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Obama calls on women only at news conference

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:26pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Something was missing from President Barack Obama's year-end news conference. Male questioners. (...)
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State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:42pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays. (...)
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Obama calls on women only at news conference

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:40pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — What was missing from President Barack Obama's year-end news conference? Male questioners. (...)
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Obama renews tax breaks, creates ABLE accounts

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:28am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that temporarily extends dozens of costly tax breaks for millions of businesses and homeowners, commuters, teachers and others. (...)
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Obama signs massive defense spending bill

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:06am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes and training Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels. (...)
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Obama cautions that change may be slow to come to Cuba

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:51am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society." (...)
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Obama signs bill deepening US-Israeli cooperation

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:42am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a bill deepening U.S.-Israeli cooperation and says the legislation reinforces "critical defense and security programs." (...)
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Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:33am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama banned new investments in Crimea on Friday, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year. (...)
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Obama renews tax breaks, creates ABLE accounts

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:30am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed legislation renewing dozens of costly tax breaks for millions of businesses and individuals. (...)
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Obama signs massive defense spending bill

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:18am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes, training of Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels. (...)
Categories: Politics

Least productive Congress? Not this one, barely

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It turns out that this Congress did not produce the fewest laws since the days of President Harry Truman. But it was pretty darn close. (...)
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Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has banned new investments in Crimea, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year. (...)
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Lots to say in historic Obama-Castro phone call

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:35am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba had their first phone conversation in more than 50 years, they were not at a loss for words. (...)
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Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:28am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. (...)
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US OKs sale of 175 tanks to Iraq; deal worth $2.4B

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has approved the sale of 175 Abrams tanks to Iraq in a deal worth an estimated $2.4 billion. (...)
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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:57am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. (...)
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Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 8:23am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Barack Obama said Friday he doesn't expect the effort to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation. (...)
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Obama: Keystone offers little benefit to consumers

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:54am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama downplayed the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada. He said it would not lower gasoline prices and argued more jobs would be created by repairing America's infrastructure. (...)
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Obama: No quick end to embargo on Cuba

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:47am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama praised the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba on Friday but said he doesn't expect it to bring overnight change on the island, a quick end to the U.S. economic embargo or the likelihood that he will soon visit the communist nation. (...)
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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:44am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. (...)
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