G-8 and beyond: The world according to Obama
2013-06-18 17:31:09 UTC
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — Laden with foreign challenges, President Barack Obama is welcoming Iran's election results, taking the temperature of China's new leader and acknowledging that nations routinely spy on each other, all the...
McCaskill endorses Ready for Hillary group
2013-06-18 17:18:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she is supporting a super political action committee encouraging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016.
McCaskill is the first sitting member of Congress to endorse the g...
Biden reporting progress on gun executive actions
2013-06-18 17:08:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is reporting progress on President Barack Obama's initiatives to reduce gun violence, but says the most important step would be getting a reluctant Congress to pass new firearms laws.
Vice President Jo...
NSA director says plot against Wall Street foiled
2013-06-18 16:20:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the National Security Agency said Tuesday the government's sweeping surveillance programs have foiled some 50 terrorist plots worldwide, including one directed at the New York Stock Exchange, in a forceful d...
World looks to Bernanke to clarify stimulus plans
2013-06-18 05:10:49 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the era of ultra-low interest rates nearing an end?
When he takes questions this week after a Federal Reserve meeting, Chairman Ben Bernanke will confront investors' fears that rates are headed higher.
White House threatens veto of anti-abortion bill
2013-06-18 05:04:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is threatening to veto a measure being considered by House Republicans that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks.
The legislation expected to pass the Republican-c...
White House threatens veto of House farm bill
2013-06-18 05:02:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is threatening to veto the House version of a massive, five-year farm bill, saying food stamp cuts included in the legislation could leave some Americans hungry.
The House is preparing to consider the bil...
Obama: NSA secret data gathering "transparent"
2013-06-18 05:00:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama defended top secret National Security Agency spying programs as legal in a lengthy interview Monday, and called them transparent — even though they are authorized in secret.
"It is transparent," Obam...
Putin: US-Russia positions on Syria don't coincide
2013-06-18 04:59:37 UTC
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Barack Obama on Monday that their positions on Syria do not "coincide" but the two leaders said during the G-8 summit that they have a shared interest in ...
Immigration splits GOP's national, House interests
2013-06-18 04:58:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's hope of running stronger presidential races by revamping immigration is about to hit a big hurdle: House Republicans.
Many House Republicans are chilly or openly hostile to the bipartisan bill befo...
IRS official contradicts claims about reviews
2013-06-18 04:54:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington scrutinized the very first application from a tea party group seeking tax-exempt status — and dozens of others, including some requests that languished for more than a year w...
Court won't hear Seattle officer appeal
2013-06-18 04:53:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't reconsider a jury's decision that an off-duty Seattle police officer who was cut off in traffic violated a man's rights by detaining him at gunpoint.
The high court Monday refused to hear an appeal fr...
G8 exposes rift among leaders on Syria
2013-06-18 04:39:50 UTC
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — Deep differences over Syria's fierce civil war clouded a summit of world leaders Monday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin defiantly rejecting calls from the U.S., Britain and France to halt his polit...
Military plans would put women in most combat jobs
2013-06-17 18:34:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by the Pentagon.
The plans would slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, includin...
McCain presses Obama on secret emails
2013-06-17 18:09:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain is questioning President Barack Obama about political appointees' use of secret government email accounts to conduct official business.
The Arizona lawmaker sent a letter to Obama on Monday compla...
Pro-Obama group airing health ads
2013-06-17 18:04:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — An outside group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda plans to air a series of ads this summer promoting Obama's health care overhaul.
Organizing for Action intends to spend at least $1 million this summer on ads t...
High court to hear NJ housing discrimination case
2013-06-17 17:37:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on another dispute involving race, deciding whether people must prove they were victims of intentional housing discrimination to win lawsuits under federal law.
With highly antic...
Apple details government requests for data
2013-06-17 17:15:52 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data for the six months ended in May.
The company, like some other businesses, had asked the U.S government to be able to share how...
Court: Ariz. citizenship proof law illegal
2013-06-17 17:13:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier.
The justices voted 7-2...
Obama: Northern Ireland peace will be tested
2013-06-17 17:07:35 UTC
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — President Barack Obama declared peace in Northern Ireland a "blueprint" for those living amid conflict around the world, while acknowledging that the calm between Catholics and Protestants will face furth...
Court says jury should have final say in minimums
2013-06-17 17:05:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a jury should have the final say on facts that can trigger mandatory minimum sentences in criminal trials.
The high court on Monday overturned the sentencing in Allen Alleyne's case in a 5-4 judgment. ...
Immigration bill could decide 2016, senator says
2013-06-17 17:02:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans' hopes to reclaim the White House in the 2016 elections hinge on whether they support — or sabotage — the immigration overhaul being debated in the Senate, two lawmakers who helped write the proposal warn.
Obama chooses lawyer as Guantanamo closure envoy
2013-06-17 04:27:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has chosen a high-powered Washington lawyer with extensive experience in all three branches of the government to be the State Department's special envoy for closing down the military-run prison at t...
IRS supervisor in DC scrutinized tea party cases
2013-06-17 04:26:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was personally involved in scrutinizing some of the earliest applications from tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including some requests that languishe...
AZ House passes Medicaid expansion in Brewer win
2013-06-17 04:12:54 UTC
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House passed an $8.8 billion state budget that includes Medicaid expansion early Thursday and puts Gov. Jan Brewer one Senate vote away from a huge political victory as she embraces a signature part of President Ba...