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Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:05pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill Wednesday to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants, saying Congress should not wait to see if the White House sends over its blueprint of what the legislation should say. (...)
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Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:19pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (...)
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Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:15pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press. (...)
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Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:14pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ordering immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them. (...)
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Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 8:11pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is facing Senate questioners as she seeks to become the first black woman to hold the nation's top law enforcement job. (...)
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Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 5:14pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6 in 10 Americans would want Congress to restore federal financial assistance for millions buying health care coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of those government subsidies, a poll said Wednesday. (...)
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White House drops plan to scale back college savings plans

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:35pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. (...)
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15-term US Rep. John Myers dead at 87

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:28pm
COVINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Myers, who represented western Indiana's 7th District for three decades, has died. (...)
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15-term US Rep. John Myers dead at 87

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:28pm
COVINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. John Myers, who represented western Indiana's 7th District for three decades, has died. (...)
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Pentagon docs: Obama to request big Pentagon budget hike

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:38am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East. (...)
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Obama, Merkel discuss increased violence in Ukraine

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:21am
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have spoken about their concern over the "significant increase in violence" in eastern Ukraine. (...)
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White House drops plan to scale back college savings plans

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 11:21am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. (...)
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