republican support. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., predicted the tax cut compromise “will be passed by virtually all the Republicans and a minority of Democrats.” He
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Maryland bomb suspect knew about Oregon plot

A 21-year-old arrested when he tried to detonate what he thought was a bomb at a military recruiting center knew about the alleged terrorist in Oregon nabbed in a sting operation and even talked about it with an informant working with the FBI to catch him, authorities said. Antonio Martinez, a naturalized U.S. citizen who goes by the name Muhammad Hussain after recently converting to Islam, faces charges of attempted murder of federal officers and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He told the informant he thought about nothing but jihad and wasn’t deterred even after a Somali-born
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Republicans thumb noses at senior citizens again

House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday thwarted Democratic efforts to award $250 checks to Social Security recipients facing a second consecutive year without a cost-of-living increase. President Barack Obama and Democrats have urged approval of the one-time payment, saying seniors barely getting by on their Social Security checks face undue hardships without the COLA increase. But most Republicans contended that the nation couldn’t afford the estimated $14 billion cost of the payment, and that the COLA freezes in 2010 and 2011 come after seniors received a significant boost in 2009. The measure was brought up under a fast-track procedure in
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