Politics

  • U.S. strikes Somali militant camp in bid to kill al Shabaab leader

    The United States launched Hellfire missiles and laser-guided munitions to destroy an al Shabaab encampment in south-central Somalia late on Monday, the Pentagon said. After the Westgate mall attack, Navy SEALS stormed ashore into the al Shabaab stronghold of Barawe, where a regional official said…

    Reuters
  • Jury deliberations begin in corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Jury deliberations began on Tuesday in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, who are charged with accepting sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from a businessman. The jury of seven men and five women began…

    Reuters
  • Appeals court grills U.S. lawyer on NSA phone collection

    Circuit Court of Appeals in New York was the first appellate court to hear arguments on whether the National Security Agency (NSA) program is lawful, in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging the gathering of so-called metadata. Judge Gerard Lynch, one of three…

    Reuters
  • Republicans tone down Benghazi talk as elections near

    When the House voted in May to authorize the select committee, which could cost taxpayers up to $3.3 million to operate, the media attention such a panel was sure to draw was a huge part of the attraction for the Republicans who pushed for it. They wanted a channel to attack President Obama and the…

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  • How does a police department lose a Humvee?

    Among the issues that Obama is likely to find is that the program lacks oversight and accountability. Once Pentagon weapons reach the 8,000 police departments that participate in the program, many of them in tiny towns, the federal government has little control over them. The departments are not…

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  • Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy expresses ‘extreme degree of skepticism’ about expanding strikes on ISIL to Syria

    Sen. Chris Murphy says he would be “very unlikely” to support expanding America’s military campaign against the brutal ISIL militia from Iraq into neighboring Syria. But the Connecticut Democrat says President Obama must seek explicit authorization from Congress if he decides to widen the conflict.

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  • Obama on ISIL: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’

    Declaring “we don’t have a strategy yet,” President Obama poured cold water Thursday on talk that he was poised to order imminent U.S. military strikes on ISIL fighters in Syria.

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  • Obama’s Anti-Doctrine Doctrine

    Terrorists in Syria and Iraq have been overrunning the countryside, pausing to savagely murder an American journalist. Pakistan is reeling from political crisis. The Russians just made an incursion into Ukraine, the Israelis have been blowing up every other building in Gaza, and Ebola's rampaging…

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  • Eric Cantor's Defeat Pays Off With $1.4M Wall St. Signing Bonus

    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is riding his unexpected primary defeat straight to the bank. The seven-term Virginia Republican will be joining New York investment bank Moelis & Company with a $1.4 million signing bonus. He will get the titles of  vice chairman and...

    ABC News
  • 4 Things to Watch as Obama Heads to Estonia, NATO Summit in Wales

    Can the Obama Doctrine neutralize the Putin Doctrine? Can it quash the terror threat from radical Islamic extremism? The answers may well depend on President Obama’s trip this week to Russia-bordering Estonia and a summit of NATO allies in Wales, perhaps the group’s most consequential...

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  • Alaska Senate hopefuls pull ads mentioning deaths

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Television ads in Alaska's U.S. Senate race have been pulled by the two major party candidates after complaints from the family of two slaying victims.

    Associated Press49 mins ago
  • Candidates in Alaska governor's race join forces

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The independent and Democratic candidates for Alaska governor say they are merging their campaigns to give them a better shot at unseating Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell.

    Associated Press54 mins ago
  • Paul Ryan blames Obama in rise of Islamic State

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift ascent of the Islamic State, a militant group that purportedly beheaded a second American journalist in two weeks.

    Associated Press
  • US rejects Norwegian Air bid for US-Europe flights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case that has labor and trade policy implications, the Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a request that would have immediately permitted a low-cost air carrier to begin flights between the U.S. and Europe while the government is still reviewing its application for new…

    Associated Press
  • Why Republican control of Congress hinges on nine big-money Senate races

    Nine big-money Senate races will determine whether Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

    Center for Public Integrity
  • Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

    U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists.

    Center for Public Integrity
  • Defeat of California initiative would protect insurers' profits

    Proposition 45 would allow California's insurance chief to block insurance rate hikes; insurers are spending millions to kill it.

    Center for Public Integrity