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As U.S. troops return to Iraq, more private contractors follow

Wednesday, 24 December 2014 01:21
By Warren Strobel and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is preparing to boost the number of private contractors in Iraq as part of President Barack Obama's growing effort to beat back Islamic State militants threatening the Baghdad government, a senior U.S. official said. How many contractors will deploy to Iraq - beyond the roughly 1,800 now working there for the U.S. State Department - will depend in part, the official said, on…
Judge rejects Arizona sheriff's lawsuit against Obama on immigration
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 23:18
WASHINGTON -- A federal judge on Tuesday night rejected an Arizona sheriff's lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly five million people from deportation. Refusing to rule on the merits of the case, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell said the role of courts is not to engage in policymaking that is better left to the political branches of government. The case brought by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio "raises important questions…
Policy Divergence Bets May Remain Supportive For The US Dollar Index In 2015
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 22:17
DailyFX.com - The US Dollar finally blossomed mid-way through 2014 after a lackluster performance during the first half of the year. 2015 may yield further gains for the reserve currency as the US economy continues to improve and Fed policy normalisation bets strengthen. Leading indicators for the health of the US economy offer encouraging signals for robust economic growth. These include consumer confidence figures as well as manufacturing and services sector survey data.
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 22:16
HOUSTON -- Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Tuesday night, a spokesman said. Mr. Bush's office said in a statement the 90-year-old "was taken by ambulance to the Houston Methodist Hospital as a precaution after experiencing a shortness of breath earlier this evening." The former president will stay in the hospital for observation at least overnight, the statement said. He spent nearly two months in the same hospital and was discharged in January 2013…
Former President Bush, 90, hospitalized for shortness of breath
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 22:16
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 90, was hospitalized in Houston, Texas, late on Tuesday after experiencing shortness of breath, a spokesman for the 41st commander-in-chief said in a statement. Bush's latest health scare came two years after he was struck by illness during the 2012 holiday season and ended up spending seven weeks in a Houston hospital for bronchitis and related ailments, before his discharge in mid-January of 2013.
Ex-President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 22:16
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush has been taken to a Houston hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath. Spokesman Jim McGrath said in statement that Bush was taken by ambulance to Houston Methodist Hospital on Tuesday evening as a precaution. McGrath says the 90-year-old Bush "will be held for observation, again as a precaution." Bush spent nearly two months in the same hospital and was discharged in January 2013 after treatment for…
U.S. judge throws out Arizona sheriff's immigration suit against Obama
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 21:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit brought against Barack Obama by an Arizona police chief who called the U.S. president's sweeping immigration reforms unconstitutional, saying the plaintiff lacked legal standing in the case. Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the demand by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for a preliminary injunction to halt the policies. Arpaio, who calls himself "America's Toughest…
Michael Grimm faces uncertain future in Congress
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 20:14
U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm pleaded guilty to a tax evasion charge in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The Staten Island Republican congressman has said that he has no current plans to resign his seat, but his GOP colleagues could persuade him otherwise. Major Garrett CBS News CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett told CBSN Grimm's future in Congress "doesn't look very bright." Speaker John Boehner and the House Republican leadership can pressure…
The backstory on Obama's approach to defusing racial tensions
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:12
President Obama condemned the killings of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. But there have been calls for the nation's first African-American president to do more to diffuse tensions after two grand juries cleared white officers in the deaths of black men. As protests raged throughout the country, the White House debated ways to put President Obama at the center of the race and justice debate. Obama dismissed many as too showy or distracting. Among…
Four tornado-related deaths confirmed in Mississippi
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 19:12
JACKSON, Miss. (Reuters) - At least four people were killed in tornadoes that struck southeastern Mississippi on Tuesday, coroner and emergency management officials said. YIKES! Tornado this Tuesday near Laurel, Mississippi. Photo: Kevan Lindsey. #Tornado#MSwxpic.twitter.com/mgy3aSkjSW— Mark Tarello (@mark_tarello) December 23, 2014 Two of the fatalities occurred in Marion County, a woman who died at a shopping strip and another in a trailer home, when a twister ripped through the rural town of Columbia, Mississippi, in…

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