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Democratic Divisions On The Debt Ceiling

House Republicans forced a vote on increasing the nation's debt ceiling without accompanying spending cuts Tuesday and the measure failed overwhelmingly, 318-97, with every Republican and 82 Democrats opposing it. Democrats complained about the GOP's procedural tactics to bring the measure to the floor, calling it a stunt, but the vote highlights the political precariousness the party faces on the issue.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Comment of the Day: Weiner's Photo Isn't Anatomically Possible

Obviously the media can't get enough of Anthony Weiner's bizarre Twitter photo story--not least because he keeps handing out awkward responses completely failing to clarify the matter.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Google Says Chinese Hackers Breached E-mail Accounts of U.S. Government Officials

An online scam snared hundreds of Gmail users, including U.S. government officials, Google said on Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Goodlatte: Online Piracy Laws Leave Loopholes for Streaming Stolen Content

People who illegally stream copyrighted movies, music, and TV shows online should face stricter punishment, the U.S. register of copyrights and industry representatives told a House subcommittee on Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Anthony Weiner and Wolf Blitzer's Very Awkward Encounter

Just when it looked like Rep. Anthony Weiner's had reached maximum foot-in-mouth capacity in his pushback against that provocative photo somebody posted to his Twitter account, he went on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer this afternoon and managed to hit new levels of groin-photo ambiguity. After again denying he sent the image, Blitzer asked if he's ever taken photos "like this" before. Weiner replied that "there are photos out there" (He gave a similarly cryptic/smarmy reply when reporters asked him a few minutes earlier if he was in the photos.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

House Blocks Vote on Kucinich Libya Bill Over Fears It Might Pass

House Republicans postponed a Wednesday vote on Rep. Dennis Kucinich's resolution to end U.S. involvement in the bombing of Libya because they were afraid it would pass. Speaker John Boehner thinks the legislation--which would take effect 15 days after it's adopted--would hurt the NATO mission to topple Muammar Qaddafi, Politico's John Bresnahan and Jonathan Allen report.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

Has Weiner Ever Taken a Photo Like the One Tweeted? He Doesn't Say

CNN's Wolf Blitzer asks Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., if he's ever taken a photo of his crotch after the congressman said that he's not certain a photo tweeted from his account wasn't of him. Weiner tells Blitzer that consultants who he's hired are trying to get to the bottom of the source of the image, but he wouldn't say whether or not he's every taken one like it of himself. The image was posted on his Twitter account last week and quickly removed; Weiner says that he did not tweet the image.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

Lawmakers Sympathetic to Broadcasters’ Spectrum Concerns

Broadcasters found sympathy on Wednesday from a House subcommittee over their concerns about a proposal aimed at freeing up more spectrum for wireless-broadband technologies.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

Arab Spring Meets the Summer of Discontent

Less than six months ago, an unemployed street vendor in Tunisia set himself on fire to protest police harassment, setting off a historical wave of protests across North Africa and the Middle East against repressive government regimes.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 5:40pm

CNN Poll: Majority Opposes Medicare Changes

The CNN survey demonstrates that their political trepidation is justified. While independents oppose the GOP's Medicare plan, 68 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of Tea Party supporters favor it, according to the poll.

Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 4:40pm