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  • Congress cooperates and fights as recess nears

    Congress cooperates and fights as recess nears

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:37:17 GMT
    Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working...
  • House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

    House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:18 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:18:17 GMT
    A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate.
    House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending...
  • Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

    Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:17:08 GMT
    A document circulating among White House staff says a Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and...
    A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and...
  • Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:11:16 GMT
    The United States is condemning Israel's shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians.
    The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting...
  • House approves VA health care overhaul

    House approves VA health care overhaul

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:57:37 GMT
    With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is moving quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care.
    The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.
  • Peace Corps workers isolated after Ebola exposure

    Peace Corps workers isolated after Ebola exposure

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:06:46 GMT
    Two Peace Corps volunteers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus.
    Two Peace Corps volunteers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus.
  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:57:22 GMT
    President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government.
    President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday.
  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:47:20 GMT
    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.
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other...
  • Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas

    Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:37:15 GMT
    Tea-party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts during a walking tour of downtown Emporia on Wednesday, interrupting the senator's campaign stop to call attention to his refusal to have...
    Tea-party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts during a walking tour in eastern Kansas on Wednesday, interrupting the senator's campaign stop to call attention to his refusal to have debates ahead of...
  • Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases

    Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:07:36 GMT
    The Justice Department has sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.
    The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.
  • Ex-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues

    Ex-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:26:39 GMT
    A former Blackwater security guard says he decided to tell the truth about his role in the shooting of 32 Iraqi civilians in a Baghdad square because he wants to move on with his life, even though it might mean he...
    A former Blackwater security guard testified Wednesday that he and two colleagues shot their weapons into a car in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, part of a barrage of gunfire that claimed the lives of a mother and her son and...
  • More senators seek military aid to Ukraine

    More senators seek military aid to Ukraine

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:26:37 GMT
    Senators are renewing calls for U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-doors briefing from senior Obama administration officials.
    Democratic senators joined their Republican colleagues Wednesday in calling for some U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-door briefing from senior Obama administration officials.
  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:09:01 GMT
    Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov...
    Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
  • Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

    Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:28:16 GMT
    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.
    The 168 juveniles recovered last month during an FBI child sex trafficking bust included some kids who had never been reported missing, a population that law enforcement encounters often and that child welfare advocates...
  • US imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials

    US imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:08:05 GMT
    Citing political instability, the State Department is imposing new restrictions on travel to the United States by Venezuelan government officials believed to be involved in human rights abuses.
    Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests.
  • GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas

    GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:27:35 GMT
    Republican senators have blocked an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.
    Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.
  • Africa summit to proceed despite Ebola outbreak

    Africa summit to proceed despite Ebola outbreak

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:46:39 GMT
    The White House says there are no plans to change or cancel an upcoming summit of African leaders in the U.S. despite an Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
    The White House says there are no plans to change or cancel an upcoming summit of African leaders in the U.S. despite an Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
  • Text of Lois Lerner's email exchange

    Text of Lois Lerner's email exchange

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:46:36 GMT
    By The Associated Press Former IRS official Lois Lerner had the following email exchange with a personal associate on Nov. 9, 2012. At the time, Lerner directed the IRS division that processed...
    By The Associated Press Former IRS official Lois Lerner had the following email exchange with a personal associate on Nov. 9, 2012. At the time, Lerner directed the IRS division that processed...
  • Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies

    Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:38:11 GMT
    A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called conservative Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.
    A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois...
  • Air Force: Stowaway triggers security review

    Air Force: Stowaway triggers security review

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:27:40 GMT
    The Air Force secretary says something obviously "fell through the cracks" in the security of a military cargo plane that allowed a young boy to stow away and die in a compartment near the landing gear.
    The Air Force's top civilian and uniformed leaders said Wednesday the failure to prevent a teenager from stowing away aboard a military cargo plane, apparently while on an airfield in the African nation of Mali, was a...
  • G-7 leaders say more Russia sanctions possible

    G-7 leaders say more Russia sanctions possible

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:26:38 GMT
    The United States and European leaders say they're prepared to intensify sanctions against Russia unless it moves to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.
    The United States and European leaders say they're prepared to intensify sanctions against Russia unless it moves to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.
  • Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

    Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:26:38 GMT
    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.
    Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing...
  • US blacklists North Korean shipping companies

    US blacklists North Korean shipping companies

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:49:26 GMT
    The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted two North Korean shipping companies that operated a ship seized by Panama last year for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba.
    The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted two North Korean shipping companies that operated a ship seized by Panama last year for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba.
  • Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

    Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:23 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:23:04 GMT
    Congressional investigators say 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...
    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...
  • Former IRS official called GOP 'crazies' in email

    Former IRS official called GOP 'crazies' in email

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:18:26 GMT
    A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversial called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails.
    A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails.
  • Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

    Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:14:46 GMT
    Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children who are 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...
    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...
  • Aides: Senate could confirm several ambassadors

    Aides: Senate could confirm several ambassadors

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:57:52 GMT
    A series of ambassadors could be confirmed before lawmakers adjourn this week, including a new U.S. envoy to Russia.
    A series of ambassadors could be confirmed before lawmakers adjourn this week, including a new U.S. envoy to Russia.
  • Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

    Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:27:17 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

    Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:36:50 GMT
    Israel's ambassador to the United States is asserting that criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy," and not Prime...
    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"...
  • Senate tires of patching highway programs

    Senate tires of patching highway programs

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:28:26 GMT
    The Senate has delivered an unexpectedly strong vote in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs.
    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...
  • Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

    Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:36 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:36:22 GMT
    Senate gridlock is making it hard for senators to claim legislative achievements as they run for re-election.
    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...
  • West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

    West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:57 AM EDT2014-07-30 05:57:37 GMT
    U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations...
    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...
  • Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

    Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:31 AM EDT2014-07-30 05:31:02 GMT
    The acting U.S. surgeon general is asking Americans to give up their love of sunbathing and indoor tanning beds, citing an alarming 200 percent jump in the number of deadly melanoma cases diagnosed since 1973.
    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.
  • Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

    Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:06:11 GMT
    President Barack Obama plans to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans by taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner.
    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...
  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:46:55 GMT
    The Senate is scheduled to take up legislation Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments.
    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...
  • Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

    Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:18:52 GMT
    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, a figure that's up 14 points since May.
    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...
  • APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

    APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:02:33 GMT
    A U.S. Army War College official says the Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.
    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...
  • $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:00:43 GMT
    A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.
    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.
  • 3 sites make shortlist for new FBI headquarters

    3 sites make shortlist for new FBI headquarters

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:35:52 GMT
    The headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a storied building named after the agency's first director, would be relocated out of the nation's capital and into the suburbs under a federal...
    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.
  • Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

    Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:20:52 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action

    Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:18:08 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

    US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:11:53 GMT
    The Obama administration's claim that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question.
    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...
  • Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles

    Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:48:52 GMT
    The admiral in charge of U.S. forces in the Pacific says North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology.
    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...
  • House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap

    House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:18:12 GMT
    A House panel has voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the May swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
    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.
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:01:17 GMT
    House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to...
    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...
  • Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:01:02 GMT
    Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.
    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...
  • Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

    Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:00:47 GMT
    In the latest effort to sidetrack Obamacare, a federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable...
    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.
  • Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

    Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:41:40 GMT
    The debate over immigration is quickly becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races - in Maine.
    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.
  • Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

    Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:32:37 GMT
    Chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama helped House Democrats' campaign committee raise $1 million online in one day.
    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.
  • Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

    Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:46:14 GMT
    A federal appeals court has upheld new government rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
    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.
  • Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

    Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:44:47 GMT
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia Tuesday.
    President Barack Obama is to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday.
  • Institute: NKorea upgrading rocket launch site

    Institute: NKorea upgrading rocket launch site

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:40:46 GMT
    A U.S. research institute says 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 threaten the U.S.
    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....
  • Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

    Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:14:48 GMT
    Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely...
    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...
  • Bill to sanction Venezuela takes step forward

    Bill to sanction Venezuela takes step forward

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:57 PM EDT2014-07-29 18:57:26 GMT
    A bill that seeks to punish Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses has surmounted another hurdle in the Senate.
    A bill that seeks to punish Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses has surmounted another hurdle in the Senate.
  • Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

    Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:48:15 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry says he's not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal.
    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...
  • US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

    US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:40:01 GMT
    The United States says there's been "no shred of evidence" that Russia is willing to help end the violence and bloodshed between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government in Kiev.
    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...
  • US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

    US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:39:01 GMT
    The Obama administration's nuclear negotiator is refusing to impose a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.
    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...
  • Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic 'scam'

    Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic 'scam'

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:15:20 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • US concerned by Iranian arrests of journalists

    US concerned by Iranian arrests of journalists

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:58:04 GMT
    The top U.S. nuclear negotiator says she is concerned by reports Iran has arrested four journalists, including three Americans.
    The top U.S. nuclear negotiator says she is concerned by reports Iran has arrested four journalists, including three Americans.
  • Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

    Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:05 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:05:58 GMT
    Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? Most voters in Louisiana and Virginia probably aren't either.
    Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either.
  • Ernst back from military training to Senate race

    Ernst back from military training to Senate race

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:15:32 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:25:36 GMT
    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.'
    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...
  • Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:36:24 GMT
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards are accusing the government of suppressing evidence favorable to the defendants, who are accused in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.
    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.
  • White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions

    White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:28:03 GMT
    President Barack Obama and European leaders are conferring about next steps for dealing with the crisis in Ukraine.
    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.
  • US teen held in Israel after arrest at protest

    US teen held in Israel after arrest at protest

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:19:05 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Lawmaker sorry he mistook US officials as Indian

    Lawmaker sorry he mistook US officials as Indian

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:57:35 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

    Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:45:11 GMT
    White House officials are making plans to act before November's midterm elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants in this country illegally.
    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...
  • House approves bill to toughen NKorea sanctions

    House approves bill to toughen NKorea sanctions

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:35:44 GMT
    The House has passed a bill to toughen sanctions against North Korea and restrict its access to hard currency.
    The House has passed a bill to toughen sanctions against North Korea and restrict its access to hard currency.
  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:35:34 GMT
    A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.
    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...
  • FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

    FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:20:27 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing...
    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.
  • Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

    Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:20:21 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner says the United States must be a strong partner and trusted ally to Israel, not just a peace broker or observer.
    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.
  • US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:02:16 GMT
    Obama administration officials are fuming over Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
    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...
  • Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:00:22 GMT
    After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records...
    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...
  • Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

    Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:47:48 GMT
    Ukraine's foreign minister says 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.
    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.
  • House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

    House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:47:42 GMT
    It's a battle pitting the nation's airlines against their passengers, and the first round has gone to the industry.
    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...
  • Medicare's own health looking better, report says

    Medicare's own health looking better, report says

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:47:17 GMT
    The government says Medicare's finances have improved. The program's hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 - four years later than last year's estimate.
    Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.
  • Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation

    Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:05:14 GMT
    The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Palestinian land.
    The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.
  • Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

    Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:15:00 GMT
    Thirty university and college professors say government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.
    University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.
  • US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:54:20 GMT
    U.S. officials are sharing satellite images they say show Russia has been firing rockets more than 7 miles into eastern Ukraine.
    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...
  • APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:34:56 GMT
    The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care.
    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...
  • EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

    EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:04:18 GMT
    Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for an effective way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to...
    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.
  • Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

    Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:44:37 GMT
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he realizes world opinion might be shifting away from his nation with every Palestinian civilian's death, but adds that the public relations battle cannot...
    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...
  • Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

    Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:26:33 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

    Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:14:24 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

    Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-07-27 14:23:49 GMT
    A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region.
    A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region.
  • Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:04 AM EDT2014-07-27 13:04:28 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

    Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-07-27 03:03:27 GMT
    Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa begins, appropriately, in a place called Clinton.
    Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton.
  • Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

    Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

    Saturday, July 26 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-07-26 21:22:02 GMT
    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...
    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.
  • GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

    GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

    Saturday, July 26 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-26 19:03:36 GMT
    Republicans are on the offensive in the opening days of Georgia's general election Senate campaign, hammering Democrat Michelle Nunn as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama and questioning her resume as a...
    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 -...
  • Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

    Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:33:58 GMT
    President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans.
    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...
  • US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

    US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:36:25 GMT
    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.
    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...
  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:26 AM EDT2014-07-26 15:26:03 GMT
    The State Department has shuttered the U.S. embassy in Libya and evacuated American staffers there as the security situation in the capital Tripoli deteriorates amid worsening clashes between rival militias.
    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...
  • Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

    Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-07-26 14:23:36 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

    Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:13 AM EDT2014-07-26 10:13:51 GMT
    President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.
    President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.
  • Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:34:46 GMT
    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...
    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.
  • Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

    Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:44:07 GMT
    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were told that they would be able to review parts of the document after signing a secrecy agreement.
    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...
  • House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

    House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:15:32 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • House votes to boost child tax credit for some

    House votes to boost child tax credit for some

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:23:18 GMT
    The House passed a bill Friday that would gradually increase the popular child tax credit and make it available to more families with higher incomes.
    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...
  • House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:32:51 GMT
    The House has overwhelmingly passed a resolution barring President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval.
    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...
  • Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:05:24 GMT
    The Pentagon says the movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", escalating the military action there.
    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.
  • US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:08:19 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Court panel orders subpoena to Vilsack be quashed

    Court panel orders subpoena to Vilsack be quashed

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:13:45 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

    Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:42:52 GMT
    Iran is confirming that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two U.S. freelance photographers, but is not saying why they are being held.
    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.
  • Obama aide says impeachment threat taken seriously

    Obama aide says impeachment threat taken seriously

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:14:01 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:58 AM EDT2014-07-25 07:58:08 GMT
    The Obama administration is considering 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. border.
    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.
  • White House: Obama offers Netherlands condolences

    White House: Obama offers Netherlands condolences

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:42:29 GMT
    President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (RUH'-tuh) are in agreement that Russia is still working to destabilize Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (RUH'-tuh) are in agreement that Russia is still working to destabilize Ukraine.
  • Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

    Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:03:35 GMT
    Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears....
    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...
  • Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

    Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:51:55 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

    War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:23:48 GMT
    Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on...
    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...
  • House votes to simplify education tax breaks

    House votes to simplify education tax breaks

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:22:40 GMT
    The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students.
    The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students.
  • Key senator urges Myanmar to reform constitution

    Key senator urges Myanmar to reform constitution

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:37:25 GMT
    Sen. Mitch McConnell has issued a strong call for Myanmar to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian...
    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.
  • House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:03:53 GMT
    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman is offering to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans.
    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...
  • Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

    Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:56:13 GMT
    Sen. Ted Cruz says he'll continue blocking confirmation of a series of State Department nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel.
    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...
  • Reporter among 3 Americans believed held by Iran

    Reporter among 3 Americans believed held by Iran

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:53:11 GMT
    Three Americans, including a reporter for The Washington Post, appear to have been detained in Iran.
    Three Americans, including a reporter for The Washington Post, appear to have been detained in Iran, the newspaper said Thursday.
  • Obama: Plane stiffens Europe's spine on sanctions

    Obama: Plane stiffens Europe's spine on sanctions

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:37:21 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

    Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:37:16 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Obama: FAA took 'prudent action' on Israel flights

    Obama: FAA took 'prudent action' on Israel flights

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:52:34 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the Federal Aviation Administration took "prudent action" in temporarily banning U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
    President Barack Obama says the Federal Aviation Administration took "prudent action" in temporarily banning U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
  • Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

    Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:42:29 GMT
    President Barack Obama wraps up a three-day fundraising trip on the West Coast on Thursday, devoting part of his day to promoting his economic agenda at a technical college.
    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.
  • Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

    Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:33:22 GMT
    Sen. John Walsh is learning that running for a highly competitive Senate seat brings intense scrutiny of almost everything he ever wrote or said publicly.
    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.
  • House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

    House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:56:17 GMT
    Republicans have cleared legislation for a vote in the House that authorizes the filing of an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.
    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...
  • Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

    Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:09:38 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

    Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:32:42 GMT
    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...
    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.
  • Ex-Sen. Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University

    Ex-Sen. Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:12:12 GMT
    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year.
    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year.
  • Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:12:10 GMT
    A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces.
    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.
  • Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

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

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:27:49 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Central American leaders seek solution in US

    Central American leaders seek solution in US

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:41:53 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

    Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:56:42 GMT
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he's worried there's a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.
  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:53:39 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:18 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:18:34 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:23 AM EDT2014-07-24 07:23:45 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:19 AM EDT2014-07-24 07:19:54 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:41:39 GMT

    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

    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.
  • Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

    Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:41:37 GMT
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is questioning 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 Aviv...
    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...
  • House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:22:04 GMT
    Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal...
    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...
  • Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

    Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:48:54 GMT

    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.

    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.

  • Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

    Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:47:39 GMT
    The State Department says a computer glitch has caused major delays in its passport and visa issuance operations at its embassies around the world, potentially leaving millions of people awaiting U.S. travel...
    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...
  • This time, Obama fundraising is a bit of 'Scandal'

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

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:04:20 GMT
    President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails." He is also urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote Republicans out of...
    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...
  • Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

    Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:23:00 GMT
    Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn...
    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...
  • Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:23:04 GMT
    Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers.
    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...
  • Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

    Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:21:51 GMT
    A California woman called for more protections for passengers on cruise lines as she recounted before Congress the assault she suffered during a trip aboard a cruise ship.
    A California woman called for more protections for passengers on cruise lines as she recounted before Congress the assault she suffered during a trip aboard a cruise ship.
  • Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

    Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:29:19 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden says it's time the public turns against a raft of new laws that restrict the ability to vote.
    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...
  • Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

    Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:29:05 GMT
    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    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...
  • Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:22:56 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas when he deployed as many as 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border in South Texas.
    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.
  • Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

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

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:12:32 GMT
    Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have enough money to start launching its new, $12 billion rocket program by the end of 2017 as planned.
    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.
  • US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

    US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:10:14 GMT
    The White House says the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine is part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircraft.
    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...
  • Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

    Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:54:25 GMT
    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says supporters of gay marriage often show "intolerance" toward people like him who support heterosexual marriages.
    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.
  • Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

    Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:24:00 GMT
    A choked-up House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) has interrupted a series of votes to praise a doctor who helped a congresswoman's infant survive a rare condition.
    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...
  • Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

    Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:54:56 GMT
    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...
    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...
  • Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

    Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:44:27 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

    Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:23:13 GMT
    Federal regulators are proposing to phase out thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil. It's the government's response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a...
    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...
  • Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire

    Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:03:20 GMT
    Senate Republicans and Democrats are insisting that any viable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas (huh-MAHS') militants must eliminate the threat posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels.
    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.
  • Boehner asks Obama to declare stance on border

    Boehner asks Obama to declare stance on border

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:25:24 GMT
    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.
    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.
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:37:11 GMT
    Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.
    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.
  • US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

    US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:19:19 GMT
    Senior U.S. officials say they've vastly ramped up intelligence sorties over Iraq to better understand an expanding extremist insurgency and help Iraqi forces fight back.
    Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even...
  • Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty

    Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:19:07 GMT
    Former Sen. Bob Dole and proponents of a treaty promoting equal rights for the disabled around the world stepped up pressure for full Senate ratification.
    At 91, Bob Dole won't take no for an answer.
  • Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

    Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:12:40 GMT
    The Senate has advanced an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.
    The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.
  • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:12:28 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has flown into Israel's main airport despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban as he continues to push a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
    Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks...
  • Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:34 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:34:15 GMT
    Six federal judges on two appeals courts have 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.
    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.
  • Senate, House on collision course on border money

    Senate, House on collision course on border money

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:53 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:53:17 GMT
    Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for...
    Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to...
  • Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

    Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:41:21 GMT
    After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat the GOP can ill afford to lose as the party looks to...
    Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine...
  • Obama fundraising amid many challenges

    Obama fundraising amid many challenges

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:05:42 GMT
    Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats.
    Fundraising amid a swirl of overseas and border challenges, President Barack Obama conceded Tuesday that foreign crises are creating anxieties in an American public already worried that a recovering economy is not...
  • Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:11:00 GMT
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
  • Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:32:17 GMT
    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.
    President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
  • Government drafting birth control accommodation

    Government drafting birth control accommodation

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:20:24 GMT
    The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.
    The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.
  • Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

    Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:50:53 GMT
    President Barack Obama says Americans were heartbroken by the loss of so many citizens of the Netherlands in the downed Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down in Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama paid tribute Tuesday to the nearly 200 citizens of the Netherlands who died when a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in Ukraine, visiting the Netherlands Embassy in Washington and pledging unity...
  • FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:03:02 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby.
    The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby. The ban began 12:15 p.m. EDT on...
  • Undercover probe finds health law failings

    Undercover probe finds health law failings

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:51:37 GMT
    Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
    Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
  • Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

    Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:21:36 GMT
    Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more...
    Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more liberal...
  • Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

    Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:06:49 GMT
    The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's...
    The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's efforts to...
  • First lady tells America to 'Drink Up' more water

    First lady tells America to 'Drink Up' more water

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:32:10 GMT
    Michelle Obama is expanding her push for America to drink more water, as the White House claims partial responsibility for helping to boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales among consumers since the...
    Michelle Obama is expanding her push for America to drink more water, as the White House claims partial responsibility for helping to boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales among consumers since the national "Drink...
  • Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

    Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:05:59 GMT
    A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see...
    Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

    Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:53:01 GMT
    Preliminary Pentagon data shows that suicides among active duty military increased a bit this year compared to the same period last year, but officials say that more service members are seeking help through...
    Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit so far this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials say they are encouraged that more service members are seeking help through hotlines...
  • Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:22:04 GMT
    The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution is getting a splash of pop culture, thanks to a flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
    The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
  • Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

    Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:53:30 GMT
    The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a...
    The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary...
  • US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

    US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:40:31 GMT
    A six-month review of federal job-training programs concludes that the government needs to better engage U.S. employers, improve the use of data, and boost apprenticeship programs so workers can earn while they train.
    As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, Americans must have the skills to fill those jobs, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
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  • Man on FBI's Most Wanted list in custody

    Man on FBI's Most Wanted list in custody

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:17:05 GMT
    A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured and brought to Louisiana, where the crime took place.
    A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured and brought to Louisiana, where the crime took place.
  • Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

    Pipe break that flooded UCLA dumps 20M gallons

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:10 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:10:25 GMT
    The quiet summer campus of UCLA found itself suddenly steeped in water and chaos after a major water pipe burst and spewed some eight million gallons, stranding people in parking garages and flooding the...
    The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many...
  • Man on FBI's Most Wanted list in custody

    Man on FBI's Most Wanted list in custody

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:09:19 GMT
    A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured and brought to Louisiana, where the crime took place.
    A man on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in connection with a 2008 rape and homicide has been captured and brought to Louisiana, where the crime took place.
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