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McCain urges shifting drone program to Pentagon

Drone strikes against suspected enemy combatants on foreign soil should be run by the U.S. military and not the CIA, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain said on Sunday. McCain made his remarks on CNN's "State of the Union" broadcast just days after it was disclosed that a drone strike in Pakistan in January mistakenly killed two Western hostages: an American and an Italian. They

Obama pokes fun at political friends and foes at White House dinner

By Tanya Basu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At the gathering he jokingly called "a night when Washington celebrates itself," U.S. President Barack Obama took light-hearted aim on Saturday at a range of political friends and foes, including the people running to succeed him. Obama's comedy routine at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner included a sly dig at Hillary Clinton, the current front-r

Christie's wife quits Wall Street job amid speculation he will seek White House

(Reuters) - Mary Pat Christie, the wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, resigned from her Wall Street job, his spokesman confirmed, as her husband contemplates a run for the White House in 2016. Her resignation from New York-based Angelo Gordon & Co, which manages hedge funds and alternative investments, is perhaps the clearest sign yet that Christie is likely to officially announce that

In Iowa for Faith & Freedom, Republican contenders face tricky balance

When the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition plays host to nine Republican White House hopefuls this weekend, the conservative Christian group will simply be pursuing its stated mission to "take back our state and country." But the Republican contenders who will speak at the group's annual Spring Kick-Off face a more delicate balance: How to address pressure from the Christian group to toe the conser

GOP presidential hopefuls say no thanks to White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is one of the hottest tickets in the political world — unless you’re a Republican hoping to win your party’s presidential nomination and the president in office is a Democrat whose record you’re setting out to run against.

Ferguson police investigation was botched from the start, Michael Brown’s family alleges in lawsuit

Former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson destroyed potentially crucial evidence shortly after fatally shooting Michael Brown, the slain teen’s family alleges in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Lincoln Chafee’s 2016 run might matter more than you think

Lincoln Chafee says that when he first got the idea to run for president, he went to see Michael Bloomberg, who, like Chafee, has belonged to both parties and to neither. Bloomberg, the former New York mayor, said he had concluded that you needed to run from inside a party in order to mount a credible White House campaign. (I don’t think he’s right, especially if you’re like the 10th-richest man i

Hillary campaign swats at Iran charge in ‘Clinton Cash’

With an exasperated swipe at “absurd right-wing conspiracy theories,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Wednesday rejected the allegation in a new book that she watered down Iran sanctions to please a corporation that paid Bill Clinton a fortune in speaking fees.

Tsarnaev middle finger photo formally entered into evidence

Prosecutors formally enter into evidence a video still of the now-convicted Boston Marathon bomber giving a courthouse security camera the middle finger.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life

American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post

Lawmakers to Question Top Officials about Controversial Visa Program for Wealthy Foreigners

Republicans in Congress voiced strong objections Tuesday in response to a scathing Homeland Security investigation that found a senior official appeared to give special treatment to politically-connected applicants when he ran a little-known federal program that offers visas to those who invest $500,000 in a job-creating business. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the committee chairman, said h

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Lawyer Says

American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion for allegedly walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, Bergdahl's attorney told ABC News today.

Supporters of Senate Iran bill swatting away amendments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate proponents of a bill empowering Congress to review and potentially reject any Iran nuclear deal must first win a battle with some colleagues determined to change the legislation in ways that could sink it.

Q&A: What's at stake in Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two years ago, the Supreme Court struck down part of the federal anti-gay marriage law that denied a range of government benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

Gay marriage a difficult issue for GOP White House hopefuls

NEW YORK (AP) — For Democratic politicians, same-sex marriage has become an easy issue: They're for it. Many Republican VIPs — notably the presidential hopefuls — face a far more complicated landscape.

Same-sex marriage opponents urge Supreme Court to go slow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex marriage opponents acknowledge they face a tough task in trying to persuade the Supreme Court to allow states to limit marriage to a man and a woman.

Stories of love, life, death in high court gay marriage case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A middle-of-the night trip to the emergency room, with her 9-month-old son coughing and laboring to breathe, gave Pam Yorksmith her latest reminder of why she took up the fight for same-sex marriage.

Analysis: Failure of Comcast-Time Warner deal may spark new wave of mergers

Death of $45 billion deal for Comcast to buy Time Warner likely to spark new wave of mergers.

Virginia's new ethics legislation would close some loopholes, skip others

Latest Virginia bill would close some gaps, leave others wide open

Biden cites progress on campus sexual assault, but says there's 'so much farther to go'

But Biden says there's 'farther' to go

Europe recalls the horror 70 years after Nazi camps liberated

Europe on Sunday remembered the atrocities and horror of three concentration camps run by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War with ceremonies in Germany, Croatia and France. At the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, recalled the shock of the first images to emerge from the camp when it was liberat

Britain faces more austerity medicine, whoever wins

In the cacophony of slogans ahead of Britain's general election on May 7 one thing is for sure -- the country faces more austerity whichever party wins. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron positions himself as a saviour who rescued the debt-ridden economy he inherited when coming to power in 2010. With economic growth picking up to 2.8 percent in 2014 and the unemployment rate falling to 5

US parties flip-flop on experience in White House race

Back in 2008, a freshman senator named Barack Obama got savaged for his inexperience. Hillary Clinton's decades-deep curriculum vitae -- US first lady, senator, secretary of state -- contrasts dramatically with three first-term Senate Republicans who have launched White House campaigns but have little national record to stand on. Obama survived a bruising party nomination battle with the more ex

Portugal coalition partners to field joint list in upcoming polls

Leaders of the two parties in Portugal's centre-right coalition government on Saturday announced they would field a single list of candidates to contest this year's parliamentary elections. "This alliance is strong because it can already show the Portuguese how much work has been done," Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, head of the Social Democrats (PSD), said at a press conference in Lisbon.

Burundi president re-election bid lost opportunity: US

"We regret this significant missed opportunity, but the hard work of building democratic practices and institutions must continue," acting State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, accusing the ruling party of disregarding the term-limit provisions of the Arusha Accords. Burundi only emerged from civil war in 2006 and there are fears that Nkurunziza's effort to cling to power could push the

US sending disaster response team to Nepal: official

The United States is sending a disaster response team to earthquake-hit Nepal and has authorized an initial $1 million to address immediate needs. A White House official said Saturday that President Barack Obama was briefed on the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake believed to have killed more than 1,200 people in Nepal and dozens more in neighboring China and India. US Secretary of State John

France opens probe into forced labour allegations in Qatar

French prosecutors said Saturday they had opened a preliminary probe into a lobby group's claims that construction giant Vinci is using forced labour on building projects for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The investigation, which began about a fortnight ago, aims to verify allegations -- denied by the French construction group -- that have been made by the non-governmental group Sherpa, prosecuto

Thousands remember Anzac heroism on Gallipoli centenary

Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders on Saturday thronged the beaches of Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula to remember the heroism and sacrifice of their forefathers in the World War I campaign against the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago. Troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) launched their first amphibious assaults on the peninsula in what is now western Turkey on April 2

Rugby Union - Fijian flyer Nadolo guides Crusaders home over Blues

- A clinical Canterbury Crusaders kept the Super 15 play-offs in sight and left the Auckland Blues with little at stake for the rest of the season with a 29-15 victory in Christchurch. Giant Fijian wing Nemani Nadolo was a central figure in the bonus point win, creating the space and firing the last pass for three of the Crusaders four tries. All Blacks Richie McCaw and Ryan Crotty also made con

Armenia marks emotional centenary of Ottoman massacres

The leaders of France and Russia joined ceremonies marking the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces, a hugely emotional event that remains a diplomatic minefield. During a commemoration at a hilltop memorial in the Armenian capital Yerevan, French President Francois Hollande urged modern day Turkey to recognise the massacre as genocide, saying he bowed in mem


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