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  • Golden Hammer: Obama's grants to cut diesel emissions leave IG fuming, waste millions

    18 September 2014, 9:11 pm by: Drew Johnson

    A part of the $800 billion stimulus package that President Obama pushed through Congress in 2009 was aimed at reducing diesel emissions and helping the environment, but a big chunk of it may have gone up in smoke, according to a new internal audit. As much as…
  • John Boehner eyes agenda if GOP captures Senate

    18 September 2014, 9:10 pm by: Seth McLaughlin

    House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday promised tax reform, an intense focus on boosting energy production and creating U.S. jobs, and even hinted at action on immigration, if the GOP wins control of both chambers of Congress in November's elections. In a…
  • Inside the Beltway: 264,220 people definitely not ready for Hillary Clinton

    18 September 2014, 9:10 pm by: Jennifer Harper

    The persistent Stop Hillary PAC has marked the formal start of the Benghazi hearings with some noise of their own. The independent political action committee has dropped $100,000 on broadcast ads in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa featuring a 30-second…
  • Analysts see path around Hillary Clinton, to White House for Joe Biden

    18 September 2014, 8:56 pm by: Ben Wolfgang

    Joseph R. Biden's 2016 presidential ambitions already look like they have been swallowed whole by the Hillary Rodham Clinton juggernaut, but political analysts say the vice president still has a narrow path to victory — one that depends on either…
  • Onerous ATF rules threaten to put gun dealers out of business

    18 September 2014, 8:40 pm by: Kelly Riddell

    Doug Stockman always has had a passion for firearms, so 20 years ago he made a business out of it. Today, his shop, SSG Tactical, is one of the largest gun dealers in Virginia, with 10 employees, training classes and concealed-carry fashion bags. Mr. Stockman…
  • Obamacare keeps pace with needed numbers

    18 September 2014, 8:25 pm by: Tom Howell Jr.

    About 7.3 million Americans were getting health insurance through Obamacare's exchanges as of last month, the administration said Thursday, releasing numbers that suggest most customers did sign up properly and pay their premiums. The new tally is 700,000 less…
  • Seeking war powers, Obama now ties Islamic State to al Qaeda

    18 September 2014, 8:21 pm by: Guy Taylor

    President Obama for years insisted that the new breed of "local" extremists in the Middle East weren't really part of al Qaeda, but now claims the Islamic State group is indeed the same as Osama bin Laden's original network — a rhetorical shift used by the…
  • U.S. pushed to protect global religious freedom

    18 September 2014, 8:16 pm by: Meredith Somers

    The United States is not doing enough to promote and protect international religious freedom, a panel of advocates warned Congress on Thursday. Strengthening its religious freedom policies and taking more seriously the position of the ambassador-at-large for…
  • GOP's Rauner not a fan of gambling, airport slots

    18 September 2014, 8:14 pm by: SARA BURNETT and SOPHIA TAREEN

    CHICAGO (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he's not a fan of gambling or a plan to put slot machines at Chicago's international airports, but he wouldn't stand in the way of adding casinos if local communities support it.…
  • Recount confirms Castle Rock's open carry election

    18 September 2014, 8:11 pm

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) - A recount has confirmed that Castle Rock voters successfully overturned a ban on the open carry of firearms on city property. Last month, voters narrowly approved a measure that repealed restrictions set by the town manager on the…
  • Activists block tracks near Oregon oil terminal

    18 September 2014, 7:18 pm

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Activists opposed to oil train shipments are blockading the tracks that lead to an oil-by-rail terminal on the Columbia River at Port Westward near Clatskanie. Columbia County sheriff's officials confirmed the blockade, but did not offer…
  • French to join U.S. coalition in Iraq

    18 September 2014, 7:10 pm by: Stephen Dinan

    France will join the U.S.-led coalition agains the Islamic State by helping the U.S. conduct air strikes in Iraq, President Obama said Thursday night as he basked in a successful vote in Congress giving him permission to arm and train Syrian rebels. As Mr.…
  • US: 2 run brothels with women in country illegally

    18 September 2014, 6:42 pm

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Brunswick couple was charged by federal prosecutors Thursday with running a prostitution ring involving at least eight brothels across New Jersey with women in the country illegally. Federal prosecutors said Juan Fredy…
  • Senate falls short in bid to halt Obama immigration policies

    18 September 2014, 6:31 pm by: Stephen Dinan

    Senate Republicans narrowly missed a chance Thursday to halt President Obama's non-deportation policies, falling just short in a vote that saw even five Democrats join them in signaling worries over the White House's immigration plans. The showdown came on a…
  • Former mayor convicted of fraud in farm purchase

    18 September 2014, 6:06 pm

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former New Jersey mayor who falsified loan documents and stole a relative's identity to purchase a farm property was convicted Thursday following a two-week federal fraud trial. Former Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas was convicted after…
  • Anacostia Museum to examine DC immigrant community

    18 September 2014, 4:56 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum is revisiting an exhibit from 20 years ago about black immigrants in Washington and notions of race and ethnicity amid changes in Washington's demographics. On Friday, the museum will host a…
  • Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials

    18 September 2014, 4:53 pm by: The Associated Press

    St. Cloud Times, Sept. 17 Peterson's suspension charts path for NFL There are two elements of good in the Minnesota Vikings putting Adrian Peterson on suspension at least until his court case involving child abuse charges is resolved. First, it's the right…
  • Senate races: Democrats decry birth control plan

    18 September 2014, 4:35 pm by: CHARLES BABINGTON

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When a handful of Republican Senate candidates called for oral contraceptives to be sold without a prescription, Democrats cried foul. Republicans still want to repeal "Obamacare," they said, and insurers generally don't pay for…
  • Obama pledges U.S. support to Ukraine's Poroshenko

    18 September 2014, 4:12 pm by: Dave Boyer and Maggie Ybarra

    President Obama told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Thursday that the U.S. supports Ukraine "in words and deeds," but the two leaders dodged questions about the administration's refusal to send heavy weapons to Kiev for its war with Russian-backed…
  • Ayotte calls for 'lethal assistance' in Ukraine

    18 September 2014, 3:47 pm by: Kellan Howell

    Sen. Kelly Ayotte called on President Obama to provide "lethal assistance" to Ukraine after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint session of Congress on Thursday. "President Poroshenko's address to the U.S. Congress today was a direct and…

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