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Published: 04/5/11

Obama: No Need for More Budget Extensions

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Obama: No Need for More Budget Extensions

WASHINGTON -- Raising the pressure for a budget deal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday rejected a Republican stopgap proposal to extend government operations for a week while negotiators try to hammer out an agreement on spending cuts for the rest of the year. "We are now at the point where there is no excuse to extend this further," Obama said following a White House meeting with congressional leaders. The White House and Congress face a Friday deadline to complete an agreement that would set spending limits through the end of September and avert a shutdown this weekend. Obama sai...

Published: 04/5/11

New Push in Fight Against Sexual Violence on Campus

By  Mara Gay - AOL News
New Push in Fight Against Sexual Violence on Campus

Months after she was raped in her dorm room during her freshman year at Kansas State University, Madeleine Lietz heard a rumor. The man who raped her, also a Kansas State University student, had finally been expelled -- not for sexual assault, but because he had simply failed his classes and flunked out. In an account some fear is common among survivors of sexual assault at the nation's colleges and universities, Lietz said her school's reaction -- or non-reaction -- to her rape was akin to a second trauma in itself. "I was given little to no help after the assault. The issue -- the ...

Published: 03/31/11

Boehner Signals Compromise in Budget Talks

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Boehner Signals Compromise in Budget Talks

WASHINGTON -- Despite fresh pressure from tea party conservatives, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans "can't impose our will" on the White House and Senate Democrats on legislation to cut tens of billions of dollars in federal spending. At a news conference, Boehner, R-Ohio, denied Democratic suggestions that he has already agreed to jettison nearly half of the $61 billion in cuts passed by the House a month ago. But as was the case with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., earlier in the week, he did not say the demand was non-negotiable. "Our goal is to cut spending, ...

Published: 03/22/11

Democrats Could Lose Senate, Biden Warns Party

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Democrats Could Lose Senate, Biden Warns Party

Democrats are only four seats away from losing control of the Senate to Republicans in 2012, Vice President Biden warned supporters in a online appeal for donations Tuesday. "I am writing to you today because at a moment when the stakes are highest, Democrats in the Senate face the toughest electoral climate we've seen in a long time," he said in his e-mail from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Politico reported. "Democrats are defending 23 seats in 2012, five of which are open. Republicans only need to pick up four to take control of the Senate," Biden wrote. In late January, ...

Published: 03/4/11

No Progress on Budget After Biden Huddles With Boehner, Other Hill Leaders

By  Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
No Progress on Budget After Biden Huddles With Boehner, Other Hill Leaders

The White House dispatched Vice President Joe Biden to Capitol Hill Thursday in an effort to bring feuding Democrats and Republicans to the negotiating table over funding the federal government through Sept. 30. But an hour after Biden went behind closed doors with the Hill's "Big Four" -- House Speaker John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell -- the participants emerged with little more than an agreement to allow the Senate to vote on the parties' wildly divergent budget-cutting proposals and an unusually short w...

Published: 03/3/11

White House Agrees to $6.5B More in Budget Cuts

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White House Agrees to $6.5B More in Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON -- The White House called for $6.5 billion in immediate spending cuts Thursday as negotiations opened with tea party-backed Republicans in Congress seeking reductions nearly 10 times as large in their drive to reduce the size of federal government. "The conversation will continue," Vice President Joe Biden said in a one-sentence statement after an hour-long meeting with Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio and other top congressional leaders in the Capitol. Boehner's spokesman, Brendan Buck, said before the meeting that cuts of that magnitude were "little more than the status quo." The t...

Published: 02/28/11

Obama Lends Support to States' Alternative Health Care Plans

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Obama Lends Support to States' Alternative Health Care Plans

WASHINGTON -- In a concession over his divisive health care overhaul, President Barack Obama offered Monday to let unhappy states design alternative plans as long as they fulfill the goals of his landmark law. Addressing the nation's governors, Obama also challenged state chiefs who have sought to balance their budgets through weakening unions and curbing employees' benefits, telling them that they should not demonize workers. "I don't think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon. We need to attract the best and th...

Published: 02/24/11

Tareq and Michaele Salahi Unlikely to Be Charged in White House Party Crashing Case

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Tareq and Michaele Salahi Unlikely to Be Charged in White House Party Crashing Case

Remember Tareq and Michaele Salahi? They're the couple who dominated headlines for a month or so in late 2009 when they allegedly crashed a White House state dinner and got their pictures snapped with both President Obama and Vice President Biden. Since then, federal law enforcement officials have been trying to determine whether the Salahis should face charges in the incident, which embarrased the administration and the Secret Service. On Thursday The Wall Street Journal, citing the legal blog Ticklethewire, reported that no charges are likely to be filed against the Virginia couple. ...

Published: 02/11/11

US Turns Up Pressure on Iran After Egypt Ousts Mubarak

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US Turns Up Pressure on Iran After Egypt Ousts Mubarak

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration sent a not-too-subtle message to Iran today that the uprising in Egypt that led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak could spread and reinvigorate demands for more freedom in Tehran. In a speech in Louisville, Ky., Vice President Joe Biden called the events in Egypt "a pivotal moment in history" and said it was time to let the people of Iran speak out freely. Atta Kenare, AFP / Getty Images Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, waves to supporters during a rally in Tehran's Azadi Square on Friday. He lashed out at the West and Is...

Published: 02/8/11

Obama to Call for $53B for High-Speed Rail

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Obama to Call for $53B for High-Speed Rail

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jump-start job creation. An initial $8 billion in spending will be part of the budget plan Obama is set to release Monday. If Congress approves the plan, the money would go toward developing or improving trains that travel up to 250 mph, and connecting existing rail lines to new projects. The White House wouldn't say where the money for the rest of the program would come from, though it's likely Obama would seek funding in future budgets ...

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