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23 Jun 2011 17:13


U.S.: Eric Cantor, Jon Kyl leave negotiations on debt limit vote

  • Each side came into these talks with certain orders, and as it stands the Democrats continue to insist that any deal must include tax increases. … Given this impasse, I will not be participating in today’s meeting and I believe it is time for the President to speak clearly and resolve the tax issue.
  • Rep. Eric Cantor • Speaking on negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on raising the U.S. debt limit. Cantor, as well as Senator Jon Kyl, have abandoned the negotiations over tax raises the Democrats insist on pairing with the spending cuts the GOP is thirsting for. Speaker Boehner says that talks could continue if tax raises are off the table, which is obvious — if the Democrats abandon what they want out of this deal, it could get done, but that’s more caving than compromise. Cantor says they did find areas of compromise, though: “I believe that we have identified trillions in spending cuts, and to date, we have established a blueprint that could institute the fiscal reforms needed to start getting our fiscal house in order,” he notes. source

21 Sep 2010 09:50


World: In India, Commonwealth Games bridge falls down, goes boom

HOLY CRAP. You mean we have to rebuild this pedestrian bridge for an event happening in a FREAKING MONTH? Man, we’re so not prepared for this. source

13 Aug 2010 11:33


U.S.: Obama’s first Guantanamo prosecution on hold due to “lawyer collapse”

  • Which, of course, is always a good reason. The lawyer for Omar Khadr, a Canadian who was captured in Afghanistan by U.S. forces at age 15, is on hold for a month after Khadr’s military defense lawyer, Jon Jackson, collapsed in court yesterday. Jackson needs to head back to the U.S. for a month for further medical treatment, meaning the trial of the now-23-year-old Khadr is put on hold. Jackson recently had gall bladder surgery. source

24 Jun 2010 20:07


U.S.: Bridgeport, Connecticut clobbered by huge freaking storm

The storm has downed power lines, made buildings collapse and put the city into a state of emergency. Holy crap. source

25 Oct 2009 10:58


Music: We’re pulling for you, Morrissey! The dude collapsed onstage.

We hate it when our friends become unconscious. The former Smiths singer collapsed almost immediately onstage. He’s hospitalized in stable condition. source

21 Jun 2009 23:46


U.S.: That sucks: An apartment complex in Brooklyn fell. Everyone heard it.

Four were injured when the building fell, and nearby buildings had to be evacuated. Worst part? The owners knew it had structural problems. source

05 Jun 2009 02:15


Biz: Why former Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo is a bad, bad man

  • $387 million Amount Angelo Mozilo made as Countrywide CEO between 2002 and 2006. He co-founded the company in 1969 and was seen as a rags-to-riches story.
  • $139 million Amount Mozilo made in profits as the mortgage giant started crumbling under the weight of its own bad deals. Charges were brought against Mozillo yesterday. source

03 May 2009 09:51


Sports: The Cowboys don’t have a practice bubble anymore

12 were injured. A less forgiving fan (a.k.a. a jerk) would blame the high amount of ego in the room for the collapse. source