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Republicans in US step back from debt showdown

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the House GOP leadership speak to reporters after a closed-door meeting on avoiding a potential debt crisis, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Joining Boehner, from left, are Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., chair of the Republican Conference, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan., and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va. House Republicans have said that they will not agree to a long-term debt ceiling increase unless the Senate works with them to pass a budget deal and have also threatened to withhold Congress’s paychecks if either chamber fails to adopt a budget by April 15. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans sped legislation through the House of Representatives to suspend for nearly four months a requirement for Congress to approve a higher limit on America’s borrowing, backing away from an immediate battle with second-term President Barack Obama and a possible first-ever default on the country’s obligations.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama sworn in to 2nd term as US president

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SECOND TERM. President Barack Obama is officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Sunday Jan. 10, 2013. Next to Obama are first lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson Family Bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool

A still-popular Barack Obama took the presidential oath of office for a second term on Sunday, facing a troubled future but hoping to leave behind a battering four years at the helm of a government mired in ugly political division.

Posted: January 21st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama takes oath in a position of strength

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US President Barack Obama . AFP FILE PHOTO

Barack Obama, battered yet still popular after a bruising first term as president, raises his right hand Sunday to be sworn in for another four years as the leader of an America that is, perhaps, as divided politically and socially as at any time since the U.S. Civil War 150 years ago.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Obama handily re-elected despite shaky economy

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US President Barack Obama. AP PHOTO

Barack Obama captured a second White House term, blunting a mighty challenge by Republican Mitt Romney as Americans voted for a leader they knew over a wealthy businessman they did not.

Posted: November 7th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

2 weeks left, final US debate is on foreign policy

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In this Oct. 3, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama participate in the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, in Denver. Both men relished the wonky talk, but Mitt Romney also showed the easy confidence a presidential contender needs _ and a bit of the salesman's dynamic presentation. Barack Obama sounded more like a long-winded professor a little annoyed he has to go over this stuff one more time for the slow students in the back. For viewers the lesson from both was clear: If they crave a real discussion of complicated issues —not just zingers —it means some tough going. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney tangle over foreign policy Monday night in their final presidential debate, with both candidates still looking for a breakout moment in a deadlocked White House campaign two weeks before Election Day.

Posted: October 22nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Egypt’s Morsi assumes major role in Mideast

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Mohammed Morsi, President of Egypt, addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. AP/Jason DeCrow

Egypt’s new President Mohammed Morsi assigned himself the heavyweight’s role in the Middle East on Wednesday, declaring in his first speech to the United Nations that the civil war raging in Syria is the “tragedy of the age” and must be brought to an end.

Posted: September 27th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Obama begins political counteroffensive in Midwest

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OBAMA’S OPPONENT. Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., reacts to a group of supporters as emerges from her campaign bus after winning the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

President Barack Obama launches a political counteroffensive this week, weighed down by wilting support among some of his most ardent backers, a stunted economy and a daily bashing from the slew of Republicans campaigning for his job.

Posted: August 15th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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