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Kerry Presses For Truce Amid Fighting In Gaza, Clashes In West Bank

JERUSALEM — (MCT) Amid the clearest signs yet that a truce agreement might finally be near, Israeli forces again pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday. But scattered clashes across the West Bank left at least five Palestinians dead, pointing to an ominous widening of the 18-day-old conflict between Israel and the militant group […]

White House Aide Says Republicans Might Impeach Obama Over Immigration

WASHINGTON (MCT) — President Barack Obama will propose broad-ranging executive action on immigration reform later this summer that could provoke Republicans into trying to impeach him, a senior White House official said Friday. While details of the immigration plan are still being worked on, it will mark “an important step in the arc of the […]

After CIA Gets Secret Whistleblower Email, Congress Worries About More Spying

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The CIA obtained a confidential email to Congress about alleged whistleblower retaliation related to the Senate’s classified report on the agency’s harsh interrogation program, triggering fears that the CIA has been intercepting the communications of officials who handle whistleblower cases. The CIA got hold of the legally protected email and other unspecified […]

Congress Goes To The Dogs, Pushing Support For Retired Military K9s

Congress Goes To The Dogs, Pushing Support For Retired Military K9s

The American Humane Association wants the Department of Defense to mandate that all military working dogs be retired on U.S. soil so that they are given military transport back from their war zones. And it wants to ensure that the dogs’ former handlers are provided first opportunity to adopt them.

Could Plan To Offer Financial Services Save Postal Service?

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Lawmakers and government officials looking for a way to save the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service are considering a proposal that would make check cashing, small loans, prepaid cards and other financial services available at your local post office. The plan, which was floated earlier this year in a special report by the […]

Sudanese Christian Woman Who Faced Death Over Her Faith Meets Pope Francis

JOHANNESBURG (MCT) — A Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith flew to Italy on Thursday and met with Pope Francis. Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death by a court in Khartoum, Sudan, in May for illegally abandoning the Muslim faith. She was given a chance to […]

Central American Presidents Want More U.S. Investment In Security

WASHINGTON (MCT) — If the U.S. wants to stem the tide of children illegally crossing its Southwest border, it should increase investment in Central America to improve security and dismantle drug cartels, the presidents of Guatemala and Honduras said Thursday. The two presidents met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill before speaking about the border crisis […]

The Healthcare Law Rulings: A Q&A

The Healthcare Law Rulings: A Q&A

Contrary rulings Tuesday on a key element of the Affordable Care Act by two separate Federal appeals courts raise a variety of questions. We have the answers you need.

GOP Border Report Advises ‘Compassionate But Tough’ Response

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Representative Kay Granger of Texas, who heads a Republican House of Representatives working group on the southern border crisis, offered recommendations Wednesday that she called “common-sense, compassionate but tough solutions” to deal with the surge of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children illegally entering the country. The report combines support for get-tough […]

Former Head Of CDC Bioterror Lab Involved In Anthrax Incident Resigns

(MCT) — The director who oversaw a government bioterror lab involved in the potential exposure of dozens of workers to anthrax has resigned, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday. Michael Farrell, head of the CDC’s Bioterror Rapid Response and Advanced Technology Laboratory, was reassigned last month amid fallout of revelations that […]


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