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Obama tells Central American leaders most children will go home

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged the leaders of three Central American countries on Friday to work with him to stem the flow of child migrants who have surged across the U.S. border and warned that most of them would not be allowed to stay. In a White House meeting with the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Obama had a tough-love m

Limited review finds White House political office was within law

A limited review found the White House's political office appears to be operating within the law, a federal oversight agency said amid a congressional probe into whether taxpayer money has been used by the Obama administration for political purposes. The U.S. Office of the Special Counsel said it had reviewed correspondence about the establishment of the administration's Office of Political Stra

House panel set for Tuesday vote on Fed transparency bill

The House Financial Services Committee said on Friday that it will vote on a bill next week aimed at bringing more transparency to the Federal Reserve, including the controversial requirement of adopting a rules-based approach to its policy. Fed officials and economists have expressed concern that the legislation threatens to strip independence from the Fed, which sets monetary policy for the Un

U.S. House votes overwhelmingly for say on Obama's Iraq decisions

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Friday for a resolution that would bar President Barack Obama from sending U.S. troops for any "sustained combat role" in Iraq without congressional authorization. The House adopted the resolution by a vote of 370-40, reflecting the strong desire by both Republicans and Democrats in the chamber that the White House not act in Iraq without

Exclusive: Sen. John Walsh responds to revelations that he plagiarized Army War College paper

A doctor prescribed Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh medication for symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder after he returned from an Army deployment in Iraq, but he was not formally diagnosed with PTSD, the senator confirmed to Yahoo News following revelations this week that he had plagiarized a paper to receive his masters degree at the Army War College in 2007.

Ex-FBI director warns that Gaza violence will fuel al-Qaida threat

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller warned that the current violence in Gaza will inflame anti-U.S. sentiment in the region and exacerbate an increasingly dangerous terror threat to the U.S.

Congressional shrug on emergency border spending could prove costly

According to multiple congressional sources close to members briefed on the situation, a delay in funding would impose increased costs of $250 to $1,000 per child per day. Since Oct. 1, approximately 57,000 children have been apprehended at the border. To give an example of the magnitude of the $250 to $1,000 range — and the cost of congressional inaction — the collective price tag for one day o

On the torture report, a confrontation looms

Sometime this summer, probably when as many Americans as possible are tanning on a beach and not paying attention, the White House is expected to release a version of a classified report on torture during the Bush years. Actually, what's likely to become public is only the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report.

Biden busts out the whiteboard to give lawmakers a history lesson

Ever wonder what it would be like to have Joe Biden as a history teacher? A new video posted to YouTube by the White House gives viewers a glimpse.

John Kerry's Proposed 7-Day Gaza Truce in Limbo

Goal Is to Work Toward a 'More Sustainable Cease-Fire in the Long Run'

Who Thinks President Obama Will Be Impeached? The White House

Senior White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer Says Not to Write Off the Possibility

US Military Dusts Off Decades-Old 'Readiness' Plans for Russia

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Laments Russian Aggression, Says US Forces ‘Not Sitting Still’

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move.

Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.

Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

PARIS (AP) — Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

State Dept.: US shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff amid growing violence in Tripoli

WASHINGTON (AP) — State Dept.: US shutters embassy in Libya, evacuates staff amid growing violence in Tripoli.

Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.

Center awarded $2.9 million grant for coverage of state government

Center dramatically expanding its reporting on influence of special interests on state governments.

Center honored for making government more transparent

Society of Professional journalists honors Center for making government more transparent.

Campaign shenanigans are top targets for Office of Congressional Ethics

Office of Congressional Ethics investigates House members' campaign shenanigans more than any other alleged violation.

US evacuates Libya embassy over 'real risk' from fighting

The United States evacuated its Libyan embassy staff under air cover Saturday as they faced a "real risk" from fierce fighting around Tripoli airport, Secretary of State John Kerry said. The announcement came just hours after the country's interim government warned that the clashes between militia vying for control of the strategic airport were threatening to tear Libya apart. The fighting aroun

Norway partially closes Bergen airspace over terror alert

Norway closed part of the airspace over its second city Bergen and tightened border checks on Saturday, police said, two days after the country upped security following a terror alert. Norway has been on high alert since Thursday, when its intelligence service (PST) said it had "recently received information that a group of extremists from Syria may be planning a terrorist attack" in the country

Kerry says Libya evacuation due to 'real risk' to US diplomats

The United States ordered Saturday's evacuation of its embassy in Libya due to a "very real risk" to personnel, Secretary of State John Kerry said. Kerry said that the United States sent its embassy personnel overland to Tunisia "because of the freewheeling militia violence that is taking place in Tripoli." "A lot of the violence is around our embassy -- but not on the embassy -- but nevertheles

Gaza toll passes 1,000 as truce extension urged

The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 Saturday as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce top diplomats urged Israel and Hamas to extend. The grim discoveries pushed the Palestinian toll in Gaza to more than 1,000 as US Secretary of State John Kerry met counterparts from Europe and the Middle East and urged that the truce be extended. "We all call on parties to exten

Top diplomats in Paris call for extension to 12-hour Gaza truce

US Secretary of State John Kerry and top diplomats from Europe and the Middle East gathered in Paris Saturday called for an extension to a temporary truce currently in force between Israel and Hamas. Both sides have agreed to a 12-hour "humanitarian" ceasefire in Gaza that started at 0500 GMT Saturday, putting a brief stop to a conflict that has killed more than 1,000 Palestinians -- a large maj

EU targets Russian intelligence chiefs, readies tougher sanctions

Stung into action by the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the EU put Russia's intelligence chiefs on its sanctions list Saturday as it readied much harsher measures against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. The director of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov, and the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Mikhail Fradkov were among 15 people and 18 entities hit

Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants

President Barack Obama met with three Central American leaders to try to get control of an humanitarian crisis triggered by a tide of child migrants crossing the southern US border. Obama's won pledges of support from the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and repeated his appeals to Central American parents not to send their kids north. They also pledged to pursue the smugglers t

Al-Qaeda releases video of US suicide bomber in Syria

Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate has released a video of a young US suicide bomber from Florida who blew himself up at an army post in the northwest of the country. Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, alias Abu Hurayra al-Amriki, was believed to be the first American national to carry out such an attack in Syria's more than three-year-old war. Hopefully it will be in heaven," Abu Hurayra says in broken Arabic i

Top Sunni official held in Baghdad

Armed men in military uniform raided the home of a senior Baghdad Sunni politician overnight and whisked him and several of his guards away, police said Saturday. "Armed men came last night and detained the head of Baghdad provincial council Riyadh al-Adhadh and four of his guards from his house in Adhamiyah," a police colonel told AFP. It was not immediately clear whether the Sunni politician h

Hundreds of thousands in Mogadishu need food aid, says UN

Over 350,000 people in Somalia's war-ravaged capital are in acute need of food aid as government and charities struggle to cope, the UN warned Saturday, with other cities also in crisis. "The food security situation has worsened as early warnings highlight drought conditions in parts of Somalia," a report from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. "Aid organizat


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