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Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

Jul 23, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help determine who controls the Senate for the final years of the ...

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Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

Jul 23, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the midterm elections.

In a 31-minute speech to the civil rights ...

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Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

Jul 23, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.

The Democrat said Wednesday he was on medication and being treated for post-traumatic stress ...

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Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.

The Government Accountability Office issued a report Wednesday saying NASA's Space Launch System is at "high risk of missing" its planned ...

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Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid fighting between Israel ...

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House, Senate advance competing border proposals

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, leaving a solution a ...

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Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage ...

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Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.

The mistake primarily stems from an online form change to the Free Application for ...

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Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids through America's towns and cities.

But many details ...

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Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A choked-up House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) has interrupted a series of votes to praise a doctor who helped a congresswoman's infant survive a rare condition.

In a break from his chamber's often acrid political divisions, the Ohio Republican prompted two bipartisan standing ...

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Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face "intolerance" from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives.

In remarks he said were likely to get him attacked as a ...

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Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.

The Senate voted 93-7 to begin debating the bill, which would prevent companies from deducting expenses related to moving ...

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FAA continues ban on US flights to Tel Aviv

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it will continue its ban on U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv while assessing the danger of rocket attacks.

The agency said Wednesday it is working closely with the Israeli government to review new information they have provided and to ...

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Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

Jul 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously backed McDonald, one day after a nomination hearing in which he faced no opposition.

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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, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

The weak link seemed to be call centers that handled applications for frazzled ...

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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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