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GOP-led House ready to OK lawsuit against Obama

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Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law. More>>

Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

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Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy"... More>>

How high-level Chinese officials are taken down

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The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will be... More>>

Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

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When former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on corruption charges in January, the couple stood together at a hastily called news conference to denounce the charges. More>>

Senate tires of patching highway programs

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The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have... More>>

Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

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Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence... More>>

Obama prods Congress to fix corporate loopholes

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President Barack Obama is prodding Congress to close corporate tax loopholes and take other action before going on summer break this week instead of trying to sue him. More>>

Senate likely to come up short on border bill

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A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis. More>>

Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

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The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" seemed ideal for Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election bid in politically divided North Carolina, where many people like to hunt and fish. Her bill would open more federal lands to... More>>

House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

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With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. More>>

Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

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The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to... More>>

Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

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Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward... More>>

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

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When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes. More>>

West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

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Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen... More>>

Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

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Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to... More>>

Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

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Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations. More>>

China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

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China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the... More>>

Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

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President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American's heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before... More>>

Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

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The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election... More>>

Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

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Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. More>>

$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

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The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million. More>>

Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

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For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say... More>>

APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

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The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress, the... More>>

3 sites make shortlist for new FBI headquarters

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation would move its headquarters from a storied, decades-old home in the nation's capital to a new location in the suburbs under a federal government proposal released Tuesday. More>>

Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

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Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil... More>>

Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action

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The Senate has amended a House-passed highway bill. The move delays until later this week final congressional action for keeping federal highway funds flowing to states through the November election. More>>

US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

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The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy... More>>

Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

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The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health... More>>

Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles

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Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the... More>>

Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

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The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first lady's "crush" on a businessman who, according to... More>>

Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

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By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next... More>>

Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

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By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists are urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's... More>>

House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap

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A bitterly divided House panel on Tuesday voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. More>>

Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

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Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong... More>>

House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

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House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would... More>>

Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

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Rejecting the latest effort to sidetrack "Obamacare," a federal appeals court turned away a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable Care Act. More>>

Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

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In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races. More>>

Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

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House Democrats are cashing in on chatter that Republicans are plotting to impeach President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. Republicans insisted such talk was bogus. More>>

Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

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A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. More>>

Institute: NKorea upgrading rocket launch site

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North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile, intercontinental missile that could increase the threat it poses to the United States, a U.S.... More>>

Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

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President Barack Obama is to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday. More>>

Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

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The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional... More>>

Bill to sanction Venezuela takes step forward

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A bill that seeks to punish Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses has surmounted another hurdle in the Senate. More>>

Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas don't worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime... More>>

US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

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The United States on Tuesday said Russia has "not shown a shred of evidence" that it is willing to help end the violence between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government that is trying to maintain its... More>>

US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

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The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending... More>>

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

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University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. More>>

AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

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Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming. More>>

Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic 'scam'

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House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House. More>>

US concerned by Iranian arrests of journalists

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The top U.S. nuclear negotiator says she is concerned by reports Iran has arrested four journalists, including three Americans. More>>

Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

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The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a... More>>

German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

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Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home. More>>

Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

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Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either. More>>

Ernst back from military training to Senate race

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Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for... More>>

US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

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In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with... More>>

FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

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The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were... More>>

Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

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Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government... More>>

White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions

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The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday. More>>

Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

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Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. More>>

US teen held in Israel after arrest at protest

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The U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem. More>>

Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

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Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in... More>>

Lawmaker sorry he mistook US officials as Indian

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A freshman Republican lawmaker has apologized for mistaking two senior U.S. government officials as visitors from India when they testified at a congressional hearing. More>>

House approves bill to toughen NKorea sanctions

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The House has passed a bill to toughen sanctions against North Korea and restrict its access to hard currency. More>>

Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

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President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first time against female genital mutilation while encouraging... More>>

FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

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The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. More>>

Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

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House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration. More>>

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

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A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department... More>>

Clarification: Fast Food Workers-Convention story

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In a story July 26, The Associated Press reported that Latoya Caldwell, a mother of four from Kansas City, Missouri, who earns $7.50 an hour at a Wendy's restaurant, said she works six days a week to get 40 hours and... More>>

US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

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The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a... More>>

Medicare's own health looking better, report says

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Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement. More>>

Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

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Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday that pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down. More>>

House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

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In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and... More>>

Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

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More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition... More>>

Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

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An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he is stopped by a bomb. More>>

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

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If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. More>>

Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation

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The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. More>>

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

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Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. More>>

Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

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Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and... More>>

10 Things to Know for Monday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: More>>

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

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Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the... More>>

APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

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The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up... More>>

Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria Video included

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An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven. More>>

EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

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Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. More>>

Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

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Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he... More>>

Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

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President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week. More>>

Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

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A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela, the White House said Sunday. More>>

Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

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A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying guns outside of a person's home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights. More>>

GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

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Republicans are on the offensive in the opening days of Georgia's Senate campaign, hammering Democrat Michelle Nunn as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama and questioning her resume as a non-profit executive -... More>>

Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

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President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House - six... More>>

US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

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A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in... More>>

Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

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One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. More>>

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

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The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said... More>>

Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

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President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic. More>>

Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

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A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region. More>>

Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

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About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in... More>>

Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

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Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton. More>>

Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

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With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border... More>>

House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

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The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal... More>>

2 guns found at hospital shooting suspect's home

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Authorities found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist in suburban Philadelphia before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back. More>>

Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

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The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there. More>>

Gifts-for-favors trial set for ex-governor, wife

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his reputation already tarnished and his political future destroyed by a gifts-for-favors scandal, faces the possibility of an even greater loss when his trial on federal corruption... More>>

Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

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Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. More>>

Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law

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A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't... More>>

AP source: Former AG subpoenaed in McDonnell trial

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Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a possible witness in the upcoming corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on... More>>

Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate

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A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly... More>>

Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

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Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. More>>

Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

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About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in... More>>

Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

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A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back,... More>>

House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

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A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise. More>>

House votes to boost child tax credit for some

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More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income... More>>

Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

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After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. More>>

Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

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This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House. More>>

Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

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NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say. More>>

Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

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Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone. More>>

US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

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The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism. More>>

Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes

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Armed men abducted a well-known Libyan political activist in the country's capital, his father said Friday, the latest in rampant attacks that have targeted officials, activists and foreigners in the strife-torn nation. More>>

Court panel orders subpoena to Vilsack be quashed

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A federal appeals court has ordered that a subpoena be quashed for testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart. More>>

Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

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Iran confirmed on Friday that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two freelance photographers, but did not disclose details about why they were being held. More>>

Obama aide says impeachment threat taken seriously

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One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president. More>>

Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire Video included

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Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants. More>>

US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

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The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. More>>

White House: Obama offers Netherlands condolences

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President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (RUH'-tuh) are in agreement that Russia is still working to destabilize Ukraine. More>>

Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

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Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst... More>>

House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

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Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law... More>>

Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

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An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern... More>>

War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

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Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor... More>>

House votes to simplify education tax breaks

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The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students. More>>

Key senator urges Myanmar to reform constitution

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Sen. Mitch McConnell issued a strong call Thursday for Myanmar to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian rule. More>>

House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

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With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait... More>>

Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

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Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The... More>>

Reporter among 3 Americans believed held by Iran

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Three Americans, including a reporter for The Washington Post, appear to have been detained in Iran, the newspaper said Thursday. More>>

Obama: Plane stiffens Europe's spine on sanctions

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President Barack Obama says the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine "may stiffen the spine of our European partners" as they consider additional sanctions against Russia. More>>

Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

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Several Republican governors eyeing runs for the White House in 2016 are rallying behind the New York gubernatorial candidate spurned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an early sign of pre-primary jockeying. More>>

Obama: FAA took 'prudent action' on Israel flights

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President Barack Obama says the Federal Aviation Administration took "prudent action" in temporarily banning U.S. flights in and out of Israel. More>>

Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

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Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. More>>

Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

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It's one thing to be Montana's lieutenant governor. It's another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber. More>>

Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war Video included

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday - a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the... More>>

Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

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Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. More>>

FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel. More>>

Russians sentenced to 4 ½ years on riot conviction

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A Moscow court convicted two Russian opposition activists and sentenced them to 4 ½ years in prison Thursday for their role in organizing protests a day before President Vladimir Putin's inauguration in May 2012. More>>

Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state. More>>

Ex-Sen. Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University

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Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year. More>>

Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

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An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. More>>

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

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Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday. More>>

Central American leaders seek solution in US

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The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid a stalemate over the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs. More>>

Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

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Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group on Thursday overran part of an army base in northern Syria, which has been under the militants' siege for months, in ferocious battles that killed or wounded dozens on... More>>

Judges in health care rulings vote party line

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In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. More>>

FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. More>>

Malawi corruption suspect faces charges

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The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering. More>>

US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

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President Barack Obama's quick congratulation for Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and... More>>

US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

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President Barack Obama is congratulating Indonesia's presidential election victor Joko Widodo (JOH-koh WI-doh-doh), even as the losing candidate rejected the result. More>>

Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

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New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help... More>>

Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel... More>>

FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. More>>

House, Senate advance competing border proposals

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At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled... More>>

Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

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President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed. More>>

This time, Obama fundraising is a bit of 'Scandal'

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Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and... More>>

Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

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The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said... More>>

Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

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Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an... More>>

Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

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Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might... More>>

Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

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Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill... More>>

Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

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Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the... More>>

Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

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The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much... More>>

Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

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When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas. More>>

US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

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The White House cast the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircrafts and further destabilize the conflict in the... More>>

Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

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Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face "intolerance" from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives. More>>

Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

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In a break from his chamber's often acrid political divisions, a choked-up House Speaker John Boehner prompted two bipartisan standing ovations on Wednesday when he praised the doctor who helped a congresswoman's... More>>

Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

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Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere... More>>

Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

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Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form. More>>

CBS event marks civil rights anniversary

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A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division. More>>

Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

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Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable... More>>

Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire

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Senate Republicans and Democrats insisted on Wednesday that any viable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants must eliminate the threat posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels. More>>

Boehner asks Obama to declare stance on border

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House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to declare his support for changing U.S. law to speed removals of migrant kids arriving here from Central America. More>>

Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

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The Senate agreed Wednesday on an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs, setting up a vote next week on several alternatives. More>>

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