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  • Little sunlight as Obama raises super PAC dollars

    4 hours, 46 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — For years President Barack Obama railed against unlimited spending in American political campaigns. He argued that voters were being shut out of a secretive, unaccountable system. Now, as Obama enthusiastically raises money for Democratic super PACs, he's ...

  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    7 hours, 17 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The plan ...

  • White House: Obama offers Netherlands condolences

    10 hours, 26 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (RUH'-tuh) are in agreement that Russia is still working to destabilize Ukraine. And the White House says they agree Russia should face more sanctions. Obama was offering his ...

  • US weighs refugee status for Central American kids

    11 hours, 11 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials ...

  • Obama, Mexico's leader plot border surge strategy

    13 hours, 1 minute ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising Mexico's attempts to target smugglers who are trafficking unaccompanied children from Central America through Mexico to the United States. Obama spoke to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (PAYN'-yuh nee-EH'-toh) on Thursday, the ...

  • Key senator urges Myanmar to reform constitution

    14 hours, 13 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell has issued a strong call for Myanmar to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) to run for president and for the military to submit to ...

  • Reporter among 3 Americans believed held by Iran

    14 hours, 51 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Americans, including a reporter for The Washington Post, appear to have been detained in Iran. Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl said Thursday that the newspaper has received credible reports that Jason Rezaian, his Iranian wife and ...

  • Questions surround DC gun arrest of poultry exec

    15 hours, 49 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A South Carolina pork-and-poultry executive was charged after police say he tried to enter a congressional office building in Washington with a loaded handgun. Ronald William Prestage, 59, of Camden, South Carolina, was arrested after he tried ...

  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    16 hours, 41 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S. border. Senior White House officials caution that no ...

  • Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

    18 hours, 13 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz says he'll continue blocking confirmation of a series of State Department nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The Texas Republican says he won't release the ...

  • US: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

    18 hours, 15 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is accusing Russia of firing artillery to hit Ukrainian military sites and planning to send pro-Russian separatists more lethal weaponry. The State Department says the U.S. has evidence that Russia is shelling Ukraine from ...

  • Central American leaders seek solution in US

    21 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid a stalemate over the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Before meeting privately with House Democrats, President Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala expressed ...

  • Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    21 hours, 51 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces. Sen. Bob Menendez is the Foreign Relations Committee chairman. Menendez says he doesn't want more U.S. weapons abandoned ...

  • Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

    22 hours, 18 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs. Gates also once headed the CIA. He says he recognizes the ocean-to-ocean diplomacy the Obama administration has ...

  • Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

    23 hours, 40 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressman Paul Ryan is out with a new plan to merge anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he says would give more flexibility to distribute federal help for the poor. Eleven programs would ...

  • House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    1 day, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, ...

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Israel

    1 day, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — FAA lifts ban on US flights to Israel.

  • US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

    1 day, 15 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine is part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircraft. White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says ...

  • House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    1 day, 15 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, ...

  • Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

    1 day, 16 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is questioning whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns ...

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