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Biden Group Gives Itself July 1 Deadline

Six lawmakers led by Vice President Joe Biden and charged with developing a deficit-reduction plan met for the third time this week and agreed on Thursday to give themselves until July 1 to come up with an agreement or decide not to continue. Whether or not to raise taxes remained a key sticking point.

“The idea is that we would either reach an agreement in principle by then or recognize that we are not able to bridge our differences,” House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., a member of the group, said on his way out of the meeting.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 8:40pm

FEC Asks Crossroads to Reveal Donors

The FEC this week sent a letter demanding Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-backed nonprofit that pumped millions of dollars in anonymous donations into last year's Congressional campaigns, disclose its contributors. The request appears unlikely to be honored but it could signal an effort to tighten regulations on controversial third-party groups.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 8:40pm

NRSC Pays Off Debt

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

FEC Asks Crossroads to Reveal Donors

The FEC this week sent a letter demanding Crossroads GPS, the Karl Rove-backed nonprofit that pumped millions of dollars in anonymous donations into last year's Congressional campaigns, disclose its contributors. The request appears unlikely to be honored but it could signal an effort to tighten regulations on controversial third-party groups.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

PICTURES: Mercury's Reputation May Get a Boost Thanks to MESSENGER

The planet Mercury doesn't come up in many conversations. Even among people inclined to talk about astronomy and the solar system, Mercury isn't often at the center of discussion.

Jupiter? Sure. Saturn? Of course. But not Mercury.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

U.S. Teens Are Couch Potatoes, CDC Finds

Only 15 percent of U.S. high school students get as much exercise as they should, although half seem to be doing pushups or lifting weights, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday.

Only 12 percent meet the guidelines for both, an hour of aerobic activity a day and a muscle-strengthening exercise of some type three days a week, a CDC team found.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

Cook Report Rates Special Election for Weiner Seat: Likely Democratic

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

Comment of the Day: That Circus of a Resignation Press Conference

Anthony Weiner's press conference turned out to be quite the show, with a heckler stealing the spotlight. Responded commenter ChadMedia:

Anthony Weiner's press conference turned out to be quite the show, with a heckler stealing the spotlight. Responded commenter ChadMedia:

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

'What Hillary Whispered' Wins Every Caption Contest

The last big Hilary Clinton meme on the internet, La Pequeña Hillary Clinton, popped up during 2008 primary season. and it was really weird. (You should not click through on that if you're unprepared to be totally perplexed and a little disturbed. So we were quite refreshed when we found 'What Hilary Whispered,' a one-day old Tumblr that so far is very funny.

Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:40pm

Steelman Hedges On Ryan Plan

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 6:40pm