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Cuba's new crackdown takes effect

Monday, 01 September 2014 14:53
HAVANA (AP) — Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. Passengers on flights from Miami said they were bringing in far less than usual thanks to higher customs duties and stricter limits on the number of products allowed under rules that went into effect Monday. At Havana's international airport, there…
Rick Perry deletes tweet about "drunk" district attorney
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:53
Channeling Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World" campaign, someone with access to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's verified Twitter account on Sunday blasted the Travis County district attorney as "the most drunk Democrat in Texas." "I don't always drive drunk at 3x the legal blood alcohol limit... but when I do, I indict Gov. Perry for calling me out about it," the post read under a picture of Rosemary Lehmberg, the official who is…
Obama's midterm strategy: Do no harm
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:53
WASHINGTON - For Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns this fall, an appearance with their somewhat unpopular party leader may be more of a hindrance than a help. Aware of that fact, President Obama has focused his midterm election strategy around ways he can do the least harm to his party this fall. Chiefly, that means bringing in the cash. Though Democrats haven't always been satisfied with the president's commitment to fundraising in past election cycles,…
Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq's Amerli
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday formally notified Congress that he had authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq to help deliver a humanitarian aid to the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli, the White House said in a statement. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, after U.S. military carried out air strikes on IS militant positions…
Cry for help from Americans detained in North Korea
Monday, 01 September 2014 13:53
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face…
Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq
Monday, 01 September 2014 12:52
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week's airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants. The White House on Monday released a letter formally letting Congress' leaders know that Obama approved the mission that repelled Sunni fighters in the northern Shiite town of Amirli and dropped food, water and medical supplies for civilians. Such notifications are required by law…
Powerful interests want to take down Crist
Monday, 01 September 2014 12:52
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time. Florida's three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation's largest swing…
Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq
Monday, 01 September 2014 11:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday formally notified Congress that he had authorized targeted air strikes in Iraq to help deliver a humanitarian aid to the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli, the White House said in a statement. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants and entered the northern town, after U.S. military carried out air strikes on IS militant positions…
Powerful interests to take on Crist
Monday, 01 September 2014 11:52
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to return to the governor's mansion, it may be payback time. Florida's three largest utilities have poured money into the re-election campaign of Republican incumbent Governor Rick Scott in an expensive and closely watched political battle for the nation's largest swing…
At Labor Day Event, Obama pushes GOP to raise minimum wage
Monday, 01 September 2014 10:52
PlayVideoPolitics In the spirit of Labor Day, Obama promotes boosting minimum wage The president channeled Labor Day weekend in his weekly address to echo one of his most familiar refrains: "America deserves a raise." President Obama will use a Labor Day event to urge Republicans to raise the minimum wage, his latest push on a campaign-year issue that Democrats hope will boost their support at the polls.
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