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April 16, 2011 – Republicans in the House passed the controversial Ryan budget Friday without a single vote from Democrats. The plan will significantly cut domestic spending and remake Medicare into a voucher program. During his weekly radio and Internet address, President Obama called the GOP measure “wrong for America.”
The White House is downplaying an “open mic” incident Friday night in Chicago. Speaking to a group of donors, President Obama unknowingly, was being recorded by CBS News. Referring to his budget negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner, Obama said, “You want to repeal healthcare? Go at it. We’ll have that debate. You’re not going to be able to do that by nickel-and-diming me in the budget. You think we’re stupid?”
A deadly storm system roared through the Carolinas Saturday, spawning more tornadoes as it continued a three-day rampage that has left 18 people dead. Forming over Oklahoma Thursday, the violent weather carved a path of destruction across the South and is now heading up the East Coast.
The FBI has shut down three popular online gambling websites. The founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker face gambling and fraud charges, and could be ordered to repay $3 billion in illegal profits.
A Colorado woman will serve 10 years in prison after her 13-month old son drowned in the bathtub while she played games on the internet. Shannon Johnson, 34, will spend five years on mandatory parole after she is released. Johnson pleaded guilty to felony child abuse in March.