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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. (...)
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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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Obama: Debate to lift Cuban trade embargo not expected soon

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:32am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says it will likely be a while before Capitol Hill begins a debate about possibly lifting the trade embargo with Cuba, which must be done by Congress. (...)
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EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:30am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity. The regulation treats it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. (...)
Categories: Politics

Obama declares 2014 'a breakthrough year for America'

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:27am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that 2014 has been "a breakthrough year for America," putting aside the fits and starts of the past 12 months to focus on achievements and the prospect of compromise with his political foes who are taking control of Congress. (...)
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Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:27am
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. (...)
Categories: Politics

Obama willing to work with GOP on tax overhaul

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:27am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he will try to undertake an overhaul of the tax system with the new Republican majorities in Congress. He says the "devil is in the details." (...)
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Obama pledges proportional response to Sony hack

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 7:22am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. will respond "proportionally" to North Korea's punishing hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment at a place, time and manner "that we choose." (...)
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Obama: US is making significant strides where it counts, beginning with the economy

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 6:56am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: US is making significant strides where it counts, beginning with the economy. (...)
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Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 5:19am
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. (...)
Categories: Politics