Archive for 2014

Special Benghazi hearings begin in U.S. House

Just over two years since four Americans died in an attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Libya, a special committee convenes Wednesday in the U.S. House to further probe the incident, as Republicans vowed to get answers and Democrats accused the GOP of playing politics with the matter.

Asked to …

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Immigration status could cost 115,000 health coverage

While federal officials have resolved hundreds of thousands of data discrepancies for consumers enrolled in the Obama health law, 115,000 people could lose their coverage at the end of September, because they have not been able to prove that they are U.S. citizens or legal residents.

And officials say another …

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Congress tries to rush home for Election Day

The U.S. Congress may have only returned to Washington, D.C. last week from a lengthy summer break, and Election Day may still be seven weeks away, but lawmakers could try to wrap up work this week in order to rush back home to campaign for the November elections.

Along the …

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Yahoo documents go public in surveillance fight

The internet search company Yahoo said on Thursday that the U.S. government threatened massive fines in 2007 unless the company provided online user information to intelligence agencies, a request that Yahoo argued violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure for its customers.

“At one point, the U.S. Government …

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White House background on Obama speech

As President Obama addressed the nation on Wednesday night, vowing to wage systematic campaign of air strikes against Islamic State terrorists in both Iraq and Syria, the White House made clear this campaign would be about much more than just a military campaign.

“In concert with our coalition partners, the …

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New data manipulation charges leveled against VA

Lawmakers on a House committee will hear new charges from inside the VA about data manipulation, this time from a whistleblower at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, who is publicly accusing top officials of fudging dates to make it look like veterans were not waiting as long for the disposition …

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Congress grapples with next move on Islamic State

As lawmakers in the Congress returned to Capitol Hill from a five week break, members of both parties said it was time to deal with the threat of Islamic State militants, by voting to authorize U.S. military action.

“ISIS is the issue now,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who argued …

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Congress returns for a few weeks

After a five week summer break, lawmakers in the Congress return to session on Monday with little chance of getting much substantive legislative work done in the next few weeks, before scampering back home to campaign for the November elections.

Instead of rushing to finish work on the budget for …

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50 Senators back delay in Postal Service cuts

In a reminder of how difficult it has been for the Congress to agree on the best way to reform the workings of the Postal Service, a bipartisan group that now covers half of the U.S. Senate has publicly expressed opposition to plans to shut down up to 82 mail …

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No imminent Islamic State threat seen in US

While a top counter terrorism official said the U.S. has no credible evidence that Islamic State militants are planning some kind of attack on the U.S. homeland, intelligence agencies are closely watching for Americans who might have gone to the Middle East, and then could then return home at some …

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