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Hurricane Irene Clean-Up Begins, Despite FEMA Funding Concerns [VIDEO]

Hurricane Irene may end up being one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in U.S. history. Industry experts currently put the storm’s damage at $7 billion to $10 billion; however, much of that destruction may not be covered by insurance because it was caused by flooding and not winds. Flooding is often excluded from standard insurance policies.

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31 American Troops Killed in Afghanistan After Taliban Attack on Helicopter

Taliban insurgents shot down an American military helicopter in Afghanistan Saturday, killing 31 American troops and 7 Afghan commandos, multiple news outlets are reporting

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President Obama, Congressional Leaders Reach Debt Deal, Plan to Face Vote

President Barack Obama said Sunday night that he and Congressional leaders had reached a debt deal that cuts trillions in federal spending. The debt ceiling plan was set to face a vote on Monday in hopes of enacting it before a Tuesday deadline, thus averting default, The New York Times reported.

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U.S. Postmaster General Suggests End To Saturday Delivery And Rate Hike
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US Postal Service To Close 3600 Offices – Will Your Delivery Be Affected?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Rain, shine, sleet or snow.  The U.S. Postal service will deliver through all of these and more.  Or will they?

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Jon Stewart Rips Both Democrats and Republicans in Hilarious Debt Crisis Rant [VIDEO]

On Monday night’s ‘Daily Show,’ host Jon Stewart admonished Congress and compared the constantly-changing debt ceiling deadline to a Broadway opening, saying “The only catastrophe that has moved its date this often is ‘Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark.’

He then observed that despite a steady stream of meetings about the debt crisis, Republicans and Democrats have accomplished little other than seemingly swapping political positions with their opponents. “Both sides switched, everybody caved, and no one agreed,” he quipped.

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President Obama Ends Ban on Gays in the Military

On Friday, President Obama joined Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen in formally signing a document certifying that military readiness would not be hurt by allowing gays in the military. The notice will now be sent to Congress.

The action officially repeals the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy enacted during the Clinton Administration and begins the 60-day waiting period that will lead to a full lift of the ban.

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US Postmaster Proposes Eliminating Saturday Mail Delivery

Email and other electronic transactions have caused a dramatic drop in the volume of snail-mail and its associated revenues — so much so that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has proposed eliminating Saturday mail delivery.

It’s a move that could save the United States Postal Service as much as $3.1 billion a year.

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Obama to Hold First Twitter Town Hall; Biden Starts Tweeting

President Barack Obama is set to hold his first Twitter town hall on Wednesday.

The president will answer questions submitted by using the #AskObama hashtag via a live webcast at 2 p.m. ET at askobama.twitter.com.

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Girl Genius Links Nearly All US Presidents Back to Same King of England [VIDEO]

What began as a school assignment to trace her own family tree grew into something much bigger for 12-year-old BridgeAnne d’Avignon.

The Paso Robles, CA girl went through more than half a million names over several months and discovered that all the US presidents save for one — Martin Van Buren — are related to John “Lackland” Plantagenet, a former King of England and signer of the Magna Carta.

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Congress Pondering Bill That Could Make Marijuana Legal

Marijuana legalization has two pretty high-profile friends in Congress.

Republican Ron Paul of Texas and Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts are co-sponsoring a bill that would put an end to the federal criminalization of marijuana.

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Another Day – Another Flag Controversy

Here we go again.  Starting to sound like a broke record.  (Remember those?)  Seems like every time I turn around, I am finding out that someone, or some entity or whatever has an issue surrounding the American Flag.

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Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance

Since today is Flag Day, I wanted to share another aspect of this day, a great comedian of his time and his reflection on the Pledge of Allegiance.

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