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The RTIA calls on the FCC to make mobile device unlocking legal again

Earlier this year, an exemption in the DMCA expired that effectively made cellphone unlocking illegal in the United States. Shortly after this, a petition rose up calling for the government to do something about it. This led to declarations of support for cellphone unlocking from the FCC, the Obama …

In Government Shutdown, Congress Members Still Get Paid While Federal Workers Wait In Limbo

WASHINGTON -- In the event of a government shutdown, hundreds of thousands of federal workers would be furloughed, not knowing if or when they'd get paid. Their paychecks would ultimately depend upon the benevolence of a fractious Congress, which decides whether to pass legislation retroactively …

GOP's 'touch-the-stove' moment

For the House GOP leadership, this has become known as the “touch-the-stove moment.”<p>After nearly three years of narrowly avoiding government shutdowns, debt defaults and other fiscal follies, House Republicans appear poised to finally grasp the hot stove-top and allow federal government operations …

Defaulting on U.S. debt can’t be an option

By Frank Keating<p><i>Frank Keating is president and chief executive of the American Bankers Association. He was governor of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2003 and is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Debt Reduction Task Force.</i><p>In this country, our word is our bond. The respect and admiration that the …

Not Raising the Debt Ceiling: A Crisis, If We're Lucky, a Historic Calamity If We're Not

If we don't raise the debt limit, we know we would get mega-austerity and maybe a new financial crisis. But just how bad could it get?<p>And if we don't lift that self-imposed limit, we enter a world of economic pain. We couldn't borrow more to pay for the spending Congress has already authorized. …

Private jet crashes into hangar at California airport, sparks inferno

A multimillion dollar private jet crashed into a hangar at a California airport creating an “unsurvivable” inferno on the ground, a fire official said.<p>The twin-engine Cessna Citation ran off the end of the runway while landing at Santa Monica Airport at 6:20 p.m. local time (9:20 p.m. ET) Sunday. …

Swiss war game envisages invasion by bankrupt French

Hordes of bankrupt French invade Switzerland to get their hands on their “stolen” money — such is the imaginary scenario cooked up by the Swiss military in simulations revealed over the weekend.<p>Carried out in August, the apparently outlandish army exercise was based on the premise of an attack by a …

NBC cancels NRA-funded hunting show after host compares critics to Hitler

A television show funded by the National Rifle Association has been cancelled after the host of the programme shot an elephant in the face and then compared his critics to Adolf Hitler.<p>NBC Sports Network confirmed that the show, Under Wild Skies, would be pulled from its programming. The network …

Poll: Congress approval at 10 percent

Congress’ approval rating is at an all-time low, according to a new poll released just hours before a likely government shutdown.<p>The CNN/ORC poll shows that only 10 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 87 percent disapprove. The approval rating is the all-time lowest …

Obama blames House GOP for imminent shutdown

President Obama blamed an imminent government shutdown on House Republicans on Monday and said his health care plan is "moving forward" despite GOP efforts to defund it.<p>"You don't get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you're supposed to be doing anyway ... just because there's …