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Congress edges toward domestic security funding patch

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) arrives to speak at a news conferenceBy David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives were planning to pursue on Friday a temporary funding bill to keep the lights on at the U.S. domestic security agency for three weeks, postponing the threat of a partial agency shutdown. As the clock ticked toward a midnight Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security, lawmakers said a stop-gap extension would buy time to try to work out differences between the Republican-controlled House and the Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who has insisted on a full Homeland Security funding bill free of immigration reform restrictions that have caused weeks of delay, said on Thursday he would refuse to allow such negotiations with the House.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:06:26 -0500
Ex-White House economist Hall to lead CBO, U.S. lawmakers say

Former White House economist and Bureau of Labor Statistics commissioner Keith Hall will replace Doug Elmendorf as head of the Congressional Budget Office, U.S. lawmakers said in a statement on Friday. Hall, who has served as chief economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, will direct the CBO until early 2019, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Senator Mike Enzi and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, both Republicans, said in a statement.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:38:39 -0500
U.S., Cuba meet for second round of normalization talks

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jacobson and Cuba's Vidal meet at the State Department in WashingtonWashington severed diplomatic relations with Cuba 54 years ago. Communist-run Cuba is pressing the United States to remove it from its terrorism list before official restoration of diplomatic ties.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:40:09 -0500
White House hopeful Walker: Union battles prepared him to take on Islamic State

File photo of Wisconsin Governor Walker participating in a panel discussion at the American Action Forum in WashingtonBy Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - Potential Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker told grassroots conservatives on Thursday that his battle with labor unions as Wisconsin's governor had given him the mettle needed to take on militant groups like Islamic State. ""We need a leader who will stand up and say we will take the fight to them and not wait until they take the fight to American soil," Walker told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Democrats immediately seized on the comment to suggest Walker was comparing Wisconsin protesters to Islamic militants. "If Scott Walker thinks that it's appropriate to compare working people speaking up for their rights to brutal terrorists, then he is even less qualified to be president than I thought," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Mo Elleithee.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:39:11 -0500
For Jeb Bush, the Q&A is the message

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush speaks in Chicago. As Floridas governor, Jeb Bush was among the nations most conservative state chief executives. Hes quietly embarking on work to persuade the right-flank of the Republican Party hed be that same kind of conservative in the White House. Eight years removed from office, Bush is viewed by some conservatives as a squishy moderate: a member of the GOPs most established family with a toxic position on immigration and education standards. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)He hasnt formally declared his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination or rolled out a policy agenda, but the former Florida governor is already setting a tone thats distinguishing him from the rest of his likely opponents.

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:17:07 -0500
CPAC shows how the GOPs 2016 strategy of avoiding the MSM could backfire

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks with Laura Ingraham during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The Republican National Committee has made shifting from mainstream to conservative media interviewers one of its top priorities for the 2016 cycle, but getting conservatives to ask the questions might not be as much of a pleasure cruise as Republicans hoped.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:54:13 -0500
CPAC: Convention with history of controversy is underway

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker waves while speaking during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)Since the nonprofit American Conservative Union hosted its first Conservative Political Action Conference in 1973, CPAC has morphed into a massive annual event, with everyone from bloggers to national networks enticed by the opportunity to observe conservatives in their natural habitat in hopes of witnessing something controversial. And CPAC, for its part, rarely disappoints.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:32:28 -0500
Graffiti artist Banksy highlights condition of people living in Gaza

Palestinian girl looks on as a mural of a playful-looking kitten, presumably painted by British street artist Banksy, is seen on the remains of a house wall, in Biet HanoBanksy turned his attention on the Gaza Strip for one of his most provocative political projects to date

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:17:13 -0500
FCC to vote to regulate net neutrality Thursday: What it means

The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on a new set of Internet service rules. For all those whove avoided the net neutrality conversation, its not too late. In fact, theres no better time to start paying attention.

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:59:36 -0500
Chris Christie Turns to Media-Bashing at CPAC Gathering

Chris Christie Turns to Media-Bashing at CPAC GatheringAs the governor of New Jersey, Christie told her he has reporters from The New York Times covering him every day and accused journalists of taking sides on issues he has stood up against. "When you do things like I've done in New Jersey, take on a lot of these special interests that they support they just want to kill you and that's what they tried to do to me every day and here's the bad news for them, here I am and I'm still standing," Christie, 52, said.

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:39 -0500
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