AP - ap.online.headlines.politics http://www.comcast.net?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_ AP - ap.online.headlines.politics News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:45:14 -0400 Powell maybe not told early about CIA techniques Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:13:27 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US-CIA-Investigations/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-CIA-Investigations c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6242 WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and some U.S. ambassadors in the dark about harsh techniques and secret prisons, according to a document circulating among White House staff. Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:43:51 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US--House-Obama.Lawsuit/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--House-Obama.Lawsuit c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6625 WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters. House approves VA health care overhaul Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:45:15 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US-Veterans-Health-Care/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Veterans-Health-Care c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6641 WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:14:08 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US--Immigration.Overload/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Immigration.Overload c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6626 WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants here illegally. Peace Corps workers isolated after Ebola exposure Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:55:41 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/31/US--Ebola-Peace.Corps/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Ebola-Peace.Corps c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6143 WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Peace Corps volunteers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus. Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:28:24 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US-IRS-Investigation/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-IRS-Investigation c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6476 WASHINGTON (AP) — A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny. Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:00:23 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US-Justice-Department-Voting-Rights/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Justice-Department-Voting-Rights c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-61af WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters. Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:35:31 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US-Congress/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Congress c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-62c9 WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working to clear funds for highway construction at home and missile defense in Israel. Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:29:30 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US-US-Senate-Kansas/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-US-Senate-Kansas c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-62eb EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Tea-party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts during a walking tour in eastern Kansas on Wednesday, interrupting the senator's campaign stop to call attention to his refusal to have debates ahead of the Republican primary. Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:57:30 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US--United.States-Israel/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--United.States-Israel c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-642b WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas. Ex-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:19:53 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US--Blackwater.Trial/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Blackwater.Trial c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6429 WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Blackwater security guard testified Wednesday that he and two colleagues shot their weapons into a car in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, part of a barrage of gunfire that claimed the lives of a mother and her son and led to the shootings of 30 other Iraqis. Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:14:27 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US--Obama-Labor/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Obama-Labor c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-621f WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. More senators seek military aid to Ukraine Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:16:12 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US-United-States-Ukraine/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-United-States-Ukraine c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-62c8 WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic senators joined their Republican colleagues Wednesday in calling for some U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-door briefing from senior Obama administration officials. Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:20:24 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US--Missing.Children-Sex.Trafficking/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Missing.Children-Sex.Trafficking c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6677 WASHINGTON (AP) — The 168 juveniles recovered last month during an FBI child sex trafficking bust included some kids who had never been reported missing, a population that law enforcement encounters often and that child welfare advocates say they're especially concerned about. Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:07:16 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US--Chemical.Plants/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--Chemical.Plants c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6652 WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say. What's in bill to overhaul VA Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:44:24 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US-Veterans-What_s-In-Bill/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Veterans-What_s-In-Bill c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6297 WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to adopt a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. The House approved the bill Wednesday, with a Senate vote expected by the end of the week. Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time' Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:17:22 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US-Obama/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Obama c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-6605 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class. GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:26:58 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/APFN-US--Congress-Overseas.Tax.Breaks/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_APFN-US--Congress-Overseas.Tax.Breaks c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-64f9 WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. Text of Lois Lerner's email exchange Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:41:46 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US--IRS.Emails-Text/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US--IRS.Emails-Text c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-632d Former IRS official Lois Lerner had the following email exchange with a personal associate on Nov. 9, 2012. At the time, Lerner directed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. She has since retired. Africa summit to proceed despite Ebola outbreak Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:38:09 -0400 http://www.comcast.net/news/articles/politics/2014/07/30/US-Obama-Ebola/?cid=rssfeed&attr=article_news_politics_US-Obama-Ebola c9d8ec1afb93944a:-ec04479:1476e422b3d:-632c WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says there are no plans to change or cancel an upcoming summit of African leaders in the U.S. despite an Ebola outbreak in Liberia.