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Romney Slams Defense Cuts Paul Ryan Voted For

Mitt Romney is running against military spending cuts enacted last year in the bipartisan debt limit agreement, calling them an “extraordinary miscalculation.” The problem: his own running mate Paul Ryan voted for the debt deal, and was accused in a Sunday interview of wanting it both ways.

Romney: Sorry, No Preexisting Conditions Guarantee Unless You’re Already Insured

In a Sunday interview, Mitt Romney spoke out for a popular provision in the Affordable Care Act that guarantees coverage for people with preexisting conditions. But his campaign later clarified that he supports a scaled back version of the policy with much weaker protections.

Sections of Taliban ready to accept US presence in Afghanistan – report

Some senior Taliban figures are ready to negotiate a ceasefire and might be ready to accept a long-term US military presence in Afghanistanas part of a comprehensive peace deal, according to a report to be published on Monday based on interviews with Taliban officials and negotiators.

Chicago Teachers On Strike, Affecting 400,000 Students 

Teachers in Chicago walked off the job Monday after contract negotiations fell through, leaving 400,000 students in the nation’s third-largest district shut out of their classrooms.

BP selling oil fields in Gulf of Mexico ahead of Deepwater Horizon fines

BP has agreed to sell some of its Gulf of Mexico oil fields for $5.6bn as it builds up cash reserves ahead of potentially huge fines for 2010’s Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Anniversary of 9/11 marked under cloud of health problems, funding fights

(Reuters) – Eleven years after the September 11, 2001, attacks, New Yorkers will mark the anniversary on Tuesday against a backdrop of health concerns for emergency workers and a feud over financing that has stopped construction of the $1 billion Ground Zero museum.

Germany should back growth or leave euro – Soros

(Reuters) – Germany should leave the euro zone if it is not prepared to take a more decisive lead in helping the euro zone’s weaker nations escape a spiral of increasing indebtedness and economic decline, veteran financier George Soros said on Saturday.

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