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War Votes Bring Back Complex Risks For Members Of Congress

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:40am

Polls showed that two-thirds of the country thought the U.S. should do something about Islamic State. Congress had to balance politics of the moment with those of the near future and down the road.

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Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 3:15am

Since the GOP retook the House, the chamber once brought the country to the brink of a debt default and once shut down the government. But in election years, including this one, there's no such drama.

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Billionaire GOP Donor Finally Opens Checkbook For 2014

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 3:24pm

Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, is giving $20 million to GOP-oriented "social welfare" groups for use in midterm campaigns.

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Will Bridge Scandal Jam Gov. Christie's Road Show?

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 2:44pm

It seems every time you turn around in the early primary states, you bump into another potential — let's say likely — candidate for president. New Jersey's Chris Christie is one of them.

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Ukraine's Poroshenko To Meet With Obama, Congress

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 9:08am

Petro Poroshenko arrives in the U.S. to meet with the president and Congress to lobby for increased aid to his embattled government.

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Islamic State Seizes Villages; Australia Says It Foiled Beheading Plot

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 7:53am

The Islamist rebels reportedly have captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major push for territory. The move has prompted fears of a massacre against civilians.

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Senate To Vote On Bill To Authorize Arming Syrian Rebels

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:06am

The House voted Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels to fight militants in the group called Islamic State also known as ISIS. The vote didn't split down party lines.

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Wis. Court Reinstates Voter ID Law, Causes Chaos Before Election

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:06am

Last week, a federal appeals court reinstated the photo identification requirement. It had been blocked in a lawsuit brought by voter advocacy groups.

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Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 4:06am

Voting might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but at least one ad campaign encouraging people to register is pretty provocative.

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House Passes Bill That Authorizes Arming Syrian Rebels

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:20pm

Even though it was backed by both party leaders, the vote split politicians within their own ranks. The final tally on the narrow military measure was 273 to 156.

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Obama Renews Pledge To Keep Combat Forces Out Of Iraq, Syria

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:27pm

President Obama's remarks came as Congress votes to approve more military trainers in the region to aide the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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A New Campaign Ad Sport: Billionaire Bashing

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 3:08pm

It's open season on the wealthy political donors. Democratic campaign ads tie Republican candidates to the Koch brothers, while GOP ads paint sinister images of George Soros and Tom Steyer.

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Iran's Foreign Minister: U.S. 'Not Serious' About Defeating Islamic State

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:47pm

In an interview with NPR, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to defeating the Islamist insurgency.

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House Could Vote $500 Million To Arm, Train Syrian Rebels

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 6:32am

The possible vote to authorize the Obama administration's plan to arm and train moderate fighters comes as the president meets with military officials at U.S. Central Command.

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Congress Gets Thrust Into Election-Year Debate Over ISIS Plan

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:02am

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting against the self-described Islamic State militant group.

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Sen. Kaine's Bill Would Limit Obama's Options Against ISIS

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:02am

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine is introducing legislation that would authorize use of military force against the Islamic State including language that strictly limits the deployment of U.S. ground forces.

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Congressional Panels Chastise NHTSA Over GM Ignition Problems

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:02am

Committees are looking at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration after questions arose about how it handles recalls, including General Motors' recall over faulty ignition switches.

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Rep. Gowdy To Lead New Benghazi Committee In First Public Hearing

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:12pm

House lawmakers will give the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya two years ago a fresh look. Wednesday's hearing will be the first public one since Gowdy (R-S.C.) became chair of a special Benghazi committee.

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Obama Gives New Details On America's Effort To Fight Ebola

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:05pm

The Obama administration's plan reportedly includes having the Department of Defense shift $500 million in funding to fight the Ebola epidemic

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Dempsey Says If Needed He Would Recommend Ground Forces In Iraq

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:46am

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel he supports the president's plan to combat Islamic State militants but that if it proved necessary, he would recommend U.S. ground forces.

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