Date archive forJuly, 2011
By Gjergji On Sunday, July 17th, 2011
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Dalai Lama Visit: President Obama Meets Spiritual Leader, China Complains

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama held a White House meeting Saturday with the Dalai Lama, a fellow Nobel Peace laureate, hours after China called on the U.S. to rescind an invitation that could sour relations More...

By Gjergji On Sunday, July 17th, 2011
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A Texas Two-Step: When Rick Perry Backed Al Gore

There’s an inconvenient political truth for Texas Governor Rick Perry: he was his state’s 1988 campaign chairman for then U.S. Senator Al Gore’s first run at the presidency. The way their partnership More...

By Gjergji On Sunday, July 17th, 2011
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News Corp. Reports $125K In 2011 Political Donations

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Under assault in a phone hacking scandal, News Corp. has met a self-imposed deadline for reporting its 2011 political contributions online. On Friday, the media company reported a little more More...

By Gjergji On Sunday, July 17th, 2011
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Pawlenty Draws Attention With Debt Ceiling Rhetoric, But Sends Mixed Signals On Action

WASHINGTON — Tim Pawlenty on Friday joined the Jim DeMint wing of the Republican Party in the debt ceiling debate. Sort of. Pawlenty argued in multiple TV interviews against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s More...

By Gjergji On Sunday, July 17th, 2011
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Tea Party: Polls Show Importance To GOP Base

WASHINGTON — As negotiations continue over raising the debt limit, Republican leaders are at odds with their own base, amid reports that their electoral coalition is breaking down. Public polling data illustrating More...

Republicans target Raleigh Democrat Brad Miller for his work on financial reform
By Gjergji On Sunday, July 17th, 2011
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Republicans target Raleigh Democrat Brad Miller for his work on financial reform

It’s Monday morning, and Congressman Brad Miller, a Raleigh Democrat, is in Wake Forest talking radars, incoming torpedoes and “hard kills” with executives of a high-tech engineering firm, 3 Phoenix More...

Going After Michele Bachmann Ahead Of 2012 Has Its Risks
By Gjergji On Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Going After Michele Bachmann Ahead Of 2012 Has Its Risks

ST. PAUL, Minn. — For Michele Bachmann, the laugh line doubled as a clear message that she thinks she’s ready for the rough-and-tumble of presidential politics. “I had three brothers, no sisters More...

Loss of Large Predators Has Caused Widespread Disruption of Ecosystems
By Gjergji On Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Loss of Large Predators Has Caused Widespread Disruption of Ecosystems

The decline of large predators and other “apex consumers” at the top of the food chain has disrupted ecosystems all over the planet, according to a review of recent findings conducted by an international More...

Minnesota Shutdown Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel
By Gjergji On Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Minnesota Shutdown Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and top Republicans struck a deal Thursday to end a budget impasse that prompted the state government to shut down, with the Democratic governor giving up on raising taxes. The agreement More...

Ted Strickland: Dems' Concessions On Debt Debate Are 'Very Troubling'
By Gjergji On Friday, July 15th, 2011
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Ted Strickland: Dems’ Concessions On Debt Debate Are ‘Very Troubling’

WASHINGTON — A resolution to raise the nation’s debt ceiling may remain far off. But the long-term framing of the debate over spending and debt is becoming slightly clearer, and it’s causing philosophical More...