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Webb Accuses GOP Leaders Of Caving In To Partisan Demands

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After the president's speech this morning, congressional websites began crashing and phone lines got overwhelmed as the public weighed in on the nation’s most pressing question.

Even with the prodding, gridlock persists at the Capitol. To gain support from the far right wing of the party, House GOP leaders added a constitutional amendment to balance the budget to their bill, raising the debt limit.

Democrats, like Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, say GOP leaders are caving to partisan demands.

"The country right now, the country's economy, is being held hostage by a relatively small group of people in the Republican party, not the entire Republican party, who want this issue to continue all the way into the 2012 elections," says Webb.

If no deal is reached by Tuesday both Maryland and Virginia face the potential to have their credit ratings downgraded.

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From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup, 'Grunt' Explores The Science Of Warfare

When it comes to curiosity, science writer Mary Roach describes herself as someone who is "very out there." Her new book, Grunt, looks at some scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.
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Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It's Complicated

Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.

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Questions Over Trump's Donations To Veterans Boil Over

Donald Trump spent 40 minutes battling reporters at a press conference he held to answer for whether the $6 million he claimed to have raised for veterans groups ever materialized.
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Hillary Clinton's Emails

Hillary Clinton is under pressure after a State Department report criticized her use of a private email server: what's in the report, potential security risks and whether it could affect Secretary Clinton's bid for the White House.

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