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White House To GOP: Stop Whining About Our Welfare Waivers – You Asked For Them

Republican anger over President Obama’s directive to grant states flexibility on implementing welfare reform has hit the campaign trail, and the White House is offering rankled Republicans a response: Get over it — your own party’s leaders, including Romney himself, asked for those waivers.

Pelosi Clarifies Remarks on Romney, Tax Returns

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi clarified remarks Thursday after she was interpreted as having downplayed her — and the Obama campaign’s — demand that Mitt Romney release more than two years of tax returns.

Internet Defense League Forms To Fight Next SOPA And PIPA

They may be the Super Friends of the Internet: A group of prominent web companies including Mozilla, maker of the Firefox Web browser, the social news website Reddit and the blogging service WordPress have teamed up with advocacy groups and lawmakers to form the Internet Defense League (IDL), a coalition dedicated to rallying Web users against government attempts to take over or destroy the world — the world wide web, that is. And they want your help, too.

Syrian intelligence chief dead

‘s intelligence chief, Hisham Bekhtyar, has died of wounds suffered in a bombing on Wednesday that killed three other senior security officials in President Bashar al-Assad‘s inner circle, state television said on Friday.

Baltimore and the Libor scandal: ‘We can’t leave any money on the table’

A little over two years ago, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had never heard ofLibor. The mayor of Baltimore had plenty of other things to keep herself occupied. Elected in 2010, she was dealing with the aftermath of afinancial crisis that had left her city with the budget deficit of $120m and the cost of cleaning up the worst two-day snowstorm in the city’s history. And then she found out the credit crunch had come back to take another bite out of the city’s finances.

Boehner joins criticism of Bachmann over Clinton aide comments

John Boehner
, the leading Republican in Congress, has chastised his colleague Michele Bachmann over allegations she made linking a key aide of Hillary Clinton to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Iran steps up crackdown against its Arab minority

 has stepped up its crackdown against its Arab minority with mass arrests of activists and death sentences passed in closed-door courts.

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