Jay-Z and Beyonce Cleared Of Potential U.S. Sanction Violations

Several Republicans criticized the famous couple for a trip they took to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary The Treasury Department said Wednesday that there was “no indication” that Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and her husband Jay-Z (Sean Carter) violated U.S. sanctions in Cuba in 2013. The announcement Wednesday comes a year and four months after the famous couple took to […]

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Supreme Court Puts Hold on Virginia Same-Sex Marriages

Same-sex marriages could have begun as early as Thursday The Supreme Court effectively barred same-sex couples from marrying in Virginia Wednesday after it delayed a lower court decision that would have lifted the state’s gay marriage ban. The appeals court ruling demanded that Virginia recognize out of state same-sex marriages and would have allowed same sex-couples to marry as early […]

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Paul Ryan: Don’t Rush to Judgment on Ferguson

The Wisconsin congressman cautions against jumping to conclusions Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is not joining his Republican colleague Rand Paul in calling to demilitarize the police in light of events in Ferguson, Mo. Ryan, who’s currently on a tour promoting his new book The Way Forward, is calling instead for a note of caution. The Wisconsin congressman said […]

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Democrats Out Fundraise Republicans in July

The DCCC and DSCC boast high fundraising totals for July Both the Democratic House and Senate campaign committees say they had their best July ever, out-raising Republicans by millions with only a couple weeks left before the election. Democrats have a rocky road ahead of them this election, with tough races in at least nine states that could swing either […]

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Obama Voices Concerns on Police Militarization in Wake of Ferguson

“There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines blurred” President Barack Obama said Monday he is open to reviewing U.S. federal support for local police departments that has been used to purchase military-style equipment, in the wake of intense clashes between protestors and police in Ferguson, Mo. Speaking from […]

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Obama Hails Elimination of Syria Chemical Weapons

President Barack Obama says the elimination of Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpile marks an important achievement in the effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction. But while hailing that achievement, Obama says Syria now must follow through on its commitment to destroy its remaining declared chemical weapons production facilities. In a written statement, Obama also says concerns […]

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Obama Hails Retaking of Mosul Dam in Iraq

Iraqi and Kurdish forces wrested control of the dam early Monday, with air support from the U.S. President Barack Obama praised Iraqi gains against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in recent days, as U.S.-backed forces wrested control of a key dam from the militant group. On Monday, Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airpower, recaptured the […]

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Dam Yankees: U.S. Steps Up Bombing in Northern Iraq

But limiting strikes for political reasons may prove untenable The Obama Administration made clear last week that its ban against U.S. “boots on the ground” inside Iraq only pertained to combat boots. Sunday, it went back to its dictionary and stretched the definition of “humanitarian” to include offensive bombing strikes against Islamist militants in northern Iraq. That’s because ever since […]

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