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Perry's pet fund for Texas startups a goner under Abbott

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:57am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott began dismantling a flagship initiative of his predecessor Thursday, saying he will abolish Rick Perry's pet program that gave $200 million in taxpayer dollars to Texas startups and was beset by bankruptcies and questionable claims of success. (...)
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Attorney General nominee picks up GOP support

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch picked up her first Republican endorsement Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job. (...)
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House Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:14am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. The message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks. (...)
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House Dems seek better messaging, not new policies, for 2016

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:14am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Better messaging, not changes in policy, is the key to winning elections again, House Democrats said as they huddled in Philadelphia to talk strategy. The message, they said, must focus relentlessly on middle class paychecks. (...)
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Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 8:12am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers reacted cautiously on Thursday to the recommendations of an independent panel to change the military's retirement and health care systems. (...)
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Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:54am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check. (...)
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Perry's pet fund for Texas startups a goner under Abbott

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:35am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott began dismantling a flagship initiative of his predecessor Thursday, saying he will abolish Rick Perry's pet program that gave $200 million in taxpayer dollars to Texas startups and was beset by bankruptcies and questionable claims of success. (...)
Categories: Politics

Perry's pet fund for Texas startups a goner under Abbott

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:35am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott began dismantling a flagship initiative of his predecessor Thursday, saying he will abolish Rick Perry's pet program that gave $200 million in taxpayer dollars to Texas startups and was beset by bankruptcies and questionable claims of success. (...)
Categories: Politics

Sin vs safety: judge weighs arguments on Gitmo female guards

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:32am
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Religious-based restrictions on the use of female guards at Guantanamo violate the military's gender-neutral policy and weaken prison security, a government prosecutor argued Thursday in a dispute over assertions by detainees that their Muslim faith makes it a sin for them to be touched by woman soldiers. (...)
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Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal. (...)
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Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal. (...)
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New chief of CIA Clandestine Service is spying veteran

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 7:14am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA officer credited with saving Hamid Karzai's life during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 has been named director of the National Clandestine Service, the agency's spying arm. (...)
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Oil producers push to export US crude even as prices drop

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:48am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dropping oil prices aren't slowing a push from U.S. producers to ship their crude oil overseas and change a decades-long ban on exports. (...)
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Oil producers push to export US crude even as prices drop

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:48am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dropping oil prices aren't slowing a push from U.S. producers to ship their crude oil overseas and change a decades-long ban on exports. (...)
Categories: Politics

Attorney General nominee picks up GOP support

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:39am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch picked up her first Republican endorsement Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job. (...)
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US officials: 3 US contractors killed in Afghan shooting

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:33am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. defense officials say three American contractors were shot to death by a gunman in the Afghan capital of Kabul. (...)
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Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check. (...)
Categories: Politics

McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has kicked protesters out of a budget hearing, calling them "low-life scum." (...)
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Senate panel approves Iran sanctions bill

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would levy tough new sanctions on Iran if it fails to sign an agreement to curb its nuclear program cleared a Senate committee on Thursday. But lawmakers are holding off on a full Senate vote to see whether diplomatic negotiations yield a deal. (...)
Categories: Politics

McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has kicked protesters out of a budget hearing, calling them "low-life scum." (...)
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