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Johnson Says ‘No Free Pass’ For Children After Border Crossings

NOGALES, Ariz. (MCT) — Moments after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took his first tour of a southern Arizona detention facility housing about 900 migrant children in makeshift cages Wednesday, he had a message for Central American parents who are on the brink of sending their children illegally and alone into the United States. “This […]

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki Faults U.S. In Crisis

BAGHDAD (MCT) — Iraq’s parliament will meet next week to begin the process of forming a new government, officials said Thursday, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blamed the United States for his army’s inability to stop Sunni Muslim insurgents who are threatening his grip on the country. In an interview with the BBC’s Arabic-language service, […]

Court Strikes Down New York City Ban On Super-Sized, Surgary Drinks

NEW YORK (MCT) — The state’s highest court on Thursday struck down New York City’s law banning the sale of super-sized sugary drinks, ending the two-year battle over one of the most memorable — and controversial — initiatives of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In a 26-page ruling, the State’s Court of Appeals said the city’s […]

Supreme Court Rejects Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone In Nuanced Ruling

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Supreme Court gave both sides in the abortion wars a partial victory Thursday in setting rules for protests at health clinics, deciding that laws may forbid people from obstructing the entrance as long as demonstrators are free to speak on the sidewalk. The justices unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law that […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Obama On Recess Appointments

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his power under the Constitution by filling three Federal positions when the Senate was on a brief break, but justices upheld the right of the President to make recess appointments during longer breaks. While the President is authorized to fill vacancies while […]

A U.S.-Iran Alliance On Iraq? Is The Enemy Of Our Enemy Our Friend?

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The United States considers Iran a top state sponsor of terrorism, a budding nuclear threat and a meddlesome supporter of President Bashar Assad’s regime in civil war-torn Syria. But those negatives apparently aren’t enough to prevent Washington from considering calling Iran a potential partner in the battle against a group of al-Qaida-inspired […]

Police Need Warrants To Search Smartphones, Supreme Court Rules

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday dialed up privacy protections for the 21st century, ruling that police need warrants before searching smartphones. In an emphatic decision, the court said smartphones must be screened off from warrantless searches because of their vast information capacity. The ruling distinguishes smartphones and their ilk from objects […]

Cleveland, Dallas Chosen As Finalists To Host 2016 GOP Convention

(MCT) — The Republican Party continued its convention winnowing process Wednesday, narrowing the candidates for its 2016 national gathering to two cities: Cleveland and Dallas. The Democrats, meantime, announced they would scout six cities as the possible venue for their 2016 convention: Birmingham, Ala.; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; New York City; Philadelphia; and Phoenix. The GOP, […]

Senators Spar Over The Need For New Voting Rights Legislation

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Republicans and Democrats in the Senate argued bitterly Wednesday about the need for a new law to protect the voting rights of minorities. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on proposed legislation to resuscitate a critical provision of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court a year […]

U.S. Envoy Max Baucus To China: More Business Ties, Less Cyber-Theft

BEIJING (MCT) — In his first public address on the U.S.-China relationship since taking up the post of U.S. ambassador, Max Baucus said Wednesday that “the U.S. welcomes China’s rise” and that his priorities include pushing for a bilateral investment treaty and increasing cooperation on environmental issues. But the former Montana senator briefly rapped Beijing […]

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