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IMF Cuts Forecast for U.S. Economy, Warns Action on Deficits Needed

The International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for economic growth in the United States on Friday, warning that quick action on budget deficits is needed, according to a report from Reuters.

The IMF predicted that economic growth in the United States would grow at a miserly 2.5 percent in 2011 and 2.7 percent in 2012.


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Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Perry Aides Priming the Pump in Iowa

The Associated Press is reporting that top advisers to Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry are making inquiries about the Iowa caucuses, should the conservative stalwart decide to jump into the race.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Bachmann Pitches From The Second Tier

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- If there's one thing second tier Republican presidential candidates have over the front-runners, it's their ability to fire up a crowd. So while activists at the Republican Leadership Conference here aren't going to have the chance to see the biggest names in the GOP field, they are instead being treated to a rich diet of red meat from candidates like Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Ron Paul, businessman Herman Cain and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Yes He Can? Obama Tries to Reignite the Magic

President Obama's reelection campaign will begin flexing its organizing muscles Saturday as it holds a series of nationwide events to begin registering voters and inviting supporters to officially declare, "I'm in."

The campaign has been raising money and reaching out to potential supporters since April 4, when the president filed reelection papers. But tomorrow could be an early indicator of just how much work Obama has to do to put his vaunted grassroots network back together.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Obama Administration Ends Health Care Waivers

The Obama administration is getting rid of health care waivers in September, after defending them from conservative critics who said the administration was showing favoritism in how they were handed out.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 7:40pm

Do Not Ask Chris Christie Where His Kids Go To School

New Jersey Governor Chis Christie doesn't like it when reporters ask him to provide details on his meetings with Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.Nor, apparently, is he fond of New Jersey voters asking him seemingly reasonable questions about why he sends his kids to private schools. He made that clear when the subject came up during an appearance on local PBS call-in show On The Line last night. "It's none of your business," snarled Christie.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 5:40pm

Six v. Six: Who’s Who in the Deficit Wars

The bipartisan “Gang of Six” in the Senate was formed with dreams of drafting a comprehensive deficit-reduction package that could pass the Senate and House. But the street cred of the gang may be waning. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is out and Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., seems ready to yield the gang’s powers to another group of six led by Vice President Joe Biden.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 5:40pm

Mini-Meds Get Two More Years of Waivers, but They Have to Act Fast

The federal government is giving low-value health insurance plans two more years to meet some of the health care reform law’s rules. But they must apply by September 22 to qualify, the Health and Human Services Department announced on Friday.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 5:40pm

Cancer Deaths Continue to Fall

Cancer death rates keep falling in the United States, but people with the least education are still twice as likely to die as their better-off neighbors, the American Cancer Society reported on Thursday.

The group estimated that nearly 900,000 people escaped an early death from cancer between 1990 and 2007 because of the progress in preventing, detecting, and treating cancer. Nonetheless, cancer remains the No. 2 cause of death in the United States.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 4:40pm

FCC Announces Staff Shakeup

The musical chairs continued Friday at the Federal Communications Commission. Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that he has appointed Zachary Katz as his new chief counsel.

Katz, who currently serves as Genachowski's legal adviser, will replace Rick Kaplan, who now heads the agency's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Genachowski also announced that current legal advisor Sherrese Smith will become senior counsel, while Amy Levine was tapped to be a legal adviser.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 4:40pm