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  • McConnell offers immigration amendment

    31 July 2014, 12:43 pm by: BRUCE SCHREINER

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he wants to put strict conditions on transporting migrant children into the country's interior, offering the proposal days after a flap surfaced about whether Fort Knox was targeted to…
  • Divided House moves toward vote on border crisis

    31 July 2014, 12:37 pm by: ERICA WERNER

    WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans moved toward a vote Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the border, after GOP leaders agreed to conservative demands for a separate vote aimed at blocking President Barack Obama from expanding deportation relief to…
  • Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

    31 July 2014, 12:34 pm by: DONNA CASSATA

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party…
  • Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey

    31 July 2014, 12:33 pm by: Tom Howell Jr.

    Despite the conventional narrative, most of the "young invincibles" aged 19 to 34 who did not sign up for health insurance during Obamacare's first round cited cost, while only one in five said they just didn't expect to need coverage, according to Deloitte.…
  • Final guilty plea in landmark federal bid-rigging case

    31 July 2014, 12:13 pm by: Jim McElhatton

    Known for years in court documents only as "Public Official C", former U.S. Army contracting officer In Seon Lim pleaded guilty to bribery charges Thursday — the final defendant in what authorities have called the biggest bid-rigging scheme in federal…
  • Chicago mayor defends welcoming immigrant kids

    31 July 2014, 11:53 am

    CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says bringing to Chicago some 1,000 immigrant children who have fled Central America is simply the right thing to do. The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1oQNvUQ) reports that Emanuel believes welcoming the children…
  • CIA admits improperly hacking Senate computers in search of Bush-era information

    31 July 2014, 11:40 am by: Douglas Ernst

    CIA Director John Brennan admitted that the agency did hack into the computers of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Senate staffers — an allegation he had denied in March. In a search for Bush-era interrogation practices, computers were hacked in "a manner…
  • Lawyers volunteering to help Artesia detainees

    31 July 2014, 11:32 am

    ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) - A nationwide network of attorneys is helping immigrants at a temporary detention center in southeastern New Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/ykK3PB) that around a dozen immigration attorneys from Colorado, Nevada,…
  • Lawmakers rattled by Syria genocide horrors, call on Obama to act

    31 July 2014, 11:26 am by: S.A. Miller

    A Syrian defector pleaded before a House panel Wednesday for U.S. help fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, as he presented gruesome photographs of emaciated and mutilated dead bodies that he said were victims of torture and murder in the regime's prisons.…
  • House GOP uses website hearing to slam Obamacare

    31 July 2014, 11:01 am by: Tom Howell Jr.

    House lawmakers spent just as much time praising or railing against Obamacare itself as it did on HealthCare.gov's failures — the main point of an oversight hearing Thursday morning — sparing a new employee of the Obama administration from absorbing much…
  • White House decries House vote on deportations

    31 July 2014, 10:49 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is denouncing an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are in the country illegally. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says…
  • Hearing reset for suspect in UN soldier deaths

    31 July 2014, 10:37 am by: COREY WILLIAMS

    DETROIT (AP) - A federal immigration court judge delayed a hearing Thursday for a Detroit-area man suspected by the Irish government in the deaths of two United Nations peacekeeping soldiers in Lebanon in 1980. Mahmoud Bazzi's initial immigration court…
  • Activist donates civil rights-era posters to UNM

    31 July 2014, 10:22 am

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A long-time activist has donated his posters from the civil rights era to the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections. The University of New Mexico recently announced it has acquired a new collection of activist posters…
  • Gov. Deal meets with Latino leaders on immigration

    31 July 2014, 10:20 am

    ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is reaching out to leaders of the state's Latino community to learn more about unaccompanied minors from Central American nations who are in Georgia, and to share concerns and seek solutions. After meeting with a group…
  • McConnell to Obama: Quit fundraising, start leading on border

    31 July 2014, 10:09 am by: Stephen Dinan

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell complained Thursday that President Obama has gone AWOL on the border surge crisis by refusing to try to work with Republicans on a bill to solve the problem. After initially laying out a series of reforms that could help…
  • Mike McCurry strong-arms Politico from writing about anti-Clinton book: report

    31 July 2014, 10:08 am by: Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

    Former Clinton administration press secretary Mike McCurry is quietly waging a campaign to quash coverage on a new tell-all book that exposes Bill and Hillary Clinton’s massive political empire. McCurry has successfully blocked Politico media reporter…
  • Harry Reid threatens to cancel weekends

    31 July 2014, 9:53 am by: Stephen Dinan

    Congress is about to take a five-week summer vacation, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned Thursday that lawmakers will pay on the other end, giving up two full weekends back home in order to be in Washington re-voting on issues that have repeatedly…
  • Rep. Tim Murphy: GOP knew HealthCare.gov would be an 'unmitigated disaster'

    31 July 2014, 9:31 am by: Tom Howell Jr.

    A newly minted member of the Obama administration's health care team told Congress Thursday he expects a much better website experience in Obamacare's second round this fall. "For one, we have a website that's already up and running," said Andy Slavitt, who…
  • Former bank president faces federal charges

    31 July 2014, 9:09 am

    DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - A former Coffee County bank president is accused of receiving cash in exchange for loans and making false bank entries. Federal authorities arrested James Kelly Baxter on Wednesday. He is the former president and CEO of Peoples Bank of…
  • George W. Bush penning biography of father

    31 July 2014, 6:17 am by: Cheryl K. Chumley

    George W. Bush, president No. 43, is in process of penning a biography about his equally famous father, George H.W. Bush, president No. 41, with a publication date set for November. Crown Publisher announced the book and roughly described it as a story about…

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