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2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

Apr 17, 2014

By PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the prospect.

Scalia thinks the judicial branch is the least qualified ...

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Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

Apr 17, 2014

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its ...

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IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

Apr 17, 2014

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday.

That means some of Wall Street's largest hedge funds and private equity firms are largely escaping ...

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Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

Apr 17, 2014

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the year of the baby: Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year.

The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the ...

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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

Apr 17, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and ...

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President defending health law good for some Dems

Apr 17, 2014

By CHARLES BABINGTON and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically.

At a White House news conference Thursday,

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Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call

Apr 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration.

Cantor said after the two men spoke by phone Wednesday that Obama still hasn't learned how to work effectively with lawmakers.

Obama ...

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Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians

Apr 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.

Obama says his hope is that Russia will follow through in the next several days on promises made at its meeting Thursday in Geneva with ...

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Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster

Apr 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week.

Obama said at a White House news conference Thursday that the United States has an "unwavering commitment" to its ally ...

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Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine

Apr 17, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.

He said all of this "represents a good day's work." But Kerry also says "words on ...

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Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Apr 17, 2014

By LARA JAKES and JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides ...

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US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe

Apr 17, 2014

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation.

The department announced Thursday that it has sanctioned Tobaiwa (toh-BY'-wah) Mudede ...

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US sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

Apr 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. will send nonlethal assistance to Ukraine's military in light of what he called Russia's ongoing destabilizing actions there.

Hagel said at a Pentagon press conference Thursday that the military assistance to Ukraine will include ...

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Al From: Dems Need a 'Growth Agenda'

By | Apr 17, 2014

The Democratic Party needs to broaden its agenda to emphasize expanding the economy and not just dividing up the existing pie, according to a leader of the party’s modern centrist movement.

Al From, founder of the Democratic Leadership Council and now a private consultant, said the Democrats need a ...

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Freight train industry to miss safety deadline

Apr 16, 2014

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday.

The Association of ...

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Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe

Apr 16, 2014

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., sided with consumer groups ...

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US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

Apr 16, 2014

By JULIE PACE and LARA JAKES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its ...

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Cantor blasts Obama for immigration attack on GOP

Apr 16, 2014

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is criticizing President Barack Obama for attacking the same lawmakers he's supposed to be working with on immigration.

The Virginia Republican says Obama called him Wednesday to discuss Obama's desire for an ...

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Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants

Apr 16, 2014

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

OAKDALE, Pa. (AP) — Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying ...

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