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Feds accuse Philadelphia congressman Fattah of corruption

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:36am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son's student loan and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a car he never sold, prosecutors said Wednesday in announcing a racketeering indictment against the congressman. (...)
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House votes to provide money for highways, transit

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:34am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has voted to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care just before heading out of town for Congress' August recess. (...)
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US official: Debris in photo belongs to same type of aircraft as the missing Malaysia plane

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:31am
WASHINGTON (AP) — US official: Debris in photo belongs to same type of aircraft as the missing Malaysia plane. (...)
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House GOP pushes bill to make it easier to fire VA workers

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:54am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a bill making it easier to fire or demote hundreds of thousands of employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. (...)
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US agency says it is 'deeply concerned' about lion kill

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:50am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is ready to assist Zimbabwe in its investigation of an American dentist's killing of a protected African lion and will conduct its own probe. (...)
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Sen. Cruz takes on more traditional GOP target: the IRS

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:31am
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of fighting with other Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz took on a more traditional GOP target Wednesday: the IRS. (...)
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Turkish attacks on Kurds muddle Obama's Islamic State fight

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:27am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Barack Obama's stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he's counting on for help in the same conflict: the Kurds. (...)
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Lawmakers poised to leave town with lots of work left undone

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:26am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is on track to shore up federal highway aid and veterans' health care before heading out of town this week for its August recess, leaving unresolved an array of sticky issues that are sure to complicate an autumn agenda already groaning under the weight of indecision. (...)
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The Latest: Congressman's wife mentioned in indictment

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:17am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the indictment of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (all times local): (...)
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On Capitol Hill, GOP fighting itself instead of Democrats

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:07am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Republicans took full control of Congress this year, they were determined to show voters they could govern responsibly. Instead they've been tearing each other apart in extraordinarily public displays, delighting Democrats and giving some in the GOP heartburn as the party aims for the White House in 2016. (...)
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The Latest: Congressman's wife mentioned in indictment

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:02am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The latest developments surrounding the indictment of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (all times local): (...)
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Carter: Successful Iran nuclear deal better than strike

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:00am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that the U.S. armed forces stand ready to confront Iran, but told lawmakers that a successful implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran is preferable to a military strike. (...)
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House GOP pushes bill to make it easier to fire VA workers

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:57am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House is moving forward with a bill making it easier to fire or demote hundreds of thousands of employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Supporters say the bill is needed to speed up the pace of change at the beleaguered agency. (...)
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House leadership outline ticket plans for Pope's speech

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:49am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress will get one guest ticket for Pope Francis' speech in September and additional tickets to see the Pontiff on the West Front of the Capitol. (...)
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Boehner calls challenge by Republican 'no big deal'

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:40am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner brushed aside a challenge to his tenure on Wednesday as the work of a lone dissident Republican amounting to "no big deal." (...)
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Sen. Cruz takes on more traditional GOP target: the IRS

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:33am
WASHINGTON (AP) — After a week of fighting with other Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz is taking on a more traditional GOP target: the IRS. (...)
Categories: Politics

US agency says it is 'deeply concerned' about lion kill

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:21am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is ready to assist Zimbabwe in its investigation of an American dentist's killing of a protected African lion and will conduct its own probe. (...)
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Boehner backs push to export US crude oil

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:14am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports. (...)
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Boehner calls challenge by Republican 'no big deal'

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:12am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner brushed aside a challenge to his tenure on Wednesday as the work of a lone dissident Republican amounting to "no big deal." (...)
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Feds accuse Philadelphia congressman Fattah of corruption

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:01am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah paid off a campaign loan with charitable donations and federal grants, funneled campaign money to pay down his son's student loan debt and disguised a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a car he never sold, prosecutors said Wednesday in announcing a racketeering indictment against the congressman. (...)
Categories: Politics