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Lawmakers face long to-do list, uncertain success

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see whether it can just do the basics.

With just two weeks before lawmakers'

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White House, Press Spar Over Sources

By | Jul 22, 2014

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest's honeymoon with the media is over.

Earnest clashed with reporters at his daily briefing after he criticized the Washington Post for using anonymous sources in a story regarding administration policy for dealing with undocumented immigrants from Central ...

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US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A six-month review of federal job-training programs concludes that the government needs to better engage U.S. employers, improve the use of data, and boost apprenticeship programs so workers can earn while they train.

The White House is releasing the results of a report developed ...

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Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

Jul 22, 2014

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's foreign minister raised the possibility Tuesday of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip.

At the start of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign ...

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2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 2008 law to address human trafficking is at the center of the debate over the immigration crisis at the nation's Southern border.

The law was passed at a time when fewer than 10,000 unaccompanied minors showed up each year at the border. This year there are expected to be ...

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VA nominee McDonald goes before Congress

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job.

VA nominee Robert McDonald appears headed to easy confirmation. The ...

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Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

Jul 21, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week ...

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White House reports drop in minors crossing border

Jul 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says about 150 children daily — on average — were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's ...

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Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

Jul 21, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered ...

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US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

Jul 21, 2014

By LARA JAKES, AP National Security Writer

CAIRO (AP) — With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire between Israel and ...

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Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

Jul 21, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor ...

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Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

Jul 21, 2014

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining ...

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Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

Jul 21, 2014

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political parties ahead of ...

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Obama touts expansion of program for minority boys

Jul 21, 2014

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority boys in conjunction with ...

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Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers

Jul 21, 2014

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause."

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Poll: America Should Stay Out of Foreign Troubles

By | Jul 21, 2014

Americans still have enormous doubts about direct U.S. involvement in ongoing foreign policy crises in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and elsewhere, according to a new survey for Politico.

The poll, taken among voters in the most competitive House and Senate races this fall, shows "an intensely ...

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Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

Jul 21, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."

In a CNN interview broadcast Monday from Jakarta, Indonesia, Clinton says, "Whatever she does is fine."

He called Hillary Rodham Clinton ...

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US working on case against Russia on downed plane

Jul 21, 2014

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.

"A buildup of extraordinary ...

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Family spokesman: Ex-Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh dies

Jul 21, 2014

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's last Republican governor who shepherded the state through a deep recession during two terms in the 1980s, died Sunday night, a family spokesman said.

The former governor died at 8:15 p.m. PDT at Portland's Providence ...

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