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US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even Democrats questioning the Obama administration's commitment to holding the fractured... Read More
Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The panel unanimously backed McDonald on Wednesday, one day after a nomination hearing in which he faced no opposition. Senators said... Read More
House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard. The proposals Wednesday morning amounted to a rebuke of Obama's proposed solution to the crisis on the Southern... Read More
Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside. When she woke up from a coma, the West Point graduate found out her right arm was gone and her career as a military officer was over at age... Read More
Senate, House on collision course on border money
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money. The developments pointed to a hardening stalemate over the crisis in... Read More
Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed. Robert McDonald cited problems with patient access to health care, transparency, accountability and integrity,... Read More
Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's efforts to discourage and disrupt the flood of tens of thousands of people crossing the... Read More
Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. "Pass a bill or don't come back from recess," William A. Thien, the... Read More
Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit so far this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials say they are encouraged that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs. Pentagon documents show there were 161 confirmed... Read More
Senate panel approves Vietnam nuclear agreement
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved an agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam, as Washington looks to expand its relationship with its former Southeast Asian foe. The agreement would allow U.S. companies into Vietnam's expanding market for nuclear... Read More
Despite crush of children, illegal immigration low
WASHINGTON (AP) — Border Patrol agents stationed in South Texas are the busiest in the country, arresting tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border without their parents and thousands more families with children. Here's a look at some numbers on the immigration situation. —In the last budget... Read More
2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S. That was the genesis of a law six years ago that is now at the center of an immigration crisis... Read More
Oklahoma lawmakers reiterate opposition to using Fort Sill as shelter for unaccompanied minors
Most members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation say the U.S. Army artillery post should not house children past the October deadline. Read More
White House reports drop in minors crossing border
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says about 150 children daily — on average — were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that's down from... Read More
Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a somber White House ceremony... Read More
Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA
WASHINGTON (AP) — A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from clinical work after complaining that on-call doctors were refusing to go to a VA... Read More
Army intelligence system pulled from key test
WASHINGTON (AP) — Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system. The decision, laid out in a July 15 memorandum obtained by The Associated Press, stands in contrast to the Army's upbeat... Read More
Immigration debate upended by a flood of children
WASHINGTON (AP) — The sudden rise in the number of families and unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the U.S. border has dramatically redefined the yearlong debate on immigration. President Barack Obama had demanded action on a broad change in the law that would have given millions of immigrants... Read More
How a flood of kids upended immigration debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's yearlong deliberation over immigration has taken a head-snapping detour. What was once a debate over how to fix a broken system and provide a path to citizenship for millions has become a race to decide how to increase border patrols and send people back quickly to their country of... Read More
Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now
WASHINGTON (AP) — The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said Friday. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas have found fewer than 500 children crossing the border... Read More

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