USS Harry Truman in front line of Obama’s battle with Congress

A US aircraft carrier is the focal point for a battle between President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress over spending cuts to total $85 billion this year that will overshadow his administration.

Docked in its home port in Virginia rather than patrolling the waters of the Persian Gulf, the aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman and its 3,360 officers and crew are this weekend on the front line of the latest conflict to embroil America.

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The battleground is not military but budgetary, however, as the Truman’s nuclear-powered might is shackled by a rancorous new fight between President Barack Obama and his Republican foes.

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