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The CIA wants to destroy thousands of internal emails covering spy operations and other activities

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:43

A CIA plan 'could allow for the destruction of crucial documentary evidence...'


Exclusive: U.S. to allow people from nations hit by Ebola to stay temporarily

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 05:04

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to people from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola who are currently residing in the United States, department officials said on Thursday. People from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone in the United States as of Thursday may apply for protection from deportation, as well as for work permits, for 18 months, said a Department of Homeland Security official. ...


Obama's executive action on immigration: What we know so far

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:38
In a prime-time address, the president will announce his executive action.

Oscar-winning director dies at 83

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 04:33

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," has died. He was 83.


Texas judge approves execution of mentally ill man

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 02:42

A Texas judge on Wednesday refused to postpone the scheduled execution of a convicted killer who suffers from mental illness and is set to face lethal injection on December 3. Scott Panetti, who has had schizophrenia for three decades, has won support for his case from groups like Mental Health America, psychiatrists, former judges and prosecutors and evangelical Christians. The European Union has also urged Texas Governor Rick Perry to grant Panetti clemency. "The execution of persons suffering from a mental disorder is contrary to widely accepted human rights norms and is in contradiction to the minimum standards of human rights set forth in several international human rights instruments," the bloc wrote in its letter.


Mary Landrieu against the GOP wave

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 00:36

In the four days Congress has been back in session, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s every move has garnered unusual amounts of attention — and she’s made plenty of them. She’s held two press conferences, spent nearly 190 minutes talking on the Senate floor and tried to push through legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Every act of hers turned into a reading of tea leaves, as political observers latched on to the last political story of the election.


Immigrants face major hurdles in signing up to new Obama plan

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:53

By Lawrence Hurley and Mica Rosenberg WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's televised address to the nation on Thursday may prove the easiest part of his controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy. Implementing it will be difficult and many people may never benefit, warn immigration lawyers. Sources close to the administration say Obama will announce that some parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are to be given a reprieve from deportation. Up to 5 million people could benefit from the move. ...


Arizona sues GM, saying it hid safety defects

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:45

(Reuters) - Arizona State filed a lawsuit against General Motors Co , claiming the automaker put the public at risk by intentionally concealing safety defects to avoid the cost of recalls.


Immigrants wait, hope, plan for Obama order

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:41

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigrants in the country illegally already are flooding attorneys' offices with calls to see if they can qualify under President Barack Obama's yet-to-be-announced plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation.


Police: Florida State gunman killed by officers

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 23:33

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Officers shot and killed a suspected gunman after a shooting at Florida State University early Thursday that wounded three others and prompted an alert for students to take shelter, police said.


Two people shot on Florida State University campus: hospital

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 22:39
(Reuters) - Two people were shot at the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, a local hospital official said on Thursday. Campus police said the incident was ongoing, but declined to provide more information, and the university urged people to seek shelter and remain indoors. The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper reported that students said the shooting occurred at a library on campus. "We have two victims from a shooting that happened on the Florida State University campus," said a nursing supervisor at the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital. ...

Ferguson braces for finding on shooting of unarmed black teen

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:47

By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Residents of Ferguson, Missouri, prepared on Wednesday for a grand jury report expected soon on the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white policeman, an event that laid bare long-simmering racial tensions in the St. Louis suburb. The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests. Many businesses have boarded up their windows as they expect another wave of demonstrations to follow the grand jury's decision, particularly if officer Darren Wilson is not charged. ...


U.S. states get more, spend more on Medicaid under Obamacare: report

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 20:16

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One part of the Affordable Care Act is going according to plan, with U.S. states receiving and spending more money on the Medicaid health insurance program, a report released by the National Association of State Budget Officers on Thursday showed. States run Medicaid, which serves families who have low incomes, and receive partial reimbursements from the federal government. The healthcare overhaul known as Obamacare allowed more people to enroll in Medicaid and also gave states 90 percent to 100 percent reimbursements for new enrollees. ...


Kasich steals show at governors' meeting

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:29

The wily 62-year-old former congressman butts heads with Wisconsin’s Scott Walker during a heated exchange.


Obama to offer deportation relief to 250,000 farm workers: union

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's immigration reforms would lift the threat of deportation for at least 250,000 undocumented people who work on farms, Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers union said on Wednesday after meeting with Obama. "We were pleased to learn from the president today that at least 250,000 farm workers (and at least 125,000 California farm workers) will be eligible for deportation relief under his executive action," Rodriguez said in a statement. ...


Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, irking Republicans

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:05

By Steve Holland and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will outline a plan on Thursday to relax U.S. immigration policy for as many as 5 million people, bypassing Congress and angering Republicans. U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the leading Republican voice on fiscal policy and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, called the plan a "partisan bomb" while a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner branded the president “Emperor Obama” for acting unilaterally. The White House said Obama will deliver a televised speech at 8 p.m. ...


Top Obama aide won’t rule out unilateral easing of Cuba policy

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:37

A year after President Barack Obama said the United States must "update our policies" on Cuba, his pick for the No. 2 job at the State Department, Tony Blinken, refused to rule out unilateral steps by the president in the next two years — provided Alan Gross goes free.


Matt Bai: Uber, Gruber and underlying truth

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:47

Two unfortunate recent remarks, by Uber's Emil Michael and health policy expert Jonathan Gruber, might be the latest examples of the destructive, distortive potential of social media. Never before have a few words been able to travel so far and so fast, detached from any context. But what we talk about less often is the power of even our shallowest social networks to illuminate, in a single moment, what volumes of journalism might miss — providing not distortion, but rather perfectly distilled truth.


California sees reserves growing more than $4 billion over two years

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:59
By Robin Respaut (Reuters) - California's state budget will accumulate more than $4 billion of reserves in the next two years, the budget watchdog estimated on Wednesday, a sign of significant progress for the debt-ridden state. California's Legislative Analyst's Office said much of the extra money would most likely go toward education, the state's rainy day fund, and potentially paying down liabilities. For fiscal year 2014-2015, the office anticipated $2 billion more in revenues than expected in the state's budget act. ...

'Ready for Hillary' super PAC winding down

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:32

The super-PAC Ready for Hillary, which launched in late 2012 to urge Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016 and is described by some as a "shadow operation" for her would-be campaign, is coming to an end, Politico reports.


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