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U.S. forces kill Osama bin Laden

May 1, 2011 After two wars and more than 45,000 Americans killed or wounded to get Osama Bin Laden dead or alive, President Obama surprised the nation and the world tonight to declare that the man behind the 9/11 attack on America is indeed dead, killed by U.S. forces. Decrying the "gaping hole ...

Obama unveils deficit reduction framework

April 13, 2011 As Washington feverishly debates ways to reduce the nation's mounting debt, President Obama weighed in on Wednesday with his most detailed plan yet, one which vows to cut $4 trillion in federal spending over 12 years. The Obama framework, as administration officials call it, proposes a number of avenues for ...

The budget skirmish ends, the war begins

April 8, 2011 The end is in sight. Or is it? At the end of the day, Republican and Democratic leaders were able to get past their barbs and come up with a deal that could keep the federal government renewing passports, refunding taxes, and paying the troops. Still, both Republicans and Democrats ...

Brink of a shutdown: How did it get to this point?

April 8, 2011 President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, took their offices with the promise of reconciliation and productivity. Instead, the government of the most powerful nation on earth is about to run out of money and shut down, putting thousands out of work and shutting down everything from military pay ...

Obama: No radiation risk to America

March 17, 2011 Speaking less than a week after a 9.0 earthquake and accompanying tsunami devastated northeastern Japan and provoked a nuclear crisis, President Obama sought to reassure Americans on Thursday saying that "I want to be very clear we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the United States." Obama ...

Battle lines drawn in fight over public employee pay, benefits in Wisconsin

February 18, 2011 The standoff between public employees in Wisconsin and the state's new Republican governor has drawn President Obama into the fray and marks an important turning point in the century-plus story of organized labor in America. More than 25,000 protesters turned out in Wisconsin to sound their dismay at Gov. Scott ...

Republican House, Senate gains pose peril and opportunity for Obama

November 2, 2010 Facing what will be a more Republican and hostile Congress, Barack Obama will begin a new chapter in his presidency following the midterm elections-one filled both with pitfalls and opportunities as he struggles to enact his policies and prepares to run for reelection in two years. These election results will ...