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Executive action targets wetlands

Monday, May 25, 2015

In April 1989, a Michigan developer named John Rapanos dumped fill on 54 acres of wetlands he owned to make way for a shopping center. He did not have a permit, and when the state told him to stop, he refused. Courts found him in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Prosecutors wanted to send him to prison. Rapanos took his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme … 0

Obama pays tribute to fallen service members at Arlington

Monday, May 25, 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war. Speaking under sunny skies to … 0

Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support

Monday, May 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq’s government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for “the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces” one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment. Biden’s call followed … 0

Islamic State seizes ancient Syrian town

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BEIRUT — Islamic State extremists captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra after government defense lines there collapsed Wednesday, a stunning triumph for the group only days after it captured the strategic city of Ramadi in Iraq. It … 0

Paul basks in chatty stand against NSA spying

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul drew important attention to his presidential campaign on Wednesday with what he advertised as a filibuster against the PATRIOT Act, taking the Senate floor for a marathon talkathon as time runs out … 0

Like Ukraine, Georgia torn between Russia, West

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TBILISI, Georgia — It might seem like a golden moment of opportunity for the citizens of the small Black Sea nation of Georgia: The European Union will decide later this week during a summit of its leaders whether … 0

NYC investigation seizes 150 pounds of heroin

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NEW YORK — An investigation of a pair of New York City drug traffickers has resulted in a record seizure of more than 150 pounds of heroin from Mexico worth at least $50 million, authorities said Tuesday. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan called … 0

White House looks to farmers to help close divisive trade deal

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and top administration officials are counting on the nation’s farmers to make noise on Capitol Hill, hoping it will win some votes in Congress for the president’s embattled trade proposal. In an interview … 0

Warren says Congress should demand release of Trans-Pacific trade pact draft

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Congress should demand that President Barack Obama release the draft text of a trade deal with Asian-Pacific nations before handing him fast-track authority to ease approval. “We’re being asked to grease the … 0

Clinton urges State to hurry release of emails

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday pressed the State Department to expedite the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, telling reporters in Iowa, “I want those emails out.” … 0

Some states yell ‘cut’ on film tax credits

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Louisiana residents may go gaga over Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson when they arrive in the state later this year to film a movie about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. But Louisiana … 0

Iraq’s struggles continue

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BAGHDAD — As it moves to try to reverse the stunning loss of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest Sunni province, the Shiite-led government is hamstrung by the sectarian politics it has failed to overcome ever since the … 0

House bill would cap expenses for ex-presidents

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space … 0