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U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending re

Obama approves fresh guidelines for U.S. military in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has approved plans giving U.S. military commanders broader authority in helping Afghanistan forces repel Taliban fighters after U.S. and NATO combat operations formally end in December, a senior administration official said. The decision, made in recent weeks, will allow U.S. forces to carry out limited missions against the Taliban seen as necessary

Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

By Steve Holland LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote. With many Americans skeptical of his decision to bypass Congress and impose an immigration overhaul unilaterally

Obama's day off: Golf with baseball great Derek Jeter

NORTH LAS VEGAS Nev. (Reuters) - Of all the more than 200 rounds of golf Barack Obama has played as president, his outing on Saturday will probably prove to be a highlight: Teeing it up with New York Yankees great Derek Jeter. Obama's foursome included Jeter, Brian Greenspun, who is owner of the Las Vegas Sun, and businessman and Democratic donor Stephen Cloobeck. They played at Shadow Creek Gol

St. Louis County fortifies police headquarters before Ferguson grand jury ruling

CLAYTON, Mo. — On Saturday, grand jury watch started to feel more like a hurricane watch here in the heart of St. Louis County. Workers scrambled Saturday morning to barricade police headquarters and other government buildings, residents grabbed supplies at a corner store and some shop owners finished boarding up windows.

White House to Democrats: We’ll seek extension to Iran nuclear talks

The White House told a select group of Congressional Democrats on Friday that Secretary of State John Kerry will suggest to Iran that the two sides extend ongoing nuclear negotiations that are not expected to seal a comprehensive deal by a Nov. 24 deadline.

Senate to vote on two controversial Obama ‘ambassadonors’ Dec. 1

The Senate will vote Dec. 1 on whether to confirm a pair of big-time donors to President Barack Obama's reelection campaign as ambassadors to Argentina and Hungary. It could be Noah Bryson Mamet's and Colleen Bell's last chance — their odds become vanishingly small when the GOP takes over in January.

Retired U.S. general on how to handle IS and why we lost in Iraq, Afghanistan

Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, who flat-out states that the U.S. lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, argues we need to learn from past mistakes so we don’t make the same ones in the fight against the Islamic State.

How Obama’s immigration overhaul will divide voters in 2016

Sure, President George H.W. Bush did the same thing 25 years ago. But the consequences of Obama’s executive action will be very, very different.

2 in Missouri Charged With Lying on Forms to Buy Guns Ahead of Grand Jury Decision

Federal authorities in Missouri charged two men with lying on forms to purchase guns ahead of the grand jury decision in the police shooting of Michael Brown.Olajuwon Davis and Brandon Baldwin only faced those charges as of late Friday, but sources told ABC News that authorities were looking into whether they tried to acquire ready-made explosives and other weapons ahead of the decision, which is

Immigration: President Obama 'Damaging Presidency' With Unilateral Action, Boehner Says

House Speaker John Boehner said that President Obama is damaging the institution of the presidency by taking unilateral action to reform the country's immigration laws, setting up another political showdown on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue as Republicans work on a strategy on how best to react to Thursday's announcement."All year long I've warned the president that by taking unilateral action

Generic Drug Price Sticker Shock Prompts Probe by Congress

The prices of some common generic drugs have skyrocketed in recent years, but the reasons remain murky, lawmakers said.The hearing of the Senate subcommittee on primary health and aging on Thursday was called after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings announced they were investigating why some generic drug prices have risen hundreds to thousands of percent -- putting a s

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.

Today in History

Today is Sunday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2014. There are 38 days left in the year.

Obama, Jeter tee off on exclusive Vegas course

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama is playing golf at an exclusive Las Vegas-area course with a retired shortstop, a Democratic Party donor and a newspaper owner.

Midterm elections get a yawn, but not in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — It's nearly as certain as Oregon's rainy season. When there's an election, voters in the state respond with an enthusiasm that's rare in most other places in America.

AP sources: Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. troops in Afghanistan may once again engage Taliban fighters, not just al-Qaida terrorists, under new guidelines quietly approved by President Barack Obama, administration officials say.

Conservative group fumbles disclosure in new tax document

Koch-linked nonprofit American Commitment to amend tax documents after questions from the Center for Public Integrity.

U.S. companies supply eavesdropping gear to Central Asian autocrats

Surveillance gear generally falls outside U.S. export controls.

Reporter's toolkit: Investigating sexual assault on your campus

How to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations.

Controversial Washington ex-mayor Marion Barry dies

Former Washington mayor Marion Barry, who left office in disgrace and went to prison on drug charges only to return for a fourth term, died at a Washington hospital, a spokesperson said Sunday. United Medical Center spokeswoman Natalie Williams confirmed the former mayor's death, but declined to give further details.

6% of Sun readers say Miliband would be good PM

London (AFP) - A poll in The Sun on Sunday found that just six percent of people who read Britain's biggest-selling newspaper think Labour leader Ed Miliband is prime ministerial material.

Gordon Brown to step down as MP: reports

London (AFP) - Former prime minister Gordon Brown is to announce he is standing down as an MP at the May general election, reports said Sunday.

Tense Ferguson braces for US grand jury decision

The father of a black teenager killed by police in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson sought to ease tensions as protesters stepped up calls for a grand jury to indict the white officer responsible. The predominantly African American community has been on edge over the jury's expected decision. US President Barack Obama has called for calm, Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency and the

Iran, world powers seek elusive nuclear deal one day before deadline

Iran and world powers face an uphill struggle to break the deadlock in their high-stakes nuclear negotiations and secure a historic deal on the eve of a deadline. Kerry, who on Friday postponed a trip to Paris to remain in Vienna for the talks, met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday afternoon, their fourth meeting in three days. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinme

Biden, Erdogan seek to find common ground on Syria crisis

US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in a bid to ease strains over the Syria crisis and persuade Turkey to step up its support for the coalition against Islamic State (IS) jihadists. The trip to Istanbul by Biden, the highest ranking US official to visit Turkey since Erdogan was elected president after over a decade as prime minister, cam

US braces for Ferguson verdict: How semblance of peace could prevail

Some 50 official activist groups in Ferguson, Mo. have signed a pact with authorities to peacefully protest the outcome of the Michael Brown case. But all eyes are on the young men and women who spontaneously took to the streets this summer to vent their anger at what they perceive as authorities who see young black men like Mr. Brown in racist terms

Rising tension ahead of Ferguson grand jury decision

Tensions were high on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, with a US grand jury poised to decide whether to prosecute a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager. US President Barack Obama has called for calm, Missouri's governor declared a state of emergency and activated the state National Guard, and the FBI has deployed an extra 100 personnel to the area. Police helico

'Moment of truth' nears in Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday "serious gaps" remained in talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna two days before a deadline to strike a nuclear deal. Kerry, who on Friday postponed a trip to Paris to remain in Vienna, was due to meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday afternoon, their fourth meeting in three days. At stake is a historic deal in which

New Kerry, Zarif meeting in Iran nuclear talks: US

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna on Saturday afternoon, their first direct talks of the day, a US official said, two days ahead of the deadline for a nuclear deal. "Secretary Kerry will meet with (former EU foreign policy chief Catherine) Ashton and Foreign Minister Zarif this afternoon," the official said. Kerry said meanwhile as


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