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Jul 17 2014 Obama Public Approval Rating Worries Democrats

WASHINGTON - In this U.S. congressional election year, it’s already clear that many Democratic candidates are determined to keep some political distance between themselves and President Barack Obama.
Obama’s public approval rating is stuck at around 40 percent, and many Democrats worry that could undermine their hopes to hold their majority in the Senate this year […]


Jul 10 2014 Obama Fails To Visit Mexican Border Despite Humanitarian Crisis

HOUSTON - President Barack Obama flew to Dallas, Texas, Wednesday and met with Governor Rick Perry as well as members of faith-based groups who are providing humanitarian aid to child immigrants on the state’s border with Mexico. The president rejected criticism from various corners that he had not included a stop at the border while […]


Jul 9 2014 Obama Seeks $3.7 Billion For Immigration Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking $3.7 billion from lawmakers to address the increase in the number of migrants, particularly unaccompanied children, crossing into the United States from Central America. Emergency funding request is aimed at addressing what White House officials are calling an urgent humanitarian situation.
The thousands of undocumented migrants who cross […]


Jul 8 2014 Obama Vows To Deport Most Children At Border

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Monday that most unaccompanied minors flooding into the United States from Central America will not be allowed to stay as the Obama administration prepares to ask Congress for $2 billion to address the border crisis.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said most of the border-crossers would not qualify to […]


Jul 3 2014 US Increases Security At Overseas Airports

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Wednesday it would increase security at overseas airports with direct flights into the country, as U.S. officials cited concerns al-Qaida operatives in Syria and Yemen were developing bombs that could be smuggled onto planes.
European airports would be taking the extra precautions, the U.S. officials told Reuters on condition […]


Jul 2 2014 US Imposes Sanctions Against Ugandan Rebel Group

WASHINGTON - The United States has imposed sanctions on a Ugandan rebel group, one day after the U.N. Security Council did the same.
The U.S. Treasury said Tuesday it is sanctioning the Allied Democratic Forces for “targeting children in situations of armed conflict through rape, killing, abduction and forced displacement.”
It said the group, which is based […]


Jun 20 2014 Obama Rejects Airstrikes Against Islamic Militants

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States “will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action” to blunt the rapid advance of Islamic militants that have been spreading sectarian violence in Iraq.
The president, speaking Thursday from the White House briefing room, outlined a multipart plan to help prevent Iraq from descending […]


Jun 19 2014 US General Receives Iraqi Request For Airstrikes

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military official says the Iraqi government has requested U.S. airstrikes to aid the fight against Sunni Islamist militants who have taken over key cities of northern Iraq.
Army General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that Iraq has requested U.S. air strikes against […]


Jun 16 2014 US Prepares To Intervene In Iraq

WASHINGTON - The United States is repositioning military assets closer to Iraq, as Baghdad braces for a possible attack by Sunni militants that have seized large swaths of territory in the country.  Meanwhile in Washington, the risks and merits of some form of U.S. military intervention in Iraq is a topic of heated debate.
Shi’ites in […]


Jun 11 2014 US House Majority Leader Suffers Massive Defeat

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Eric Cantor, the majority leader of the Republican-controlled House, suffered a shocking defeat in a primary race for re-election to his congressional seat in the southeastern U.S. state of Virginia Tuesday.
Cantor was soundly beaten by David Brat, an economics professor at a small college who was backed by the ultraconservative Tea […]


Jun 6 2014 Most Americans Disapprove Of Obama Prisoner Swap

WASHINGTON - Even as President Obama defends his decision to trade five Taliban prisoners for one U.S. Army sergeant, there are early indications the American public is split over the controversy.
A Fox News poll shows, in the first few days, 45 percent approved of the swap while 47 percent disapproved. Saturday’s exchange and the administration’s […]


Jun 1 2014 US Soldier Taken Hostage By Taliban Released

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan for nearly five years has been released to U.S. forces, in a swap for five insurgents from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s nearly five-year captivity ended Saturday evening local time when about 18 heavily armed Taliban fighters handed him […]


May 23 2014 US House Passes Bill To Curb NSA Phone Records Collection

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to curb the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. Supporters say the USA Freedom Act strikes a balance between protecting privacy and safeguarding national security. Critics say the legislation’s reforms have been “watered down.”
Thursday’s House vote passing the USA Freedom Act was […]


May 9 2014 US Congress Investigates VA Conduct

WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S. Congress have called the head of the Veterans Administration to testify next week about reports of long waiting lists for military veterans seeking medical treatment.
A committee of the House of Representatives voted Thursday to subpoena records about the waiting lists. A Senate committee has called Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric […]


Apr 25 2014 Obama Warns North Korea Against Nuclear Test

SEOUL - President Barack Obama is in South Korea on the second leg of an Asian tour, where he gave a warning to North Korea against conducting a fourth nuclear test.
In a newspaper interview with South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo, released just before his arrival Friday, Obama said: “If North Korea were to make the mistake […]


Apr 17 2014 US Federal Reserve Warns Of Rising Inflation

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says inflation is expected to rise slowly from current levels to the U.S. central bank’s two percent target rate.
In her first major policy speech, Yellen told the Economic Club of New York the low rate of inflation appears due to “temporary” influences, such as the deceleration in consumer […]


Apr 3 2014 US Supreme Court Eases Campaign Finance Laws

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday issued an important ruling that further loosens restrictions on campaign contribution limits, possibly opening the way for even greater influence by wealthy donors.
By a vote of 5-4, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court struck down overall limits on campaign contributions for individual donors who wish to support […]


Mar 26 2014 Obama Proposes To End NSA Phone Data Collection

WASHINGTON - Both U.S. President Barack Obama and key committee leaders in Congress are proposing legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s collection and storage of massive amounts of Americans’ phone records.  The proposed changes come in response to a wave of privacy concerns at home and abroad triggered by revelations last year from […]


Mar 20 2014 Obama Expands Sanctions Against Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Thursday morning a series of expanded sanctions against Russia over its annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
Speaking on the South Lawn of the White House before a trip to Florida, Obama said the U.S. will impose more sanctions on Russian government officials, including individuals tied to Russia’s Crimea […]


Mar 6 2014 US Lawmakers Outraged At Obama Defense Cuts

WASHINGTON - Plans to shrink the United States military to levels not seen since World War II are not sitting well with many U.S. lawmakers.  Some expressed their frustration and anger to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
With U.S. troops in Afghanistan, waiting to come home, anger is boiling over in […]


Feb 25 2014 Obama Slashes US Military Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has unveiled the largest cuts to the U.S. Army since before World War II.
The Obama administration has for years spoken of a need for a smaller, more agile force. On Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel laid out the budgetary blueprint for it.
He said this is a time for […]


Feb 20 2014 CBO: Obama Minimum Wage Hike Kills Jobs

WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Congress’ budget agency on Wednesday defended its findings that President Barack Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase would cause job losses, a day after the White House criticized the agency’s methodology.
White House officials have taken issue with the Congressional Budget Office’s conclusion that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 […]


Feb 13 2014 US Congress Raises Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress has raised the nation’s borrowing limit and averted a potential debt default that would have triggered devastating financial consequences. Senate approval came one day after the House of Representatives passed the measure - and less than two weeks before the federal government would have been unable to pay all its […]


Feb 5 2014 CBO Reports Obamacare Is Serious Job Killer

WASHINGTON - A report by the U.S. Congressional Budget Office predicts the new health care reform law will shrink the work force by more than 2 million full-time positions.
The report, released Tuesday, may fuel the debate over whether the health care reform law known as “Obamacare” is good for the economy. The CBO report said […]


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