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Monday, 28 July 2014 15:35
In 2010, a group of political veterans who said they were tired of the extreme partisanship paralyzing Washington created an organization to advance their new cause. The founding mission of “No Labels” was "to move America from the old politics of point scoring toward a new politics of problem-solving." Through a combination of congressional engagement in Washington and grass roots organizing around the country, No Labels’ lofty aspiration was to promote bipartisanship by providing political…
An Important Reminder: Presidents Don't Control the Economy
Monday, 28 July 2014 15:26
For years, Americans have listed the economy as their "most important problem," and it seems like countless elections have swung on candidates' sugar-coated promises to accelerate growth, create jobs, and generally make us all as rich as we've dreamed. But just how much power does the president really have over the economy, in the first place? In a new update to a fantastically interesting paper, Princeton professors Alan Blinder and Mark Watson offer an answer…
VA reform deal's architects aim for speedy passage
Monday, 28 July 2014 15:13
With a fresh compromise in hand to address long wait times and other deficiencies at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) , the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs committees are now working quickly to send the bill to President Obama before Congress leaves town Friday for its five-week summer break. PlayVideoPolitics and Power
Millions displaced by religious violence last year, Kerry says
Monday, 28 July 2014 14:13
WASHINGTON -- Millions of people were forced from their homes because of their religious beliefs last year, the U.S. government said Monday, citing the devastating impact of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and the Central African Republic. Secretary of State John Kerry called the displacement of families and devastation of communities from sectarian violence a troubling trend in the world, as he launched the State Department 2013 report on religious freedom. "Freedom of religion is at…
Obama urges young leaders to "update" Africa on women’s equality
Monday, 28 July 2014 14:13
July 28, 2014, 2:15 PM|The president welcomed 500 young African leaders to the White House as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
Virginia same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional
Monday, 28 July 2014 14:13
RICHMOND, Va. -- A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, the latest in a string of decisions overturning bans across the country and the knell of a seismic political shift in a battleground state. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the…
U.S. veterans deal to provide $17 billion to ease medical wait times
Monday, 28 July 2014 14:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Leaders of the Veterans Affairs committees in Congress on Monday said they had agreed on legislation providing about $17 billion in funding to ease long waiting times for VA medical centers. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent, and Representative Jeff Miller, a Republican, announced the deal at a news conference after negotiating during the weekend to resolve differences in bills they proposed last week. The VA has been rocked by a scandal over…
FAA proposes $12M fine against Southwest Airlines
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:34
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that beginning in 2006 Southwest made "extreme makeover" alterations to eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 jetliners. The FAA said an investigation determined that Southwest's contractor, Aviation Technical Services Inc.
Would Hillary Clinton endorse Darth Vader for president in 2016?
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:12
Darth Vader probably "looks pretty good" to crestfallen Americans disillusioned with Washington politics, Hillary Clinton conceded Sunday - but added that doesn't mean she'd back the Star Wars villain in a White House bid. A poll out last week showed Luke Skywalker, Yoda and other characters from the popular sci-fi series boasting higher favorability than every potential 2016 presidential candidate, including Clinton and many of her theoretic Republican rivals. Congress suffered an even more embarrassing…
Obama: World must seize potential of today's Africa
Monday, 28 July 2014 13:12
President Obama told a group of young Africans today that they should strive to "update and create new traditions," particularly when it comes to the role of women in society. "If you look comparatively at countries around the world, what societies succeed, which ones don't, one of the single best measures of whether a country succeeds or not is how it treats its women," the president said. Using the analogy of a soccer game in…
 

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