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President Barack Obama on Sunday night announced that Congress had arrived at an 11th-hour bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and prevent an unprecedented United States default on its financial obligations.  The deal, which Mr. Obama said was not the one he’d sought but which nonetheless required both Republicans and Democrats to make painful compromises, increases the U.S. debt limit by at least $2.1 trillion through 2013. The plan also includes a trillion dollars in spending cuts, and creates a congressional commission to come up with another $1.5 trillion in cuts by November 23, largely through tax and entitlement reform.  If that November deadline is not met, Mr Obama said, automatic cuts go into effect.  Those include $1.2 trillion cuts to domestic and defense programs, but reportedly would not include cuts to Social Security, Medicare beneficiaries and programs for low-income Americans. 

Obama Announces Congress Has Reached Debt Ceiling Agreement

William Powers, a former New York Republican Party chairman, told the Post, “I don’t think there’s any doubt Obama is going to pick him as his running mate. The president is in trouble and Biden doesn’t bring anything to his ticket.” But as much as Cuomo has expressed an interest in running for national office, possibly in 2016, there’s little chance that he would leave his job two years into his term even if the White House dangled the vice presidency in front of him. 

White House Has No Plans to Dump Joe Biden in 2012

(WASHINGTON) — A day after United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared his candidacy for a second term, President Obama says his administration stands behind the U.N. chief.The White House said Tuesday that under Ban’s leadership “the United Nations has played a critical role in responding to crises and challenges across the globe, including most recently supporting democratic transitions in Cote d’Ivoire and earthquake-affected Haiti, the conduct of the referendum on South Sudan’s self-determination, and efforts to resolve the political and humanitarian crisis in Libya.”“The Secretary General has made important reforms, such as increasing the hiring of women to senior posts and proposing the deepest reduction in the UN’s budget in more than a decade,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.At a news conference in New York on Monday, the 66-year-old South Korean said he would seek a second five-year term, and called his time as secretary general “an enormous privilege.” Ban said he would be “deeply honored to serve [as U.N. Secretary General] once more.” More World News From ABC News Radio -»

White House Endorses UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon for Second Term

Obama Campaign Hawks Birth Certificate T-Shirts

Link: Obama Campaign Hawks Birth Certificate T-Shirts abcnewsradio: (WASHINGTON) — President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign on Wednesday started selling “Made in the USA” t-shirts featuring images of both President Obama and the long-form birth certificate he released copies of last month. “Wear your support for this campaign with an official […]


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