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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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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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Possible compromise emerges on border request

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 border request to address the immigration ...

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Chelsea Clinton speaking fees can reach $75,000

Jul 10, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like her parents, Chelsea Clinton has become a sought-after speaker who can generate large fees for her appearances.

The 34-year-old Clinton, the daughter of the former president and ex-secretary of state, can command as much as $75,000 per speech.

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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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Parts of US Capitol closed after incident

Jul 10, 2014

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — An accident involving asbestos 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 incident ...

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Boehner disagrees with call for Obama impeachment

Jul 10, 2014

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he disagrees with calls to impeach President Barack Obama, but asserts that others can make a determination on their own whether the chief executive deserves it.

He made his comments as Sarah Palin and others have come out in recent ...

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US, China talk cyberhacking amid new allegations

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER and LOUISE WATT, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government ...

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Kerry: Crisis in Israel, Gaza, needs de-escalation

Jul 10, 2014

By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is trying to stem the surging violence in Israel and Gaza in a way that allows the Jewish state to continue defending itself from Hamas rocket fire.

Kerry, in Beijing for a summit with Chinese leaders,

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Obama aims to shift border crisis political debate

Jul 10, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Faced with awkward immigration optics in Texas, President Barack Obama sought to recast the political debate over young migrants arriving at the border as a question of Republican willingness to tackle the problem, not his decision to ...

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Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

Jul 10, 2014

By KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence ...

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