White House: EU, US to Impose New Russia Sanctions

The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday. The show of Western solidarity comes as the U.S. accuses Russia of ramping up its troop presence on its border with Ukraine and shipping more heavy weaponry to pro-Moscow separatists in […]

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Afghanistan: Awash in Guns, as Well as Narcotics

Contrary to law, U.S. military lacks data on nearly half the weapons delivered The bad news out of Afghanistan this week is that the U.S. military’s accounting for the arsenals the Pentagon is giving to Afghan security forces is plagued by “incompatible inventory systems” that generate “missing serial numbers, inaccurate shipping and receiving dates, and duplicate records,” according to a […]

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Congressional Negotiators Strike VA Reform Deal

In three days, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller have turned around the state of negotiations The two chief congressional negotiators to reform the scandal-plagued Veteran Affairs Department have struck a deal to address long patient wait times and dishonest government employees who have doctored records to make their hospitals appear more efficient. The details have not been released […]

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Obama: Migrant Children Without Humanitarian Claims Will Be Sent Back

An estimated 90,000 migrant children could cross into the U.S. before September. The President met with leaders of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to discuss ways to slow the influx President Barack Obama took a tough line on the thousands of unaccompanied migrant children who have crossed the nation’s southern border in recent months, saying those without humanitarian claims will […]

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Rand Paul: ‘Fight for justice now’ on unfair sentencing

Sen. Rand Paul is proposing legislation aimed at eliminating criminal sentencing rules that adversely impact minorities, saying that “we need some fresh ideas to combat old and festering problems.” The Republican from Kentucky described the measure Friday in a speech to the National Urban League. It’s part of his aggressive outreach effort to African-Americans and other voting groups who don’t […]

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House GOP seeks cover with slimmer border bill

House Republicans are fashioning a scaled-down bill to address the southern border crisis that would provide less than $1 billion and include an immigration policy change that most Democrats strongly oppose. There is increasing concern from members that they cannot leave town next week for their August recess without showing they have a solution to the surge of migrant youth […]

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Andrew Cuomo Meddled With His First ‘Independent’ Commission, Too

The New York Governor pressured members of a utility commission to vote for privatization of the Long Island Power Authority, sources say Before New York Governor Andrew Cuomo set up a supposedly independent commission to investigate political corruption in Albany—a commission he later shut down after it began poking around his own operations, a commission that is now causing him […]

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