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United States set to hit the debt ceiling on Monday

December 27, 2012 Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has politely reminded everyone that as of Monday, the Treasury Department won't be able to borrow any more money. In a letter sent to Congress on Wednesday, Geithner warned that the government will hit its legally mandated limit on borrowing—the so-called debt ceiling—in just five days...

President cancels vacation to resume fiscal cliff fight

December 26, 2012 After a nice long holiday weekend, President Obama and members of Congress suddenly remembered that they never took care of that fiscal cliff thing that happens in just six days. The President will end his holiday vacation early, leaving his family behind in Hawaii and heading to Washington on Wednesday...

American troops are headed to Turkey to defend against Syria

December 14, 2012 The United States has agreed to send two Patriot missile batteries to defend Turkey's border against Syria missiles, and that also means 400 more American troops will be on the ground and closer than ever to the ongoing fight in Syria. Germany and the Netherlands will also contribute missile teams...

Obama is not happy about Syria using SCUD missiles against the rebels

December 13, 2012 American officials told The New York Times that the Syrian military has launched a handful of SCUD missiles at rebel positions in recent days, the first time they've used the weapons inside their own country. A senior official says that Obama administration considers this "a significant escalation," and a particularly...

North Korea's rocket needs some work

December 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are indications out of North Korea that the long range rocket they've been planning to send into space is being dismantled due to technical problems, which explains the decision to push back the launch by at least a week. Satellite images appeared to show the three stage rocket being...

The Chinese want to know why their news is on Twitter and they aren't

December 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chinese internet users are a little miffed today after the learning that the Communist Party's official news service has its own Twitter account, even though Twitter is supposed to be banned in China. The Xinhua News Agency has been posting on Twitter (@XHNews) since March 1, but the vast majority...

Navy SEAL killed rescuing a kidnapped doctor in Afghanistan

December 10, 2012 A member of the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six was killed on Sunday during a mission that rescued an American doctor from kidnappers in Afghanistan. The doctor, Dilip Joseph , was abducted along with two other men last Wednesday after visiting a rural medical clinic in the eastern part of...

What exactly is Obama's 'red line' in Syria?

December 6, 2012 President Obama said that the use of chemical weapons would bring "consequences" to Syria, but with nerve gas bombs already being filled, would the United States act before Bashar al-Assad unleashes them? Can they act? Last night's NBC News report has greatly heightened fears that the Syrian regime plans to...

NASA Shoots Awesome New Photos of Earth at Night

December 6, 2012 NASA has unveiled some beautiful new pictures of the entire Earth shrouded in darkness, but lit up from below by street lights, wildfires, and the faint glow of moonlight. The images are composites of thousands and thousands of photos gathered by the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite, which...

Can Bill Clinton's Dream Team Fix the Fiscal-Cliff Negotiations?

December 4, 2012 A group of economic advisers from the Bill Clinton era thinks it may have stumbled upon a brilliant solution for America's current economic situation: make it more like the Bill Clinton era. Which, given today's Washington gridlock, may not be all that brilliant. Today's new independent proposal for tax reform...

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