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House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 7:19am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say that House Republicans are considering passage of a stand-alone, short-term funding measure to prevent a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at week's end. (...)
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VA chief backs outside care as 'choice' program falters

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:29am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says he is committed to a new law aimed at making it easier for veterans to get private health care. (...)
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Senate panel greenlights Obama's attorney general pick

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:28am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch won approval from a key Senate committee Thursday to serve as the nation's next attorney general, as divided Republicans clashed over her support for President Barack Obama's immigration policies. (...)
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Boehner mum on DHS bill as partial shutdown approaches

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:17am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days before a partial agency shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner repeatedly refused Thursday to say if the House will vote on pending Senate legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security without challenging President Barack Obama's immigration policy. (...)
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US: China is expanding its South China Sea outposts

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 6:12am
WASHINGTON (AP) — China is expanding its outposts in the South China Sea to include stationing for ships and potential airfields as part of its "aggressive" effort to exert sovereignty, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday. (...)
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Capitol Hill Buzz: Pelosi teases Reid with dark glasses

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:45am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedy on Capitol Hill — the intentional kind, anyway — is pretty rare. (...)
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Senate panel OK's Obama attorney general pick

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:09am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch won approval from a key Senate committee Thursday to serve as the nation's next attorney general, as divided Republicans clashed over her support for President Barack Obama's immigration policies. (...)
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US says China is expanding its outposts in South China Sea

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:58am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of national intelligence for the United States says China is expanding and accelerating its buildup of outposts in the South China Sea. (...)
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Boehner defends Netanyahu speech, rejects criticism

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:51am
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is defending the invitation to the Israeli prime minister to speak to Congress about Iran. (...)
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GOP claims paper shows fed aides' preps for health law loss

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:42am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading House Republican claimed Thursday that he's been told of a 100-page document showing the Obama administration is preparing contingency plans in case the Supreme Court invalidates federal subsidies that help millions of Americans afford health care coverage. (...)
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GOP may need House Dems to help resolve DHS funding impasse

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:31am
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he's willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. (...)
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Panel moves toward vote on attorney general pick

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:03am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving toward a vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general. (...)
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GOP may need House Dems to help resolve DHS funding impasse

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:31am
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he's willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. (...)
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Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:25am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. (...)
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What happens, and does not, in Homeland shutdown

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:12am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at expected consequences if lawmakers don't solve the budget impasse that could shut parts of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday night: (...)
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GOP may need House Dems to help resolve DHS funding impasse

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:27pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he's willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. (...)
Categories: Politics

Homeland Security bill moves in Senate while House in limbo

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:25pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving forward on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department, but the House is in limbo two days away from a partial agency shutdown as conservatives angrily reject the Senate plan. (...)
Categories: Politics