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Indiana police chief returning military Humvees

Tue, 2014-12-09 11:41

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - A police chief in southern Indiana plans to return four Humvee vehicles that his department received as military surplus this year from the Department of Defense.

New Albany Police Chief Todd Bailey says the vehicles were acquired by his predecessor as chief for ...

Obama reverses course on releasing documents that could 'incite' terrorists

Tue, 2014-12-09 11:35

President Obama supported the release Tuesday of the Senate report on enhanced interrogation of terrorism suspects, although he twice suppressed photographs of the war on terror due to concern it would incite America's enemies.

"This is not an exact science," said a senior administration official trying to explain the president's ...

Court rejects Brewer's request in license case

Tue, 2014-12-09 11:25

PHOENIX (AP) - A court rejected Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's bid to put on hold its ruling that blocked her policy of denying driver's licenses to young immigrants who have avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.

Tuesday's denial by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals means the ...

Missouri judges question felon's claim to guns

Tue, 2014-12-09 11:14

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Judges on the Missouri Supreme Court appeared skeptical Tuesday as an attorney for a convicted drug dealer argued that a new state constitutional amendment should allow nonviolent felons to carry guns.

The judges are considering how to interpret an amendment approved by voters ...

Joe Biden on torture report: We're strong enough to say, 'we made a mistake'

Tue, 2014-12-09 10:43

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday hailed the release of a report detailing the techniques the CIA used to interrogate terrorism suspects after 9/11, saying its release speaks to the United States' strength as a country because it's willing to open up about its mistakes.

"Think of the ...

Man accused of impersonating agent to plead guilty

Tue, 2014-12-09 09:54

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A convicted con man who tried to pass himself off as an FBI agent to get perks in the North Dakota oil patch will plead guilty to an illegal weapons charge under an agreement filed in federal court.

Steven Goldmann is charged in federal ...

John McCain defends CIA torture report

Tue, 2014-12-09 09:52

Many Republicans are furious at Tuesday's release of the so-called "torture report," but Sen. John McCain, who himself spent years confined as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, defended the exhaustive look at the CIA's behavior post-Sept. 11, saying Americans must "know what was done in their name."

"The truth ...

Port of Olympia settles 3 open government lawsuits

Tue, 2014-12-09 09:46

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Port of Olympia commissioners voted Monday to settle three lawsuits filed by Arthur West, an open government advocate in Olympia.

The Olympian reports ( the port did not disclose how much money was involved in the settlement.

West also has recently taken legal ...

Brushing aside scandals, Obama sticks up for federal bureaucrats

Tue, 2014-12-09 09:29

Brushing aside government scandals from the IRS to the Veterans Administration, President Obama told senior bureaucrats Tuesday that critics often rail against federal employees for the sake of "political opportunism."

"You work under tough circumstances," Mr. Obama said, "whether it's sequestration, pay freeze, shutdown, and more importantly, a political climate ...

Rand Paul: I won't vote for spending bill that funds amnesty

Tue, 2014-12-09 09:08

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, said Tuesday that he plans to vote against a government spending measure if it provides funding for President Obama's plan to grant temporary legal status for more than 4 million illegal immigrants in the country.

"I won't vote for the spending bill if it includes ...

Mitch McConnell: 'Almost certainly' endorsing Rand Paul in 2016

Tue, 2014-12-09 08:19

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'll "almost certainly" be endorsing the would-be 2016 presidential campaign of his fellow Kentuckian Sen. Rand Paul, just a few election cycles removed from when Mr. McConnell was supporting Mr. Paul's primary opponent in 2010.

"I'm a big fan of his," Mr. McConnell ...

Jonathan Gruber apologizes to Congress for 'inexcusable' political comments about Obamacare

Tue, 2014-12-09 07:20

Jonathan Gruber, the man whose clumsy remarks sparked the latest Obamacare headache for the White House, apologized to Congress for "glib, thoughtless and sometimes downright insulting" observations about the stupidity of the American voters and how the health overhaul passed, testifying Tuesday he shouldn't have forayed into politics in his ...

Judge on immigration case had criticized US policy

Tue, 2014-12-09 06:56

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal judge assigned to rule in the lawsuit over President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules last year accused the Obama administration of participating in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the country by reuniting them with parents living here illegally.

In the case ...

Marilyn Tavenner, Jonathan Gruber unwilling cohorts at Obamacare oversight hearing

Tue, 2014-12-09 06:41

She might not like it, but a cabinet official in charge of Obamacare must sit on Capitol Hill alongside Jonathan Gruber, the man at the center of Obamacare's troubled public image.

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), had asked the House oversight hearing ...

Immigrant family heads to DC to plead its case

Tue, 2014-12-09 06:29

DENVER (AP) - The family of a man seeking shelter from immigration agents in a Denver church is flying to Washington to plead his case.

Arturo Hernandez's wife and two daughters are scheduled to leave for the nation's capital Tuesday to try to convince immigration officials to spare ...

Chris Christie heading back to Midwest next month for Steve King's 'Iowa Freedom Summit'

Tue, 2014-12-09 05:52

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is headed back to Iowa next month to appear at the inaugural "Iowa Freedom Summit" co-hosted by GOP Rep. Steve King and Citizens United.

Mike DuHaime, a top political adviser for Mr. Christie, told The Associated Press that the governor will be appearing ...

'Draft Elizabeth Warren' campaign afoot at

Tue, 2014-12-09 05:12

The liberal advocacy group is gauging the level of support from members on whether to launch a concerted effort to get Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to run for president in 2016.

If the vote of the group's 8 million members succeeds, the group plans to turn its ...

Obama approval rating hits 39 percent in new poll

Tue, 2014-12-09 04:45

President Obama's approval rating has sunk below 40 percent in a new poll and a majority of Americans disapprove of his recent move to grant temporary legal status to millions of people in the country illegally.

Thirty-nine percent of Americans approve of his job performance, compared to 52 ...

GOP favorability hits five-year high in new poll

Tue, 2014-12-09 04:32

As Republicans prepare to assume a new majority in the U.S. Senate next month, a new poll shows the GOP's favorability at a five-year high, with the standing of the Democratic party trending lower in the wake of this year's midterm elections.

Forty-five percent of Americans view the ...

Tim Kaine: 'Weak argument' to justify campaign against Islamic State with past authorizations

Tue, 2014-12-09 04:19

Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat, said Tuesday it's clear that authorizations for use of force passed in the early 2000s don't cover the current campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, as the Obama administration has argued.

"I think it is such a weak argument," he ...

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