Politics Headlines

Tue, Jul 29 2014

Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

Russia 29 Jul 2014

U.S. lawmakers worry about border security without extra funds

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WASHINGTON - U.S. border security will probably suffer if Congress fails to act on President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to cope with the explosion of child migrants into the U.S. Southwest, lawmakers and congressional aides warned on Tuesday.

29 Jul 2014

U.S. lawmaker takes soda tax battle to Capitol Hill

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NEW YORK - A Connecticut lawmaker on Wednesday will launch the first national effort in years to tax soda drinks, the latest bid by regulators and politicians to stem rising obesity and diabetes rates by curbing the consumption of sugary drinks.

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U.S. Senate unanimously confirms McDonald to head veterans agency

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Bob McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, pinning Washington's hopes on the former Procter & Gamble Co chief executive to launch a massive turnaround effort at the troubled agency.

29 Jul 2014

U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

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WASHINGTON - Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search.

Tech, U.S., Media 29 Jul 2014

Former Virginia governor's marriage in spotlight at corruption trial

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RICHMOND Va. - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were barely on speaking terms when they accepted $165,000 in gifts and loans from a vitamin company executive, defense attorneys said on Tuesday at the start of the pair's corruption trial.

U.S. 29 Jul 2014

Obama administration kicks off bid to renew Africa trade program

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday pushed for Congress to renew a 14-year-old trade program giving African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets, warning that allowing the program to expire would disrupt trade flows between the two regions.

Africa 29 Jul 2014

U.S. Senate panel backs confirmation of new ambassador to Russia

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee to be the new U.S. ambassador to Russia could be on his way to Moscow in days, after U.S. senators put aside partisan differences to hold a quick vote backing his appointment on Tuesday.

Russia 29 Jul 2014

Texas Democrats question extra spending for border surge

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DALLAS - Texas lawmen told a statehouse committee on Tuesday extra spending was needed to cut down on crime at the border and were met with skepticism from Democrats who questioned whether the surge could produce results that would justify the price tag.

29 Jul 2014

U.S. Senate shortens transport extension, sets up clash with House

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved an $8.1 billion extension of federal funding for transportation projects through the end of 2014, setting up a clash with the House of Representatives just days ahead of cutbacks in money for road, bridge and transit construction.

29 Jul 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.