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Senate reaches deal to end shutdown, avoid default
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Senate reaches deal to end shutdown, avoid default

Oct 16 2013, 2:12pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 16 (IANS) Hours before a looming midnight deadline, Democratic and Republican leaders Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 16th day, and avoid a possible US default.

Washington, Oct 16 — Hours before a looming midnight deadline, Democratic and Republican leaders Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 16th day, and avoid a...

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Senate reaches deal to end shutdown, avoid default

Oct 16 2013, 2:12pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 16 (IANS) Hours before a looming midnight deadline, Democratic and Republican leaders Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 16th day, and avoid a possible US default.

Washington, Oct 16 — Hours before a looming midnight deadline, Democratic and Republican leaders Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown, now in its 16th day, and avoid a possible US default.

With a key Republican conservative leader Senator Ted Cruz saying he wouldn't try to block the measure, it is now expected to proceed smoothly through both houses of Congress before it reaches President Barack Obama's desk.

"There is nothing to be benefited by delaying this vote a couple of days versus having it today," Cruz, who has been spearheading conservative strategy in the government shutdown fight, told reporters, emerging from a meeting of the Senate Republican conference Wednesday.

"The timing of the vote will make no difference in the outcome so I don't intend to delay the timing of the vote," he said.

The deal, which would fund the government through January 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb 7, is currently expected to be voted on by the Senate late Wednesday afternoon.

The deal, which would also convene a budget conference between the House and the Senate with a mid-December deadline, will then go on to a vote in the House of Representatives.

Both chambers would have to take special steps to get the legislation passed and to send it to Obama's desk before the current US debt ceiling expires Thursday.

Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, had been working overnight to finalise an agreement that had been in the works all week.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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Former David Dewhurst Campaign Consultant Pleads Guilty To Embezzling $1.8 Million

Oct 21 2014 2:17pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A political consultant hired for the failed 2012 campaign of Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for a U.S. Senate seat pleaded guilty on Tuesday to siphoning off about $1.8 million in campaign funds for his personal use, prosecutors said. Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield was charged with embezzling campaign funds and using the money for his mortgage, tuition for his children, inves ...
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Ted Cruz’s Surgeon General lunacy: How he’s resorted to embarrassing lies

Oct 21 2014 9:27am CDT | Source: Salon.com

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Oct 21 2014 7:52am CDT | Source: Big Government

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Should More Members of Congress Get A Security Detail?

Oct 21 2014 7:04am CDT | Source: Big Government

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'Anchorman' Director Adam McKay Partners with Brady Campaign to Push Gun Control

Oct 20 2014 10:26pm CDT | Source: Big Government

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Your sermons, please

Oct 20 2014 6:21pm CDT | Source: WND

“Turn in your sermons” That was the Oct. 16 Washington Times editorial-page headline over the eye-opening and religious-liberty hair-raising subheadline: “Houston seeks to impose political correctness in the city’s pulpits” The Times editorial opens with the following: “Applying the name of ‘marriage’ to homosexual unions is said by the lavender lobby to be an issue of equal rights. However, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the defense of Marriage Act ...
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Congress sells out to the Saudi royals –– again

Oct 20 2014 6:16pm CDT | Source: WND

The $500 million Congress “authorized” for Syrian “rebels” was donated by Saudi Arabia. Believe it or not, the money authorized for Obama’s Sunni fighters in Syria was NOT our tax money. Hold on to your seats – it’s hard to believe our Congress would do this, but they did. Here is the deal Barack Obama cut with the Saudis. The Saudi king wanted Obama to attack ISIS, which had become a threat to the king’s mercenaries, known as the Free Syrian Army. As part of the deal, t ...
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Sheila Jackson Lee: Obama a 'Perfectionist,' Cruz Needs to 'Read a Little More'

Oct 20 2014 2:07pm CDT | Source: Big Government

On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf,” host Wolf Blitzer sat down with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) to ask her if she could confirm a Saturday report from The New York Times that claimed President Barack Obama was “seething” at administration officials for their handling of the Ebola response. After replaying a clip of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) calling for greater presidential leadership on the Ebola resp ...
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10 Things To Know If The GOP Runs The Senate

Oct 20 2014 1:02pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- It’s easy to think that little will change if Republicans win the Senate. They won’t have a filibuster-proof majority. The place is a sinkhole of inaction. Democratic leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell are withered peas in a pod. Torpor will reign, right? Wrong. The numbers and images are deceiving. A GOP victory would scramble the higher math of power and policy in the Senate, ...
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Rand Paul Says He Can Get 30 Percent of the Black Vote in 2016: Here's How He'll Do It

Oct 20 2014 11:51am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

One of the best things about presidential election season is just how bold candidates get before the first ballot has even been cast. Gary Hart daring the press to follow him, Howard Dean swearing he was going to take back Washington, and Mitt Romney telling the president to "Start packing" just months before Obama trounced him on election day. There's a lot of claim staking trash talking and game spitting heading up to a presidential election, and now Rand Paul has gotten into t ...
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