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Obama to faith leaders: No immigration fix planned

Apr 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has told religious leaders that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws.

That's according to Luis Cortes, the president of the Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza. He was among six religious leaders who met with ...

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Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

Apr 15, 2014

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

DANE, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across Wisconsin.

Walker told ...

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Union fights push to hire private tax collectors

Apr 15, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.

The IRS stopped using private tax collectors in 2009 after determining ...

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Court upholds EPA emission standards

Apr 15, 2014

By PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

The court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up ...

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Holder urges approval of $15M for shooter training

Apr 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to approve $15 million for training law enforcement officers in handling shooting rampages.

Holder's comments follow the recent shootings at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas and at Fort Hood, Texas.

In a video message posted on ...

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People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

Apr 15, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve — for now.

The Social Security Administration had been participating in a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that ...

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Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

Apr 15, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations.

Obama ...

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Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

Apr 14, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the situation in eastern ...

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Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw

Apr 14, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort.

Alison Michelle Ernst, 36, didn't respond to a phone message Monday about the charges ...

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Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

Apr 14, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.

Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin ...

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Republicans Primed to Break Senate Streak In Montana

By | Apr 14, 2014

Bob Moore was catching grief and it was coming from those in his own party.

It was the closing weeks of the 2012 campaign, and the Portland-based GOP pollster had his own candidate, Rep. Denny Rehberg, losing the Montana Senate race.

An assortment of other public and some private polls had Rehberg ...

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Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

Apr 14, 2014

By MICHAEL J. MISHAK, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections.

Party operatives are pushing a ...

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Report projects health care costs to dip slightly

Apr 14, 2014

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday.

The Congressional Budget Office predicts that health insurance subsidies under the so-called ...

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APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

Apr 14, 2014

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday.

In the first public account of the ...

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Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims

Apr 14, 2014

By STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday honored those killed in a weekend attack at two Jewish facilities in Kansas, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers.

Obama noted that synagogues and ...

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Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

Apr 14, 2014

By KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.

Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental — or remedial — classes ever graduate.

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Feds to probe hate crimes link in Kansas shootings

Apr 14, 2014

By PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a Justice Department investigation Monday into whether federal hate crimes were committed in shootings at two Jewish facilities in Kansas that killed three people.

In a statement, Holder said he has instructed the ...

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Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

Apr 13, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An overhaul to the nation's broken immigration system remains stalled because "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism," the head of the House committee to elect Democratic lawmakers said Sunday.

Rep. Steve Israel's ...

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Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed'

Apr 13, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview that aired Sunday.

The departing ...

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