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AP EXCLUSIVE: Some ambassadors who knew of brutal CIA interrogations told not to discuss them
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 the president: Divided House OKs GOP plan for lawsuit claiming Obama exceeded powers
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 $16.3 billion overhaul as new VA secretary takes office
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 sets vote to block Obama on deportations in scramble to pass border bill
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....

2 Peace Corps volunteers are isolated after contact with person who later died of Ebola
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 in tea party controversy called conservatives 'crazies' and profanity in email
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 Department says voting laws in Ohio and Wisconsin discriminate against minorities
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....

Vacation in sight, Congress eases veterans cleanup toward passage but keeps up other fights
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 at Kansas campaign stop, implores senator to debate him
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 Israel as civilian casualties in Gaza mount
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....

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Obama takes tougher line against Israel as civilian casualties in Gaza mount

AP EXCLUSIVE: Some ambassadors who knew of brutal CIA interrogations told not to discuss them

Obama to sign executive order cracking down on labor violations by federal contractors

Vacation in sight, Congress eases veterans cleanup toward passage but keeps up other fights

House GOP sets vote to block Obama on deportations in scramble to pass border bill

War College to decide whether punishment is warranted in plagiarism case against Sen. Walsh

Immigration overload: Debate creeps into state politics far from the Mexican border

Immigration fight makes political waves in Maine, other states far from southern border

Chris Christie's potential 2016 rivals jump to Rob Astorino's defense


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