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Vermont senator: GOP call for disaster-relief offsets is 'absurd'

September 2, 2011 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., slammed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a USA Today op-ed on Friday, calling the Virginia Republican's demand that disaster-relief expenses be offset with cuts elsewhere "absurd." "I find the argument made by Congressman Eric Cantor, calling for funding offsets as a condition of disaster relief ...

Little progress on nearly one fourth of 9/11 commission recommendations, chairmen say

August 31, 2011 The United States has failed to make progress on nine of the 41 recommendations made by the 9/11 Comission, according to a report from commission co-chairmen Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton to be released Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported. "We're better off than we used to be," Kean told ...

Latest WikiLeaks State Department cable dump names confidential sources

August 30, 2011 Antisecrecy organization Wikileaks has published nearly 134,000 leaked diplomatic cables to its website in recent days, and for the first time has not removed the names of many confidential sources vulnerable to retaliation, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The recent dump is more than six times the total ...

Obama names labor economist to replace Goolsbee

August 29, 2011 In a Rose Garden announcement on Monday, President Obama tapped labor economist Alan Krueger to become chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He would replace recently departed CEA head Austan Goolsbee. Obama briefly mentioned the cleanup efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene before announcing Krueger's appointment, ...

'Gang of Six' pessimistic about special debt panel

August 3, 2011 Can the new super committee tasked with cutting the deficit succeed where previous groups tackling the issue failed? Members of the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Six," which struggled to craft a compromise this year, aren't too optimistic, given the hardening of partisan lines on both sides of the bitter debate. ...

Progress in Iraq called 'precarious as it is positive'

June 2, 2011 Pointed questions and all-too-familiar concerns marked a House subcommittee hearing on the United States' scheduled military withdrawal from Iraq. Eight years into the conflict, the core dilemmas that have plagued American policymakers appear unchanged at the Wednesday hearing. "Our progress in Iraq is as precarious as it is positive," said ...