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Faster deportations? A possible border crisis deal

Jul 10, 2014

By ERICA WERNER and ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on ...

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Obama offers US help negotiating Israel cease-fire

Jul 10, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN and EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama offered the help of the United States on Thursday in negotiating a cease-fire to end escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, as world leaders warned of an urgent need to avoid another ...

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Disabled people denied voting rights, group says

Jul 10, 2014

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, AP Political Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have ...

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Obama books summer getaway on Martha's Vineyard

Jul 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has booked a two-week summer getaway for his family on the picturesque Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard.

The White House says Obama will head north on Aug. 9 and stay until Aug. 24, when he returns to Washington. It will be the longest summer ...

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Obama: US willing to negotiate Israel cease-fire

Jul 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Israel's leader that the United States is willing to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) on Thursday, as Israel was intensifying an bombardment of the Gaza ...

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Parts of US Capitol closed after asbestos accident

Jul 10, 2014

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos work forced a temporary closure of the House side of the Capitol on Thursday and prompted House leaders to delay the day's session for two hours.

A hazardous materials response team was in the building following an ...

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Kerry arrives in Afghanistan to meet candidates

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. and its allies are growing increasingly concerned as Afghanistan shows signs of unraveling in its first democratic transfer of power from President Hamid Karzai. With Iraq wracked by insurgency, Afghanistan's dispute over ...

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APNewsBreak: No 'stand down' order in Benghazi

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The testimony of nine military officers undermines contentions by Republican lawmakers that a "stand-down order" held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a ...

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House, Senate committees advance highway aid plans

Jul 10, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate committees took steps Thursday toward keeping highway and transit aid flowing to states just three weeks before the government says it will have to slow down payments.

The House Ways and Means Committee approved on a voice vote a bill ...

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Chelsea Clinton speaking fees can reach $75,000

Jul 10, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like her high-profile parents, Chelsea Clinton is becoming a draw on the speaking circuit, with some organizations shelling out as much as $75,000 per speech.

Attention to the younger Clinton's speaking fees, first reported by The New York Times,

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Afghan aid is dropping, but how fast is too fast?

Jul 10, 2014

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civilian assistance to Afghanistan was always slated to shrink with America's military footprint, but U.S. aid officials were caught off-guard when Congress, upset by testy relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, slashed civilian aid by 50 ...

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Senate confirms housing chief to run budget office

Jul 10, 2014

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's housing chief as the new director of the White House budget office, completing a second-term Cabinet shuffle.

In his new job, Shaun Donovan will be responsible for preparing Obama's annual ...

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No charges for officers in shooting near Capitol

Jul 10, 2014

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officers who fatally shot an unarmed Connecticut woman after a high-speed car chase from the White House to the Capitol last fall will not face criminal charges, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Prosecutors who spent months investigating ...

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Obama chides GOP for opposing his agenda

Jul 10, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama ridiculed congressional Republicans on Thursday, accusing them of doing little more than opposing his agenda in a campaign-style rally with less than four months remaining before midterm elections.

"Do ...

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Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

Jul 10, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered the IRS Thursday to explain under oath how it lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave the tax agency a month to submit the ...

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Military brass backed Bergdahl prisoner swap

Jul 10, 2014

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman and the Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously supported the Obama administration's exchange of five Taliban leaders for an Army sergeant held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.

In letters to the head of the Senate Armed Services ...

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Pelosi backs gay-rights bill despite concerns

Jul 10, 2014

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she still supports a Senate-passed bill to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay and transgender people.

Some gay-rights groups have withdrawn their support because it has a broad religious ...

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Justice Department: No charges in CIA/Senate spat

Jul 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says no criminal charges will be brought in connection with a dispute between the CIA and Senate Intelligence Committee over the handling of sensitive classified material.

The fight broke out in March when California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ...

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Benghazi: 2 days, 2 distinct attacks on Americans

Jul 10, 2014

By DONNA CASSATA and BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Well-trained attackers executed the deadly dawn assault on a CIA complex in Benghazi, Libya, suggesting different perpetrators from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the previous night, according to newly ...

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