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President Barack Obama President Barack Obama press conference on financial obligations at the White House, Washington, DC, America - 29 Jun 2011 President Barack Obama discusses the current budgetary debate. He suggested that "Congress should stay in...

Top Talker: President Obama goes after Republicans at news conference

06/30/11 10:02AM

 In his first news conference in over 15 weeks, President Obama confronted congressional Republicans for failing to strike a deal on raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. Speaking in the East Room of the White House, the President took questions from reporters for over an hour.  Using some harsh words, he warned lawmakers that if they can't reach a deal by the end of the week, they should cancel congressional vacations.  The President also blasted Republicans for refusing to consider raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans as part of any deal. read more

Morning headlines: Thursday, June 30

06/30/11 05:57AM

Here's a look at stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?The president gave his press conference yesterday and said GOP strategy on debt talks 'not on the level'Boehner says the president is 'sorely mistaken' on the debt limitWhy relief in Greece may only be temporaryRomney and the president both head to Pennsylvania todayWhy the attack on a Kabul hotel raises security concernsA new Marist/McClatchy poll shows the president still leads the GOP fieldA new NYT/CBS poll shows four in 5 approve of the president's plan for an Afghan drawdownU.S. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for June 29, 2011

06/29/11 03:26PM

Here are today's must read opinion and editorial columns.LEADERLESS IN EUROPE  EDITORIALNEW YORK TIMESAmericans are weary of war — and fear of weakening NATO no longer deters politicians, as the fight over the Libya campaign has made clear. ...Europe’s leaders need to find some broader vision of their own quickly, or Europeans — and their American allies — could pay a huge price.PETRAEUS'S UNFINISHED LEGACY IN AFGHANISTAN  DAVID IGNATIUSWASHINGTON POSTThe Petraeus legacy will be debated by military historians for years to come. read more

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