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Aug 01, 2014
Inquiry by C.I.A. Affirms It Spied on Senate PanelBy Mark Mazzetti and Carl Hulse, The New York Times
An internal investigation by the C.I.A. has found that its officers penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its damning report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program.Read more
Obama's latest executive order aimed at labor law violationsBy Christi Parsons, Tribune Newspapers
Saying he won’t let the threat of a Republican lawsuit “stop me from doing what needs to be done,” President Obama signed a new executive order Thursday designed to make it tougher for companies to win federal contracts if they violate workers’ rights.Read more
U.S. Justice Ginsburg hits back at liberals who want her to retireBy Joan Biskupic, Reuters
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a message for liberals who have been saying the 81-year-old should step down while Democratic President Barack Obama is in office so he can appoint her successor: Who are you going to get who will be better than me?Read more
Jul 31, 2014
White House condemns shelling of U.N. school in GazaBy Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Los Angeles Times
The White House condemned the shelling Wednesday of a United Nations school in Gaza, issuing a carefully worded statement that avoided any mention of where the shells came from, despite the strong likelihood that it was Israeli fire.
Tea party opposition puts fate of House Republican border bill up in the airBy Ed O’Keefe and Robert Costa, The Washington Post
The fate of a Republican proposal to address a brewing immigration crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border was cast into doubt Wednesday after a tea party senator lobbied against it to House members.
How Paul Ryan plans to tackle poverty, without cutting spendingBy John Harwood, CNBC
Rep. Paul Ryan wants to change his image.
The Wisconsin Republican gained a national reputation early on in President Barack Obama's administration as a fearless deficit hawk battling to cut government spending—a profile that helped him win the vice presidential nomination on Mitt Romney's 2012 ticket.Read more
Obama Administration Enters Battle over Ohio and Wisconsin VotingBy Pete Williams, NBC News
The Justice Department today joined legal disputes over new voting rules in Wisconsin and Ohio — restrictions that Attorney General Eric Holder called "misguided attempts to fix a system that isn't broken.”Read more
Health-care gains rise for hospitals, insurers as patients payBy Alex Wayne and Shannon Pettypiece, Bloomberg News
Even as the new health-care law continues to be attacked by foes and challenged in court, hospital chains and insurers are making more money, more patients using ERs are paying for their care, and the country as a whole is enjoying slower growth in its health-care spending.Read more
Jul 30, 2014
House Republicans propose plan to deal with border crisisBy David Nakamura and Ed O'Keefe, The Washington Post
House Republicans proposed a legislative solution to the growing border crisis Tuesday that would make it easier to deport Central American minors who have entered the United States illegally. The proposal also would give the Obama administration much less emergency funding than it requested to deal with the crisis.
Speaker Boehner Shoots Down Impeachment Talk, Blasts Democrats for Pushing ItBy Jeff Zeleny, ABC News
Speaker John Boehner shot down talk of impeachment once again today -- raising his voice as he blamed Democrats for trying to push the idea for political gain.Read more
Coordinated Sanctions Aim at Russia’s Ability to Tap Its Oil ReservesBy Peter Baker, Alan Cowell and James Kanter, The New York Times
The United States and Europe kicked off a joint effort on Tuesday intended to curb Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources, taking aim at the Kremlin’s premier source of wealth and power in retaliation for its intervention in Ukraine.Read more
Is global chaos the new normal?By Doyle McManus, LA Times
It's a chaotic world out there. But we'd better get used to it; this may be the new normal. The Middle East is in flames, not only Gaza but Syria, Iraq and Libya as well. Russia is massing troops on the border of Ukraine. Central Africa is a mess, as are Afghanistan and Pakistan. Parts of Mexico and Central America are ruled by criminal gangs and drug cartels. And those are merely the crises big enough to command front-page attention.Read more
She's gone from Foggy Bottom, but global chaos still hurts HillaryBy John Harwood, CNBC
The chaos enveloping international relations this year has taken its toll on President Barack Obama's approval rating and midterm election prospects for his party. But it also hurts Hillary Rodham Clinton.Read more
Jul 29, 2014
U.S. and Europe Set to Toughen Russia SanctionsBy Jack Ewing and Peter Baker, The New York Times
The United States and Europe put aside their differences and agreed Monday to sharply escalate economic sanctions against Russia amid worries that Moscow is stepping up its intervention in Ukraine and may be setting the stage for an outright invasion.
House, Senate negotiators reach deal on veterans billBy Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post
House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement to deal with the long-term needs of the struggling Department of Veterans Affairs and plan to unveil their proposal Monday.Read more
Undocumented immigrants call for White House boycottBy Carrie Budoff Brown, National Journal
Undocumented immigrants demanded Monday that national advocacy groups boycott meetings with President Barack Obama until they are included in talks on how he will use his administrative powers to fix the immigration system.Read more
Advocates Shun ‘Pro-Choice’ to Expand MessageBy Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
For all the talk about women’s issues in this year’s midterm election campaigns, something is missing. One of the most enduring labels of modern politics — pro-choice — has fallen from favor, a victim of changed times and generational preferences.Read more
The Idea MenBy John Dickerson, Slate Magazine
What if they held a presidential campaign and a think tank broke out? House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, who is considering running for president, offered his thoughts on poverty last week. Sen. Marco Rubio has been giving regular policy speeches on poverty, college loans, and helping the middle class. Former senator and GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is promoting a book of policy proposals on education, family, and revitalizing American manufacturing. Sen. Rand Paul is offering ideas on criminal justice and will give a big foreign policy speech in the fall. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has given speeches on health care and education aimed at a national audience. His staff recently sent an email titled “policy leader” that linked to a Time piece about how he is preparing to be the candidate of ideas in 2016.Read more
Jul 28, 2014
Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel MissilesBy David E. Sanger and Eric Schmitt, The New York Times
The Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, American officials said.
The Faces of Middle East ConflictWith Martha Raddatz, ABC News
ABC News' Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz tracks the Mideast conflict's impact on Israelis and Palestinians over 26 years of reporting.Watch more