Politics

  • Obama may seek new funds to battle Islamic State: Senate aide

    By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama could ask the U.S. Congress in coming weeks to approve new funds for airstrikes against Islamic State targets, according to a congressional aide, following the militants' beheading of an American journalist and activities in Iraq. A…

    Reuters
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  • White House defends Obama's golf outings during crises

    By Steve Holland EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama delivered a somber statement on the death of American journalist James Foley after a video emerged showing Foley's grisly execution by Islamic State militants. Then Obama proceeded directly to a golf course to play 18 holes. …

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  • California Senate passes gun database checks bill

    By Aaron Mendelson SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - The California Senate passed a bill on Friday requiring local law enforcement to search a database of firearms owners in most cases when carrying out checks on people who may harm themselves or others. The move follows the Isla Vista killings in Southern…

    Reuters44 mins ago
  • Virginia's ex-governor testifies that loans not inappropriate

    By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell testified during his corruption trial on Friday that he saw nothing inappropriate about accepting $70,000 in loans from a businessman to help pay the bills on beach properties. During his third day on the witness…

    Reuters
  • Hamas leader: Don't compare us to ISIL

    As much of the world expressed revulsion over the beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIL executioner, Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal took pains to disassociate his organization from the Islamist militant group that has conducted a murderous rampage across a large swath of…

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  • We want our politicians to act like LBJ. But not really.

    The problem with Barack Obama is that he just doesn't love the full contact sport of politics. He has no capacity for the inside machinations or tactical brutality we associate with a more sophisticated and celebrated president

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  • James Foley's parents: 'He was a martyr, a martyr for freedom'

    The parents of James Foley, the American journalist whose brutal execution by Islamist militants was posted on YouTube, gave an emotional press conference outside their New Hampshire home on Wednesday.

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  • Obama ‘heartbroken’ by Foley beheading but vows no letup in U.S. operations

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared himself “heartbroken” by the beheading of U.S. journalist Jim Foley by ISIL extremists but defiantly vowed to press on with American military operations to cut the group’s “cancer” out of the Middle East.

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  • Rick Perry Doesn't 'Really Understand the Details' of Indictment

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Texas Gov. Rick Perry returned to New Hampshire Friday for the first time since 2012, as he tries to rehab his political image after a failed presidential bid. Speaking to a group of business leaders here, Perry tried to focus on substance,...

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  • How Iran's Nuclear Remarks Left the State Department Confused

    A defiant statement by the Iranian Foreign Minister linking cooperation against ISIS in Iraq to sanctions relief might actually be a giant, lost-in-translation misunderstanding, the State Department said today. According to state-run media, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that…

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  • Officials: Hackers hit up to 25,000 gov't workers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.

    Associated Press35 mins ago
  • DUI arrest is California Democrats' latest blow

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Ben Hueso was arrested Friday on suspicion of drunken driving, the latest black eye for the state's majority party and the 40-member chamber that suspended three other Democrats facing legal troubles.

    Associated Press16 mins ago
  • Coalition sues over immigrants' access to lawyers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don't have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence…

    Associated Press23 mins ago
  • New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.

    Associated Press32 mins ago
  • Fired Los Alamos nuclear expert files appeal

    Former Los Alamos lab employee argues that DOE abused its powers, retaliated against him for expressing views.

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  • Gun rights debate enters a new arena: the campus

    The right to carry a firearm onto college campuses has become another issue in the gun control debate

    Center for Public Integrity
  • White House faces Democratic Senate revolt over nuclear security cuts

    Members of the Senate are asking Obama to increase spending to secure global nuclear weapons stocks

    Center for Public Integrity