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Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq
News ImagePresident Barack Obama on Monday formally notified Congress that he had authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq to help deliver a humanitarian aid to the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli, the White House said in a statement. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, after U.S. Obama has to notify Congress of the authorization under the the War Powers Resolution.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:36:10 -0400
Florida power utilities fear return of Green Governor' Crist
News ImageBy David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time. Florida's three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation's largest swing state. ...
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:28:00 -0400
Judge temporarily blocks law that could close all Louisiana abortion clinics
News ImageThe measure, signed into law by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in June and due to take effect Sept. 1, would require doctors who perform abortions to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice. "Plaintiffs will be allowed to operate lawfully while continuing their efforts to obtain privileges," Federal Judge John deGravelles wrote in the decision. Abortion rights activists applauded the decision, the latest in a string of rulings against similar measures, saying it would give doctors more time to seek hospital privileges. "Todays ruling ensures Louisiana women are safe from an underhanded law that seeks to strip them of their health and rights," said Nancy Northup, president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights, which sued to block the law on behalf of three of the state's five clinics.
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:48:11 -0400
Obama faces bipartisan criticism over his foreign policy
News ImageBy Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama faced criticism over his foreign policy from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Sunday as he wrestled with crises in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Ukraine. Republican lawmakers seized on Obama's comment on Thursday when he said, "We don't have a strategy yet" for confronting the Islamic State militant group, saying it suggested indecisiveness. On Sunday, influential Democrats chimed in with their own critiques of Obama's foreign policy, chiding him for being "too cautious" on Syria, and urging him to do more to help Ukraine resist Russian advances.
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:44:10 -0400
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy expresses extreme degree of skepticism about expanding strikes on ISIL to Syria
News ImageSen. Chris Murphy says he would be very unlikely to support expanding Americas military campaign against the brutal ISIL militia from Iraq into neighboring Syria. But the Connecticut Democrat says President Obama must seek explicit authorization from Congress if he decides to widen the conflict.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:32:56 -0400
Obama on ISIL: We dont have a strategy yet
News ImageDeclaring we dont have a strategy yet, President Obama poured cold water Thursday on talk that he was poised to order imminent U.S. military strikes on ISIL fighters in Syria.
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:43:08 -0400
Obamas Anti-Doctrine Doctrine
Terrorists in Syria and Iraq have been overrunning the countryside, pausing to savagely murder an American journalist. Pakistan is reeling from political crisis. The Russians just made an incursion into Ukraine, the Israelis have been blowing up every other building in Gaza, and Ebola's rampaging through West Africa. All of which has led to some of the most blistering criticism of Barack Obama's presidency. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:49:16 -0400
Former Iowa Republican official admits to taking payment for support of Ron Pauls presidential bid
News ImageAn Iowa state senator who abandoned then-presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to endorse Ron Paul a week before the 2012 Iowa caucuses has pleaded guilty to concealing payments from Pauls campaign in exchange for his support.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:49:54 -0400
On Ukraine's 'other side' to the west, fears of familiar crisis brew in tiny Moldova
The world may not be ready for another crisis on Ukraines borders, but one may be brewing this time on the west, in the obscure Moldovan province of Transnistria, occupying about 1,600 square miles between the Dniester River and the Ukrainian frontier. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:14:10 -0400
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News ImagePresident Obama Visits Wales for NATO Summit
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:11:44 -0400
Britain Raises Terror Threat Level to Severe
News ImageTerror Attack Highly Likely But Not Necessarily Imminent, U.K. Government Says
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:35:25 -0400
American Terror Pipeline: Nearly a Dozen From Twin Cities Gone to Fight in Syria
News ImageTeen Girl May Have Left for Battlefield; Before Syria, Minnesotans Recruited to Terror Group in Somalia
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:55:52 -0400
Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:20:38 -0400
Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:16:55 -0400
Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'
News ImageWASHINGTON (AP) A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:32:35 -0400
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