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Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 7:08am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press. (...)
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Former US Rep. Rick Renzi reports to prison for 3-year term

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:55am
PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi has reported to a federal prison in West Virginia to begin serving a three-year sentence for corruption, money laundering and other convictions. (...)
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Obama to host new Afghan leaders at White House on March 24

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:54am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama will host the leaders of Afghanistan's new unity government for their first White House visit next month. (...)
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Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:20am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid the U.S. government $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorating his congressional office in the style of the TV show "Downton Abbey," according to financial records reviewed by The Associated Press. (...)
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US sanctions bill on NKorea passes legislative hurdle

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:18am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill aimed at restricting North Korea's access to hard currency passed a legislative hurdle Friday as pressure grows in Congress for tougher action over Pyongyang's nuclear program and alleged involvement in a hacking attack on Sony Pictures. (...)
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Congress aims for short-term Homeland Security bill

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans aimed Friday to approve a short-term spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin. (...)
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Fighting a bad cold, Biden cancels trip to Uruguay

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 6:00am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden abruptly canceled a planned trip to Uruguay on Friday, citing a bad cold that he's been fighting for days. Yet he planned to move ahead with a later visit to Guatemala, keeping the vice president out of the country during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech to Congress. (...)
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Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:55am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock has personally reimbursed the government $40,000 for renovations to his congressional office. It was modeled after the TV show "Downton Abbey." (...)
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Some in GOP say Homeland Security funding lapse no big deal

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:55am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about. (...)
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House Republican leaders scrap education vote

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a political embarrassment for Republicans, House GOP leaders on Friday abruptly cancelled a vote on a bill to update the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law after struggling to find support from conservatives. (...)
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Obama, Liberian President Sirleaf discuss Ebola recovery

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:44am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday the world has made "extraordinary strides in driving back Ebola" because of the efforts of the U.S., Liberia and other partners. (...)
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Obama meets with Liberian leader to discuss Ebola recovery

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:08am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says that because of the efforts of the U.S., Liberia and other partners, the world has made "extraordinary strides in driving back Ebola." (...)
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House Republican leaders pull education bill

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:06am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders have scrapped a vote on legislation to update the No Child Left Behind education law in the face of conservative opposition. (...)
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US sanctions bill on NKorea passes legislative hurdle

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:57am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to restrict North Korea's access to hard currency has cleared a hurdle in Congress. (...)
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Republican leaders struggle to update education law

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:49am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders are struggling to round up enough votes to update the No Child Left Behind education law. There are signs they may have to delay a vote. (...)
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Congress close in on short-term Homeland Security bill

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:46am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin. (...)
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Fighting a bad cold, Biden cancels trip to Uruguay

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:38am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is canceling a planned trip to Uruguay because of an illness. (...)
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US, Cuba restart embassy talks; breakthrough seems unlikely

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:05am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Cuba held a second round of negotiations Friday on restoring diplomatic relations after a half-century interruption, although an immediate breakthrough appeared unlikely. (...)
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House clears way for short-term Homeland Security bill

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:00am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has cleared the way for passage of a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial agency shutdown. (...)
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Obama meets with Liberian leader to discuss Ebola recovery

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 4:00am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to discuss the ongoing response to the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa and Liberia's recovery from the deadly virus. (...)
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