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Obama plans 19 percent tax on U.S. companies' foreign earnings

By Jeff Mason and Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposes a 19 percent tax on U.S. companies future foreign earnings and a one-time 14 percent tax on roughly $2 trillion of profits being held offshore, the White House said on Sunday. The White House has long been critical of practices by U.S. companies that it views as avoiding tax responsibili

New Jersey Governor heads to UK for trade, politics, soccer

By Megan Davies and Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a likely 2016 Republican presidential contender, will be promoting his state's life sciences industry in a trip to the United Kingdom starting Sunday, where he is also scheduled to meet the Prime Minister and catch an Arsenal match. The UK is the third largest trading partner for New Jersey after Canada and

Republican Romney opts out of 2016 run for president

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, telling supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House. Romney's decision helps clarify an emerging Republican field split between potential establishment candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and

U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq: Chuck Hagel

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces. Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Isl

New poll finds most Americans want government to fight climate change

According to a new poll by The New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan research group Resources for the Future, most voters don’t want a candidate who thinks global warming is a hoax.

Mitt Romney says he will not make 2016 White House bid

Massachusetts politician Mitt Romney told his supporters some important news regarding his plans for 2016 on Friday morning.

Texas lawmaker under fire for Facebook post on Muslim Capitol Day

A newly-elected Texas state lawmaker is under fire for a divisive Facebook post asking Muslim visitors to an event at the state capitol in Austin to pledge allegiance to the United States.

Near-brawl breaks out at city council meeting to heal wounds between police and public after Ferguson unrest

A city council meeting in St. Louis turned ugly Wednesday night when the manager of the city's police union got into an altercation with attendees he described as "anti-police radicals."

Jeb and the myth of the Sister Souljah moment

Contrary to what people say, there’s really no such thing as a “Sister Souljah moment” unless a political candidate has spent a good bit of time making the argument that underlies it first.

Mitt Romney Says No to 2016 Presidential Run

On a conference call with supporters on Friday, Romney said he was taking a pass on another White House bid. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney said. Romney did not endorse any of the numerous potential Republican candidates who have expressed int

Taliban Are Not Terrorists, or So Says the White House

Semantics aside, the Taliban is suspected in multiple attacks over just the last 48 hours that have killed more than 30 people, including a suicide bombing attack on a funeral in Afghanistan today that killed 16 and wounded 39. The issue has come up because the White House insisted on Wednesday that a prisoner exchange between Jordan and ISIS would be different than the prisoner exchange the Uni

Senators Introduce Legislation to Lift Cuba Travel Ban

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation today that would end the travel ban between the U.S. and Cuba -– the first legislation to be introduced this year following President Obama’s executive action to start opening diplomatic relations with Cuba. The legislation, titled “The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015,” is sponsored by four Republican and four Democratic senators. They

Huckabee compares gay marriage to alcohol, profanity

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says gay marriage is akin to alcohol and profanity — options the Republican weighing a 2016 presidential bid says are appealing to others, but not to him.

APNewsBreak: Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said.

Walker open to sending troops to fight Islamic State group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he is open to sending U.S. troops to the Middle East to combat Islamic State fighters, but the potential Republican contender for 2016 presidential nomination isn't calling for them immediately.

Officials meet to address safety after aviation calamities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government and aviation industry officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Montreal this week to try to find consensus on how to keep from losing airliners like the one that vanished without a trace in Asia and another shot down in Eastern Europe.

A look at rates for payday loan usage, broken down by state

The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage is not reported and marked

Deadbeat politicos outrun federal enforcers

Sharpton, Gingrich committees among dozens that owe taxpayers money.

Senate transparency push gets new GOP allies

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will soon introduce a bill requiring Senate candidates to electronically file campaign finance documents.

Republican bills take aim at EPA science, rulemaking

Already limited in its ability to evaluate toxic chemicals, the EPA is targeted by Republican legislation the White House pledges to veto.

Shiite militia sets deadline to unravel Yemen crisis

A Shiite militia on Sunday set a three-day deadline for political parties to resolve the power vacuum in Yemen since the president and prime minister offered to resign last month. The deadline was set in a statement issued at the end of a three-day meeting in a Sanaa sports hall attended by the party of ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh but boycotted by Yemen's other major political movements.

Two blasts rock Nigeria's Gombe city, 5 dead: witnesses, source

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Two blasts rocked north Nigeria's Gombe city on Sunday, killing five people, with one of the attacks targeting a military checkpoint, witnesses and a military source said.

Bulgaria bids farewell to 'democracy hero' Zhelev

Bulgaria bid farewell on Sunday to its first non-communist president Zhelyu Zhelev, hailed as a hero of freedom and democracy in the Balkan country. Bulgaria's political and intellectual elite and several Balkan leaders gathered in the golden-domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in Sofia to pay their last respects to the former leader. Zhelev, a dissident who became Bulgaria's first democratically-e

Chad forces bomb Boko Haram positions in Nigerian town

Fotokol (Cameroon) (AFP) - Chadian aircraft struck Boko Haram positions in the Nigerian border town of Gamboru for a second straight day on Sunday, an AFP journalist in a neighbouring town said.

Fierce fighting rages for key Ukraine town

Battles raged Sunday between government forces and pro-Russian rebels for control of a strategic transport hub as the death toll mounted in east Ukraine following the collapse of ceasefire talks. Intense artillery fire thundered around the Kiev-controlled town of Debaltseve, a key position between the rebel bastions of Donetsk and Lugansk, where insurgent fighters are trying to encircle Ukrainia

Saudi frees women's rights activist close to blogger

A woman who co-founded the Saudi Liberal Network Internet discussion group with blogging activist Raef Badawi has been freed after about three months in prison, her daughter said on Sunday. Suad al-Shammari had spent around 90 days at a women's prison in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, her daughter Sarah al-Rimaly told AFP. She was arrested in late October for insulting Islam, activists said at the

Ebola-hit Liberia delays school reopening

Liberia's education ministry said on Sunday it had postponed by two weeks the reopening of the country's schools, which were closed six months ago to limit the spread of the Ebola virus. Liberia is one of three west African countries hit by the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record, together with Guinea and Sierra Leone. Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf this week cited cost as a factor ham

IS claims beheading of Iraqi security personnel

The Islamic State group beheaded an Iraqi police officer and two soldiers, the latest in a long series of atrocities committed by the jihadists, according to pictures posted online Sunday. In one photo, a blindfolded man said to be a police lieutenant colonel kneels in a street in front of a row of gunmen. Another photo shows an overweight masked militant apparently struggling to behead a man id

Nigeria military repels Boko Haram assault on key city Maiduguri

Nigeria’s military on Sunday repelled a Boko Haram assault on the key northeastern city of Maiduguri, as violence raged across the region just two weeks before national elections. The hours-long attack on the strategic capital of Borno state was the Islamists’ second attempt to take Maiduguri in a week. With near-relentless violence plaguing much of the northeast, and Boko Haram still in control

Blast hits pilgrim bus in Damascus, killing seven

At least seven people were killed when a blast ripped through a bus carrying Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, a monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said another 20 people were wounded in the explosion near the Souq al-Hamadiyeh neighbourhood of the city. Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said the bus had a Lebanese licence plate a News | Awards & Certificates | Promote Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Uninstall Info

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