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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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Obama on fundraising trip to West Coast

Jul 22, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama on Tuesday embarked on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him — raising money for his fellow Democrats.

Obama landed Tuesday in Seattle at the start of a three-day West Coast trip, where he'll ...

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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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GOP voters in Georgia to decide Senate nominee

Jul 22, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republicans have only a few more hours before they have a Senate nominee in a race that will help decide which party controls the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration.

The campaigns of Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue ...

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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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US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, Americans must have the skills to fill those jobs, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

Obama spoke at a signing ceremony for bipartisan job-training legislation aimed at improving business engagement and accountability in federally funded ...

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Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Preliminary Pentagon data shows that suicides among active duty military increased a bit this year compared to the same period last year, but officials say that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs.

Pentagon documents show there were 161 ...

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Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to stem the fraying of ties with a key European ally, President Barack Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin, a diplomatic gesture reflecting Germany's growing indignation about allegations of American spying on its soil.

Chief of staff Denis McDonough and Obama's ...

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Senate panel advances global disabilities pact

Jul 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has advanced a treaty promoting equal rights for disabled around the world. but full ratification still appears a major doubt.

Tuesday's vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was 12-6.

Among Republicans, treaty backers John McCain and John Barrasso joined ...

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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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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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