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Obama lavishes praise, attention on Julian Castro

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:27am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says incoming Housing Secretary Julian Castro works every day to live out the values and spirit of hard work that were instilled in him as a child. (...)
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Congress races to finish VA, highway bills

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 9:27am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and headed toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States. (...)
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AP NewsAlert

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:59am
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA report: CIA officers read Senate emails, showed 'lack of candor' to investigators. (...)
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Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:39am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers. In an election-year dare to Republicans, Obama said congressional obstinacy would only embolden him to take even more aggressive actions on his own. (...)
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First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:36am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for service members. (...)
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State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:35am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document. (...)
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Candidate goes homeless to show economic gap

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:34am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor's claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor. (...)
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House leaders abandon border bill

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:24am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Short on votes, House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill Thursday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down conservative support. An hour later, they called an urgent meeting to plot their next moves. (...)
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GOP's Cochran seeks voters at 'Giant Houseparty'

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:16am
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said Thursday that he's asking for the support of Mississippi voters in November "no matter your skin color, or how much money you have." (...)
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Congress races to finish veterans, highway bills

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 8:13am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans unexpectedly put off a vote on a border security bill as tea partyers withdrew their support. (...)
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Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:58am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers. In an election-year dare to Republicans, Obama said congressional obstinacy would only embolden him to take even more aggressive actions on his own. (...)
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CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:40am
WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal CIA investigation has found that agency officers improperly accessed Senate computers earlier this year in a dispute over interrogation documents, prompting CIA Director John Brennan to abandon his defiant posture in the matter and apologize to Senate intelligence committee leaders. (...)
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Divided House abandons vote on border bill

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:28am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down sufficient conservative support. (...)
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First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the government expands its initiative for affordable housing for service members. (...)
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Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Eric Cantor used his farewell as House majority leader Thursday to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he said is rife with instability and terror. (...)
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White House decries House vote on deportations

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:08am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House denounced on Thursday an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are living in the country illegally. (...)
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Obama signs order on contractor labor violations

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:04am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says federal contractors that violate labor laws shouldn't get a competitive advantage over companies that play by the rules. (...)
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Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:55am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Eric Cantor used his farewell as House majority leader Thursday to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he said is rife with instability and terror. (...)
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House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:55am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition. (...)
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More than 3,300 US inmates have sought clemency

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 6:48am
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied since April to have their prison sentences cut short under a new Justice Department clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press. (...)
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