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Jay Nixon: Missouri Highway Patrol Will Take Over Supervision Of Security In Ferguson

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FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri State Highway Patrol will take over the supervision of security in the St. Louis suburb that’s been the scene of violent protests since a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, the governor announced Wednesday. Gov. Jay Nixon said security will be overseen by Capt. Ron Johnson of the Highway Patrol. Johnson, who is black, said he grew up in the community and…

Obama, Clinton Camps Move To Downplay Schism

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WASHINGTON — For months now, political junkies and the national press corps have been salivating over the prospects of Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama once again applying proverbial chokeholds to each other. Conflict seemed inevitable since she — contemplating a presidential run — needed distance from him — wallowing in some of his lowest approval ratings on matters of foreign policy. After a few instances of apparent friction passed…

Hillary Clinton Dismisses Obama’s ‘Don’t Do Stupid Sh*t’ Foreign Policy

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Former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sharp words for President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, dismissing the president’s “don’t do stupid shit” foreign policy approach for not being “an organizing principle” worthy of “great nations.” In recent months, “Don’t do stupid shit” has emerged as White House officials’ preferred label for Obama’s foreign policy (which aims to…

President Obama authorizes ‘targeted’ airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. fighters dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq Friday, the Pentagon said, carrying out President Barack Obama‘s promise of military force to counter the advancing militants and confront the threat they pose to Iraqi civilians and Americans still stationed there. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that two F/A-18 jets dropped 500-pound bombs on a piece of artillery and the truck towing it. Kirby…

White House: No End Date On Military Action In Iraq

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WASHINGTON — The White House gave vague assurances on Friday that U.S. military involvement in Iraq will be limited in nature, seeking to ease political and public concern about Americans being drawn back into another war. During his daily briefing, White House press secretary Josh Earnest repeatedly stated that the U.S. would not engage in “prolonged” efforts to beat back the Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS….

Obama Seeks Executive Ways To Limit Tax Inversions

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday. President Barack Obama has denounced so-called tax inversions as unpatriotic and has urged Congress to stop them, in an election-year push that Democrats hope will appeal to middle-class voters who feel corporate America…

House Votes To Strip Deportation Relief From Dreamers

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans voted on Friday to strip protections from undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, putting more than a half-million young people at risk for deportation despite their longstanding ties to the United States. The bill was approved 216 to 192, largely along party lines. Four Democrats — Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) — voted with Republicans to end the…

Obama Can Do A Lot On His Own To Change Immigration, Experts Say

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WASHINGTON (AP) — What can President Barack Obama actually do without Congress to change U.S. immigration policies? A lot, it turns out. There are some limits under federal law, and anything the White House ultimately decides to do may be challenged in court as unconstitutional. But leading legal experts say the White House almost certainly could delay indefinitely efforts to deport millions of immigrants already in the U.S. illegally, and…

GOP Admits It’s Hypocritical To Sue Obama Yet Urge Him To Act Alone On Border Crisis

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A pair of House Republicans admitted on Friday that it made little sense to sue President Barack Obama over executive overreach and, at the same time, urge him to act without Congress to solve the border crisis. “Look, you can’t say on the one hand that the president is overreaching by acting without legislative authority and direction and then refuse to give him legislative authority and direction in another area,”…

Senate Fails On Border Crisis Funding

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WASHINGTON — Efforts by Congress to approve money for what most deem a crisis along the southern border were in shambles on Thursday evening, after the Senate failed to approve its funding bill and the House was forced to rework its plans to win more Republican votes. The Senate legislation would have provided $2.7 billion to care for and help deport many of the more than 57,500 unaccompanied minors who have been…

House Authorizes Lawsuit Against President Obama

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WASHINGTON — A day before going on vacation and heading into the election season, Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama for what they say has been inadequate enforcement of the health care law they oppose. The suit would seek to make Obama strictly enforce the Affordable Care Act that Boehner has held some 50 votes to undermine or…

Central American Leaders Blame Immigration Crisis On ‘Coyotes’

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WASHINGTON — Three Central American leaders are in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss ideas to slow migration from their countries to the U.S. The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will meet with President Barack Obama on Friday to talk about options to stem the influx of unaccompanied minors at the border. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina talked with House Democrats and…

White House Balances Conflicting Demands On Border Crisis

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WASHINGTON — The White House is attempting to walk a fine line on how to change a 2008 anti-trafficking law that has become a flashpoint as Congress considers how to address the ongoing border crisis. The law requires unaccompanied minors from countries other than Canada and Mexico to go through a hearing process to determine if they are eligible to remain in the U.S. through asylum or other relief. But…

Zimmerman’s Parents Sue Rosanne Barr

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger The parents of George Zimmerman filed a lawsuit against actor Roseanne Barr earlier this week, claiming that Barr put them in danger when she tweeted their address and telephone after their son was acquitted for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman’s parents in Florida say her tweet forced them to flee their home, the Associated Press reported. They are seeking undisclosed damages for emotional distress and for…

GOP Rep Threatens Impeachment for Obama Over Gun Control

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President Barack Obama has been the target of angry conservatives since he announced that additional gun controls are going to be put into place over the next several months.   He hasn’t put anything out yet in terms of policy, but conservative interests and lobbyists are already on the move. This week, the president is expected to announce an executive order on gun control in order to bypass Congress. The…