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CNN: McCain: Americans 'don't want compromise' on tax revenue hikes
The American people do not want Republicans to compromise on their opposition to any form of tax increase as part of a deficit reduction deal being negotiated with Democrats, veteran Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Sunday. "The principle of not raising taxes is something that we campaigned on last November and the results of the election was the American people don't want their taxes raised and they wanted us to cut spending," McCain said on CNN's "State of the Union." "They don't want compromise."
CNN: Clinton to Obama: Stay strong over debt ceiling
Former President Bill Clinton urged the Obama White House to remain steadfast over its pledge to increase the federal debt ceiling by August 2. …Clinton did not know how Obama could avoid a repeat shutdown, but insisted that the president stand his ground. "First, the White House could blink," Clinton said. "I hope that won't happen. I don't think they should blink."
Chicago Tribune: 112th Congress is one of the least productive in years
The 112th Congress is on pace to be one of the least productive in recent memory — as measured by votes taken, bills made into laws, nominees approved. By most of those metrics, this crowd is underperforming even the "do-nothing Congress" of 1948, as Harry Truman dubbed it.
CNN: 2012ers hit the road
2012 Republican presidential candidates are traveling this week, mostly in early presidential-contest states. Here's a look at where they're headed.
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CNN: One Mexican's death row case spills far beyond borders of Texas
It is a high-stakes dispute over federal authority, local sovereignty and foreign treaties - reaching far beyond the gruesome facts of a single murder. The case of Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. is pending at the U.S. Supreme Court, which will decide whether to issue a stay of execution and whether to decide the broader legal question of what rights death row inmates from foreign nations deserve.
CNN: New Mexico firefight moves to Indian lands
More than 2,100 firefighters were battling a massive wildfire Monday that was threatening hundreds of buildings and ancient sites on Indian lands in northern New Mexico. …Still, for all the continued challenges, firefighters made some significant progress over the weekend. Most notably, Los Alamos County Police Chief Wayne Torpy announced it was lifting a majority of roadblocks around the county, allowing roughly 10,000 residents to return home.
CNN: Swift water hinders Yellowstone River oil spill cleanup
High water and a swift current has helped break up an oil spill that dumped hundreds of barrels of crude into Montana's Yellowstone River over the weekend, local officials said Sunday. ExxonMobil said between 750 to 1,000 barrels (32,000 to 42,000 gallons) of oil escaped late Friday when a pipeline ruptured beneath the river near Billings.
New York Times: With the Shuttle Program Ending, Fears of Decline at NASA
As NASA prepares to launch its last space shuttle — ending 30 years in which large teams of creative scientists and engineers sent winged spaceships into orbit — it is facing what may be a bigger challenge: a brain drain that threatens to undermine safety as well as the agency’s plans.
Boston Globe: Despite notoriety, Bulger no easy case
He’s a legendary gangster, accused of 19 grisly murders and a vast criminal conspiracy. He was a fugitive from justice for 16 years and could face years in prison on gun charges alone for the 30 illegal weapons authorities say they discovered at his Santa Monica, Calif., hide-out. …But what might seem like a slam-dunk case against someone who was pictured alongside Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s Most Wanted List will be an immensely complex undertaking, costing taxpayers millions of dollars and playing out over years, former prosecutors and defense attorneys say.
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CNN: Thai PM resigns as party head; Yingluck set to be 1st female premier
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva announced his resignation as head of Thailand's Democratic Party on Monday as his opponent Yingluck Shinawatra is set to become the country's first female prime minister. Yingluck's Pheu Thai party dominated the country's general election, which took place Sunday.
CNN: Egypt gas pipeline to Israel explodes; sabotage suspected
A pipeline that supplies gas from Egypt to Israel exploded Monday in the northern Sinai Peninsula near Bir el-Adb, an Egyptian security official said. The explosion appears to be an act of sabotage, said Gen. Saleh al-Masri, the head of security in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula.
CNN: Source: 'No decision's been made' on whether to drop Strauss-Kahn case
Days after presenting evidence questioning the accuser's credibility, New York prosecutors are still working to determine exactly what happened between Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the hotel maid that originally led to the financier's arrest on sexual assault charges. A source close to the investigation told CNN on Sunday that it is unclear whether the former International Monetary Fund chief will learn this week whether he will be cleared of any or all charges in the case.
CNN: Kremlin: Immediate cease-fire necessary to stabilize Libya
The fighting in Libya is slated to take center stage Monday at a meeting between NATO nations and Russia. The meeting brings together countries who support the airstrikes targeting Moammar Gadhafi's forces and one of the biggest critics of the bombing campaign. …"The sole possibility of stabilizing the situation in Libya is an immediate cease-fire and the start of talks between the internal Libyan participants in the conflict with the support of, but not interference from, outside," the Kremlin said, according to [state-run news agency] RIA Novosti.
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Detroit Free Press: UAW, Detroit 3 prepare to face off around table
Despite massive restructuring at the Detroit Three since 2007, top union and company negotiators who kick off national labor talks this month will be in for a difficult stretch as they race toward a Sept. 14 deadline on the current contract. As many as six assembly plants face uncertain futures - three each at Ford and General Motors - and the automakers will still make an effort to cut labor costs that have already been dramatically slashed in recent years.
Los Angeles Times: Frequent fliers would pay for faster airport security checks
U.S. air travelers already pay to check bags and buy onboard snacks, among other charges. But would they pay to avoid those long airport security lines? A sizable chunk of them would, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Travel Assn., the nationwide trade group that has been pushing the idea of a fee-based plan to unclog the gridlock at the country's airports.
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