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House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard.

The proposals Wednesday morning amounted to a rebuke of Obama's proposed solution to the crisis ...

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New safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic (lahk ...

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Obama fundraises for Dems; demands GOP cooperation

Jul 23, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails" and urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote them out of office.

The mixed ...

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Poll Finds Women Preferred in Government

By | Jul 23, 2014

Most Americans say the United States would be better governed if more women held political office.

That's one of the findings of a new Gallup poll in which 63 percent say the country would be better governed if more women were in political office, up slightly from 57 percent in 1995 and 2000. Only ...

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John Kerry Flies to Tel Aviv Despite FAA Ban

Jul 23, 2014

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat defied a Federal Aviation Administration ban and flew into Israel's main airport Wednesday in a sign of sheer will to achieve a cease-fire agreement in the warring Gaza Strip despite little evidence of progress in ongoing negotiations.

U.S. Secretary ...

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Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The weak link in the system seemed to be call centers that handled applications for thousands of consumers unable to get through ...

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Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

Jul 22, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — 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 which party controls the Senate for the final years of the Obama ...

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Obama fundraising amid many challenges

Jul 22, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — 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 improving their lives.

Speaking to about 250 donors at a house on the ...

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Senate, House on collision course on border money

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate ...

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Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

But the split rulings don't necessarily mean another trip to the Supreme Court ...

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Government drafting birth control accommodation

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 government has been searching for solutions since the ...

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Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 during a phone call with the Dutch leader.

At the ...

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FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 Tuesday, the agency said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister ...

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Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 alternative in the 2016 presidential race.

Major speeches this ...

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US: No link to Russian gov't in plane downing

Jul 22, 2014

By KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

The ...

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Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 discourage and disrupt the flood of tens of thousands of people ...

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Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

The verified Twitter account for the EPA's Office of Water mistakenly published a message Monday night ...

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Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed.

Robert McDonald cited problems with patient access to health care, transparency, accountability and ...

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Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

Jul 22, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — 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 step to avoid sustained violence.

It's unlikely that Washington ...

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