AP Exclusive: Counties undermine prison efforts
2014-03-08 21:37:42 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California counties are confounding the state's court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second fe...
Huckabee: Obama has diminished American might
2014-03-08 09:51:17 UTC
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says the United States' standing in the world has diminished under President Barack Obama, and its next leader faces a tough task in rebuilding America's might.
Huckabee on Friday has tol...
Congress set to take 1st steps on Ukraine, Russia
2014-03-07 09:12:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives was poised Thursday to pass the first aid bill for Ukraine's new, pro-Western government, while both chambers of Congress looked to advance legislation imposing hard-hitting sanctions on Russian Presi...
Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases
2014-03-07 09:09:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in C...
Senate blocks Obama's pick for civil rights post
2014-03-05 21:12:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan Senate opposition blocked swift confirmation Wednesday for President Barack Obama's choice to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights division, the emotional residue of the long-ago murder of a Philadelphia policema...
US taking steps to help NATO allies in Europe
2014-03-05 20:44:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to support the defenses of U.S. allies in Europe in response to Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Sec...
Senator John McCain: “We Are All Ukrainians”
2014-03-01 23:24:37 UTC
<h3>In an interview with TIME, the Arizona Senator said Obama is “naive” about Putin’s ambitions “to restore the Russian empire”</h3>
In response to reports of a Russian takeover in parts of Crimea, Arizona Senator John McCain said, “We are all...
Clinton advisers sought to soften her image
2014-03-01 10:01:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's advisers sought to "humanize" what they saw as her stern, defensive public image during her husband's White House days and as she embarked on her groundbreaking Senate campaign in New York.
"Be real," ...
Texas gay marriage ban latest to be struck down
2014-02-27 08:01:38 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional on Wednesday, but will allow the nation's second-most populous state to enforce the law pending an appeal that will likely go t...
U.S. Army study gives women taste of combat tasks
2014-02-26 11:17:33 UTC
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Standing just over 5 feet, Army Spc. Karen Arvizu is barely a foot taller than the anti-tank missile she carries in both arms and loads into an armored vehicle. She stands on her tip-toes to wrestle open the 300-pound top ...
Obama: No troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014
2014-02-26 10:57:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year. But Obama is also holding out hope that Afg...
600-plus business groups press for immigration
2014-02-25 21:46:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 600 business organizations, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Apple to McDonald's, have sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) pressing him to move on immigration legislation this year.
The 636 gro...
Senators hit rivals hard and fast in GOP primaries
2014-02-25 08:28:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are attacking GOP challengers earlier and more aggressively than in past elections, including using opposition research to try to knock out upstart rivals before they become serious threats.
These senators ...
High court rejects NRA appeals
2014-02-24 19:53:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from the National Rifle Association which complained about resistance by governments and judges to the high court's recent seminal rulings declaring that Americans have a constitutional r...
Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget
2014-02-24 19:45:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war.
Governors: 'Obamacare' here to stay
2014-02-24 10:52:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The explosive politics of health care have divided the nation, but America's governors, Republicans and Democrats alike, suggest that President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is here to stay.
While governors from Connecti...
Probe begins into carbon monoxide leak at NY mall
2014-02-23 09:41:48 UTC
HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. (AP) — Officials investigating a carbon monoxide leak at a New York mall are concentrating on the heating system of a restaurant following the death of the eatery's 55-year-old manager and more than two dozen others being ...
Obama meeting with Dalai Lama rankles China
2014-02-22 08:31:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama granted an audience to Tibet's Dalai Lama on Friday over the strong objections from China that the U.S. was meddling it its affairs. The White House took pains to ensure the meeting was not portrayed as a c...
Obama: Putin does not respect people's basic freedoms
2014-02-20 09:58:42 UTC
Barack Obama has sharply criticised Russian support for crackdowns in Ukraine and Syria, calling for a transitional government in Kiev and personally accusing Vladimir Putin of failing to respect basic freedoms in both countries.
In his most ex...
Obama struggling to find ways to halt Syria's savage civil war
2014-02-19 07:57:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — With peace talks failing, Syria's government on the offensive and moderate rebels pushed aside by al-Qaida-linked militants, the Obama administration is struggling for new ideas to halt a savage civil war.
Obama, fellow Dems are at odds on big trade bills
2014-02-19 07:53:17 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants to put major emerging trade deals with Europe and Asia on a "fast track" to congressional passage. But with midterm elections looming, many fellow Democrats are working to sidetrack them inste...
Obama signs debt ceiling measure into law
2014-02-16 07:49:11 UTC
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday signed separate measures into law to lift the federal debt limit and restore benefits that had been cut for younger military retirees.
Obama signed the bills during a weekend...
Gay Marriage: Odds may improve for a Supreme Court decision
2014-02-15 06:57:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The overturning of Virginia's gay marriage ban places the legal fight over same-sex unions increasingly in the hands of federal appeals courts shaped by President Barack Obama's two election victories.
It's no accident t...
Obama to seek additional financial aid for Jordan
2014-02-15 06:45:50 UTC
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Seeking crucial help for a key Middle Eastern ally, President Barack Obama announced late Friday that he will ask Congress to approve a new round of financial aid for Jordan, which is struggling to manage the inf...
NSA: Co-worker provided a digital key to Snowden
2014-02-14 08:16:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A National Security Agency employee resigned from the agency after admitting to federal investigators that he gave former NSA analyst Edward Snowden a digital key that allowed him to gain access to classified materials, the NSA h...