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  • Special counsel says White House political office acted within law

    Fri Jul 25 17:53:53 2014 | Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House's political office did not engage in illegal partisan activity, a federal oversight agency said following a congressional hearing to probe whether taxpayer money has been used by the Obama administration for political purposes.
  • U.S. House votes overwhelmingly for say on Obama's Iraq decisions

    Fri Jul 25 17:50:12 2014 | Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.

  • U.S. lawmaker urges halt to Ex-Im deals in Russia

    Fri Jul 25 17:42:43 2014 | Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A conservative U.S. lawmaker called on Friday for the Export-Import Bank to halt deals with Russia, while a U.S. company warned that closing the export credit agency would stymie a project helping to wean Ukraine off Russian energy.
  • House report blasts Eisenhower Memorial as 'five-star folly,' cites costs

    Fri Jul 25 16:54:16 2014 | Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The troubled Eisenhower Memorial designed by celebrity architect Frank Gehry is a "five-star folly" plagued by rising costs, construction delays and design problems, congressional investigators said on Friday.

  • White House aide says Republicans might try for Obama impeachment

    Fri Jul 25 16:24:02 2014 | Source: Reuters

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top White House adviser said on Friday Republicans might try to impeach President Barack Obama over his go-it-alone immigration strategy, as Obama prepared to talk about the U.S. border crisis with Central American presidents.
  • Pelosi: ‘No reason’ to change immigration law in emergency bill

    Fri Jul 25 11:52:22 2014 | Source: The Hill

    The Democratic leader said it would be a "mistake" to include policy changes.
  • In Troubled World, Some Optimism

    Fri Jul 25 08:40:02 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    David Ignatius, Washington Post
    WASHINGTON -- The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers -- involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran -- that avoided what could have been dangerous ruptures.The architect of these two agreements was Secretary of State John Kerry, who these days seems to be in constant airborne mediation mode. In calmer times, Kerry would have made front-page headlines with his power-sharing pact in Afghanistan that defused talk of a possible civil war there, and with his agreement to extend the delicate Iranian nuclear talks until...
  • Hillary's Long March Through the Institutions

    Fri Jul 25 08:39:13 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Noemie Emery, Wkly Std
    Contrary no doubt to what she expected, Hillary Clinton has hit some serious snags in the rollout of her unannounced campaign for president. She has made Romneyesque comments about the size of her fortune, such as that she was “dead broke” when she bought her two mansions. When queried about events on her watch as secretary of state that proved embarrassing, she took responsibility without being accountable, projecting the impression that anyone who pressed further was crude.
  • Why Obama's Dismal Approval Ratings Matter

    Fri Jul 25 08:38:18 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Chris Cillizza, Wash Post
    Any time I write about President Obama's lackluster poll numbers, any number of people take to Twitter to helpfully remind me that he isn't on the ballot this fall and is constitutionally barred from seeking a third time. Their argument comes down to this: Who cares what President Obama's approval ratings are?
  • Ryan and the Party of Ideas

    Fri Jul 25 08:37:26 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Ross Douthat, New York Times
    I will probably have more to say about Congressman Paul Ryan’s latest policy proposals on poverty and mobility — both their substance and their possible implications — very soon; either tomorrow or in Sunday’s column, mostly likely. You can read a good summary of the highlights here; for now, I’ll just make two quick and one slightly longer points:

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