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U.S. actor Steven Seagal talks to the media after he adopted Grivei, a stray dog from the Dogtown kennel in Uzunu, 40 km (24 miles) south of Bucharest November 17, 2013.Reuters

Steven Seagal is raising eyebrows with some comments he made about the situation in Russia and when speaking to state-run newspaper Rossiskaya Gazeta, according to the Moscow Times.

Seagal praised controversial President Vladimir Putin, calling him "one of the great living world leaders" adding he "would like to consider him as a brother.

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FILE: An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent enters a restaurant to remove evidence in Cheektowaga, N.Y.AP

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 68,000 foreign nationals who had criminal convictions last year instead of pursuing deportation, according to newly uncovered documents -- a statistic one senator said represents an enforcement "crisis." 

The internal documents were obtained and published by the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates stricter immigration enforcement.

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FILE: An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent enters a restaurant to remove evidence in Cheektowaga, N.Y.AP

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 68,000 foreign nationals who had criminal convictions last year instead of pursuing deportation, according to newly uncovered documents -- a statistic one senator said represents an enforcement "crisis." 

The internal documents were obtained and published by the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates stricter immigration enforcement.

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WASHINGTON – An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to shooting at and hitting the White House is set to be sentenced.

Prosecutors say Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez should spend 27 years in prison for the 2011 shooting. No one was injured, but prosecutors say Ortega-Hernandez hit the executive mansion about eight times and did nearly $100,000 in damage.

Ortega-Hernandez's lawyers say he was suffering from extreme depression and mental stress at the time of the shooting and was under the misguided belief that Armageddon was coming.

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WASHINGTON – The Secret Service says a man has been arrested after he climbed over a fence at the White House.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary says the man climbed over the fence around 4 p.m. Sunday and was immediately arrested. The White House briefly went into lockdown after the incident, which is standard procedure.

The Secret Service did not immediately release the identity of the man, and Leary said charges were pending.

Obama returned to Washington on Saturday after a weeklong trip abroad.

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FILE: March 1, 2014: Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., announces his Senate candidacy at Denver Lumber Company, in Denver, Colo.AP

The Senate race in Colorado emerging as one of the most competitive in 2014 has surprised the Democratic incumbent who is now trying to define his Republican challenger Rep. Cory Gardner as an extremist.

"People will find my record is a mainstream record, and the more people look at Rep. Gardner's record they'll see he's out of the mainstream," Udall recently told a Colorado radio station.

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|Vice President Joe Biden calls on Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, saying it would benefit workers and the economy as a whole.

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cassidyThe Senate Race.  Republicans have mastered the art of shooting themselves in the foot and in the process losing elections.  Congressman Bill Cassidy, the Republican hopeful to defeat Senator Mary Landrieu (D), has taken the first step toward suicide by foot. 

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Scary as it may sound, the very not-politics-at-its-finest “Veep” paints an honest picture of life in D.C. “Veep’s” creative talent, speaking at Paleyfest Thursday night, have been startled by how close they are getting it right from the feedback they’ve gotten from Capitol Hill staffers.

“It’s been gratifying to hear people who are watching it say it’s accurate – frightening – but gratifying,” said Armando Iannucci, the show’s executive producer, director and writer.

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July 25, 2013: A job-seeker completes an application at a career fair held by civil rights organization National Urban League as part of its annual conference, in Philadelphia.

More American voters think the nation’s job situation is getting worse rather than better by a 48-39 percent margin according to the latest Fox News poll.

Last summer, that sentiment was reversed: more people said the job situation was getting better by a five percentage-point margin (44-39 percent in July 2013).

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