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House passes one-week funding extension for Homeland Security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security late on Friday, in time to avert a partial shutdown for the agency at midnight. The two-thirds majority vote, which came with support from Democrats a few hours after the House failed to pass a three-week extension, buys time for Congress to sort out a longer-term

For Republicans, a shift to national security ahead of 2016

By Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 presidential election attacking Democrats as weak on national security, rather than focusing on the economic concerns that have preoccupied voters in recent years. The shift reflects a changing political landscape as the U.S. economy has steadily added jobs while gruesome beh

Jeb Bush enters the lion's den, touts conservative credentials

By Steve Holland and Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - Republican Jeb Bush asked skeptical conservatives to consider him a “second choice” on Friday but refused to back down from policy positions that have led many right-leaning activists to view his potential presidential candidacy with suspicion. "I'm a practicing, reform-minded conservative," the 62-year-old former Florida govern

Obama struggles with Wall Street to woo Democrats over broker rules

By Sarah N. Lynch and Suzanne Barlyn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts. President Barack Obama on Monday called on the Department of Labor to write new rules for brokers that seek to reduce conflicts of interest and

Jeb Bush’s biggest CPAC win: No gifts for Democrats

Jeb Bush exited a conservative gathering without having gift-wrapped any material for Democrats to attack him with if he is the party’s nominee in a general election.

War crimes and genocide: IS systematically killing religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq, study finds

Human rights groups are building the legal case against the Islamic State for war crimes and genocide in its targeting of minorities

Despite fiery CPAC speech, is Ted Cruz changing course?

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas used a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to rail against the party establishment, calling himself a “disruptive app” such as Uber that would upend the political system. Delighting the assembled conservative shock troops, Cruz castigated the Republican leadership for selling out their principles by separating a funding bill for th

For Jeb Bush, the Q&A is the message

He hasn’t formally declared his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination or rolled out a policy agenda, but the former Florida governor is already setting a tone that’s distinguishing him from the rest of his likely opponents.

CPAC shows how the GOP’s 2016 strategy of avoiding the MSM could backfire

The Republican National Committee has made shifting from mainstream to conservative media interviewers one of its top priorities for the 2016 cycle, but getting conservatives to ask the questions might not be as much of a pleasure cruise as Republicans hoped.

Carly Fiorina Accuses Hillary Clinton of Playing an 'Imitation' Game

Positioning herself as the anti-Hillary Clinton candidate in a crowded field of prospective GOP 2016 contenders, Carly Fiorina is unapologetic in attacking the presumptive Democratic nominee. “I think it’s totally fair game to call out the presumptive Democratic nominee on her track record and policies,” the former Hewlett-Packard CEO told ABC News on the sidelines of the Conservative Political

Sen. Jim Inhofe Throws Snowball on Senate Floor in Attempt to Debunk Climate Change

Sen. Jim Inhofe, a devoted climate change denier, tossed a snowball at someone on the Senate floor today as he tried to debunk climate change. “So, Mr. President, catch this,” Inhofe, R-Okla., said on the Senate floor, tossing the snowball to someone off-screen as he tried to suppress a smile. This isn't the first time Inhofe has used snow to make a point about climate change. The Environmental

FBI: 'We Are Losing the Battle' to Stop ISIS Radicalization Online

The terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq as it blasts videos of beheadings to the world “has proven dangerously competent like no other group before it at employing [online] tools for its nefarious strategy,” the head of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Assistant Director Michael Steinbach, told lawmakers today. In August, Juraboev allegedly posed a question on an Uzbek-language

AP Interview: Greece's repayments to ECB need discussion

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will prioritize debt repayments to the International Monetary Fund, some of which come due in March, but repayments to the European Central Bank are "in a different league" and will need discussion with Greece's creditors, the country's finance minister said Saturday.

GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

Indiana's Pence among the few to deflect 2016 GOP question

PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Some Republicans meeting conservatives in Washington and Palm Beach, Florida, in the past few days have spoken openly about possible presidential campaigns. Not Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Greece will not seek another bailout, prime minister says

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece won't seek a third bailout deal, the prime minister said Saturday, having succeeded in separating the loan agreement from the "disastrous" austerity conditions imposed with the willing cooperation of previous governments.

Mayor of Fresno won't seek US Senate seat

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Republican mayor of the California city of Fresno has decided not to run for the United States Senate, an adviser said.

FCC approves net neutrality

The nation's top Internet regulator voted to ensure all companies have equal access to the web's pipes.

Mitt Romney, Rand Paul and a porno spoof

'Net neutrality' PR campaign highlights curious paths for peddling influence.

'Socialized' or not, Britain's health care system is superior

Commentary: fear-mongering aside, British system is superior

West condemns Nemtsov murder as Putin vows to punish killers

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday vowed to punish the killers of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov as Russian opposition figures denounced what they called a "political murder" and Western leaders called for a full probe. The 55-year-old former deputy premier, a vocal Putin critic prominent at opposition rallies, was shot in the back several times just before midnight Friday as he walked across a

UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce

UN envoy Staffan De Mistura held talks in the Syrian capital on Saturday to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo. He met Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and agreed to send a delegation from his Damascus office to Aleppo on a fact-finding mission, state news agency SANA said, without giving a date. De Mistura's visit started as the army and pro-regime

UK's first 'anti-Islamisation' rally dwarfed by counter-demo

An estimated 375 people turned out for the Germany-based PEGIDA movement's first demonstration in Britain on Saturday, but were outnumbered by a 2,000-strong crowd of counter-protesters, police said. Police in the city of Newcastle, northeast England, said five men were arrested "for isolated incidents" but insisted both the PEGIDA march and the Newcastle Unites protest passed off smoothly. Extr

Chile leader, UN call on gender inequality by 2030

Chilean leader Michelle Bachelet led calls to eliminate gender inequality by 2030 on Saturday as a two-day meeting of the United Nations Women organization wrapped up in Santiago. Bachelet and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon concluded the meeting by signing a "call to action" which declares 2015 as a pivotal year in the fight to achieve global gender equality. The rallying cry also called for a

Mali peace deal to be signed Sunday in Algiers: ministry

Mali's government and six militant groups from the country's violence-strewn north are to sign a peace accord in Algiers on Sunday, the Algerian foreign ministry announced. "The Malian parties will sign a peace accord on Sunday morning under the auspices of Algeria" at a ceremony in the capital, a ministry source said on Saturday. Algeria and the United Nations have led mediation talks in Algier

Flights cancelled as ice-storm chills Dallas airport

A ferocious winter ice storm forced the cancellation of several hundred flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Saturday as more than two inches snow blanketed the key transport hub, officials said. As of 9:30 am local time (1530), more than 350 flights from the airport, roughly 35 percent of the daily total, had been cancelled, a statement from the airport said. The statement said

On eve of US trip, Netanyahu prays at Jewish shrine

Hours before flying to Washington to try to scuttle an emerging US nuclear deal with Tehran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a high-profile visit Saturday to Judaism's holiest prayer site. Wearing a black skullcap, he rested his hands on Jerusalem's Western Wall while praying briefly, before turning to face a bank of microphones. Netanyahu expressed his respect for US President Ba

Terror list potential hang-up to US ties: Cuban diplomat

Cuba's removal from a US list of state sponsors of terrorism will be key to restoring formal diplomatic relations between the two nations, the lead Cuban negotiator said in remarks published Saturday. Josefina Vidal, head of US affairs at the Cuban foreign ministry, also said that even if the two countries do restore relations severed since 1961, the reopening of embassies in their respective co

Vote counting begins after snap election in crisis-hit Lesotho

Vote counting was underway in the southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho, following a snap election aimed at resolving a political crisis triggered by an alleged coup bid. "Everything I've come across tells me everything has gone extremely well," Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president of neighbouring South Africa, who is acting as regional mediator, said shortly after polls closed at 1500 GMT.

Two killed as skirmishes threaten Ukraine truce

Two people were killed by shelling in east Ukraine Saturday as isolated clashes rattled a shaky truce with pro-Russian rebels and observers warned the country was at a "crossroads". Photographer Sergiy Nikolayev from Ukrainian daily Segodnya died after getting caught in fighting at a flashpoint village close to the fiercely-contested Donetsk airport, the newspaper said in a statement. Kiev milit


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