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Boehner defends Netanyahu speech to Congress

Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:02
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday strongly challenged the assertion that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about nuclear negotiations with Iran would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations. "The president's national security advisor says it's destructive for the prime minister of Israel to address the United States Congress. I couldn't disagree more," Boehner said at his weekly news conference.
Boehner won't decide on Senate security bill until it passes
Thursday, 26 February 2015 12:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday he was still waiting for the Senate to pass a Homeland Security funding bill before he decides whether to support a version of it without immigration restrictions. "The House has done its work. And when the Senate does its work, we'll let you know how we're going to proceed," Boehner said at a news conference at the Capitol.
At CPAC 'boot camp,' learning from the Left
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:31
National Harbor, Maryland (CNN)In a tightly packed room at the Conservative Political Action Conference, more than a hundred conservatives sat down in rows or leaned against the walls to hear a half-dozen political operatives teach the basics of their trade and share one hard truth: the Left is a whole lot better at modern campaigning. While 2016 hopefuls flocked to the National Harbor, Maryland, confab on Thursday, aspiring activists listened attentively the day before as…
Russia tops list of nation-state cyber threats against U.S.
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:13
The U.S. has elevated its appraisal of the cyber threat from Russia, the U.S. intelligence chief said Thursday, as he delivered the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country. "While I can't go into detail here, the Russian cyber threat is more severe than we had previously assessed," James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee, as he presented the annual worldwide threats assessment. As…
Clinton Foundation donation raises questions
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:09
The Clinton Foundation may have violated an ethics agreement regarding donations from foreign governments while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, a Washington Post investigation found. The Obama administration crafted an agreement with the foundation prior to Clinton's nomination to lead the State Department that allowed foreign governments to continue making donations in line with what they had given in past years. It was designed to ensure that countries would not try to seek favor…
Panel moves toward vote on attorney general pick
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is moving toward a vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general. Lynch is expected to win approval. Democrats are backing her strongly ahead of the vote. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont calls her a superb prosecutor. Lynch needs votes from only two Republicans. GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Jeff Flake of Arizona both say they'll support her. Hatch criticizes fellow Republicans who oppose…
Senior U.S. lawmaker makes case against removing Cuba from terror list
Thursday, 26 February 2015 11:01
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. lawmaker is pressing his case against any Obama administration plan to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying the communist-ruled island is harboring dozens of U.S. fugitives. In letters released on Thursday, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez wrote about the fugitives to Secretary of State John Kerry and FBI director James Comey, asking that the issue be raised in upcoming talks with…
LIVE: The best of what Republicans said at CPAC
Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:31
Washington (CNN)The year's biggest conservative confab kicks off Thursday as thousands of activists, elected officials and party leaders gather for the Conservative Political Action Conference. But while they're gathering at a convention center just outside of Washington, D.C., their minds — and rhetoric — are focused squarely on the White House. What does CPAC look like? check out the video below:
Pot now legal in D.C.; What will Republicans do?
Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:31
Washington (CNN)House Republicans are warning Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser not to move forward with plans to legalize marijuana in the nation's capital this week -- or else they'll face retribution from Congress. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said in a letter Tuesday that the city would be violating a spate of federal laws if it went forward with Bowser's plan to implement the new pro-pot…
This state could give the GOP big headaches
Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:31
Story highlightsSome GOP legislators vow to defend a law that places North Carolina's primary fifth-in-linePolitical professor: "North Carolina is the biggest threat to the calendar now"If North Carolina holds its primary before March 1, the RNC says it will chop its delegation down to 12 Washington (CNN)North Carolina might be going rogue. The state is on a collision course with the Republican National Committee over when to hold its presidential primary next year.

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