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Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and a... Full Story

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  • Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy
    Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control.

  • Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline
    Senate passes bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

  • Senator: Taliban detainees have communicated with Haqqani

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that the Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been in touch with members of the al-Qaida linked Haqqani network, yet all five still are being monitored in Qatar.

  • Texas GOP chief leaves role, joins Rand Paul political team

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday picked up the backing of the Republican Party of Texas' chairman, who is stepping down from his role to take a position as a national senior adviser to the Kentucky Republican's presidential campaign-in-waiting

  • McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'
    McCain to protesters: 'Get out of here, you low-life scum'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain kicked protesters out of a committee hearing Thursday, calling them "low-life scum" as they hollered for the arrest of one of the witnesses, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.

  • Administration to seek $1 billion for tribal schools

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it will ask Congress for $1 billion next year to run schools for Native American children — including millions in new money to help fix crumbling buildings.

  • As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush
    As Romney weighs '16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

  • Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements
    Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation's top law enforcement job.

  • Report disputes claims that US hacked reporter's computer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department inspector general report is disputing allegations by former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson that the federal government secretly monitored her home computers.

  • Dems threaten to block action on Homeland-immigration bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats threatened Thursday to block action on legislation funding the Homeland Security Department until Republicans jettison House-passed provisions that reverse President Barack Obama's key immigration policies.

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