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- U.S. Congress budget talks could produce Tuesday deal, aides say
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A budget deal aimed at avoiding a U.S. government shutdown on January 15 and relieving federal agencies of some indiscriminate spending cuts that are set to begin with the new year could emerge in Congress on Tuesday, congressional aides said on Monday. Democratic Senator Patty Murray and Republican Representative Paul Ryan are scheduled to meet on Tuesday with the goal of finalizing a deal, according to aides who asked not to be identified. For the past several weeks, Murray and Ryan, who head their chambers' respective budget panels, have been privately trying to reach a two-year budget deal that aims to end the Republican-Democratic brinkmanship over fiscal affairs that led to October's 16-day partial federal government shutdown. According to aides, Ryan and Murray have been discussing an unambitious plan that would suspend some of the automatic spending cuts, known in Washington as "sequestration," that hit the Pentagon and other agencies hard.
- Obama, Bush fly together to memorial for Mandela
By Steve Holland ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - President Barack Obama brought former President George W. Bush with him to Africa on Monday to attend a memorial for Nelson Mandela in a high-profile show of American respect for the man who vanquished white-minority rule in South Africa. After a long flight from Washington, Obama is to speak on Tuesday at the memorial service in an 80,000-seat soccer stadium in Johannesburg, where more than 70 leaders from around the world will commemorate the life of Mandela, who died on Thursday at age 95. At his side will be his immediate predecessor, Bush, a Republican, as well as Democratic former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.
- With IRS under fire, Obama's tax man choice faces Congress
By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's choice for U.S. tax commissioner, a multimillionaire with a reputation for troubleshooting, appears headed for confirmation, but on Tuesday will first face some tough questioning in Congress. The nominee to head the Internal Revenue Service, Democrat John Koskinen, is a 74-year-old lawyer with little tax experience who stepped in to run mortgage finance giant Freddie Mac five years ago when it was engulfed by the credit crisis. Koskinen draws praise from Republicans and Democrats alike, but confrontation awaits him in the Senate Finance Committee, given this year's IRS tax-exemption scandal involving conservative political groups and the role the agency will play implementing Obamacare. Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the No. 2 Republican on the committee, said he was impressed by Koskinen's background, and they had a "favorable" meeting and that he believed other committee Republicans viewed Koskinen favorably.
- U.S. lawmakers hope for vote on compromise defense bill this week By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Armed Services committees have agreed on a slimmed-down defense authorization bill and want the House to vote on the measure before it leaves on its year-end holiday recess at the end of this week, Senator Carl Levin said on Monday. Levin, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Senate was unable to vote on a huge range of proposed amendments to the bill in time to pass it this year, so committee leaders reached agreement on a compromise version of the legislation. "This is not the best way to proceed, but our troops and their families and our nation's security deserve a defense bill and this is the only practical way to get a defense bill done," Levin said on the Senate floor. The compromise bill authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $80.7 billion for foreign military operations, including in Afghanistan.
- U.S. senators prepare legislation to pressure Iran
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators are preparing legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran in six months if an interim deal on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program goes nowhere, penalties that Iran's foreign minister has said would kill the agreement. The Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Menendez, and Republican Senator Mark Kirk are close to agreeing on legislation that would target Iran's remaining oil exports, foreign exchange reserves and strategic industries, aides said on Monday. The legislation, which faces an uphill battle amid opposition from the White House, would seek to limit the ability of President Barack Obama's administration to waive sanctions on Iran. It would also reimpose sanctions if Tehran reneges on an interim deal struck last month.
- Uphill fight as Kerry defends Iran deal in Congress Will Congress shrug off President Barack Obama’s warning that imposing new sanctions on Iran will derail fragile diplomatic efforts to ensure Tehran does not get the ability to build a nuclear weapon?
- Miley Cyrus, Pope Francis among Time's 'Person of the Year' finalists Time magazine revealed 10 finalists for its 2013 'Person of the Year.' Among them: Pope Francis, President Barack Obama and Miley Cyrus.
- Watch the moment Lenin's statue was toppled Protesters topped a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Kiev's Independence Square on Sunday following another day of massive anti-government demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital.
- Is Afghanistan’s Karzai getting the Obama freeze-out? President Barack Obama hasn’t communicated with Afghan President Hamid Karzai since a Nov. 21 letter. And before that, the last known conversation between the two leaders dates back to a June 25 teleconference.
- Tough market: 20,000 applicants for only 400 jobs — at Ikea
Like many countries around the world, Spain has been hit hard by recessionary conditions in recent years, and its unemployment rate currently stands above 25 percent, more than three times that of the United States.
- Cold dis-comfort: Antarctica set record of -135.8 WASHINGTON (AP) — Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for soul-crushing cold.
- Dempsey presses Congress to act on defense bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military leader pleaded with Congress on Monday to complete the defense bill before year's end as Democrats and Republicans on the Armed Services committees reached agreement on compromise legislation to pay for warfighters, ships and aircraft.
- Ex-San Diego mayor sentenced for harassment
SAN DIEGO (AP) — When he was mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner waited to be alone with women to kiss, grope and manhandle them without any witnesses, according to a probation officer's report released after he was sentenced Monday to home confinement.
- Congress renews undetectable gun ban for decade
WASHINGTON (AP) — Narrowly beating a midnight deadline, Congress voted Monday to renew an expiring ban on plastic firearms that can evade airport detection machines. But Republicans blocked an effort to toughen the restrictions — the latest defeat for gun-control forces in the year since the grade school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
- Congress renews expiring ban on undetectable guns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has approved a 10-year extension of a ban on plastic firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines. But it has defeated gun-control advocates' push for tougher restrictions.
- State Capitols Celebrate the Real Gem of the Holiday Season: Festivus It's nearly Festivus! And to celebrate, at least a couple state capitols are getting ready to take out the poles and air the grievances. What is Festivus, exactly? Festivus is the, originally fictional, "Festivus for the Restivus" created by Frank Costanza in a 1997 episode of Seinfeld. The Wisconsin and Florida state capitols will both have Festivus poles on display this holiday season.
- Clueless, Heartless, and Gutless: Today's GOP The most charitable thing you can say about the Republican Party is that it has an image problem. Even if you support its policies, no clear-eyed observer can deny that on any given day the GOP looks clueless, heartless, and gutless. For all of President Obama's problems and their correlation to the future of the Democratic Party (see: lack of credibility and competence), it takes just four stories to see how much worse things are for the GOP.
- Can Democrats Make 2014 About the Minimum Wage? A prominent liberal think tank dubbed it a "political goldmine." The New Republic called it "the issue that could take down Mitch McConnell." The issue is raising the federal minimum wage, and President Obama's sweeping speech on income inequality has thrust it to the center of his party's platform in 2014. Since minority participation tapers off in midterm elections, assailing Republican opposition to hiking the minimum wage could be a more potent Democratic wedge than immigration reform, particularly in red states with competitive Senate campaigns, such as West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Louisiana.
- The Best Political Books We Read in 2013 I was an American Studies major in college, and I feel like I learned as much from this book as any class I took about the shaping of the country. Adam: One of the most surprising things about Adelle Waldman's first novel is that it works even as it advances the second-wave feminist notion that the personal is political. In a lesser writer's hands, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. would be didactic and moralizing, but Waldman is broadly sympathetic to her louche hero, and she does not use him to score points;
- Mandela: The Last 'Hero for the World' Nelson Mandela, in his 1994 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, described how Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in 1941 helped change his life and those of his fellow black students in the infant African National Congress with the Atlantic Charter, which committed the West to human dignity and universal rights, setting the stage for the entire postwar world. "Some in the West saw the charter as empty promises," Mandela wrote, "but not those of us in Africa. Then a young Barack Obama sought to take the mantle from Mandela. In his own autobiography, Dreams from My Father—in a story he again repeated on his visit to Africa last June—Obama described how the anti-apartheid movement that Mandela led effectively began his own rise to charismatic leadership.
- Colin Powell Pitches Single-Payer Health Care in US
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has waded into the health care debate with a broad endorsement of the kind of universal health plan found in Europe, Canada and South Korea. “I am not an expert in health care, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care...
- Scott Brown Not Taking Presidential Run Off the Table
Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has been spending quite a bit of time in New Hampshire testing the waters for a possible U.S. Senate run there next year, but the Granite State is also a place where presidential contenders frequent and Brown is again not...
- Tech Giants Fight Back Against NSA Surveillance With New Campaign
A coalition of eight technology companies including Google, Yahoo, and Facebook have launched a campaign to reform government surveillance programs, pushing back on perceptions that these companies voluntarily hand over widespread access to users’ private data. Launched this morning, the website ReformGovernmentSurviellance.com, outlines several principles...
- The Unsung Hero Who Brought Us Doritos Locos Tacos Has Died
You may not know the name Todd Mills, but he was and forever will be a great American hero. The 41-year-old Arkansas resident passed away last week after a battle with brain cancer, but without him, Americans would have never known the deliciousness that is a taco cradled in a shell made of Doritos. In 2009, Mills had a brainstorm: Tacos with shells made out of Doritos. Even though he was just an average citizen, he pitched the idea to Frito-Lay ... and was rebuffed. "Thanks, but no thanks," his wife Ginger Mills told USA Today.
- Democratic strategist Al From: On Obamacare, good intentions aren’t enough Former Clinton adviser says the problem-ridden program could damage the Democratic Party.
- Obama's Immigration Speech Was Interrupted by a Heckler on Stage with Him
During his speech from San Francisco on Monday, President Obama was heckled by someone from an unexpected group: one of the people selected to stand onstage behind him. Near the end of Obama's speech, a man standing about five rows behind him interrupted the president to call for the president to sign an executive order ending the deportation of undocumented immigrants. For a brief period, the man and and others in the audience chanted, "Stop deportation! Yes, we can!" When Secret Service moved in to remove the protestor, Obama told them not to. Instead, the president — clearly miffed — explained why he couldn't unilaterally halt the deportation process.
- No Senators need apply: Tea Party hero Scott Walker on 2016 The Wisconsin Republican on his 2011 showdown and the way forward for the GOP
- Cheney Sisters Take Their Gay Marriage Fight to Facebook
The Cheneys don't see eye-to-eye on the issue of gay marriage. After Liz Cheney reiterated her opposition on the Sunday morning talk shows, her sister and her sister's partner took the Republican hopeful to the woodshed in separate Facebook posts. Liz Cheney, running for the Republican Senate primary in Wyoming, reminded the world how she opposes gay marriage during her Fox News Sunday appearance, despite the wishes of her sister, Mary Cheney, who is a lesbian with two children. "I love Mary very much, I love her family very much," Cheney said on Sunday morning.
- 60 Minutes' Benghazi 'Witness' Has Gone Into Hiding
Dylan Davies, the disgraced contractor at the center of 60 Minutes' retreat on its story about the terror attack in Benghazi last year, has gone into hiding. 60 Minutes's October 27 report, since withdrawn, centered on Davies' tale of his actions that night: his sneaking into an Al Qaeda-controlled hospital, his striking a terrorist in the head with the butt of his rifle.
- Perry calls for compromise within GOP: ‘If you can’t win elections, you can’t govern’ Perry talks divisions in Republican Party, why he’s leaving the door open for 2016, and Obamacare
- Chasing chaos: The real-life story of a humanitarian aid worker New memoir details the realities and debunks the misconceptions about humanitarian aid
- Exclusive: Obama’s Secret Iran Détente
- Why did Deep Throat leak? Revisiting the Watergate leaks and the garage where it all began Watergate expert Max Holland says Deep Throat was leaking as part of a plot to become FBI Director
- Cuccinelli's Social Conservatism Didn't Align with Individual Rights Yahoo asked Republican and conservative voters in New Jersey and Virginia to react to Tuesday's gubernatorial elections and tell us: What did voters learn about their party's strategies in these races that can be applied to 2014 and beyond? COMMENTARY | As a fiscal conservative and a long-time Republican voter who believes in individual rights and liberty, I was relieved to learn that Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race. Increasingly, the Republican Party is influenced by the tea party, which is controlled by religious fundamentalists. Cuccinelli is a sterling example of this religious domination, especially controlling a woman's body and depriving gays and lesbians of equal rights.
- Virginia Governor's Race a True 'Unpopularity' Contest Yahoo asked Republican and conservative voters in New Jersey and Virginia to react to Tuesday's gubernatorial elections and tell us: What did voters learn about their party's strategies in these races that can be applied to 2014 and beyond? COMMENTARY | As predicted, Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia's governor seat, was the winner in Tuesday night's election over the Republican Ken Cuccinelli. As a 31-year-old Northern Virginia resident, I'm proud that I've voted in every election since I turned 18. The most telling part of this election comes from a Quinnipiac survey done last week that showed this was an "unpopularity" contest;
- Moving On After Virginia, and Where Republicans Go from Here Yahoo asked Republican and conservative voters in New Jersey and Virginia to react to Tuesday's gubernatorial elections and tell us: What did voters learn about their party's strategies in these races that can be applied to 2014 and beyond? COMMENTARY | After what seemed like an interminable and negative campaign by both candidates for governor in Virginia, Terry McAullife, the Democrat, defeated Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican. I'm a registered Republican, but for the first time, I supported the Democratic candidate. They are losing us on both social and personal health issues, and Republicans keep endorsing candidates who are far to right wing to appeal to any kind of majority.
- McAuliffe’s Narrow Victory Over Cuccinelli More Worrisome for Democrats COMMENTARY |Democrat Terry McAuliffe narrowly defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli to become governor of Virginia. Political pundits have been saying that this race was a contest not just between two candidates but between the tea party and Obamacare, and between approval and disapproval of President Obama's policies. In fact, given that most Americans blame the Republican Party for the shut down, and the fact that McAuliffe overwhelmingly outspent Cuccinelli, $32 million to $20 million, in a bitter campaign filled with attack ads, what is surprising is that McAuliffe did not beat Cuccinelli by a larger number and percentage. Cuccinelli tried to make the election about Obamacare and the need for freedom of choice in health care in the last days of the campaign, while McAuliffe's campaign focused on ads that attacked Cuccinelli personally for his stances on social issues like abortion and marriage equality.
- Christie's Win No Surprise, but What Does it Portend for His White House Run? Yahoo asked Republican and conservative voters in New Jersey and Virginia to react to Tuesday's gubernatorial elections and tell us: What did voters learn about their party's strategies in these races that can be applied to 2014 and beyond? COMMENTARY | New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's landslide re-election is no surprise in a state that, despite an overwhelming Democratic majority, has a record of electing and re-electing Republican governors. Add Christie's hands-on leadership during and after Hurricane Sandy, bipartisan approach to pension reform, direct communication style, and unprecedented willingness to stand up to the state's powerful teachers union and the governor cast a shadow that Democratic State Sen. Barbara Buono couldn't possibly escape. Christie's reputation as a moderate Republican will serve him well as he faces a national electorate that seems equally tired of President Barack Obama and the tea party.
- In Virginia, a Failure to Spend and Focus Yahoo asked Republican and conservative voters in New Jersey and Virginia to react to Tuesday's gubernatorial elections and tell us: What did voters learn about their party's strategies in these races that can be applied to 2014 and beyond? COMMENTARY | Virginia's was a difficult election to watch. I think the Republican Party needs to take three key things from this race going forward: 1) You have to spend to win a critical state like Virginia.
- Out of this world: Why Gingrich wants to go to space and says GOP turmoil is healthy The former Speaker of the House discusses his new book and the future of the Republican Party
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