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Obama to unveil tougher climate change plan
News ImageBy Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, kicking off what is expected to be a tumultuous legal battle between federal environmental regulators and coal industry supporters. The White House said its revised Clean Power Plan will increase the required cuts in carbon emissions from the power sector, demanding they be slashed 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The administration's draft regulation, released a year ago, had required cuts of 30 percent.
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:42:06 -0400
We want Iran cooperation, not meddling, Gulf Arabs tell Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry talks with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim before their meeting at the Diwan Palace in DohaBy David Brunnstrom and Noah Browning DOHA (Reuters) - Iran's nuclear deal should bring stability and "good neighborliness" rather than interference, Gulf Arab states told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday as they began talks on the merits of its historic accord with world powers. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah, welcoming Kerry to Qatar for the talks with the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said the alliance wanted to spare the region "from any dangers and threats from nuclear weapons". This should be done by authorizing the use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in line with international rules, he said, speaking for the GCC as host of the meeting.
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:05:00 -0400
Planned Parenthood fight hits Congress, wider impact unclear
News ImageBy Richard Cowan and Alex Wilts WASHINGTON, August 3 (Reuters) - Women's health group Planned Parenthood, under attack by anti-abortionists posting hidden-camera videos online, will be the focus of a partisan showdown on Monday in the U.S. Senate, with any wider influence on voters from the charge still unclear. Congressional Republicans are trying to cut off Planned Parenthood's federal funding. The Senate plans to hold a procedural vote on Monday on a Republican proposal to cut off the funds.
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 04:25:38 -0400
Republicans begin pivotal debate week with New Hampshire forum
News ImageBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidates will test their messages in New Hampshire on Monday, with the exception of Donald Trump, in a pivotal week on the 2016 campaign trail that will be dominated by their first head-to-head debate on Thursday. Fourteen of the 17 candidates are to face off in Manchester, N.H., for the Voters Issues Forum, a two-hour event at Saint Anselm College in which each candidate will be asked questions by a moderator based on a random draw. Most of the leaders in the Republican field are to participate, including Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, but not poll leader Trump, who declared he would not attend in outrage over an editorial published by the Union Leader, the Manchester newspaper that is one of the sponsors of the event.
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:09:47 -0400
As South Carolina debates Confederate flag, controversy spreads to other states that display it
Calls For Removal Of Confederate Flag Outside SC Statehouse Grow In Wake Of Race-Fueled Charleston Church ShootingEven if it is taken down at the South Carolina statehouse, the Confederate battle flag is still deeply entrenched in parts of the American South.
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:54:27 -0400
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag
In a press conference Monday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley joined those calling on state lawmakers to remove the Confederate flag from a war memorial on the state Capitol grounds. The announcement comes days after the massacre of nine members of Charleston's historic Emanuel church by alleged gunman Dylann Roof. Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric hosted a live stream of Gov. Haley's address and was joined for discussion by Morris Dees, co-founder of Southern Poverty Law Center and Jon Ward, Yahoo Senior Political Correspondent. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:50:05 -0400
Uniquely Nasty: Original documents and White House recordings
News ImageThe memos and audio used in the reporting of the Yahoo News documentary "Uniquely Nasty."
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:48:52 -0400
Uniquely Nasty: The blockbuster novel that haunted gay Washington
News ImageAllen Drury's "Advise and Consent" was the reason many DC insiders stayed in the closet for as long as they did.
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:33:30 -0400
Uniquely Nasty: Washington power broker Robert Grays double life
News ImageDespite being one of the most powerful men in DC, Gray confided that there was a time early in his career when he lived in mortal fear that J. Edgar Hoover would discover his biggest secret: that he was gay.
Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:21:11 -0400
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life
News ImageAmerican soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post in Afghanistan before he was taken by the Taliban in 2009, as some Afghan war veterans alleged.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:26:13 -0400
Lawmakers to Question Top Officials about Controversial Visa Program for Wealthy Foreigners
News ImageRepublicans in Congress voiced strong objections Tuesday in response to a scathing Homeland Security investigation that found a senior official appeared to give special treatment to politically-connected applicants when he ran a little-known federal program that offers visas to those who invest $500,000 in a job-creating business. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the committee chairman, said he viewed the findings of the Homeland Security Inspector General extremely concerning and said he will hold hearings Thursday to determine if further investigation is needed. The Inspector Generals investigation focused on the leadership of Alejandro Mayorkas, who served as director of the immigration program known as EB-5, an obscure but increasingly popular method for obtaining highly-sought-after American Green Cards. In late 2013, Mayorkas was promoted by President Obama to Deputy Secretary of the department over objections from Republicans who had already begun to hear rumblings of problems with his handling of the immigration program.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:41:00 -0400
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Lawyer Says
News ImageAmerican soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion for allegedly walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, Bergdahl's attorney told ABC News today.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:21:43 -0400
Celebrity chef: Trump lawsuit against him is 'without merit'
WASHINGTON (AP) Celebrity chef Jose Andres has responded to a lawsuit filed by Donald Trump's organization against Andres' organization for backing out of a hotel project in Washington. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:59:01 -0400
Analysis: US-Turkey deal on Syria a big gamble
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are both taking a big gamble as they agree to work together against the Islamic State group militants in Syria.
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:40:55 -0400
Kerry pushes Iran nuke deal with wary Arabs in Qatar
News ImageDOHA, Qatar (AP) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry brought the Obama administration's case for the Iran nuclear deal to wary Arab officials in Qatar on Monday.
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:11:49 -0400
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