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PICTURES: Obama, Boehner, Biden, Kasich Golf at Andrews

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, both avid golfers, took to the links at Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday along with Vice President Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In the background of the game is the debate over the debt ceiling limit, which the U.S. will reach on Aug. 2.

Below, take a look through photos of the game.

 

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:40pm

Five Best Saturday Columns

Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch on the Archaic Two-Party System. "Nothing in American life today seems as archaic, ubiquitous and immovable as the Republican and Democratic parties," write Gillespie and Welch, citing the fact that our "two 19th-century political groupings divide up the spoils of a combined $6.4 trillion." While "rhetorically and theoretically," the two parties are at odds with each other," they have "managed to create a mostly unbroken set of po

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:40pm

Political Games: Obama, Boehner Take to Golf Course

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner teed off on Saturday, hitting the golf course together for the first time with more in play than just bragging rights.

(RELATED: Pictures from Saturday's Golf Outing)

(RELATED: Golf Gives Insights Into Presidential Character)

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:40pm

New Presidential Correspondence? Obama to Sign Tweets 'BO'

Presidential archivists and historians will have a new category of correspondence to keep track of with the presidency of Barack Obama: the presidential tweet.

This week, the Obama 2012 campaign took over the duties of manning the president's Twitter and Facebook accounts. Updates will likely come from staff for the most part, but when the president does tweet, he will sign the tweet "-BO."

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 10:40am

Karzai Says Afghanistan, U.S. in Peace Talks with Taliban

Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged in a news conference Saturday that his government and the United States are engaged in peace talks with the Taliban, according to media reports.

  "Peace negotiations with the Taliban and other countrymen have been started," Karzai said, according to a video of the news conference posted on the website of British daily The Telegraph.

 

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 9:40am

PICTURES: The Year in Cyberattacks

2011 has seen a rapid increase in the number of data security breaches. With information giants such as Google and government entities from the Senate to the CIA being hacked, millions of people have had their personal information jeopardized. Take a look at some of the biggest violations of privacy to occur in cyberspace this year.

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Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 8:40am

White House Acknowledges Pentagon's Lawyer Disagreed About War Powers

The White House acknowledged late Friday that the Pentagon’s top lawyer and the Attorney General believe that the U.S.’s military actions against Libya amount to “hostilities,” a position that contravenes a theory espoused by the administration in a white paper sent to Congress Thursday.

Still, the White House insists that the Justice Department and the Defense Department believe that President Obama’s view is a reasonable and legitimate interpretation of the War Powers Act.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 11:40pm

DeMint Might Target GOP Debt Ceiling Defectors

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Sen. Jim DeMint isn't planning to target any of his fellow Republican senators for defeat this year, but that could change if incumbents end up voting to raise the federal debt limit, he said Friday.

Addressing the Republican Leadership Conference here, DeMint said his Senate Conservatives Fund would aim to raise $15 million for favored candidates during the 2012 elections. In an interview later, he said he isn't trying to oust any colleagues now, but that could change.

Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 9:40pm

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