Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell turns to Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX after speaking to reporters after the Republican party policy luncheon in the Capitol in Washington September 16, 2014.  At left is Sen. John Barasso, R-WY. The U.S. House of Representatives began debating legislation on Tuesday to authorize President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, and lawmakers said the measure would likely pass the full Congress by the end of this week.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR46HJP

Senate Approves Trade Bill in Victory for Obama

48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 Democrats voted for it In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. The vote was 62-37 to give Obama authority to complete trade deals that Congress could approve or reject, but not change. A total…

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FILE - In this May 1, 2015 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. The Islamic State groupís takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the ìwill to fight,î Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview on CNNís ìState of the Unionî that aired Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

U.S. Defense Chief Questions Iraq’s ‘Will to Fight’ ISIS After City’s Fall

“The Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria’s takeover of Ramadi is evidence that Iraqi forces do not have the “will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said, in the harshest assessment yet from a high-ranking Obama Administration official of Iraqi fighters and the loss of the provincial capital. Iraqi forces outnumbered their opposition in the…

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CUPERTINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone 6 and wearble tech.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Here’s Great News if You Have an Old iPhone

iPhone 4S owners, rejoice The newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system is reportedly being optimized to run well on devices as old as the iPhone 4S and iPad Mini, company insiders told 9to5Mac. Rather than saddle older, underpowered phones with increasingly powerful features, Apple has reportedly built a stripped-down “core” version of its new mobile operating system for older devices. Meanwhile, newer phones, like the iPhone 6 and 6…

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State Department Releases Hillary Clinton’s Emails on Benghazi

The State Department released hundreds of emails Friday that were stored on Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time as Secretary of State. The emails, which pertain to the Benghazi terror attacks in September 2012, do not change the official assessment of the incident in which a U.S. ambassador was killed, the State Department said. “The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of…

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LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 7:  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) delivers remarks while announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at the Galt House Hotel on April 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally an ophthalmologist, Paul rode the Tea Party wave to office in 2010. (Photo by Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

Unable to end a struggle over how to deal with government surveillance programs, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled a last-minute session to consider retaining the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of domestic phone records. McConnell, R-Ky., warned against allowing the controversial NSA program and other key surveillance activities under the USA Patriot Act to expire at midnight May 31. He said he would call the Senate into session that…

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Hillary Clinton Unloads on GOP Over Export Bank

Hillary Clinton is out of patience for her Republican rivals and their opposition to an export-assistance program. But she still isn’t taking a position on a Pacific trade deal that has become politically linked to the Export-Import Bank’s renewal. The Democratic Presidential candidate on Friday unloaded on her GOP foes, calling them cowards who do not make up their own minds and default to the loudest and most extreme voices…

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France Bans Supermarkets From Destroying Surplus Food

The government is trying to reduce food waste by 50 percent by 2025 PARIS — France’s parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead. The amendment on food waste approved by the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament, late Thursday is part of a larger environmental bill. The overall bill is still under discussion, and will need…

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Why the Disabled are Suing Uber and Lyft

The ride-sharing services are being sued for allegedly denying service to passengers with wheelchairs and guide dogs. Ride hailing services Uber and Lyft are on the same side for once: They both deny accusations they discriminate against disabled passengers. The two companies are named as defendants in a smattering lawsuits from California to Texas alleging they violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to make their cars handicapped accessible….

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Obama Restates Support of Israel in Synagogue Speech

President Obama sought to reassure American Jews that he fully supports the state of Israel while reiterating the need for a two-state solution at a Northwest Washington synagogue on Friday. “Our commitment to Israel’s security and my commitment to Israel’s security is and always will be unshakable,” Obama said, adding that not doing so would be a “moral failing.” Obama spoke at the Adas Israel Synagogue on the inaugural “solidarity…

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 28: Josh Duggar speaks during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 28, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Why Josh Duggar’s Past Will Hurt Social Conservatives

Many movement leaders have been close to the reality star now accused of child molestation As a reality TV star famous for being part of a large conservative family, Josh Duggar had a public visibility that made him attractive to advocacy groups hoping he could spotlight their shared opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. Now, as he responds to accusations of child molestation as a teenager, that same visibility could…

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