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6 months 6 days ago

GOP Senator says possible deal on debt limit

A Republican senator says she understands Senate leaders have reached an agreement to avoid a Treasury default and reopen the government after a 16-day partial shutdown. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire made her comments Wednesday as she walked into a meeting of Senate Republicans in leader Mitch McConnell's office....

8 months 3 weeks ago

Vandalism found on the Lincoln Memorial

The U.S. Park Police in Washington say the Lincoln Memorial is temporarily closed after someone splattered green paint on the statue and the floor area. Police say the apparent vandalism was discovered early this morning. No words, letters, or symbols were visible in the paint. Police say the memorial...

10 months 3 weeks ago

Annual Trustees Report comes out today

All eyes in Washington will be on the annual Trustees Report on the status of Social Security and Medicare today. Trustees and members of President Obama's cabinet will speak to the press on what the reports hold. Last year's report brought future issues to light, most notably the need...

1 year 22 hours ago

Immigration reform discussions continue today

A Senate Judiciary Committee once again takes up the issue of comprehensive immigration reform today. A bi-partisan group of senators called "The Gang of Eight" released their legislative proposal last week, amid the Boston Marathon bombings. The almost 900 page immigration bill has faced growing questions from conservative critics....

1 year 1 week ago

Pentagon: NKorea could launch nuclear missile

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Pentagon report says North Korea probably has nuclear weapons that can be launched by ballistic missile, although it says the weapons are not very reliable. The assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency was revealed Thursday by Colorado republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, at a House Armed...

1 year 1 week ago

Immigration reform continues in Washington

Senators in D.C. are working on a comprehensive immigration bill. It could create a a path to citizenship for almost 11 million undocumented immigrants. Senators hope to finish work on that this week. Yesterday, tens of thousands of immigrants and their supporters rallied at the U.S. Capitol hoping to...

1 year 2 weeks ago

Obama: Proposed budget not his 'ideal plan'

WASHINGTON (AP) - Confronting bipartisan criticism, President Barack Obama is conceding that his proposed budget is not his "ideal plan." But he says it offers "tough reforms" to the nation's benefit programs while closing loopholes for the wealthy. Obama argues his approach will provide long-term deficit reduction without harming the...

1 year 4 weeks ago

Shinseki says VA on target for ending backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) - VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is standing by his commitment to end the disability claims backlog by 2015. Veterans receive disability compensation for injuries or illness incurred during their active military service. About 600,000 claims, or 70 percent of all claims, are considered to be in backlog. The...

1 year 1 month ago

Boehner says he 'absolutely' trusts Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says he "absolutely" trusts President Barack Obama - not that they don't have their differences. Boehner tells ABC's "This Week" that the two have a good relationship and that they're "open with each other ... honest with each other." But the Ohio lawmaker...

1 year 1 month ago

Military releases some documents in Manning case

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military has released some court documents in the case of an Army private accused of giving classified material to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. The 84 documents released Wednesday include rulings that were read aloud in court and routine court orders. The Department of Defense says more...

1 year 1 month ago

Senate confirms Lew as Treasury secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate confirmed Jacob "Jack" Lew to be Treasury secretary, affirming President Barack Obama's choice of a budget expert at a time when Congress and the White House are at odds over sharp government spending cuts. The Senate voted 71-26 to support the nomination. Lew, 57, had...

1 year 1 month ago

New VA clinics, expansions left in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) - A veterans' health clinic in Brick, N.J. is in such disrepair that when the snow gets heavy, patients have to go elsewhere for fear the roof might collapse. Another in San Antonio has extensive mildew and mold problems that could prove a health hazard for employees and...

1 year 2 months ago

Romney to address conservative conference in March

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to speak at next month's Conservative Political Action Conference, making his first public speech since losing the 2012 election to President Barack Obama. Organizers say Romney will speak on March 15 at the annual meeting of conservative activists. Romney advisers say...

1 year 2 months ago

US Afghan commander cleared in Petraeus email case

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. defense officials say Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has been cleared of allegations of sending potentially inappropriate emails to a civilian woman linked to the sex scandal that ousted David Petraeus as CIA director. The officials said Tuesday the Defense Department's inspector...

1 year 3 months ago

Drought relief for farmers in 43 Colorado counties

DENVER (AP) - Thirty of Colorado's 64 counties have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to severe drought and heat, making farmers and ranchers there and in adjacent counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that overall, 43...

1 year 3 months ago

Search for missing skydiver narrows

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) - Crews have narrowed the area they're searching in the rugged Cascade foothills for a skydiver who vanished during a jump. King County sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West says they made the decision based on the flight pattern of the helicopter he jumped from and information from...

1 year 3 months ago

Senators: Hagel would face tough confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two senators say former Sen. Chuck Hagel would face a difficult confirmation if nominated by President Barack Obama to be defense secretary. Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent who's retiring and wouldn't have a vote, cites Hagel's positions on Iran. Lieberman tells CNN's "State of the Union"...

1 year 5 months ago

In unusual CIA case, FBI detoured from usual path

WASHINGTON (AP) - The way the FBI responded to Jill Kelley's complaint about receiving harassing emails that ultimately unraveled or scarred the careers of ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and Marine Gen. John Allen is the exception, not the rule. The FBI commonly declines to pursue cyberstalking cases without compelling evidence...

1 year 5 months ago

Farm bill could hinge on budget talks

WASHINGTON (AP) - A farm bill that stalled in Congress before the election could see quick action by the end of the year if congressional leaders decide they need its spending cuts to make a deal for averting the "fiscal cliff." The farm bill passed by the Senate in June...

1 year 5 months ago

Obama to air ads in Mich. touting auto bailout

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's campaign plans to air advertising in Michigan beginning Wednesday touting the president's support of the auto industry, responding to Republican ads criticizing the president. Obama campaign officials say the ad comes in response to a $2 million ad buy by a Republican super PAC...

1 year 5 months ago

Q&A: Could Sandy postpone the election?

WASHINGTON (AP) - One week before a close election, superstorm Sandy has confounded the presidential race, halted early voting in many areas and led some to ponder whether the election might even be postponed. It could take days to restore electricity to more than 8 million homes and businesses that...

1 year 7 months ago

13 defense executives bemoan uncertainty of cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thirteen defense executives are complaining that the threat of automatic, across-the-board cuts to military spending is creating uncertainty that's already affected their industry. Seven senators released copies of the executives' letters on Monday. The six Republicans and independent Joe Lieberman are trying to ratchet up the political...

1 year 8 months ago

Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill being considered in the U.S. Senate is aimed at helping wounded veterans start families by expanding coverage for in vitro fertilization. Soldiers with pelvic or spinal cord injuries can have reproductive problems. The Department of Veterans Affairs currently covers some procedures to help veterans conceive,...

1 year 8 months ago

Obama pledges all-out response to drought

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is pledging a wide-ranging response to the worst drought in a quarter-century. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says his administration is giving farmers and ranchers access to low-interest emergency loans, is opening more federal land for grazing and is distributing $30...

1 year 8 months ago

Obama may act to stop infrastructure cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan says the White House may take steps to get U.S. businesses to protect themselves from computer attacks if they are responsible for providing critical services like water or electricity. Brennan told the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday that President Barack...

1 year 8 months ago

Feds sue to take Zen Magnet toys off market

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal consumer safety officials are filing a complaint against a second company over desktop magnet toys for adults that pose a danger to children and teenagers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is targeting Zen Magnets - a company that sells the tiny but powerful magnets that can...

1 year 8 months ago

Obama turns 51; plays golf, will go to Camp David

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is playing a round of golf on his 51st birthday, kicking off a quiet birthday weekend away from re-election campaigning. Obama was playing golf at Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday before heading to Camp David, the private presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains....

1 year 8 months ago

Defense official: Cuts hit warfighters, weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top Pentagon official says automatic cuts in defense spending would force the military to reduce training for warfighters and trim the number of weapons purchased. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter outlined the impact of the $55 billion in across-the-board reductions that would hit Jan. 2 if...

1 year 8 months ago

AP sources: House GOP won't extend farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - House GOP aides say party leaders have dropped plans to extend the current farm program and instead are going to press for immediate help for livestock producers whose federal protections against drought losses expired last year. The decision Tuesday comes as Republicans feel pressure to extend relief...

1 year 8 months ago

Senate panel OKs $604 billion defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate panel has approved a $604 billion defense spending bill that reverses proposed Pentagon cuts in Air Force personnel and equipment. The Appropriations defense subcommittee approved the bill by voice vote Tuesday. The measure would provide $511 billion for the base budget and $93.3 billion for...

1 year 8 months ago

Labor Dept. says no need for warning on layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Labor Department says federal contractors do not have to warn their employees about potential layoffs from across-the-board budget cuts Jan. 2. A guidance letter sent Monday says it would be "inappropriate" for employers to send such warnings because it is still speculative if and where the...

1 year 8 months ago

House to vote on drought relief, farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House next week will take up legislation to provide disaster relief to livestock producers and others hit by the drought. The legislation will also extend for one year the long-term farm and food bill set to expire at the end of September. House Republican leaders have...

1 year 8 months ago

States ask help collecting Internet sales taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's governors are asking Congress to help states recover an estimated $20 billion in sales taxes that go uncollected by out-of-state online merchants every year. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that it isn't fair to local businesses to exempt online...

1 year 9 months ago

Senator: Election year not ideal for gun debate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the nation needs to have a "sane" discussion on gun control and ban military-style assault weapons. But the California Democrat acknowledges that probably won't happen before the November election. Feinstein tells a Sunday morning national political talk show that "people haven't rallied" in...

1 year 9 months ago

US hits Syrian cabinet members with sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is slapping financial sanctions on a huge swath of top members in Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, targeting the prime minister and 28 other cabinet ministers and senior officials. The Treasury Department announced the sanctions on Wednesday, hours after top Syrian officials were killed...

1 year 9 months ago

GOP House votes again to kill health law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressing an election-year point, Republicans pushed yet another bill through the House on Wednesday to repeal the nation's two-year-old health care law, a maneuver that forced Democrats to choose between President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement and a public that is persistently skeptical of its value. The...

1 year 9 months ago

Remember to check computer for malware

WASHINGTON (AP) - Internet users scanning their Twitter feeds or Facebook accounts Sunday might want to add one more quick click to check their computer for malware. Thousands of people around the country whose computers were infected with malicious software more than a year ago face the possibility of not...

1 year 9 months ago

Wartime remains of 6 US airmen located in Laos

WASHINGTON (AP) - Six U.S. airmen missing from a combat mission over southern Laos during the Vietnam War will be buried Monday after their remains were located and identified following a 17-year investigation. The Defense Department said Thursday the six will be buried in a single casket at Arlington National...

1 year 10 months ago

Summer poses toughest test for Afghan force

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior military officials are telling skeptical U.S. lawmakers that this summer's fighting in Afghanistan will be the toughest test for the country's security forces. David Sedney, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, testified Wednesday that the Afghan National Security Forces are taking the lead in more than...

1 year 10 months ago

Admin discipline recommended in Quran burning

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press has learned that a U.S. military investigation is recommending that as many as seven U.S. troops face administrative punishments, but not criminal charges, in the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan in February. U.S. military officials say the classified report and...

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