Archive for 2014

Ukraine overshadows Obama trip to Europe

As President Obama leaves on Tuesday for the Baltics, the U.S. and Europe continue to focus on more economic sanctions combined with diplomatic efforts as the preferred way to try to convince Russian leader Vladimir Putin to halt what has been a slow motion invasion of areas in the east …

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Obama: No strategy yet on IS strikes in Syria

Knocking down the idea of imminent air strikes against Islamic State rebels operating from Syria, President Obama on Thursday made clear he is not ready to expand U.S. military action in Iraq.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the President told reporters in the White House …

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Record breaking cool

From record heat to record lows. We broke the record low by hitting 64 at 6:55am.  

A pedestrian hit and killed on Riverside Avenue this morning.  It closed the road for several hours, affecting the morning routines at the Haskell Company and YMCA.

A cross-county crime spree with speeds in …

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Deficit forecast to drop, then increase

It used to be that there was a lot of talk on Capitol Hill about actually balancing the budget. Back in the Clinton Administration, the Republican Congress came within one vote of sending a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution to the states for ratification.

But after a few balanced …

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New VA report details continuity of care lapses

While the Inspector General of the VA did not draw a direct link between substandard care and the deaths of as many as 40 veterans at the Phoenix VA, a new report showcases what the IG labeled “unacceptable and troubling lapses in follow-up, coordination, quality and continuity of care” for …

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VA: No evidence delays in care caused vets to die

Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs say investigators have found no evidence that health care delays at a Phoenix VA hospital led to the deaths of several dozen veterans, though the report confirmed internal troubles with the VA health care system and its delivery, according to the …

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Obama returns to DC from vacation

Sometimes when you come back from vacation, you are greeted at the door by a lot of work that has piled up on your desk. For President Obama, a variety of domestic and world events pushed their way into his vacation, as he returns to the Oval Office with all …

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Pentagon: All options open on ISIL

Still grappling with the brutal video killing of an American journalist this week, Pentagon leaders defended a failed rescue effort from earlier this summer and refused to publicly rule out the chance of attacks against Sunni militants in their home bases in Syria.

“I don’t know any other way to …

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Senate Democrat embraces Obama health law

In the fight of his political life in 2014, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) isn’t running away from the controversy surrounding the Obama health law, as he has unveiled a new television ad which makes no bones about his support for some of the law’s major changes.

“That’s why I helped …

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Obama condemns ISIL killing of US journalist

A day after a video surfaced showing Sunni militants brutally killing an American journalist, President Obama denounced the Islamic State group, saying the entire world is “appalled” by the murder of James Foley.

“No just God would stand for what they did yesterday,” the President said of ISIL, saying the …

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