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District of Columbia panels weigh legalizing marijuana sales

By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington lawmakers took a step toward legalizing the sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital on Thursday, holding a hearing on rules and taxes ahead of a referendum next week. The proposed legislation to regulate marijuana sales in the District of Columbia is part of a sharp shift in U.S. public opinion in the past several years that has pushed legalized p

Thomas Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71: spokesman

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement. Menino, a Democrat, ran New England's largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense sc

Emerging threats, Senate shift could change U.S. budget debate: Boeing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Emerging threats such as Islamic State extremism and a possible switch to Republican control of the U.S. Senate could accelerate debate about the need to halt or ease mandatory cuts in the U.S. defense budget, a top Boeing Co executive said on Thursday. Boeing was still urging U.S. lawmakers to reverse the cuts, which are due to resume in 2016, while at the same time worki

U.S.-led forces rebuked for making Afghan troop evaluations secret

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A move by U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan to classify a key assessment of multibillion dollar efforts to train and equip local security forces is "inexplicable" and hides issues from the public, a U.S. government watchdog said. John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, said in a quarterly report to Congress on Thursday that his office was "deeply

The State Department is too top-heavy with Obama political picks, says foreign service group

At a time when "The world is a mess," President Barack Obama has packed too many political appointees into top jobs at the State Department, and should replace retiring Deputy Secretary of State William Burns with a career diplomat, a foreign service group warns.

Will Christie's 'sit down and shut up' style work outside New Jersey?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's brash style of politics was on full display Wednesday when he told a heckler critical of the state's response to Superstorm Sandy to "sit down and shut up." But will it work in places like Iowa?

On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola

Somehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot.

Why Alaska's Senate race might be closer than anyone thinks

The ground game may matter more in this year's Alaska Senate contest between Democratic incumbent Mark Begich and Republican challenger Dan Sullivan than it has mattered in pretty much any other major race in recent memory.

Homeland Security Secretary Johnson announces tighter security at federal buildings

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Tuesday that the government is stepping up security at federal buildings in Washington, D.C., and nationwide, citing enhanced risks of “small-scale attacks by a lone offender.” He did not explicitly cite the so-called Islamic State.

Classified: Military Suddenly Doesn't Want You to Know How $61B Afghan Training Is Going

If you’re curious what America is getting for its multi-billion dollar effort to train and equip local security forces in Afghanistan, sorry, that’s now classified. In its most recent quarterly report to Congress, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) sharply criticized a new...

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The Threat Posed by Al-Aqsa Mosque Closing in Jerusalem

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Obama wows crowd at Connecticut governor's rally

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama revved up the Democratic Party faithful in Connecticut on Thursday, urging voters to help re-elect Gov. Dannel Malloy and calling him an "instrumental partner" to her husband.

Navajo vote could factor into tight Arizona race

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On the airwaves of a popular Navajo radio station, President Barack Obama uses the Navajo greeting "Ya'at'eeh" and implores tribal members to get out and vote for Democrats.

Obama campaigns in Maine, avoids spat over Ebola

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In a final-week burst of campaigning, President Barack Obama sought to mobilize Democratic voters Thursday in the race for governor in Maine while keeping his distance from the state's bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and the nurse who has defied them.

Roberts' primary foe urges Kansans to vote for him

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is getting a somewhat reluctant endorsement from his former Republican primary challenger, Milton Wolf.

Rural vote could be key in Kentucky Senate race

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When Mitch McConnell knocked off an incumbent Democrat in a close race in 1984 to win his Senate seat, he did so because of voters in the cities of Louisville and Lexington.

NATO suddenly classifies ratings of Afghan military and police capabilities

NATO abruptly classifies assessments of Afghan army and police, which the U.S. spent billions building up.

Mega-donors give big to state candidates

More than two dozen donors have given at least $1 million to state-level campaigns ahead of Nov. 4.

U.S. Senate races to attract 1 million TV ads

Super PACs, nonprofits help fuel relentlessly negative messaging in U.S. Senate races.

US attacks on IS group may help Assad: Pentagon chief

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel acknowledged Thursday that US-led air strikes against the Islamic State group, one of the Syrian regime's main adversaries, could help President Bashar al-Assad. "As we and the coalition go after ISIL (IS) to help the Iraqis secure their government, but also the Middle East, yes, Assad derives some benefit of that, of course," Hagel said. President Barack Obama's strat

FSA has 400 fighters in Kobane, more to come: commander

Istanbul (AFP) - The Free Syrian Army (FSA) already has 400 fighters in Kobane and more are on the way, the commander of a unit there said in a rare public appearance Thursday.

Ukraine-Russia gas talks resume with hopes of breakthrough

Brussels (AFP) - Hopes of a breakthrough rose Thursday as the EU opened the latest round of talks aimed at persuading Russia to resume gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine in time for winter.

Burkina army seizes power after uprising against veteran ruler

Ouagadougou (AFP) - Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore was toppled on Thursday as the army took power after protesters set parliament ablaze in a popular uprising against the veteran leader's 27-year-rule.

Egypt has right to build Gaza buffer zone: US

Egypt has the right to use a Gaza buffer zone to boost its security, but should also be concerned about the impact on local communities, the United States said Thursday. "Certainly we believe that Egypt has the right to take steps to maintain their own security. Egypt began demolishing houses along its border with Gaza on Wednesday to set up a buffer zone to prevent militants sneaking into the S

US envoy sees 'first tangible signs' Ebola will be beaten

Ebola-hit west Africa is showing "the first tangible signs" that the deadly virus will be beaten, the US envoy to the UN said Thursday after touring the region. Samantha Power said the international community must still do much more to fight a months-long epidemic that has claimed around 5,000 lives, almost all of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. We face the greatest public health crisi

Mugabe defends wife's nomination to party leadership

Harare (AFP) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Thursday defended his wife's nomination to lead the powerful women's wing of the ruling ZANU-PF, as the campaign to succeed him intensifies ahead of a crucial party congress.

Top US general favors military advisers in western Iraq

The US military's top officer on Thursday called for deploying American advisers to Iraq's Anbar province to counter Islamic State jihadists, but said the Baghdad government must first arm local Sunni tribes. General Martin Dempsey's comments marked the first time the American military openly endorsed sending advisers to the restive western province, where Iraqi government troops have suffered a

IMF cautions Greece on early withdrawal from program

Washington (AFP) - The IMF said Thursday that Greece is not ready to rely solely on commercial markets for financing, after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said the country might exit its bailout early.

US to check troops for chemical exposure in Iraq

The US military will launch new medical examinations for troops and veterans exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq, and review claims they were ordered to stay silent about such contact, officials said Thursday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked the US Army and Navy secretaries to ensure troops affected by chemical munitions "are receiving the care and the support they require," spokesman Re


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