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Texas appeals court upholds DeLay reversal

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:47am
HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas has refused to reinstate two money-laundering convictions of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. (...)
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Mom: Jailed Marine in Mexico suffering greatly

AP-heads-latest5-congress - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:47am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mother of a Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country says her son tried to kill himself in detention after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution. (...)
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Obama, Netanyahu: Great challenges in Middle East

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) are meeting at a challenging time and says Israel is in a "turbulent neighborhood." (...)
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Two senior lawmakers want Secret Service chief out

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday urged Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her job, saying they had lost confidence and trust in her ability to protect President Barack Obama. It came one day after Pierson spent hours during a congressional hearing trying to explain an embarrassing White House security breach. (...)
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Texas appeals court upholds DeLay reversal

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:46am
HOUSTON (AP) — The highest criminal court in Texas has refused to reinstate two money-laundering convictions of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. (...)
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Mom: Jailed Marine in Mexico suffering greatly

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mother of a Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country says her son tried to kill himself in detention after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution. (...)
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Details of presidential security breaches evolve

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Democratic lawmaker wants Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her post after a series of embarrassing presidential security breaches. (...)
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Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 8:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages. (...)
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Obama, Netanyahu to meet as Iran deadline looms

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 7:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two leaders who have long had a prickly relationship. (...)
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Group aims to put food policy on the kitchen table

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 7:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans like to talk about food, and they certainly like to eat. But they don't normally think about food policy when they vote. (...)
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Details of presidential security breaches evolve

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 7:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service. (...)
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Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 5:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages. (...)
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Airstrikes launched amid intelligence gaps

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 5:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials. (...)
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Details of presidential security breaches evolve

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service. (...)
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Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's escalating militarism in the Middle East has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign that is forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages. (...)
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Group sees food policy as a kitchen-table issue

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:46pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group called Food Policy Action wants Americans to think more about the subject when they vote. They're putting money and organization into elections for the first time, starting with an effort to defeat Republican congressman Steve Southerland of Florida over his drive to increase work requirements for food stamp recipients. (...)
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Former Sen. Craig ordered to pay for misused funds

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:42pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig has been ordered to pay nearly $242,000 to the U.S. Treasury for improperly using campaign funds to cover legal expenses after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting. (...)
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Secret Service chief on hot seat for WH breach

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:24pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service on Tuesday admitted failures in her agency's critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a knife-carrying intruder penetrated ring after ring of security before finally being tackled deep inside the White House. (...)
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Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:21pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols, according to published reports. (...)
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Former Sen. Craig ordered to pay for misused funds

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:40am
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig has been ordered to pay nearly $242,000 to the U.S. Treasury for improperly using campaign funds to cover legal expenses after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting. (...)
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