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Contractors ill-equipped for secret Cuba programs

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:56am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the U.S. government's global-aid agency launched secret plans to undermine Cuba's communist government, it didn't turn to the CIA for help. Instead, it used little-known contractors to carry out the operations — leading to multiple detentions and the high-profile arrest of American Alan Gross. (...)
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Top Islamic militants killed; more US troops going to Iraq

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:42am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces. (...)
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President signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:40am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. (...)
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Obama signs bill to sanction Venezuelan officials

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:24am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law allowing him to sanction Venezuelan government officials who were involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters. (...)
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US announces protections for transgender workers

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:18am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender people, according to a memo released Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder. (...)
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Obama signs legislation ending Nazi benefit checks

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday capped a swift and forceful response to an Associated Press investigation by signing into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits. (...)
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Obama waives sanctions authority despite new law

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 8:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure. (...)
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Obama signs legislation ending benefits for Nazis

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:58am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a measure that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from collecting U.S. Social Security benefits. (...)
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Obama calls in to Massachusetts governor's show

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:56am
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded calls on hundreds of subjects during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this call was one of a kind. (...)
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More US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:33am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The next wave of American troops will begin moving into Iraq in a couple of weeks to train local forces, the top U.S. commander for the mission said Thursday while cautioning that it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military. (...)
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US announces protections for transgender workers

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:23am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is now interpreting federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination against transgender individuals. (...)
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Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House this week: (...)
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Obama calls into Massachusetts governor's show

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:14am
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has fielded hundreds of calls during his monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show. But this one was different. (...)
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More US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:51am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The next wave of American troops will begin moving into Iraq in a couple of weeks to train local forces, the top U.S. commander for the mission said Thursday while cautioning that it will take at least three years to build the capabilities of the Iraqi military. (...)
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Obama to waive sanctions authority in Hill bill

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:31am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama does not plan to immediately impose new economic penalties on Russia. (...)
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White House: 'Sophisticated actor' hacked Sony

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:19am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says evidence shows the hack against Sony Pictures was carried out by a "sophisticated actor" with "malicious intent." (...)
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Key elements of US policy shift toward Cuba

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 6:14am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island in more than half a century. Key elements of changes to U.S. policy toward Cuba, some of which President Barack Obama announced at the White House this week: (...)
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US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 5:34am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic. (...)
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US delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:54am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is delaying release of a history study because publication could interfere with ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations. (...)
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More US troops going to Iraq in a couple of weeks

AP-heads-latest-minute-politics - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 4:49am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Iraq says additional American troops will begin moving into the country in a couple of weeks to train local forces. (...)
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