Ryan: Scrap welfare and divert money to states
2014-07-24 17:01:09 UTC
The Republican party's intellectual guru, Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, has proposed a radical experiment to scrap federal welfare benefits – such as food stamps, housing assistance and childcare – and divert the funds directly to states, which...
John Kerry flies to Israel to meet Netanyahu and Abbas
2014-07-23 16:44:11 UTC
The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has arrived in Tel Aviv for to push for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as fierce fighting continues in Gaza.
The move came as political leaders and diplomats held urgent talks in the region with the ...
Republicans weakness at ground games in Alaska
2014-07-23 16:31:44 UTC
Art Hackney has more than three decades of strategising for Republican election campaigns in Alaska under his belt. And he’s rarely been so frustrated.
From an office lined with awards for punchy political campaigns on behalf of senators, congr...
U.S. Government agents 'directly involved' in most high-profile US terror plots
2014-07-21 21:10:47 UTC
Nearly all of the highest-profile domestic terrorism plots in the United States since 9/11 featured the "direct involvement" of government agents or informants, a new report says.
Some of the controversial "sting" operations "were proposed or l...
Gaza: Kerry says 'It's a hell of a pinpoint operation'
2014-07-20 22:50:34 UTC
The secretary of state, John Kerry, on Sunday appeared to criticise Israel’s claims about the targeted scope of its attacks on Gaza, as a open microphone caught him talking to an aide ahead of a TV interview.
“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operatio...
Obama Announces Expanded Sanctions Against Russia
2014-07-17 04:57:52 UTC
The Obama administration is imposing new, deeper sanctions on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, targeting Russian banks and energy and defense firms.
“Given its continued provocations in Ukraine, today I have approved a new set of sanctio...
Hunger strikes at US secret prison
2014-07-17 04:56:59 UTC
Sometimes they stopped eating to protest unclean drinking water. Other times they stopped eating because their comrades were placed in segregated housing. Still other times they stopped eating out of dissatisfaction with their access to the Intern...
New gun-control fight brewing in the Senate
2014-07-10 18:28:38 UTC
Fifteen months since gun legislation stalled on Capitol Hill, the Senate is on the verge of a new fight over whether to expand gun rights, an unanticipated development at a moment of already high tension in the fractured chamber.
A new politica...
Ex New Orleans Mayor gets 10 years in prison
2014-07-09 16:19:39 UTC
(Reuters) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced on Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison on corruption charges that arose in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
A jury in February found Nagin guilty of charges including bribery, wi...
Senate committee adopts cybersecurity bill opposed by NSA critics
2014-07-09 06:50:26 UTC
The Senate intelligence committee voted Tuesday to adopt a major cybersecurity bill that critics fear will give the National Security Agency even wider access to American data than it already has.
Observers said the bill, approved by a 12 to 3 ...
Obama seeks $3.7bn in extra funding to address child migrant crisis
2014-07-08 19:40:08 UTC
Fast-track deportations and ankle bracelets will be deployed under a larger-than-expected White House plan to deal with an immigration crisis prompted by the arrival of more than 52,000 children at the southern US border since last October, traffi...
US Fourth of July weekend marred by spate of gun violence
2014-07-06 00:39:24 UTC
The Fourth of July weekend was marred for some by a spate of gun violence in at least three cities across the US.
In Indianapolis, Indiana, seven people were shot – including one who was critically injured – early Saturday morning in an area kn...
Immigration crisis moves to Colorado
2014-07-02 17:41:58 UTC
Conventional political wisdom says the collapse of talks over immigration reform legislation in Washington this week won't hurt Republicans at the ballot box until at least the presidential election in 2016. Miguel Valenzuela is on a mission to pr...
Some NSA data collection is 'legal and effective', says independent board
2014-07-02 06:48:50 UTC
An independent board has declared a set of National Security Agency data collection programs both "legal and effective in protecting national security", despite expressing concern about "intrusions" into individuals' privacy.
As the NSA's trove...
White House will ask Congress for new powers to tackle immigration surge
2014-06-30 05:13:56 UTC
The White House is preparing an emergency request to Congress for additional powers to enable the fast-track deportation of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America who are crossing the US border illegally, a move that coul...
NSA performed 248 queries in 2013
2014-06-28 06:22:32 UTC
The National Security Agency was interested in the phone data of fewer than 250 people believed to be in the United States in 2013, despite collecting the phone records of nearly every American.
As acknowledged in the NSA's first-ever disclosur...
US flying armed drones in Iraq
2014-06-28 06:17:15 UTC
The US has confirmed it is flying armed drones over Baghdad to protect US troops who recently arrived to assess Iraq's deteriorating security.
The military for more than a week has been flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq, averaging a...
Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices faces effective ban in China
2014-06-27 18:39:04 UTC
Hillary Clinton's bestselling memoir Hard Choices has in effect been banned in China less than a month after its release, the publisher Simon & Schuster has said.
The book, in which Clinton retraces her four-year tenure as US secretary of state...
Obama asking Congress for $500m to train 'moderate' Syrian rebels
2014-06-27 17:29:03 UTC
The Obama administration has proposed escalating US involvement in the Syrian civil war, asking Congress for $500m for the US military to train and equip "moderate" Syrian rebels.
The request to Congress on Thursday, heralded by Barack Obama's ...
US to extend privacy rights to EU
2014-06-25 22:50:45 UTC
The Obama administration has caved in to pressure from the European Union in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations on surveillance by promising to pass legislation granting European citizens many of the privacy protection rights enjoyed by US c...
Obama encourages employers to adopt family-friendly policies
2014-06-24 06:30:42 UTC
President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit on Monday, even though the US government doesn't always set the best example.
The United States is the only industrialized nation...
Louisiana senator faces bumpy ride on the Bayou
2014-06-24 06:30:25 UTC
Mary Landrieu, Louisiana’s three-term senator and one of America’s most formidable female politicians, leans back on her chair and surveys the glistening expanse of water that separates her state from Texas.
She watches enviously as white boats...
US steps up sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine
2014-06-21 07:10:26 UTC
The US has imposed sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine, as the crisis there shows no sign of easing.
The sanctions include asset freezes against seven pro-Russian leaders.
The move was announced as Western leaders threatened add...
House of Representatives moves to ban NSA's 'backdoor search' provision
2014-06-21 07:02:50 UTC
Surveillance reform gained new congressional momentum as the US House of Representatives unexpectedly and overwhelmingly endorsed stripping a major post-9/11 power from the National Security Agency late Thursday night.
By a substantial and bipa...
Fed agencies roll out benefits for married same-sex couples
2014-06-21 06:58:27 UTC
The Obama administration is moving to expand the federal benefits offered to same-sex couples including some sick leave, social security and veterans affairs benefits regardless of whether the couple live in a state where their marriage is recogni...