SPIN METER: Republicans, Democrats deploying, violent over-the-top rhetoric in budget fights
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ask top Democrats, and they'll say Republicans are acting like terrorists, arsonists and people with bombs strapped to their chests. Ask some Republicans about President Barack Obama's health care law, and they'll draw comparisons to the Nazis or the return of runaway slaves and declare that the law will cause the untimely death of vulnerable Americans.
Even for a town accustomed to hyperbole, the spat over spending, borrowing and health-care reform has attracted more than its share of over-the-top rhetoric.
While most Americans may tune it out, it's a good bet the violence-tinged accusations won't make it any easier for the two sides to come together on critical issues of spending and borrowing.
Take Rep. Michelle Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, who warned on the House floor earlier this year what can happen if Republicans don't overturn "Obamacare," the president's health care law.
"Let's repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens," Bachmann said.
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Top Kenyan official says military caused mall collapse, government urges patience with probe
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's military caused the collapse of three floors of the Westgate Mall in the deadly terrorist siege, a top-ranking official disclosed Friday, while the government urged patience with the pace of an investigation that has left key questions unanswered.
Seven days after 67 people were killed in the attack on the upscale shopping center, there is still no clear word on the fate of dozens who have been reported missing and no details on the terrorists who carried it out.
The account of the roof collapse raises the possibility that the military may have caused the death of hostages in its rescue attempt. An undisclosed number of people are feared to be buried in the rubble.