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McConnell backs cutting subsidies

A proposal to cut federal health care subsidies to lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides picked up a high-profile backer on Wednesday: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.<p>McConnell told radio host and former Education Secretary Bill Bennett that he agrees with legislation offered by Sen. David Vitter …

Syria's Assad says he doesn't rule out possibility of US strike

Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he does not discount the possibility of a U.S. military attack even though threatened action was forestalled when he agreed to give up chemical weapons.<p>Assad also said in an interview broadcast by Venezuela's state-run …

Senate votes to avert government shutdown

The Senate will vote to move ahead with a bill to keep the government running through Nov. 15.<p>WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted 100-0 Wednesday to clear a key procedural hurdle toward passing a stopgap funding bill to avert a government shutdown in six days. The vote occurred after a dramatic …

NSA snooping: Obama under pressure as senator denounces 'act of treason'

Barack Obama was facing a mounting domestic and international backlash against US surveillance operations on Monday as his administration struggled …