Politics Headlines

Sat, Dec 20 2014

CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search: NYT

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WASHINGTON - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times.

U.S. 20 Dec 2014

Fri, Dec 19 2014

Washington is limited in its response to North Korea over Sony hack

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WASHINGTON/SEOUL - President Barack Obama's threat of a "proportional" response to North Korea's hacking of Sony Pictures shows once more the limits of Washington's options as it seeks to rein in one of the world's most unpredictable and isolated countries.

Tech, North Korea 19 Dec 2014

Obama signs nearly $578 billion defense bill for fiscal 2015

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed an annual defense policy bill on Friday that authorizes U.S. training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at nearly $578 billion, including about $64 billion for wars abroad.

Iraq 19 Dec 2014

Former Florida mayor sentenced to prison for secret consulting job

MIAMI - A south Florida mayor was sentenced to 22 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of corruption tied to his lobbying work for a secret consulting job while in office.

U.S. 19 Dec 2014

Ex-NYC councilman loses bid for new corruption trial

NEW YORK - Former New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook lost a bid for a new trial on Friday after a federal judge rejected his claim that his brother and aide were excluded from watching jury selection.

U.S. 19 Dec 2014

Obama's year-end message to Americans: I'm not a lame duck

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WASHINGTON - If U.S. President Barack Obama is feeling the pain from a rough year at the office, he did a great job of covering it up on Friday.

U.S. 19 Dec 2014

Women rule at Obama year-end press conference

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called it his "who's been naughty, and who's been nice" list: a checklist of reporters to call on during his traditional year-end news conference on Friday.

19 Dec 2014

Cuba not returning to capitalism despite U.S. deal: Castro's daughter

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HAVANA - Cuba will defend its socialist principles and will not return to capitalism just because it has agreed a detente with the United States, the daughter of President Raul Castro said, dispelling any notion that U.S. companies would be free to roll into Cuba.

World, Cuba 19 Dec 2014

Obama: Keystone benefits for U.S. consumers, workers nominal

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WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers in perhaps his strongest comments on the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline to date.

Environment, 19 Dec 2014

North Carolina judges uphold GOP-drawn voting districts

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Voting maps, drawn by North Carolina's Republican-led legislature and denounced by critics as an effort to diminish the influence of black voters, are constitutional, the state Supreme Court ruled on Friday.

19 Dec 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.