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  • House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. And in the logic that prevails during the weeks before crucial congressional elections, they want everyone to know about that futility. The...

  • No ethics inquiry in lawmaker's fast-food protest

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Wisconsin congresswoman arrested during a protest of wages paid to workers at McDonald's and other fast-food chains will not face an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Ethics Committee Chairman Michael Conaway of Texas and Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, the...

  • US budget deficit dips to $128.7 billion in August

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government ran a lower budget deficit this August than a year ago, remaining on track to record the lowest deficit for the entire year since 2008. The August deficit was $128.7 billion, down 13 percent from the $147.9 billion deficit recorded in August 2013, the...

  • Senate kills constitutional amendment on elections

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have killed a Democratic-written constitutional amendment aimed at big spending in election campaigns by corporations, wealthy individuals and candidates themselves. The defeat was not a surprise. The measure never had a chance to survive in Congress....

  • Senate women: No tolerance for domestic violence

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen female senators from both parties called on the National Football League Thursday to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence. The senators said they were "shocked and disgusted" by a video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his...

  • Average US 30-year mortgage rate at 4.12 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained near their lows for the year. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan edged up to 4.12 percent from 4.10 percent last week, where it had stayed for three...

  • Cruz walks out after pro-Israel comments draw boos

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he walked out of a speech Wednesday night to a Christian organization after some audience members booed his comments in support of Israel and the Jewish people. At the "In Defense of Christians" gala dinner, the Texas senator said he told the...

  • Homeland Security chief says ISIL not only threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Homeland Security Department says that while the surging Islamic State group is taking most U.S. attention now, officials must stay on top of other terrorist threats as well. Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson says the US should "not let our guard down," even as it...

  • Analysis: Obama takes big risk in wider airstrikes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For a president criticized as overly cautious and reluctant to lead, Barack Obama is taking a huge risk. He is thrusting U.S. fighting forces into a growing military operation with clear dangers, unknown costs, an indefinite length and unpredictable consequences. After years...

  • FACT CHECK: Obama's military plan not so simple

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military actions designed to neutralize the foe. What is clear, though, is...



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