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Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding 31 Jul 2014

WASHINGTON - A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner's face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitarian crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico.

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U.S. Justice Ginsburg hits back at liberals who want her to retire

WASHINGTON - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a message for liberals who have been saying the 81-year-old should step down while Democratic President Barack Obama is in office so he can appoint her successor: Who are you going to get who will be better than me?

31 Jul 2014

U.S. Congress extends transport funding though May, averting cuts

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Congress on Thursday approved a $10.9 billion funding extension for transportation construction projects through May 2015, averting a cutback in federal payments to states that was due to start on Friday.

31 Jul 2014

Obama signs order requiring contractors to disclose labor violations

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed an executive order that requires contractors bidding for government work to disclose past labor law violations and gives screening assistance to federal agencies awarding contracts.

31 Jul 2014

U.S. conservative lawmaker crafting Ex-Im reform plan

WASHINGTON - A conservative U.S. lawmaker who voted against the Export-Import Bank in the past is crafting a bill that would overhaul the export lender but keep it open, in a sign that the bank's chances of surviving may be improving.

31 Jul 2014
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Ex-Virginia governor corruption trial shows businessman's generosity had limits

RICHMOND Va - A businessman central to former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell's corruption trial testified on Thursday that he showered the politician and his wife with loans and gifts so they would promote his company, but his generosity apparently had limits.

31 Jul 2014