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Obama, Biden to announce $600M for job grants

Apr 16, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help ...

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House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

Apr 16, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.

The Democratic ...

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Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

Apr 16, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.

Obama has directed the Justice Department to improve its clemency recommendation process and recruit more applications from convicts, White House ...

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A year after background check defeat, modest goals

Apr 16, 2014

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort ...

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Democrats have outside money advantage - for now

Apr 15, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to influence November's elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark, according to financial reports ...

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Congress is giving states the transportation blues

Apr 15, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force ...

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Obama cuts sentence with typo, plans more clemency

Apr 15, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday cut prison time for a drug convict sentenced to more than three extra years because of a typographical error in a court order.

White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said Obama's commutation of Ceasar Cantu's ...

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5 Things to Know about Tax Day

Apr 15, 2014

By The Associated Press

The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.

1. YOU MAY NOT FACE MUCH OF A DEADLINE

If you're due a refund — and about three-quarters of filers typically are — missing the April 15 deadline will not get you in ...

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US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail

Apr 15, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says U.S. officials are ...

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Grimes raised $2.7 million in first quarter

Apr 15, 2014

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more money than Mitch McConnell in the past three months, but the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate still trails the Senate Republican leader by a 2-to-1 margin in available funds.

Grimes' campaign manager Jonathan ...

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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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