Monthly Archives: January, 2016

Budget deficit to rise to $544B this year

Tuesday, a government report released estimates that this year’s budget deficit will rise to $544 billion, an increase over prior estimates that can be attributed largely to tax cuts and spending increases passed by Congress last month. The deficit and debt picture over the long-term has also worsened considerably.

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High court rejects new challenge to Obama health overhaul

The Supreme Court has rejected another challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

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US faces challenge freeing Americans held hostage on Pakistani-Afghan border

Freeing four American prisoners from Iranian prisons required billions of dollars and high-level diplomacy, but liberating captives – including an American woman who was pregnant when she was taken in Afghanistan – from the shadowy organization that once held Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will likely prove far more daunting.

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Democrats hold key debate amid feuding over Sanders’ medical records

Bernie Sanders said Sunday that he will release his medical records, after saying that any attempt by a political rival to get them is “vile and desperate,” as the primary race tightens and becomes more hard-hitting ahead of Sunday’s debate.

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‘Several’ Americans disappear in Iraq, U.S. Embassy says

Sunday the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad confirmed “several” Americans had disappeared in Iraq and the State Department said it was working with Iraqi authorities to locate them amid multiple reports of a kidnapping.

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Obama says ‘tireless’ effort led to prisoner release

Obama says Americans long held in Iran will soon be reunited with their families and says “tireless” diplomacy made it possible. Obama spoke as the Americans were on their way to Switzerland, a day after their release as part of a prisoner swap.

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Sanders Backs Gun Control Legislation Ahead of Democratic Debate

One night before they were to meet in the Democratic presidential candidates’ fourth debate of the campaign season, Bernie Sanders attempted to neutralize one of Hillary Clinton’s most effective attacks against him: his voting record on gun-control.

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Kerry says Iran has completed steps in nuclear deal, ‘First day of a safer world’

These morons are living in a dream world….Secretary of State John Kerry and the International Atomic Energy Agency said independently Saturday that Iran has completed the necessary steps in the international nuclear deal to allow Tehran to immediately recoup roughly $100 billion in frozen assets.

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Christie Conceds No Due Process in His Gun Ban

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie concedes there is no due process for Americans who find themselves on the Department of Homeland Security’s Terrorist Watch List. But that doesn’t mean prohibitions against buying guns should be lifted from people who end up on the list.

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Drug shortages in US emergency rooms on the rise

A new study shows U.S. emergency rooms are increasingly running short on medications, including many that are needed for life-threatening conditions. Since 2008, the number of shortages has risen by more than 400 percent, researchers found. Half of all emergency room shortages were for life-saving drugs, and for one in 10 there were no available substitutes, they report in Academic Emergency Medicine.

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