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Obama's Alaska move triggers fight

Sunday, 25 January 2015 13:46
Washington (CNN)The Obama administration is moving to block oil and gas production along a major part of Alaska's northern coastline, setting off another energy battle with Republican lawmakers. On Sunday, President Barack Obama announced plans for the Interior Department to designate 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including its coastal plains, for conservation. The possibility of such a move has been the cause of a lengthy battle between environmentalists and the energy…
'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases
Sunday, 25 January 2015 13:37
BOSTON (AP) — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon. "I would sentence him to death," he said, then added: "I can't imagine any evidence that would change how I feel about what happened." Another prospective juror said he couldn't even consider the death penalty, telling the court, "I just can't kill another person.
Scott Walker: Americans need a discount on their taxes
Sunday, 25 January 2015 13:07
January 25, 2015, 1:29 PM|Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker discusses how buying a discounted shirt at a Kohl's department store is similar to his stance on tax policy
White House tries to downplay Netanyahu controversy
Sunday, 25 January 2015 13:07
A senior American official who told an Israeli newspaper that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "spat in our face" when he accepted an invitation to address Congress does not reflect the views of the White House, President Obama's chief of staff said Sunday. "I do not know who said it but it does not reflect the views of this president or this White House," Denis McDonough said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "The president has…
Is the White House prepared for the collapse of Yemen?
Sunday, 25 January 2015 13:07
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said U.S. leaders "weren't surprised" by the collapse of the government in Yemen but argued that it will not hinder efforts to fight al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). "Important counter-terrorism efforts continue," McDonough said on CBS' "Face the Nation," Sunday. "There is no doubt about that and we will continue to press that. We will also continue to see that we have the intelligence we need…
GOP hopefuls weigh in on gay marriage
Sunday, 25 January 2015 12:45
Washington (CNN)Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says a Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage won't be enough to make it the law of the land overnight. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he wants to amend the Constitution to leave the decision over who can marry up to each state. And former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a strident social conservative, just seems to want to be asked fewer questions about it.
Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska wildlife refuge
Sunday, 25 January 2015 12:35
President Barack Obama says he will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), including the Coastal Plain, as a wilderness area. The designation would seal the area off from oil exploration and give it the highest degree of federal protection available to public lands. PlayVideoPolitics Alaska Gov. reopens ANWR drilling debate In the weekly Republican address, Alaska Gov.
Exit poll: Greece's anti-bailout Syriza party wins election
Sunday, 25 January 2015 12:35
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The anti-bailout Syriza party won a decisive victory in Greece's national elections on Sunday, according to projections by state-run TV's exit poll, in a historic first for a radical left-wing party in Greece. But it was unclear whether the communist-rooted party, led by Alexis Tsipras, had won by a big enough margin over Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' incumbent conservatives to govern alone. For that, they need a minimum 151 of parliament's…
Senior House Republican says housing finance reform 'huge priority'
Sunday, 25 January 2015 12:06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. Republican lawmaker will revisit a plan to reduce government involvement in the country's housing finance system, and expects Senate colleagues to be receptive to potential changes, according to an interview aired on C-SPAN on Sunday. Congressman Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Committee on Financial Services, said shepherding legislation to remove a government backstop for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would be a "huge priority," adding that he is…
Obama to propose protecting U.S. Arctic wildlife refuge from drilling
Sunday, 25 January 2015 11:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will propose protecting 1.4 million acres (556,000 hectares) of Arctic refuge from oil and gas drilling, The Washington Post reported on Sunday. The administration plans to propose designating the area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, the highest level of federal protection that would ban oil and gas drilling, the newspaper reported, citing people briefed on the plan. (Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Frances Kerry)Politics &…

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