Monday , 22 September 2014

Politics

Kerry: U.S. ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Syria Chemical Attacks

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U.S. Department of State(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. is “gravely concerned” about the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’s findings last week of systematic and repeated chlorine attacks in northern Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a written statement Sunday. “The Assad regime must know that it will be held to account for such use in the international ... Read More »

White House Intruder Had Knife, Claims to Be Iraq Vet

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The man who jumped over a White House fence and made it all the way inside the executive mansion before being caught was carrying a three-and-a-half inch knife and told officials he was a veteran of three tours in Iraq, according to the complaint released Saturday. In the wake of the incident Friday night, the Secret Service announced ... Read More »

Man in Custody After Second White House Security Breach, Secret Service Boosts Patrols

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — One man is in custody and charged with unlawful entry after attempting to enter a barricaded entryway to the White House on Saturday. Officials closed the plaza in front of the building following the security breach. The driver tried to enter at 15th and E streets and did not stop when ordered, according to Secret Service spokesman Brian ... Read More »

Pentagon Official: US Sends Additional Personnel to Assist in Liberia Ebola Efforts

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Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Following the arrival of Maj. General Darryl Williams in Liberia, the United States will send two aircraft with 45 personnel this weekend to assist in the country’s efforts to combat the Ebola virus outbreak. Williams arrived with a 12-person assessment team earlier this week to determine the level of aid the U.S. military can provide to ... Read More »

Plan to Train Syrian Rebels Becomes Official as Obama Signs CR

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — After passing first in the House and then in the Senate, President Obama’s plan to train and arm Syrian moderates in the fight against ISIS was made official Friday with the stroke of his pen. The president signed the Continuing Resolution that funds the government through Dec. 11 and includes the authorization ... Read More »

Chief Justice Roberts: Justices Scalia, Ginsburg Wouldn’t Be Confirmed Today

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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) — Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern Friday over the bitter partisanship gripping Washington, saying two sitting justices who sailed to confirmation would never make it through the Senate today. In a speech at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Roberts said the executive and legislative branches of government are in “a period ... Read More »

Senate Approves Bill on Training Syrian Rebels

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Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — The Senate passed a stop gap funding measure on Thursday night, which includes authorization for President Obama’s plan to train and arm Syrian moderates in the fight against ISIS. The Senate voted 78-22 on the continuing resolution, which will fund the government and authorizes Title X until December 11. Many Republicans joined Democrats in ... Read More »

Hillary Clinton Blames GOP for ‘Egregious’ Policies Toward Women

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — During a panel at the Center for American Progress Thursday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s message was clear: Equal pay for women, access to affordable, quality childcare, paid sick leave, and the full participation by women in the U.S. labor force will lead to a stronger economy (even a 10 percent increase in the GDP, ... Read More »

House Authorizes US Military to Train, Equip Syrian Rebels

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives voted Wednesday afternoon to approve President Obama’s request to authorize the U.S. military to train and equip vetted Syrian opposition forces. By a vote of 273 to 156, the House easily passed the amendment, which was attached to a stop-gap spending bill to fund the government through Dec. 11. The bill was later passed ... Read More »

Joe Biden Refers to Asia as ‘The Orient’

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Official White House Photo by David Lieneman(DES MOINES, Iowa) — Vice President Joe Biden described Asia as “the Orient’ in a speech in Iowa on Wednesday, hours after he apologized for using a word that could be perceived as anti-Semitic. “You know, on the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President Xi in China, I stopped in Singapore ... Read More »