Friday , 19 September 2014

Politics

Bill Maher Takes Aim at Minnesota Congressman

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HBO/Janet Van Ham(WASHINGTON) — Incumbent GOP Rep. John Kline’s Minnesota congressional seat is a little less safe thanks to comedian and television host Bill Maher. Maher has decided to target Kline for his “Flip A District” campaign, a midterm election-themed segment on his HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher. On the show Friday, Maher introduced the 67-year-old congressman, noting ... Read More »

Three Democrats Who Could Challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016

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U.S. Department of State(WASHINGTON) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading back to Iowa for the first time since 2008 this weekend to speak at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry. And since she says she’ll probably decide on a 2016 run “after the first of the year,” ABC News took a closer look at three other Democrats who ... Read More »

Rep. Mark Sanford Splits With Argentine ‘Soul Mate’

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Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Cal(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Mark Sanford has decided to “call off” his engagement to the Argentine “soul mate” he had a intercontinental, extra-marital affair with as governor in 2009. The announcement of the split with Maria Belen Chapur was buried in a 2,349-word Friday Facebook post responding to the complaint filed by the South Carolina Republican’s ... Read More »

White House Says ‘War’ Against ISIS Is Akin to ‘War on Terror’

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mj0007/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — One day after denying the U.S. is engaged in “a war” against ISIS militants, the White House Friday said a war is in fact underway, indicating it’s an extension of the ongoing campaign against Islamic extremists. “The United States is at war with ISIL in the same way we are at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates,” ... Read More »

Why Obama Insists His ISIS Strategy Is Legal

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House says President Obama does not need congressional approval for expanded strikes against ISIS in Iraq and possibly Syria because he already has the authority he needs based under the 2001 Authorization for Military Force against al Qaeda and its affiliates that was passed by Congress in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. While ... Read More »

Obama’s Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels Gains Congressional Support

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives could vote as soon as Sept. 16 to authorize President Obama’s request to arm and train Syrian rebels, the office of the House Majority Leader announced Thursday. House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday Obama “made a compelling case for action” during his primetime address to the nation Wednesday night, but questioned ... Read More »

Obama to Pledge ‘Relentless Effort’ to Destroy ISIS

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is set to address the nation Wednesday night in a major speech laying out his most detailed plan yet to confront the vexing problem of ISIS, the militant group that executed American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff in Syria and terrorized civilians in Syria and neighboring Iraq. “Tonight, with ... Read More »

Obama Meets with National Security Team Ahead of Address

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Ahead of his address to the nation Wednesday night, President Obama met with his national security team in the Situation Room. Attendees at Wednesday’s meeting included Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Chairman of the Joint ... Read More »

Harry Reid Demands Apology from GOP Candidate

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running for Senate as a Republican in Louisiana, owes him a “big time” apology, after Cassidy accused him of running the Senate “like a plantation.” “With all the things going on in America today, that’s fairly insensitive. That’s really insensitive, very insensitive and if there ... Read More »

Boehner Silent on Ground Troops, Calls on Obama to ‘Destroy’ ISIS

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As lawmakers question whether ground forces should be an aspect of the U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, House Speaker John Boehner refused to enter the growing debate. Instead, he punted to President Obama ahead of a highly anticipated meeting with congressional leadership at the White House Tuesday afternoon. “What I’m ... Read More »