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Obama immigration delay a pre-election curveball

Friday, 29 August 2014 16:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's potential delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact of Obama's announcement on their campaigns are rethinking aspects of their strategy. Republicans who were considering legislative attempts to block Obama must reconsider whether that's the best use of the few remaining work weeks before Election Day.
Judge dismisses Mississippi Senate election challenge
Friday, 29 August 2014 15:22
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi judge was expected to decide on Friday whether to dismiss an election challenge brought by Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, who claims incumbent Thad Cochran stole the Republican primary by encouraging voter fraud. In the latest phase of a contest once seen as a test of Tea Party clout, Special Judge Hollis McGehee would determine from a Gulfport courthouse if McDaniel waited too…
Video Interlude: Ramen burger creator Keizo Shimamoto ditched...
Friday, 29 August 2014 15:22
View photo.Ramen burger creator Keizo Shimamoto ditched a six-figure income to study ramen making in Japan. Now, his Ramen.Co is pulling in $5,000 a day, and there may be many more of them in the future, he tells Crain's NY. "The goal is to really introduce the many different types of ramen that you can find in japan and then open a couple more stores and possibly even franchise it in the future.
Will Benghazi probe peak at height of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign?
Friday, 29 August 2014 15:12
As investigation into the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya crawls on, Democrats are starting to sweat that the biggest blemish on Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state could resurface smack in the middle of the 2016 presidential cycle. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who's chairing the special committee House Republicans constructed to continue an already lengthy probe into the terrorist strike that left four American diplomats dead, has…
Judge dismisses challenge to Sen. Thad Cochran's runoff victory
Friday, 29 August 2014 15:12
JACKSON, Miss. - A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff. Judge Hollis McGehee said Friday that state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who lost to Cochran, failed to start the election challenge on time. McDaniel may appeal McGehee's ruling to the Mississippi Supreme Court. McGehee issued his ruling a day after hearing arguments in Laurel about the timing of McDaniel's lawsuit. The judge agreed…
Why Obama doesn't "have a strategy yet" in Syria
Friday, 29 August 2014 15:12
It was a blunt comment that when taken out of context could seem fairly alarming: "We don't have a strategy yet," President Obama said Thursday with respect to his plans to fight Islamic extremists in Syria. The White House quickly tried to explain Mr. Obama's remarks, clarifying that the president has a broader strategy for fighting groups that pose a threat to U.S. interests, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). However,…
When did the election season begin?
Friday, 29 August 2014 14:20
This article originally appeared on Slate. Labor Day was once the unofficial start to the fall campaign season, but now it's more like Angelina Jolie's marriage to Brad Pitt--a milestone in an engagement that has been going on so long it's hard to think of a time when it wasn't. PlayVideoFace The Nation
Mississippi judge to rule on U.S. Senate election challenge dismissal
Friday, 29 August 2014 14:20
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - A Mississippi judge was expected to decide on Friday whether to dismiss an election challenge brought by Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, who claims incumbent Thad Cochran stole the Republican primary by encouraging voter fraud. In the latest phase of a contest once seen as a test of Tea Party clout, Special Judge Hollis McGehee would determine from a Gulfport courthouse if McDaniel waited too…
California Senate approves bill requiring oil industry to detail water use
Friday, 29 August 2014 14:20
By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water's source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought. Oil well operators used more than 80 billion gallons of water in California last year in “enhanced” oil recovery techniques such as steam injection and water flooding, which help bring heavier,…
Prosecution gives closing argument in trial of Virginia ex-governor, wife
Friday, 29 August 2014 14:20
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife knew that a wealthy businessman had lavished gifts and loans on them to get political favors, a prosecutor said on Friday during closing arguments of the couple's corruption trial. Prosecutor David Harbach II said that McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, hid from their closest aides and advisers the fact that they had received $177,000 in loans and gifts from dietary…

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