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Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about new sanctions imposed on Russia as he departs the White HouseBy Steve Holland and Anna Yukhananov WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War. The United States and the European Union, in a carefully coordinated action, announced targeted new sanctions against Russian banks, energy and defense firms. It was the West's most serious response yet to what it calls Russian instigation of and continuing support for the separatist uprising in the east and the shootdown of a Malaysian passenger jet on July 17 over eastern Ukraine. Obama, speaking at the White House, said the sanctions would have a "greater impact on the Russian economy than we've seen so far" in a drive to force Moscow to stop backing the separatists.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:38:02 -0400
U.S. lawmakers worry about border security without extra funds

U.S. President Obama speaks at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in WashingtonBy Doina Chiacu and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. border security will probably suffer if Congress fails to act on President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to cope with the explosion of child migrants into the U.S. Southwest, lawmakers and congressional aides warned on Tuesday. Those concerns came amid signs that a Republican bill in the House of Representatives and a Democratic measure in the Senate, both of which were more modest than Obama's request, faced challenges. The Democratic-controlled Senate has scheduled a procedural vote for Wednesday on a $2.7 billion border funding bill. Senator John Cornyn of Texas told reporters he did not know of any fellow Republicans who will support it, indicating it likely will fall short of the 60 votes needed to advance in the 100-member Senate.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:41:29 -0400
U.S. Senate unanimously confirms McDonald to head veterans agency

Obama nominates McDonald to head the Veterans Administration in WashingtonThe U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed Bob McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, pinning Washington's hopes on the former Procter & Gamble Co chief executive to launch a massive turnaround effort at the troubled agency. McDonald, 61, replaces retired Army general Eric Shinseki, who resigned in late May amid a scandal over cover-ups of long waiting times for health-care appointments at VA hospitals and clinics across the country. The 97-0 vote to confirm McDonald comes a week after he pledged to bring corporate-style discipline and accountability to the agency, refocusing its 341,000 employees on serving veterans. "In the wake of the biggest scandal in the history of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald certainly has his work cut out for him," House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller said after the Senate vote.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:21:33 -0400
U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

CIA InvestigationsSenator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search. The bill, which has White House backing, goes further than a version passed in May by the U.S. House of Representatives in reducing bulk collection and immediately drew warmer response from privacy advocates and technology companies. Revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden prompted President Barack Obama to ask Congress in January to rein in the bulk collection and storage of records of millions of U.S. domestic telephone calls.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:45:42 -0400
Blast in Gaza during CNN live shot sends reporter, crew ducking for cover

Karl Penhaul was delivering a live report from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and was forced to take cover when a blast from Israel's shelling of Gaza City rocked a building just 200 yards behind him.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:53:58 -0400
No Labels? No results? No problem.

No Labels, a group of Republican and Democrat Congressmen, gather to call for a solution to end the U.S. Government shut down on Capitol Hill in Washington.Like other outside political groups, No Labels spends a large part of its budget maintaining and promoting its own organization. And though No Labels has positioned itself as a warrior against gridlock, in an internal document obtained by Yahoo News, the group is banking on more political dysfunction in an attempt to find opportunity and relevance for itself. The confidential document, distributed at No Labels May executive board meeting, outlines a break through strategy for the group, which despite raising millions and a buzzy-for-cable-news-talk launch, has struggled to find a foothold on the campaign trail or in the halls of Congress. The first point in that break through strategy is a balance of power shift in the U.S. Senate, a precarious position to outline, if not advocate, given No Labels aim of bipartisanship and that one of the groups co-chairs, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, currently sits in the majority caucus.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0400
Other crises muscle onto world stage just as Iraq is coming undone

While the Obama administration and much of the global media focused on crises in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip in recent weeks, the centrifugal forces of a sectarian civil war continued to pull Iraq apart.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:18:49 -0400
Romney would top Obama if 2012 presidential election were held today: poll

If a rematch of the 2012 presidential election were held today, Mitt Romney would win the popular vote over President Barack Obama, a new CNN/ORC International poll finds.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:45:59 -0400
Exclusive: Sen. John Walsh responds to revelations that he plagiarized Army War College paper

A doctor prescribed Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh medication for symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder after he returned from an Army deployment in Iraq, but he was not formally diagnosed with PTSD, the senator confirmed to Yahoo News following revelations this week that he had plagiarized a paper to receive his masters degree at the Army War College in 2007.

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:53:30 -0400
The Romneys Took a Summer Vacation And It Was Amazing

The Romneys Took a Summer Vacation And It Was AmazingHes reportedly worth around $250 million, so you might think Mitt Romney would opt for an opulent, luxurious vacation now that hes out of the spotlight. Instead, the former presidential nominee, his wife, Ann, and five of their grandkids roughed it out in the American...

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:58:26 -0400
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