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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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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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