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Congress can block use of fees for immigration overhaul: memo
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress can block President Barack Obama from using federal immigration fees to issue permits for millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States, according to a congressional research memo released on Wednesday. The memo from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service to Republican Senator Jeff Sessions could provide a boost to him and other conservatives who are pushing for a December budget confrontation with Obama to try to stop his executive order overhauling the U.S. immigration system. ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:11:36 -0500
Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House
News ImageBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration. In a high-profile speech on Tuesday dissecting Democrats' losses in this month's midterm elections, Charles Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, listed "a cascade of issues" botched by the White House, starting with Obama's push for healthcare reforms soon after he took office in 2009. ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:08:49 -0500
U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report
News ImageGENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods. In an open letter issued in Geneva, the seven investigators and academic legal experts, said publication of the report by a Senate committee would be welcomed by victims of torture and their supporters everywhere. Among the signatories were the world body's special rapporteurs for torture and for freedom of expression. ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:23:28 -0500
Romney tops Republican poll for '16; ahead of Clinton in election
News ImageWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. The former Massachusetts governor would have a slight edge over potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 45 percent to 44 percent in a general election, the poll found. ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:06:58 -0500
'Burn this b---- down!' Michael Brown's stepfather criticized for reaction to grand jury decision
News ImageMichael Brown's stepfather is being criticized for inflammatory comments he made to a crowd of protesters shortly after learning of the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of his unarmed stepson.
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:48:02 -0500
Videos show nationwide protests over Ferguson decision Monday night
Witnesses shot many videos of the protests that erupted across the country Monday night after a grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:18:31 -0500
Chuck Hagels resignation: strategic pivot or sacrificial lamb?
President Barack Obamas acceptance yesterday of the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel left little doubt that the administration wants to turn a page on a foreign and national security policy mired in crisis and controversy. Less clear is the internal role that Hagel played in crises ranging from the Islamic State to Ebola and what policy change the White House hopes to telegraph by pressuring him to resign. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:09:45 -0500
Extremely rare for grand jury not to return indictment, statistics show
The grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown was historic for many reasons, including the fiery protests that erupted in its wake. It was also historic in how rare it is for a grand jury not to return an indictment. Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:46:40 -0500
Boehner: I'm ready to 'reappoint' members to special Benghazi panel in new Congress
News ImageSpeaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday evening announced that he is reappointing Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to head the Select Committee on Benghazi next Congress. The problem, however, is that by doing so, Boehner named a chairman to a panel that does not yet exist. Because the Benghazi committee is select and not permanent or standing, the House will have to vote again to re-create it when Congress returns for a new session in January. Boehners statement did not mention that another vote would need to occur in order for Gowdy to have a panel to lead or for other Republicans to serve on it.
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0500
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized Following Coronary Blockage
News ImageSupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized after doctors discovered a blockage in her left coronary artery.Ginsburg, 81, "experienced discomfort during routine exercise" on Tuesday evening, according to a statement from the Court.She underwent coronary catheterization procedure at MedStar Washington Center this morning.Despite being diagnosed with colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, Ginsburg, appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, has never missed a day of oral arguments due to medical treatment. ...
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:46:00 -0500
How Chuck Hagel's Resignation Might Affect ISIS Fight
News ImageChuck Hagels departure as Defense Secretary will probably have a minimal impact on the administrations three part strategy to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria that is expected to take years. Hagel had raised questions about the strategys lack of focus on the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad, but not about the presidents decision that American troops sent to Iraq will not serve as combat troops.Online supporters of the Islamic terror group ISIS have taken to Twitter to cheer the resignation of Chuck Hagel, claiming it was ISIS that forced him out. ...
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:32:00 -0500
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to Step Down
News ImageDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down, senior administration officials confirmed today to ABC News.Flanked by Hagel and Vice President Biden, President Obama announced the Secretarys departure this morning from the White House's State Dining Room.Chuck Hagel has been no ordinary Secretary of Defense: As the first enlisted combat veteran to serve in that position, he understands our men and women like few others , the president said. Hes been in the dirt and hes been in the mud. And thats established a special bond. He sees himself in them, and they see themselves in him. ...
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:29:00 -0500
Full holiday menu for Obamas, plus 6 pies
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday's basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service.
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:24:10 -0500
Justice sent home after heart stent implanted
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Thursday after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said.
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:28:21 -0500
Southern Democrats trying to recover lost ground
News ImageATLANTA (AP) To rebuild in the conservative South, Democratic leaders say their party must become more aggressive advocates for the middle class in an effort to energize African-Americans and attract whites.
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:00:43 -0500
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