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Army to Seek Death Penalty for Soldier in Deadly Afghan Rampage

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Army is recommending the death penalty for an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a shooting rampage earlier this year. Prosecutors say Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales attacked two villages in the early morning hours of March 11. They say he left his remote base in southern Afghanistan and walked […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to Act on Gun Control

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban, five days after a gunman with a military-style weapon killed 20 children and six adults in the second-worst school shooting in the nation’s history. President Obama named Vice President Joe Biden to lead an effort to write a set of concrete […]

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Obama Still Optimistic Financial Deal Will Be Reached

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is willing to do “some very tough things” to compromise with his political opponents in Congress on contentious year-end financial issues and is optimistic an agreement can be reached within days. The president says he has reached a broad framework of government spending cuts and tax rates with the […]

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Obama Still Optimistic Financial Deal Will Be Reached

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is willing to do “some very tough things” to compromise with his political opponents in Congress on contentious year-end financial issues and is optimistic an agreement can be reached within days. The president told a White House news conference Wednesday that he has reached a broad framework of government […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to Act on Gun Control

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban, five days after a gunman with a military-style weapon killed 20 children and six adults in the second-worst school shooting in the nation’s history. President Obama says he has named Vice President Joe Biden to lead an effort to come up […]

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Obama Still Optimistic Financial Deal Will Be Reached

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he is willing to do “some very tough things” to compromise with his political opponents in Congress on contentious year-end financial issues and is optimistic an agreement can be reached within days. The president told a White House news conference Wednesday that he has reached a broad framework of government […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to Act on Gun Control

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Congress to act on reinstating an assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole that allows guns to be purchased from private dealers without background checks. At the White House Wednesday, President Obama said he has named his vice president, Joe Biden, to lead an effort to […]

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White House Threatens to Veto Republican Budget Plan

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama would veto the Republican “Plan B” tax proposal that is designed to avert the “fiscal cliff,” saying the plan places too large a burden on the middle class without balancing spending cuts and tax increases. White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer says the Republican plan does not […]

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Russian Parliament Passes Measure Banning US Adoptions

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Russia’s parliament has approved a measure banning Americans from adopting Russian children. Lawmakers from Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved the bill after a second reading Wednesday. To become law, the bill must pass a third reading, then clear the upper house before going to President Vladimir Putin for his signature. Mr. […]

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US to Wind Down Its General Motors Stake

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. is winding down its stake in the country’s biggest auto maker, General Motors. GM said Wednesday it would pay $5.5 billion for 200 million shares of stock held by the government, with the United States likely to sell its remaining 300 million shares over the next 12 to 15 months. The U.S. rescued […]

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