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Republican Santorum launches 2016 bid with appeal to middle class

Campaign buttons of Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum are seen in PennsylvaniaBy Elizabeth Daley CABOT, Penn. (Reuters) - Republican Rick Santorum, who fell short in his 2012 presidential bid, launched another run for the White House on Wednesday with a promise to restore the economic power of middle-class American workers. Santorum, 57, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, emphasized his working-class roots as he formally opened his long-shot 2016 presidential bid near his childhood home in Cabot, in western Pennsylvania. Looking to build support beyond the social and religious conservatives who bolstered his 2012 campaign, Santorum said "big government" and "big business" had left behind American workers.

Wed, 27 May 2015 18:18:30 -0400
Obama administration will not seek Supreme Court stay on immigration action block

Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to stay an appellate court ruling that President Barack Obama's move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation should remain on hold, a spokesman said on Wednesday. The immigration order was first put on hold by Texas Judge Andrew Hanen in February after the states, all led by Republican governors, argued that taking in migrants would be overly burdensome.

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:12:56 -0400
Majority of Americans back new trade deals: Reuters/Ipsos poll

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the Trans-Pacific Partnership during a trade speech in RentonA majority of Americans support new trade deals, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Wednesday, even as President Barack Obama struggles to win support for legislation key to sealing a signature Pacific Rim trade agreement. The House of Representatives is expected to consider a bill to speed trade deals through Congress in June, after it passed the Senate by a comfortable margin. The Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted May 21-27, found that 56 percent of Americans support new trade deals to promote the sale of U.S. goods overseas, with just 13 percent opposed.

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:12:21 -0400
Heightened Islamic State threat requires surveillance action: U.S. official

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The threat of Islamic State to the national security of the United States has heightened in the last two weeks, making it critical for Congress to renew surveillance authority, a senior U.S. administration official said on Wednesday. The law authorizing the U.S. government to conduct domestic surveillance searches through a court approval process is due to expire if Congress does not pass an extension by Sunday. The Senate so far has been unable to pass legislation despite overwhelming support in the House of Representatives for a bill that amends the current program with much more limited powers to collect information.

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:08:35 -0400
Bernie-mania! Sanders launches 2016 campaign

There were dogs and children playing, people singing, and bikes and beach balls rolling. There was plenty of Ben & Jerrys ice cream eating, and melting, down by the lake. Kayaks and sailboats floated by.

Wed, 27 May 2015 00:01:39 -0400
Joint Chiefs Chairman says U.S. blindsided by fall of Mosul

Gen. Martin Dempsey admits in a new documentary that the Pentagon did no contingency planning for the Islamic State advance.

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:36:28 -0400
America's crumbling infrastructure

Americas infrastructure could be reaching a breaking point. Literally. When it comes to our transportation infrastructure thats railroads, water pipelines, ports, dams, bridges, airports and roads the United States has gotten way off track.

Sat, 23 May 2015 16:42:07 -0400
Robert Gates: Boy Scouts ban on gay adult leaders not sustainable

The Boy Scouts of America must reverse its longstanding policy of excluding gay adult leaders or risk unfavorable legal decisions that could doom the historic organization, president Robert Gates warned his groups national leadership Thursday.

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:36:42 -0400
Can Iraq be saved?

After capturing the capital city of major Iraqi region, ISIS is claiming one of its biggest victories. According to local officials, Islamic State militants likely killed up to 500 people in the city of Ramadi, and forced 8,000 to flee from their homes.

Mon, 18 May 2015 12:43:49 -0400
Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face Life

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Could Face LifeAmerican soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion over his disappearance from an Afghan outpost in 2009 and could face life in confinement, the Army announced today. As part of the deal, the Taliban five were relocated to Qatar. After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post in Afghanistan before he was taken by the Taliban in 2009, as some Afghan war veterans alleged.

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:26:13 -0400
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