AP - ap.online.headlines.politics http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.headlines.politics News Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:13:09 -0500 Obama takes foreign policy risk, but on his own terms Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:49:05 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US-Obama-Taking-Risks/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Obama-Taking-Risks c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3722 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has been criticized as cautious on foreign policy, but the secret negotiations on Cuba suggest a willingness for bold and risky action, if he can keep tight control and rely on a few close aides. Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:51:35 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US--113th.Congress-Epitaph/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--113th.Congress-Epitaph c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:374a WASHINGTON (AP) — The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually. Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:57:57 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US--United.States-Cuba-Politics/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--United.States-Cuba-Politics c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3767 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — For decades, the politics of Cuba in Florida were simple: anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office. AP source: US seeks China's help after cyberattack Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:02:25 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US--Sony.Hack-US.Response/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Sony.Hack-US.Response c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:394c HONOLULU (AP) — The United States is asking China for help as it weighs potential responses to a cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that the U.S. has blamed on North Korea. US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:49:58 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US--Guantanamo-Prisoner.Release/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Guantanamo-Prisoner.Release c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:373d WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:39:08 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US--Nuclear.Missteps/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Nuclear.Missteps c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:372b WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years — repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps — the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of denial, that its problems run deep and wide. 5 things to know about year-end tax breaks Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:05:33 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US-Tax-Breaks-5-Things-to-Know/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Tax-Breaks-5-Things-to-Know c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3697 WASHINGTON (AP) — In an almost annual ritual, Congress has passed a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before start of filing season. Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:09:08 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US--Sony.Hack/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Sony.Hack c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3695 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails. State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:42:56 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US--Travel.Alert/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Travel.Alert c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:33dd WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays. 2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:37:34 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/ML--GOP.2016-Carson-Israel/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_ML--GOP.2016-Carson-Israel c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3699 JERUSALEM (AP) — In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone — and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama. Bush officials did little oversight of CIA program Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:25:11 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US--CIA-Torture.Report/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--CIA-Torture.Report c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:36ac WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. Obama cautions that change may be slow to come to Cuba Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:51:51 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/19/US--Obama/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Obama c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2f63 WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society." EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:13:15 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US--Coal.Ash.Regulations/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Coal.Ash.Regulations c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3696 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in North Carolina. 5 topics for Obama's year-end news conference Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:12:00 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/19/US-Obama-News-Conference-5-Things-To-Know/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Obama-News-Conference-5-Things-To-Know c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2f4b WASHINGTON (AP) — Before President Barack Obama jets off to Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation, he will carry out a White House ritual: the year-end news conference. Obama's Cuba switch forces exile groups to adapt Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:55:13 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/19/US-Cuba-Opposition/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Cuba-Opposition c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:333e MIAMI (AP) — Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba's communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its inviting new headquarters, with a modern glass and concrete lobby in the heart of Miami's Cuban exile community. Obama renews tax breaks, creates ABLE accounts Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:28:11 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/19/US-Obama-Taxes/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Obama-Taxes c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3322 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday that temporarily extends dozens of costly tax breaks for millions of businesses and homeowners, commuters, teachers and others. Obama calls on women only at news conference Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:26:16 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/20/US-Obama-Female-Questioners/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Obama-Female-Questioners c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:33de WASHINGTON (AP) — Something was missing from President Barack Obama's year-end news conference. Male questioners. EPA sets first national standard for coal waste Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:57:30 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/19/US-Coal-Ash-Regulations/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Coal-Ash-Regulations c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:2ec2 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. Obama: Sony decision to cancel movie a 'mistake' Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:07:24 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/19/US-Obama-Sony-Hack-Movie/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Obama-Sony-Hack-Movie c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3121 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he thinks Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" by canceling release of "The Interview" movie. Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:53:21 -0500 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/12/19/US-GOP-2016-Paul-Rubio/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-GOP-2016-Paul-Rubio c9d8ec1afb93944a:-4821094a:149e26d1966:3168 WASHINGTON (AP) — Flipping the script on a Republican rival, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Friday criticized Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as "an isolationist" as the GOP's intra-party feud over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy intensified.