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Final Spending Plan Cuts $40 Billion

The bipartisan plan to keep the government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year will reduce last year’s spending levels by $40 billion through a series of deep cuts from various agencies and programs. According to details released Tuesday morning by the House Appropriations Committee,  $10.9 billion in cuts will be made from spending […]

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Report: Obama’s Fiscal Plan Will Mirror Commission’s Proposal

The Washington Post reports this morning that President Obama will call on lawmakers to vote on the comprehensive debt reduction plan put forth by his fiscal commission back in December. According to the report, the President will announce his support for the plan, named after the commission’s co-chairs, Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson, […]

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Poll: Americans Credit Obama, Dems For Avoiding Shutdown

More Americans credit President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats for avoiding a government shutdown than Republican lawmakers, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll. The data, compiled between April 9-10th, states that 48 percent would credit “Obama/Democrats in Congress” for the agreement to continue funding the government, whereas only 35 percent would attribute the […]

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Round Two: Boehner, GOP Set Sights On Debt Limit

House Speaker John Boehner (R- Ohio) said Republicans “dragged a reluctant Senate and White House” into reaching a deal for funding the government through September, but now says the GOP will stand against the President’s wishes to increase the nation’s debt ceiling.  “President Obama also wants a debt limit increase, but says spending cuts and […]

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House Votes To Block Net Neutrality Rules

The House took a short break from discussing the possibility of a government shutdown on Friday to pass a resolution that blocks the Federal Communications Commission from implementing net neutrality rules that would govern the internet. The Republican measure passed 240-179. It is likely DOA, however, if and when it is taken up by the […]

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Report: Deal In Place To Avoid Shutdown

UPDATE: National Journal is reporting that House and Senate leaders have agreed to a deal to keep the government running beyond tonight, when current funding expires. According to the report, lawmakers have agreed to a nearly six-month funding extension that keeps the government running through the end of the current fiscal year. The measure would […]

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Boehner Says Disagreement Over Spending Cuts Holding Up Deal

By Anna Cameron With less than twelve hours remaining before a government shutdown takes effect, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters that there is still no deal in place to pass a funding extension. “There’s only one reason that we do not have an agreement as yet, and that issue is spending,” said Boehner. […]

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Planned Parenthood Reacts To Defunding Effort

The President of Planned Parenthood responded Friday to efforts by House Republicans to eliminate the organization’s share of federal funding. “It’s an outrage to shut down the government over an extreme proposal that would deny millions of women Pap tests, breast cancer screenings and birth control,” said Cecile Richards. “Attacking Planned Parenthood’s preventive health care […]

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Budget Talks Enter Final Hours, Shutdown Looms

Congressional leaders and the White House have failed to agree on a budget plan for the remainder of the fiscal year, despite the fact that the government will shut down at the end of Friday without Congressional action. On Thursday, the House passed a continuing resolution that would allow the government to operate for an […]

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Kingston Bracing For Shutdown

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) discusses the latest news regarding the possibility of a government shutdown occurring this weekend. Kingston also discusses House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) 2012 budget proposal, which aims to reduce spending by $5.8 trillion over the next ten years. (8:38) Listen   More notes from the interview: Kingston told me that […]

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World Is ‘Appalled’ By Foley Execution, Obama Says


“No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day,” Obama said.

Polls: 74% Of Blacks, 88% Of Whites Have Confidence In Police

25 percent of blacks and 12 percent of whites said that they have “very little” to no confidence.

White House Confirms Authenticity Of Foley Execution Video

James Foley. Photo: Nicole Tung.

The video released Tuesday showed Foley, who had been missing since his kidnapping in 2012, being executed by a member of ISIS.

Holder Heads To Ferguson

“We understand the need for an independent investigation, and we hope that the independence and thoroughness of our investigation will bring some measure of calm.”

TRNS News Notes- 8/20

ISIS claim: Killed U.S. journalist
Ferguson: WH/civil rights groups
Ferguson: Prosecutor will stay
St Louis police shoot man
Foreigners snipe; U.S. swipes back

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