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Both the upper and lower houses of Congress are currently considering bills to increase the debt limit and cut spending. The one in the House is sponsored by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), and the one in the Senate is sponsored by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Both bills have come under fire from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for not actually delivering their respective amounts of promised cuts.
Tea Party activists Wednesday began advocating the removal of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, saying he is capitulating to the status quo in Washington. Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips called on Boehner to leave and be replaced by a “Tea Party speaker of the House” in a blog post Wednesday, The Hill reported. Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, said her organization was exploring the same idea.
Britain’s foreign secretary Wednesday condemned the last government’s release of the Lockerbie bomber, who turned up at a pro-Gadhafi rally in Tripoli. Sending jailed Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi home to Libya was a “great mistake,” William Hague said, and the medical advice used to justify it as “pretty much worthless.”
As the Aug. 2 deadline for raising the debt limit approaches, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is attempting to martial Republican support for his bill. After originally presenting the bill on Monday (seeking a vote today), the Speaker has since moved the vote on the bill to Thursday, needing time to make changes after the bill was poorly received by the Congressional Budget Office.
Obama’s national poll results have not been stellar. According to Gallup, his job approval rate is currently around 46 percent, and in an election against a generic Republican candidate, Obama loses by 8 percentage points. However, according to one columnist, it’s Obama’s poll numbers in battleground states that should be keeping the incumbent up at night.
A Republican Congressman says that more than 40 Americans have been recruited by a terrorist group in Somalia that is connected with al-Qaida.
The Federal Aviation Administration has shut down because Congress was unable to pass legislation to extend the entity’s operating authority.
Only once have I looked down the barrel of a gun. I can tell you it was damn disconcerting. It happened 25 years ago. The automatic rifles that were drawn on me then are pointed at America today. Yet President Barack Obama refuses to acknowledge that America is facing Middle Eastern guns.
President Barack Obama continues to receive backlash from the private sector, even after making a concerted effort to change the Administration’s anti-business image, according to The Hill.