Senate Gives Pre-Dawn OK to Democratic Budget

An exhausted Senate gave pre-dawn approval Saturday to a Democratic $3.7 trillion budget for next year that embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade but shelters domestic programs targeted for cuts by House Republicans. While their victory was by a razor-thin 50-49, the vote let Democrats tout their priorities. Yet it doesn’t resolve the deep differences […]

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North Korea Suspected in Cyberattack Despite China Link

Investigators have traced a coordinated cyberattack that paralyzed tens of thousands of computers at six South Korean banks and media companies to a Chinese Internet Protocol address, but it was not yet clear who orchestrated the attack, authorities in Seoul said Thursday. The discovery did not erase suspicions that North Korea was to blame. IP addresses are unique to each […]

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Obama, Give In to the Irrational GOP

In a rational world, Republicans would get the blame for the budget mess in Washington. In the George W. Bush era, they frittered impressive surpluses into unprecedented deficits. In 2011 they threatened to force the U.S. government into default if President Obama didn’t accept massive spending cuts, essentially taking the global economy hostage; the current sequester was part of their […]

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What Have You Done for Us Lately? Why the Palestinians Are Put Out With Obama, Too

Were he a journalist, President Obama could claim he must be doing something right in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Look:  Both sides are mad at him! But he’s a politician, and the conundrum he faces on both sides of the Green Line fits like a straightjacket. The skepticism that greets Obama in Israel — where a newspaper poll last week found […]

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